Alex Freeman advises clients primarily in the construction, infrastructure, real estate and energy sectors on international arbitration and dispute resolution matters. He works with clients to deliver tailored solutions that meet their commercial objectives, when disputes first arise, through to representing them in formal proceedings.

    Alex has particular experience in resolving issues arising out of civil engineering and oil and gas projects primarily through arbitration, but also through dispute adjudication boards, litigation and mediation. He has acted for clients in arbitrations seated in Dubai, London and Paris under all major institutional rules including those of the DIAC, ADCCAC, DIFC-LCIA and ICC. He also has experience representing clients in investment treaty arbitrations under ICSID Rules.

    Alex has conducted workshops with clients on a range of topics, from effective record keeping through to administration of the major standard forms of construction and engineering contracts.

    Alex has been ranked as a leading international arbitration and construction lawyer in The Legal 500, 2018, which stated that he was “hardworking and employs a very commercial approach”.  In 2020, he was ranked in Chambers Global as an Associate to Watch, which stated that he “is known to have ‘sharp, sound technical skills’ and is praised for his ‘no-fuss and hard-working’ approach. He assists developers with DIAC arbitration proceedings and is experienced acting on major infrastructure disputes. One client recounted his ‘superb attention to detail.’ ”

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    Construction/ Engineering and Civil Infrastructure

    • Representing a Spanish and Italian joint venture in an arbitration against the State of Kuwait in reliance on Kuwait's bilateral investment treaties with Italy and Spain (ICSID Rules, Kuwaiti law).
    • Represented the main contractor in relation to disputes arising out of a bespoke contract for the design and construction of a landmark petroleum research institute in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (ICC Rules, London seat, English law).
    • Represented an international engineering subcontractor in arbitration arising out of variations and delays on the Dubai International Airport project (DIAC rules, Dubai seat, Dubai law).
    • An employer, a UAE government-controlled entity, in three arbitration proceedings against a UAE-based contractor, arising out of construction of infrastructure at two separate master developments in the UAE (DIAC and ad hoc rules, Dubai seat, UAE law).
    • Advised an interior design and fit-out contractor on claims, and potential arbitration, against a main contractor arising out of termination of a subcontract for fit-out works on the passenger terminal of the new passenger terminal complex at Hamad International Airport (ICC Rules, Qatar seat, Qatar laws).
    • Acted for a Kuwaiti contractor concerning the referral of claims to ICC Arbitration (English law, London seat) for remeasured quantities and variations together with associated cost overruns and delays concerning the construction of a mill in Oman.
    • Represented AMEC Foster Wheeler in defense of a final account claim issued in the Technology and Construction Court in London by its civil works sub-contractor under a bespoke re-measurement contract for the installation of flue gas desulphurisation and NOx abatement plant at an existing coal powered power station.
    • Represented Hyder Consulting on the referral to adjudication of an interim payment dispute regarding the balance of fees due pursuant to a bespoke target cost contract for design works for the Network Rail East London Line.
    • Award in the client's favor subsequently enforced in the Technology and Construction Court in London.
    • Acted for a South Korean contactor as project counsel in drafting key contract correspondence and ultimately presenting claims to the Engineer in order to maximize the client’s entitlements to time and money under an AED3.1 billion amended FIDIC Red Book contract for upgrading of roads and tunnels in Abu Dhabi (UAE law).
    • Acted for an international MEP subcontractor in relation to disputes arising from the design and installation of MEP works at Gibraltar International Airport pursuant to a heavily amended FIDIC Red Book (ICC Rules, Paris seat, Spanish law).

    Energy, Environment and Natural Resources

    • Advised a specialist piling contractor on disputes, and possible arbitration, in relation to piling works on reclaimed islands which form part of an offshore oilfield development (ICC Rules, Middle East seat and law.)
    • Represented a global DBO contractor to manage live risks, draft key contract correspondence and assist with contract administration in relation to an energy from waste project (English law).
    • Represented E.On in defense of two claims by MT Højgaard A/S in the Technology and Construction Court in London relating to the design, manufacture and installation of 60 wind turbine generator foundations at Robin Rigg offshore windfarm (English law).
    • Represented a global power and process engineering contractor in defense of an adjudication for declaratory relief arising from the construction of a Combined Cycle Gas Turbine plant (LCIA Rules, London seat, English law).
    • Represented an international engineering and construction firm in relation to disputes arising from the design and construction of a distillate hydrotreater at an oil refinery (IChemE Pink Book Rules, London seat, English law).
    • Represented a Dutch marine access systems provider in defense of a pre-action claim for misrepresentation and breach of contract by an American employer in relation to the design and installation of an off-shore oil platform access system pursuant to the LOGIC General Conditions of Contract for Services (On and Off-Shore) Edn 2.

    Real estate

    • Represented a UAE government-controlled developer in two arbitration proceedings against a private sub-developer in relation to the sale and purchase of land for development on a substantial coastal project.These arbitrations form part of a broader dispute, involving claims and counterclaims of around USD 1 billion (DIAC Rules, Dubai seat, UAE law).
    • Represented a UAE government-controlled entity in four separate arbitration proceedings against private property developers in relation to the sale and purchase of plots of land in Dubai (DIAC Rules, Dubai seat, Dubai law).
    • Represented a UAE government-controlled entity in two separate arbitration proceedings against a tenant, an internationally renowned building contractor, for claims arising out of default under two separate tenancy agreements, and defending counterclaims (DIAC Rules, Dubai seat, Dubai law).
    • Represented a private developer in 19 concurrent arbitrations commenced by an investor concerning sale and purchase of properties in a landmark Dubai development (DIAC Rules, Dubai seat, Dubai law).
    • Education

      • Represented a college of further education on a claim against its framework consultant for cost overruns on a development and refurbishment project procured under a target cost contract (English law).
      • Advised a university regarding a claim for professional negligence against its design consultant on a civil engineering project (English law).

      *Some of the experience represented here may have been handled at a previous firm.


    • Nottingham Law School, Legal Practice Course, Commendation, 2007
    • Nottingham Law School, LL.B., (Hons), 2007
    • The University of Manchester, B.Sc., (Hons), 2005


    • England and Wales

    Memberships and Affiliations

    • Member, Society of Construction Law (Gulf)
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