David studied law at Cambridge University in the UK and had been in practice at the English Bar for over 20 years. He joined Al Tamimi in 2022 from a leading set of chambers in London. He has lived and worked in the UAE since 2019 and has been listed as one of the leading English barristers practising in the region in the Legal 500 in 2021 and 2022.

David is a specialist in international trade law and international commercial dispute resolution. He has developed particular experience of the oil and gas industry, joint ventures, insurance and reinsurance disputes (particularly in the marine and energy sectors), commodities disputes and disputes involving carriage of goods and banking and financial disputes. He has been instructed in several cases involving State parties and in various matters involving public international law including claims arising under bilateral investment treaties and disputes involving issues of State Immunity before national courts.

David also has extensive experience of international arbitration and has represented clients in numerous arbitrations conducted under various international institutional rules and in ad hoc arbitrations including ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, LMAA and LME. He is also experienced in court proceedings ancillary to arbitration, including applications for interim relief and contested enforcement proceedings.

In addition to counsel work David sits as an arbitrator and is appointed to the panel of arbitrators for DIAC (Dubai), CIETAC (Beijing), SCIA (Shenzhen), C.A.A (Taipei) and THAC (Bangkok). He has also served as a Tribunal Member of the Hong Kong Board of Review (the Hong Kong tax appeals Tribunal). He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb)

Directory Listings

  • Legal 500 (Middle East 2021), Leading UK counsel (commercial). “He is seriously clever and a true expert on matters of international trade, oil and gas and the procedure and tactics in high value international arbitration matters.’
  • Legal 500 (Middle East 2022), Leading UK counsel (commercial). ‘David has a very clear mind and quickly identifies relevant issues. He is also a strategic and commercial thinker who can provide relevant legal advice in context. David is unflappable and persists to advocate persuasively even in hostile settings.’

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Thought Leadership


  • Appointed to COMBAR working group on the reform of the English Arbitration Act 1996.
  • Appointed to the DIFC working group on Maritime Law
  • FCIArb
  • Panel appointments with various arbitral institutions
  • Tribunal Member for Hong Kong Tax Appeals (Board of Review, Inland Revenue Ordinance)


  • Schmitthoff, the Law and Practice of International Trade (Co-author of 11th and 12th Editions) (Sweet & Maxwell, London)
  • General Editor, International Arbitration Law Review (Sweet & Maxwell)
  • DIFC Court Practice. Book Chapter in 2nd edition to the guide. (Edward Elgar, eds. Rupert Reed QC and Tom Montagu Smith QC forthcoming 2023)
  • The Cambridge Research Compendium of International Arbitration. Book Chapter, “State Control of Arbitration by National Courts” (Forthcoming 2023, editors Ferrari, Bjorklund, Kroell).
  • Research Handbook on Unilateral Economic. Sanctions (ed. Prof. Charlotte Beaucillon). Book chapter, “Unilateral Economic Sanctions in International Arbitration- Procedural and Substantive issues” (with Prof. Eric de Brabandere); Edward Elgar. September 2021.
  • Research Handbook on Sanctions and International Law (ed. van den Herik). Book chapter, “The impact of International Economic Sanctions in International Arbitration” (with Prof. Eric de Brabandere); Edward Elgar. July 2017- Chapter 14.
  • “One Belt One Road One Dispute Resolution clause”, book chapter with Michael Hwang SC in “China and Dispute Resolution in the context of the BRI” (Cambridge University Press 2021, eds Shan, Su et al). Published also in Michael Hwang SC: “Collected essays in Dispute Resolution, December 2018”.
  • The New Chinese International Commercial Court and the Future of Dispute Resolution in the Belt and Road Initiative. 20188:Vindabona Journal of International Commercial Law and Arbitration (2018) 22 VJ (2) pp. 96-125. This research was also published in the book, Dispute Resolution in China, Europe and the World (Springer 2020, Chapter 3).
  • Retour sur la comity: les origines de la comity au carrefour du droit international privé et du droit international public(Journal du droit international (Clunet), with Thomas Schultz, December 2011 Volume 3 pp.863-886).
  • Retour sur la comity: la comity dans l’histoire du droit international privé (Journal du droit international (Clunet) with Thomas Schultz, March 2012 Volume 1 pp. 572-595).

Recent Experience

  • Credit Suisse and Others v Emirates Hospitals Group: Represented an international banking syndicate in claims against borrowers, personal and corporate guarantors for US$304 million. The claims involve issues of jurisdiction, insolvency and the interaction of Dubai and DIFC law. This case also involved a reference to the UAE Union Supreme Court to resolve an alleged conflict of jurisdiction and one of the first considerations of the UNCITRAL Model Law on Cross Border Insolvency in the DIFC Courts.
  • DIFC/ LCIA Oil Trading Arbitration and related Court Proceedings (2020/21): Successfully represented a major international oil trading company in recovering US$25 million of fuel oil product which was subject to a number of competing claims. The case involved issues of fraud. Successfully obtained two worldwide freezing orders from the DIFC Court against various parties. Successfully represented the client in DIFC/LCIA arbitration proceedings and in parallel proceedings in the DIFC Courts against related parties. The case also involved a reference to the Joint Judicial Committee to resolve alleged conflicts of jurisdiction.
  • FAL Oil v Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA): Successfully represented an international energy company in enforcing in the DIFC Courts an unsatisfied judgment from the Sharjah Courts for over US$300 million. Sole counsel in contested enforcement proceedings against a UAE public utility company. The case is a leading authority of DIFC Law on issues of state immunity, international jurisdiction and enforcement and the inter- Emirate enforcement of judgments. (DIFC Court of First Instance 2021)
  • UNCITRAL Arbitration: Advising an investor in a dispute arising out of the cancellation of a power concession. Claims and counterclaims valued at over US$1bn. (2022)
  • LCIA Arbitration: Appointed by the LCIA as co-arbitrator in 3 consolidated commodities arbitrations involving Chinese and European parties (2022)
  • LME Commodities Arbitration: Represented a Chinese party in LME proceedings arising out of a large warehousing fraud in China. Claims valued at around US$10million. (2021/2022)
  • Deciding a challenge to an arbitrator under the THAC rules: Was appointed to the committee to decide the first challenge to an arbitrator under the THAC rules. (2022)
  • KBC Aldini Capital Ltd v. (1) David Baazov (2) Canaccord Genuity Corp (DIFC Court of First Instance 2020): Successfully represented a finance house in defending DIFC proceedings relating to equity commitment letters filed in support of a bid to acquire a global internet gaming company. (Claims valued at US$50 million. Instructed by Allen & Overy LLP).


  • French
  • German
  • English


BA and MA in Law, Cambridge University (Squire Law Scholar)

Master of Law and Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam



1996 – Barrister, England & Wales