David Hume is a senior associate in the International Arbitration practice.
Based in the UAE, and qualified in England & Wales and New Zealand, 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 arbitration and Dispute Board proceedings.
David also has rights of audience before the ADGM and DIFC Courts.
David speaks regularly on arbitration and construction-related matters, and is recognized as a ‘notable senior associate’ in The Legal 500: EMEA, UAE – Construction 2019.
International arbitrations on which David Hume has worked include the representation of:
- A European contractor, Claimant in an ICC arbitration in London brought against a Middle Eastern owner. The dispute arises from a contract for the conversion of a simple cycle power plant to combined cycle technology. English law applies.
- Two international construction contractors, Respondents in an ICC arbitration in London brought by a Middle Eastern State entity. The dispute arises out of the development of a world-class medical facility in the Middle East. The law of the Claimant’s State applies. Over $3.7 billion is at stake.
- An international consortium of contractors, Claimants in ICC arbitration against a Middle Eastern State. The dispute arose out of the design and construction of an airport. The law of the Middle Eastern State applied. Close to $1 billion was at stake.
- A European energy infrastructure company in an ICC arbitration in London brought against a North American subcontractor. The dispute arose out of a project for the construction of a major solar field in the Middle East. Issues included defective equipment and critical delays in the overall project. English law applied.
- Two African subsidiaries of an international mining and exploration company, Respondent in an ICC arbitration in London initiated by a South African contractor. The dispute arose from an EPCM contract in relation to a mine expansion project in Sub-Saharan Africa. English law applied.
- The Middle Eastern agent of a European defense and construction services group, coordinating the client’s litigation/arbitration strategy (both in local courts and in Europe) to protect its interests in a lucrative exclusive agency arrangement. The agreement is subject to ad hoc arbitration, seated in the Middle Eastern State.
Pro Bono Experience
- A North African State advising on its ability to identify and recover the proceeds of natural resources stolen by armed insurgents.
- Advising the directors and shareholders of a complex, closely-held financial concern on matters relating to their placement into statutory management.
- Secondee to the Legal Department of a major Australasian bank, developing internal regulatory compliance controls.
- Advising on New Zealand court proceedings seeking the enforcement of a foreign arbitral award.
- Advising a major multinational FMCG company on the availability of BIT protections in relation to regulatory measures.
Victoria University of Wellington
LL.B. (Hons, First Class)
University College Dublin
B.A. (Philosophy, French)
- Solicitor, England and Wales
- Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand (non-practicing)
- DIFC Courts, Part II Registered Practitioner (with full rights of audience)
- Committee member, Society of Construction Law (Gulf), Abu Dhabi
- Member, Young ICCA
- Member, LCIA Young International Arbitrators Group (YIAG)
- Global Arbitration Review, Investment Treaty Arbitration Know-how, New Zealand chapter
- “Transformation in the Legal Sector”, ADGM Knowledge Series 2020, Mumbai, 27 February 2020
- Cross-examining counsel for Respondent, YSIAC-ADGM Advocacy Workshop, Abu Dhabi, 5 February 2020
- “Diversity in ADR: Swinging Into Action!”, event co-hosted by Shearman & Sterling, ArbitralWomen & Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in Abu Dhabi, 3 October 2019
- “Claims for Defective Work”, SCL (Gulf), Abu Dhabi, 20 January 2019
- Advocacy Counsel for Claimant, Vinson & Elkins Second Annual Middle East Arbitration Moot, Dubai, 5 March 2019
- “New Zealand Old and New: International Arbitration and Trade”, New Zealand Law Foundation International Dispute Resolution Lecture by Lucy Reed, Wellington, New Zealand, 7 November 2012 (discussant)
- Advocacy Counsel for Claimant, CISG Arbitration Demonstration, New Zealand Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Annual Conference, Wellington, New Zealand, August 2012
- “New Zealand’s decision to arbitrate with (some of) the world - What we need know about New Zealand’s recent embrace of investor-state arbitration”, New Zealand Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators, Christchurch, New Zealand, August 2010