Ayyappan Palanissamy has obtained two post-graduate degrees (LL.M & MHRM), and two under-graduate degrees (LL. B & Psychology) from Pondicherry University, India. Currently, he is a Coordinator for the Commercial Law program and a faculty teaching commercial law and management courses at Modern College of Business and Science, Oman. He has taught previously in the international universities in Malaysia and has 16 years of teaching and research experience in the field of law. His research interests include intellectual property law, artificial intelligence and law, and cyber laws. He is a professional member of the Bar Council of Tamilnadu, India, as well as a member of the International Association of Computer Science and Information Technology (IACSIT), and the International Economics Development and Research Centre (IEDRC). He is a reviewer for International Journal of Knowledge and Learning published by Inderscience Publishers.
Robina Ahmed, a Juris Doctorate, who has practiced Law in England and Wales for over 25 years specializing in the commercial and private sector. She obtained her LLB (hons) from Leeds, then became a Solicitor and was called to the Bar after becoming a High Court Advocate. Robina also lectured in Leeds and then became an External Examiner for the Bar Council and for the Solicitors Regulatory Authority. She has been an external examiner for BPP and the University College of Law amongst others. She sat as a part time Recorder, serving the judiciary. Robina is now heading the Law Department at the Modern College of Business and Science, modernizing, streamlining and structuring the subject area of Law, which she is so passionate about.
Rim Hamacha is a Senior Lecturer at Middlesex University who specialises in Commercial and Banking Law. Rim is a module coordinator on the LLM Business Law and LLB Honours programmes, where she delivers lectures in Intellectual Property and the World Trade Organisation Law.
Prior to joining Middlesex University, Rim worked as a Lecturer at Brunel University where she taught Legal research skills, Tort, Equity and Business Law. As part of her research, Rim worked as a project assistant for the International Chamber of Commerce on the role of Arbitration in the Middle East and North Africa. Rim started her career as a trainee analyst at the European Investment Bank where she specialised in investments projects for the MENA and Eastern European markets.
Rim obtained a PhD in Comparative Competition Law from Brunel University London and an LLM in Corporate Finance Law from the University of Westminster. Her research interests focus on the interaction between Law and Finance and the evaluation of the performance of regulatory agencies in the UK, EU and emerging markets.
Lubna Khan is a UK qualified solicitor specialising in commercial property and corporate work. Lubna has practiced at various firms in London and during this time was also part of establishing a niche practice focusing on this area of legal practice.
Lubna has also been involved in legal training and producing CPLD conferences across Europe, which were aimed at legal professionals from around the world. These were on such diverse areas as insurance, finance/banking, media, and intellectual property.
Prior to moving to Middlesex University, Lubna was a Lecturer on the Legal Practice course at BPP University, School of Law in London where her main areas of specialism were Property Law & Practice, Private Acquisitions and Solicitors Accounts. At Middlesex her main teaching interests include Contract Law and Criminal Law .
Lubna Khan received her Master’s in International Law & Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London) and also holds a Postgraduate Certification in Higher Education.
Sara Koleilat-Aranjo is a Senior Associate with Al Tamimi & Company admitted to practice in New York, Paris and Beirut. Sara regularly advises and represents clients in international and domestic arbitration proceedings, both ad hoc and institutional (ICC, DIAC, DIFC-LCIA, GCC Centre for Commercial Arbitration, LCIA, ICSID, UNCITRAL) as well as complex commercial litigation, particularly in cases with cross-border facets. Sara has been involved in Arabic, English and French language proceedings in Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Oman, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia in addition to the United States, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong and France. Sara also represents clients in arbitration-related court proceedings, including recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards and annulment proceedings.
In addition to her practice of law, Sara regularly publishes and delivers talks on dispute resolution. She has held several prestigious teaching and editorial appointments, such as Editor of the Harvard Business Law Review and Lecturer in Law at the Sorbonne Law School in Paris.
