Dalal Al Houti is a Senior Associate in the Arbitration team. She has a law degree from SOAS (University of London) and a masters in international comparative commercial law. She has focused her career on international commercial dispute resolution, practicing first in Lebanon and then in Dubai.
A specialist in cross-border disputes involving English and Arab laws, she regularly advises and represents clients in relation to a wide range of commercial disputes, with an emphasis on shareholder disputes, hospitality, and disputes arising in the banking and finance sectors. She has experience of cases conducted under the auspices of the ICC, LCIA, DIFC-LCIA, DIAC, GCC and CRCICA.
She has published widely and is the author of the Kuwait Chapter for Commercial Arbitration 2018 in the Global Arbitration Review. She serves as Kluwer Arbitration Blog’s Assistant Editor for the Middle East.
- Currently representing a Kuwaiti bank in defence of USD 66m claim brought by administrators of failed Bahraini bank. London seated LCIA arbitration, before Tribunal of three ex-Court of Appeal judges. Complex issues of English law concerning debt, trust and set-off (on-going).
- Representing a DIFC entity in AED I00m claim against master developer of a mixed-used project for failure to complete works. DIFC seated arbitration before sale arbitrator, Victor Leginsky, conducted under the auspices of the DIFC-LCIA Arbitration Rules.
- Representing public joint stock company in defence against minority shareholder in an alleged oral agreement to sell back shares. UAE seated arbitration governed by DIAC Rules (tribunal chaired by Nicholas Fletcher).
- Representing a hotel operator/investor in a dispute between with the hotel owner about the management of a hotel in East Africa. The dispute was administered by the DIFC-LCIA Arbitration Centre in a DIFC seated arbitration before a Sole Arbitrator, Sir Jeremy Cooke.
- Advising a hotel operator in relation to a potential dispute about the management of a hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Advice included review of a hotel management agreement and advising on issues to do with jurisdiction as well as advising on the merits of the dispute.
- Representing a hotel owner in a dispute with the hotel operator about the management of a hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The dispute was conducted under the auspices of the ICC Arbitration Centre before a three-member tribunal (chaired by Richard Harding QC). UAE law governed the agreement.
2011 – LLM SOAS, University of London
2010 – LLB SOAS, University of London
2012 – Kuwaiti Bar Association