Professional Experience

Alec spent 40 years with Clyde & Co as an associate and partner in England for 6 years, Managing Partner in Hong Kong for almost 13 years, International Partner in London for 3 years, and finally 18 years in Dubai , for the first half as head of the firm’s MENA Dispute Resolution practice and then as a part-time consultant and member of the firm’s global arbitration executive whilst also conducting his independent practice as an arbitrator.

Although qualified as an English Solicitor, Alec has valuable experience of working for most of his career in dispute resolution in Asia and the Middle East.  He is therefore very familiar with different cultural approaches as well as with both civil and common law.

As a lawyer he handled shipping and marine insurance & energy arbitration and litigation, general commercial and insurance disputes (including commodities), insolvency and commercial frauds.  Since moving to the UAE his work also encompassed shareholder disputes, joint ventures, M&A disputes distributorship, investment, telecoms and infrastructure.

He is also a Trustee and Chief Executive of DIFC Arbitration Institute since November 2015 to date.