Shearman And Sterling

David Hume is a partner in the International Arbitration practice.

He is based in the UAE and is qualified in England & Wales and New Zealand, with rights of audience before the ADGM and DIFC Courts.

David acts for multinational and State-owned companies in commercial arbitrations under the ICC and LCIA Rules, as well as large-scale construction and engineering disputes in institutional and ad hoc arbitration, Dispute Board proceedings, and related litigation.

David’s expertise spans disputes relating to aviation, energy, mining and natural resources, projects and construction, mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures and shareholder agreements, and financial services.

David is listed as a ‘leading practitioner’ in The Legal 500 Private Practice Arbitration Powerlist - Middle East Region (2023). He is also featured in The Legal 500’s UAE Dispute Resolution: Arbitration and International Litigation (2023) and UAE Construction where clients say David ‘has exceptional drafting skills, is up-to-speed at all times, and never off-guard. Clients describe him as ‘smart, eloquent and very strong on explaining concepts’ and ‘always accessible, available and highly adaptable’. David also speaks and trains others regularly on arbitration and construction-related matters.