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Job Title SA, Dispute Resolution (Energy, Marine, Natural Resources) – Dubai
Job Location Dubai
Job Type Lawyers/Attorneys
Expertise Dispute Resolution


  • This is an exciting and unique opportunity for an ambitious Senior Associate to join Clyde & Co's market-leading and fast-growing Energy, Marine and Natural Resources team in Dubai, Clyde & Co's largest office in the Middle East and Africa region.
  • You will be working with some of the leading lawyers in this field in a top tier practice in the Middle East's largest international law firm, acting for some of the most prominent clients in these sectors, in international arbitration and litigation.
  • With the energy transition, ESG, the global energy crisis and the uncertain geo-political landscape, this sector is facing unprecedented legal challenges and the Clyde & Co team is at the forefront of handling these issues globally. The Middle East and Africa are two of the most complex and important regions in the world in relation to such issues and Clyde & Co is the largest international firm in the Middle East, with a very strong presence in Africa.
  • With COP 28 being hosted in Dubai in 2023, the issues faced by these sectors will be under the global microscope.

The team

The Middle East and Africa team is led by David Leckie, a senior partner with over 30 years' experience in international energy disputes. David is highly ranked in the legal directories as a leading practitioner in his areas of specialism.

Leonard Soudagar is another leading partner in the group and is highly ranked by Legal 500 as a 'Rising Star'.

Legal 500:

"Clyde & Co is the pre-eminent firm in the UAE for all shipping, offshore energy and transportation matters, acting for some of the biggest players in the market including shipbuilders and owners, oil majors and energy companies, as well as government entities".

Skills & Experience

  • Strong academic background
  • Experience of handling disputes at a major UK or international firm.
  • Experience in at least one of the following areas: energy (including renewables and clean energy), marine, shipbuilding, marine insurance, trade and commodities
  • A willingness to assume responsibility and take a pro-active and commercial approach
  • Driven, enthusiastic and flexible team player
  • Entrepreneurial by nature with good commercial awareness
  • A real interest in business development and the ability to foster and grow long-term client relationships

About the Firm

Clyde & Co is a leading global law firm, with 480 partners, 2400 lawyers, 3200 legal professionals and 5000 people in over 60 offices and associated offices worldwide.

We specialise in the sectors that underpin global trade and commercial activity, namely: energy, marine, insurance, transport, construction, trade and commodities. We are globally integrated, offering a comprehensive range of contentious and non-contentious legal services and commercially minded legal advice to businesses operating across the world.

We are committed to operating in a responsible way. This means progressing towards a diverse and inclusive workforce that reflects the diversity of our communities and clients, using our legal skills to support our communities through pro bono work, volunteering and charitable partnerships, and minimising the impact we have on the environment.

Clyde & Co, Middle East and Africa

Clyde & Co is the largest and most experienced international law firm in the Middle East, with 50 partners and 345 staff in in our offices in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Riyadh and Cairo. We provide a full-service combination of local and international specialists across all business sectors and practice areas.

With over 30 years' experience in the region, we pride ourselves on being able to help clients recognise and overcome the challenges of doing business in the Middle East. Our large regional presence enables us to support our clients across the full spectrum of their corporate and commercial needs throughout the AGCC (Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf) and wider Levant.

Our Dubai office acts as a central hub for our Middle East and Africa regional operations. In Africa, we have offices in Cairo, Dar Es Salaam, Nairobi, Cape Town and Johannesburg.