David Hume is a senior associate in the International Arbitration practice.
Based in Abu Dhabi and qualified in England & Wales and New Zealand, he focuses on commercial, construction and engineering disputes and currently represents multinational clients in arbitrations seated in Europe and the Middle East, as well as having previously acted in complex High Court litigation in New Zealand.
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 contractor consortium in an ICC arbitration against a Middle Eastern State. The dispute arises from a contract for the construction of an airport. The law of the Respondent State applies. Close to $1 billion is 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 defence 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-practising)
- DIFC Courts, Part II Registered Practitioner (with full rights of audience)
- Member, Society of Construction Law (Gulf)
- Member, DIFC-LCIA Users’ Council
- Member, Young ICCA
- Member, LCIA Young International Arbitrators Group (YIAG)
- Global Arbitration Review, Investment Treaty Arbitration Know-how, New Zealand chapter
- Winner, Frédéric Eisemann Award, Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, 2009