Sara is appointed as a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration & ADR and was elected to the Board of Directors of ArbitralWomen where she is currently serving as a Director for MENA. Sara also serves as the Y-ICCA Events Coordinator for the MENA Region.
Sara holds an LL.B. in French and Lebanese law from Saint Joseph University, Masters in International Business Law from the University of René Descartes (Paris V), an Advanced Masters degree in Management and Finance from the ESSEC Business School and LL.M. from Harvard Law School.
Sara has been awarded the Middle East Rising Star Lawyer of the Year Award at the 2019 Middle East Legal Awards.
Dr. Asma Al Rasheed is a member of the Executive Committee of Sharjah International Arbitration Centre (TAHKEEM) and Partner at Al Rasheed & Partners law firm. She received her PhD in Maritime Law from the University of Sharjah in 2017. She also holds an LLM in Commercial and Maritime Law, University of Hertfordshire, UK and a Bachelor of Law from University of Sharjah, UAE.
She is a practicing lawyer licensed to appear before the UAE Courts of all levels. Her practice areas are focused on commercial, corporate, and maritime matters.
|Mahmood Hussain is the founding partner of the Mahmood Hussain Law Firm, a leading legal services provider in the UAE. He has extensive knowledge in Dispute Resolution and International Commercial Arbitrations, Civil and Commercial Litigation and Corporate Governance.
As an experienced litigant, Mahmood has successfully settled several money-spinning shareholder disputes. He has also acted in more than 30 International Arbitration proceedings under the ICC, LCIA, ADCCAC and DIAC rules.
He is often appointed as sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator or chairman of arbitral tribunals in International Arbitration proceedings. Mahmood has set a benchmark for effective representation involving complex issues.
Mahmood has received recognition the Dubai International Arbitration Center (DIAC), where he was awarded as the most rising arbitrator in the region.
Mahmood is arguably a fast rising legal expert with extensive experience that cuts across Dispute Resolution and International Commercial Arbitrations, Civil and Commercial Litigation, as well as Corporate Governance.
He has a deep understanding as well as vast knowledge on matters that touch on Civil law, Sharia law, and Arbitration. His unmatched expertise in these three key areas makes Mahmood one of the most sought after lawyers in the region.
Robert Stephen is the Registrar of the DIFC-LCIA Arbitration Centre (DIFC-LCIA). He is an arbitration specialist who has been based in the UAE since January 2011 and practised with Herbert Smith Freehills for more than 10 years before joining the DIFC-LCIA on 1 May 2017.
During his time at Herbert Smith Freehills, Robert advised and represented clients on international disputes across a wide range of industry sectors, including the oil and gas, energy and natural resources, construction, real estate, and finance and banking sectors.
He has advised and represented clients in international arbitrations under the DIAC, DIFC-LCIA, ICC, LCIA, and SIAC Rules as well as in ad-hoc proceedings and DIFC and English Commercial Court litigation.
Prior to moving to Herbert Smith Freehills’ Dubai office in January 2011, Robert had also practised from Herbert Smith Freehills’ offices in London, Moscow and Paris.
He is the former Chair of the UAE Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Young Member’s Group Committee and is a member of the Global Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Young Member’s Group Committee. Robert is also a member of the ICC Young Arbitrators’ Forum, and the LCIA Young International Arbitration Group.
Bushra Ahmed is a Partner in the law firm KBH and a practicing barrister of more than 18 years standing. She is a litigation specialist focusing on commercial litigation and international arbitration across the full range of commercial, corporate, employment, financial services law and regulatory matters. She was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2001 and did her pupillage and became a tenant at Ely Place Chambers, London, Chambers of William McCormick QC. She is currently a door tenant there.
She joined KBH in January 2013 and within a year of joining, she was made Head of Dispute Resolution overseeing and supervising the team.
