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Peter Smith

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Peter is a Legal Director based in Dubai.

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About

Peter is a barrister with experience of a wide range of civil and commercial disputes and sectors, including arbitration, banking and finance, company, employment, insurance, insolvency, media, real estate, technology and construction, and professional negligence.

In the Legal 500 (UAE Dispute Resolution: Arbitration and International Litigation), Peter was recommended as a ‘Rising Star’ in 2020, 2021 and 2022, and was described as “notable” in 2019. He was included in the inaugural Legal 500 Arbitration Powerlist Middle East (2022).

Peter is admitted to practise in England and Wales (barrister), Dubai International Financial Centre (Part 1 and Part 2 registered), and the Emirate of Dubai. He has appeared before the ADGM Court of First Instance and has rights of audience at the Astana International Financial Centre Court (2019).

Experience

  • Acting for a prominent UAE family in litigation in the DIFC, UAE, and English Courts.
  • Acting for the claimants in a multi-million dollar claim in the DIFC Courts arising from the misappropriation of bitcoin cryptocurrency.
  • Acting in complex, multi-jurisdictional litigation for a prominent UAE insurer in the DIFC and Dubai Courts.
  • Representing a family office in its winding-up in the ADGM.
  • Representing the respondent UAE (DMCC) company in an ad hoc, Dubai-seated arbitration relating to specialist engineering equipment.
  • Acting for a Russian SPV in an insurance dispute in the ADGM Courts.

Recognition

  • L500 -PPP 2022 - Middle East

Our thinking

  • Anti-Suit Injunctions – How they work in Arbitration

    Peter Smith

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  • Arbitration Remains Attractive for Digital Disputes In 2024

    Peter Smith

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  • Peter Smith writes for Law 360 on emerging arbitration trends in technology

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    In The Press

  • Supporting access to justice in the Middle East

    Peter Smith

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  • Enforcement of Foreign Judgments: United Arab Emirates - DIFC

    Patrick Gearon FCIArb

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  • Dubai Court of Cassation Extends Arbitration Agreement Across Subsequent Contracts

    Peter Smith

    Quick Reads

  • The Virtual Currency Regulation Review: UAE

    Sara Sheffield

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  • UAE Polishes Federal Arbitration Law

    Peter Smith

    Quick Reads

  • Enforcement of Foreign Judgments - UAE: DIFC

    Patrick Gearon FCIArb

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  • Enforcement of Judgments

    Patrick Gearon FCIArb

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  • CDR - Essential Intelligence: Fraud, Asset Tracing & Recovery

    Sara Sheffield

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  • Abu Dhabi Global Market Court accepts jurisdiction over arbitration seated onshore

    Peter Smith

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  • Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration publishes new Arbitration Rules

    Peter Smith

    Quick Reads

  • Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration publishes a draft of its new Arbitration Rules

    Peter Smith

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  • Dubai announces its plan to streamline the enforcement of civil judgments and arbitral awards

    Peter Smith

    Quick Reads

  • DIFC Courts - 2022 Round-Up

    Peter Smith

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  • The English Courts’ View on the “Convenience” of Litigating in the UAE

    Peter Smith

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  • My Pro Bono Story

    Sarah Farrelly

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  • Jurisdictional Challenges in Arbitrations in Qatar

    Paula Boast MBE

    Insights

  • The Law Reviews - The Virtual Currency Regulation Review; Edition 5 - United Arab Emirates

    Sara Sheffield

    Insights

  • Ten Years Since The 2012 Saudi Arbitration Law: Where Are We Now?

    Peter Smith

    Quick Reads

  • Enforcement of Foreign Judgments - DIFC

    Patrick Gearon FCIArb

    Insights

  • Enforcement of Foreign Judgments - Abu Dhabi

    Patrick Gearon FCIArb

    Insights

  • Saudi Arabian Ministry of Justice and Leading Arbitration Center Confirm Party Autonomy in Arbitral Representation

    Peter Smith

    Quick Reads

  • Building the Case for Family Business Arbitration in the GCC Region

    Peter Smith

    Insights

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