Dr Ali Almihdar is a barrister dually qualified to practise in England and Wales, and in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He has a wide-ranging practice for which he splits his professional time between London and the Middle East. He acts as counsel, expert on foreign law and arbitrator mostly in multi-jurisdictional commercial and administrative matters.
His specialist area of expertise has included advising clients in negotiation of contracts, formation of Saudi Companies, foreign capital investment licences for temporary or continuing commercial activities in the Kingdom and general advice in Saudi, Gulf States and Yemeni commercial and corporate matters and disputes.
Dr Ali can work in either English or Arabic and is well positioned to represent clients in the English and Saudi courts and official circles and in any other jurisdiction where his dual qualifications will gain him rights of audience. He also holds an official Saudi Translation Licence: Arabic to English and English to Arabic issued by the Ministry of Commerce and Investment in KSA.
His expertise typically arises from disputes relating to corporate, commercial, construction, energy, IP, shipping, private client, family and succession, agency and distributorship and labour laws. This normally involves parties from the Middle East, Asia, Europe and the USA. The disputes are mainly resolved in international arbitration fora in which he assumed roles under ICC, ICSID, DIFC-LCIA (now DIAC), PCA, UNCITRAL and JCAA rules.
Dr Ali was educated in law at Churchill College, Cambridge (BA, MA & LLM). His legal career started as Legal Adviser to the Saudi Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, and then expanded (through Almihdar Law Firm (ALF) established in Jeddah, 1976) to handling work for that Ministry and many other corporate and private clients from around the world. He holds a PhD degree from Alexandria University in Egypt for his thesis on “Fairness in Contracts”, now published as a book in Arabic. Ali was also the Honorary Legal Adviser to the British Consulate in Jeddah from 1998 to 2010.
Ali is frequently invited to speak on his areas of specialism, both in the UK and abroad. Some of his lectures and panel discussions are:
Dr Ali Almihdar is regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and holds a current practising certificate. If you are not satisfied with the service provided, please click here.
"The go-to expert on Saudi law. He is eloquent, commercially minded, has a deep and practical understanding of the arbitration process, produces clear well-written expert reports and can explain to the tribunal complicated issues of Saudi law in a simple and persuasive manner."
Middle East - Commercial, Legal 500 2023
"A rare example of a lawyer qualified in London and Saudi Arabia."
Commercial Law, Legal 500 2021
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