Bushra has extensive experience of working in the United Kingdom and the Middle East and has advised, represented and acted in important employment cases in the United Kingdom as well as landmark and precedent setting cases in the DIFC. She has a reputable client led practice, which includes public and private entities across a broad spectrum of regulated commercial activity, focusing on cross border business issues and international dispute resolution, representing clients in arbitration centres including London, Paris, Dubai and Bahrain.
Bushra is one of the most active senior barristers in the DIFC. As well as appearing as the advocate in KBH’s cases, she has been instructed to act as Counsel by Stephenson Harwood, James Berry & Associates, and other local law firms such as Al Suwaidi & Company. Her reputation as a skilled advocate coupled with her strategic thinking and commercial acumen saw her voted the DIFC Lawyers’ Lawyer of the Year 2015. She is a Legal 500 EMEA Recommended Lawyer and is also a ranked lawyer in Chambers & Partners 2017 and 2018 in the field of dispute resolution and employment.
Prior to joining KBH, Bushra sat on the Bar Standards Board Disciplinary Tribunal and was often instructed to chair investigations on behalf of blue-chip companies and government authorities. As BSkyB’s Counsel of choice she was regularly called upon to advise on a number of legal and commercial issues affecting the business. She was a former visiting Lecturer in Law, Middlesex University, Dubai and is a regular speaker for the Academy of Law, DIFC. Bushra also regularly speaks on the DIFC Employment Courses hosted by Thomson Reuters.
As a CEDR accredited mediator since 2005, Bushra has been appointed as a mediator both in the UK and in Dubai. She also sits as a co-arbitrator in a number of DIAC arbitrations.
Bushra has contributed articles to Business Law Journal, PLC Magazine and the International Arbitration Review, on international dispute resolution and arbitration across the GCC. She also contributed the DIFC Employment Law Commentary, 2017 and has rsat on a panel with Jacques Vissar, the General Counsel of the DIFC Authority consulting on the proposed amendments to the new DIFC Employment Law.
David commenced legal practice in 1974. He is admitted to practise in Australia, England and Wales (Lincoln’s Inn), the Courts of the Dubai International Financial Centre, New York (as a Legal Consultant), the Singapore International Commercial Court, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.
He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1986.
He currently practises in Dubai, London, New York and Abu Dhabi (Outer Temple Chambers), Sydney (Ground Floor Wentworth Chambers) and Brisbane (Sir Harry Gibbs Chambers) and is an associate member of chambers in Auckland (Shortland Chambers). He has acted for Commonwealth and State Governments as well as individuals and corporations. David was President of the Taxation Institute of Australia from 1993 to 1995, and of the Asia Oceania Tax Consultants’ Association from 1996 to 2000.
He has lectured at the University of Sydney for the Master of Taxation course, the University of Queensland for the Master of Laws course and served as an Adjunct Professor of the University of Queensland. He is the co-editor of the Oxford University Press Journal Trusts & Trustees.
He was the Inaugural Chairman of the STEP International Client Special Interest Group, is Deputy Chair and a director of STEP and a member of its World Wide Council and various Committees, a co-chair of the United Arab Emirates Chapter of the International Section of the New York State Bar Association, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Section, an Academician of The International Academy of Estate and Trust Law, a Member of the Middle East and North Africa Branch Committee of the Chartered Institute of Taxation (UK), a member of the Worshipful Company of Tax Advisers, a Freeman of the City of London and an Honorary Member of the Taxation Institute of Hong Kong. In 2016 he chaired the DIFC’s Wealth Management Review Working Group.
David is listed in the Taxation Category in the Australian Financial Review/Best Lawyers review of the Australian Legal Profession in 2008 and all later years and in 2014 was the Tax Institute’s Chartered Tax Adviser of the Year. In 2010 he was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun (with Gold Rays and Neck Ribbon) for his services to Australia-Japan relations. In 2012 he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for, among other things, “service … to taxation law and legal education.” In 2017 and 2018 he was recognised by Legal Week and The American Lawyer as part of the Private Client Global Elite.