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Alexander Burrell

Barrister (Legal Consultant)

EMAIL alexander.burrell@horizlaw.ae
CONTACT +971 4 354 4444

Alex is a barrister in our arbitration team and has a specialty practice whereby he focuses on complex contractual disputes, including commercial property and insolvency matters.  Since moving to Dubai, he has advised a large number of both local and international clients in high value arbitrations and cases, include major contractors in the UAE construction sector.

Alex assists his clients in relation to arbitrations in a number of regional and international centres, including ICC, DIFC-LCIA and ICC. He also regularly advises clients on the enforcement of arbitration awards in local and the DIFC courts. Alex is one of our lawyers who holds full rights in front of both the ADGM and DIFC courts.

Admitted to the Bar in England and Wales, Alex received his Bachelors of Law from the University of Bristol, UK, and the BPTC from Kaplan Law School. As well as being fluent in English, Alex can speak conversational French.

Alex's recent experience includes advising: 

  • A leading multinational conglomerate concerning a real estate dispute relating to the contractor defaulting on a number of their obligations under their agreement. This includes the unjustified suspension of works due to their inability to finance the project. The contractor was also unable to release payments to suppliers and subcontractors for the project which caused critical delays to the works. Our client initiated arbitral proceedings against the contractor for the significant losses as a consequence of the contractors breaches.
  • A multi-national contractor in a Geneva seated ICC arbitration arising out of non-payments by the employer concerning a mixed-use development in the UAE valued at AED76.9m. The case centres on the express agreement between the parties that the sub-contractor would become entitled to payment for work completed as soon the client has been paid by the employer for completion of the same works. We initiated proceedings against the employer for payment and is claiming for outstanding amount due to its sub-contractors.
  • A major international contractor in relation to a AED104.4m dispute arising out of a contract for construction of a multi-purpose tower in the UAE, under DIAC arbitration rules. We initiated the proceedings on behalf of the client to seek the payment for certified works, outstanding retention monies and 5% of the performance bond retention.
Expertise
  • Arbitration
  • Mediation
  • Civil & Commercial Disputes
  • Construction Disputes
  • Property & Real Estate
  • Insolvency
  • Employment Law

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