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Dr Ali Almihdar

Dr Ali Almihdar

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Dr Ali Almihdar brings to the Bar of England and Wales much experience of legal practice in the Middle East. He splits his professional time equally between Saudi Arabia and London. His work covers the full spectrum of commercial legal practice from advice to drafting, arbitrations to advocacy. He has offered Saudi legal advice and services over a wide range of subjects including advising clients in negotiation of contracts, formation of Saudi Companies, foreign capital investment licences for temporary or continuing commercial activities in the Kingdom, shipping, intellectual property matters, agency and distributorship, construction projects, arbitration, litigation before courts and tribunals, labour law matters, private client, family and succession, and general Saudi, Gulf States and Yemeni commercial and corporate legal advice.

Educated in law at Churchill College, Cambridge (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, including the UK, the USA and Western Europe. He holds a PhD from Alexandria University in Egypt for his thesis on “Good Faith in Contracts”.

He was the Honorary Legal Adviser to the British Consulate in Jeddah from 1998 to 2010.

Being equally comfortable working in either English or Arabic, he 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.

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:

  • “The Means of Proof in the Shari’ah System of Law”, SOAS, University of London
  • “The Applicability of Shari’ah Principles in Legal Practice”, at the International Bar Association’s 2nd Biennial Conference on Islamic Banking and Financial, Dubai
  • “The law does not protect fools… or does it?” Saudi – British Society at the Arab – British Chamber of Commerce, London, 14 April 2010
  • “Tracing Assets in Saudi Arabia”, C5’s inaugural conference on Fraud, Asset Tracing and Recovery in the Gulf, Dubai, 24 January 2011
  • “Placing the 2010 Bribery Act in the global context with particular emphasis on existing legislation in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East”, Bribery and Corruption Seminar, Bedell Cristin, Jersey, 30 March 2011
  • “A Comparative Discussion of Cultural Differences and Approaches to Negotiating and Contracting in Various Jurisdictions”, State Capital Group International Meeting, Istanbul, Turkey, 24 June 2011
  • “Comparisons between certain aspects of the Shari’ah and the Common Law”, Cambridge Muslim College, 2014
  • “Aspects of the fairly new Arbitration Law in Saudi Arabia and the brand new Commercial Arbitration Centre”. Panel discussion, Hadef & Partners, Dubai, 2014
  • “Dealing with Fraud Under the Common Law and Shari’ah Systems: A Comparative View” at C5’s 2nd Annual Fraud, Asset Tracing & Recovery in the Gulf Conference
  • “Succession planning for wealthy Arabs: how to ensure transfer of assets to the next generation?”. Panel discussion at the Private Investor: Middle East Conference in London in September 2018

Publications

  • The International Perspective – Middle East Chapter in “Lissack and Horlick on Bribery” (2nd edition, 2014, LexisNexis)
  • The Saudi Arabian Chapter in Tolley’s “International Succession Law” (last updated in January 2018, Iss.56, Bloomsbury Professional)
  • Al’adalah fi Al’oqoud (in Arabic, meaning Fairness in Contracts: A Comparative Study of the laws under the Sahri’ah and the positive laws of Egypt and the Common Law and Civil Law systems), published by Dar Al-Kitab Al-Masri, Cairo, and Dar Al-Kitab Al-Lubnani, Beirut, 2017

Appointments & Memberships

  • Arab British Chamber of Commerce
  • British Institute of International & Comparative Law
  • Commercial Bar Association
  • Financial Service Lawyers Association
  • International Bar Association
  • London Court of International Arbitration
  • The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts
  • South Eastern Circuit
  • The Saudi British Society

Awards

  • In February 2016, Dr Ali Almihdar was the first Saudi national to receive the Al Rawabi Holding Award. This is an annual award which is presented to two individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to furthering Saudi – British relations by the Saudi British Society. See his acceptance speech here.

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Languages

  • Arabic (native)
  • English (fluent)
  • French (basic)
  • Italian (basic)

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