Aleem O. Shahid Associate (Dubai)

Aleem specialises in international dispute resolution, focusing on constructing and engineering disputes as well as other areas of commercial practice. He has been involved with litigation and arbitration in multiple jurisdictions, including England & Wales, the Sultanate of Oman, the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan, where he is also registered as an Advocate of the High Court.

Aleem advises and acts for both private and government clients in the international market across a range of industry sectors, including oil and gas, power, water treatment, infrastructure works and large-scale residential developments.  

Specialist expertise

Examples of Aleem’s expertise include:

  • acting for a Chinese contractor in relation to a multi-million dollar ICC arbitration claim against a South Asian government arising from construction of a motorway;
  • advising on the recognition and enforcement of an ICC arbitration award in Pakistan;
  • acting as Secretary to the Tribunal in DIAC and DIFC-LCIA arbitration proceedings in Dubai;
  • acting for an international EPC contractor in TCC proceedings against a state-owned corporation in a high-value dispute arising out of the termination of a bespoke EPC contract relating to the world’s largest single stream LDPE plant;
  • defending a top GCC-based steel producer in a US $56 million cross-border shareholder action;
  • representing an Omani public utility in parallel arbitration proceedings arising from the constructing, engineering and operation of mobile water desalination plant in Oman;
  • advising an international syndicate of 20 reinsurers in relation to a US $100m subrogated recovery claim (among the largest in the GCC-region) through multiple litigation and ICC arbitration proceedings;
  • representing a group of individuals in high-profile corruption investigations and trials relating to the oil, gas and construction industries in Oman;
  • representing a group of depositors in judicial review proceedings before the Pakistani courts arising from the collapse of a prominent foreign exchange company under investigation for fraud, money-laundering and tax evasion.

Aleem's memberships include:

  • Hon. Society of Gray’s Inn;
  • British Institute for International and Comparative Law;
  • Islamabad District & High Court Bar Associations, Pakistan.