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Nathan Hooper

Principal - Dispute Resolution

Nathan practises all forms of dispute resolution, both locally and internationally. His expertise encompasses a diverse array of sectors, and he has represented a wide range of clients, including start-ups, SMEs, UHNWIs and local and international businesses.

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Leveraging more than four years of valuable in-house experience in both the UK and UAE, Nathan has a deep understanding of the importance of resolving disputes in alignment with each client's unique business objectives. He is committed to pursuing court or arbitral hearings only as a last resort, seeking alternative means to settle disagreements whenever possible.


As a passionate proponent of legal technology, Nathan advocates for its integration into all aspects of dispute resolution, driving innovation and efficiency within the industry. Embracing a forward-thinking approach, he actively promotes a project-based methodology for dispute resolution and encourages the adoption of modern, flexible pricing models. This progressive stance ensures that disputes are managed with the utmost cost and time efficiency, ultimately benefiting his clients and upholding their best interests.


  • B.R. Shetty (and family) in relation to the investigation into the collapse of NMC Healthcare and Finablr.

  • A major vehicle manufacturer in relation to copyright, trademark and design right claims in the UAE.

  • An industrial compressor manufacturer in relation to prosecution of copyright and design right claims in Abu Dhabi.

  • An Abu Dhabi investment fund in relation to breaches of a software development agreement.

  • A Dubai Free Zone Regulator in respect of the termination of its concessions arrangements with its facilities management provider.


  • Mr. Abdulhameed Dhia Jafar in Cayman Grand Court proceedings for deceit and unjust enrichment against certain entities within the former Abraaj group.

  • Crescent Petroleum Company International Limited in its PCA arbitrations against the National Iranian Oil Company.  

  • Deyaar Development PJSC in its longstanding and high value DIFC Court dispute with Taaleem PJSC and National Bonds Corporation PJSC.

  • Shareholders of a major construction and engineering firm in respect of DIAC arbitral proceedings against the other shareholders.

  • A regional oil and gas company in multiple high value and complex LCIA arbitration proceedings against its joint venture partners for sums due pursuant to an earnout.

  • West African Gas Pipeline Company Ltd in English High Court litigation against the main onshore EPC contractor of the West African Gas Pipeline.

  • The EPC contractor and operator of a KSA high speed rail project in high value and complex delay claims against the employer.

  • The O&M provider of a KSA power and desalination plant in a delay and payment dispute with the owner.

  • The Financial Services Compensation Scheme in its long-running English High Court litigation against various parties in respect of the collapse of Keydata.

  •  leading Abu Dhabi retail agent in defending ICC arbitral proceedings relating to the termination of a License Agreement.

  • A Dubai Free Zone Regulator in relation to Dubai Court and DIAC arbitration proceedings against a significant plot owner.

  • An insurance underwriting platform in defending ICC arbitral proceedings relating to sums due pursuant to an earnout.

  • Sky UK Ltd in English High Court litigation against the manufacturer of satellite television receivers.

  • Sky UK Ltd in Irish High Court litigation relating to allegations of defamation on an online chat forum.

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  • Crescent Petroleum, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, London & Dubai

  • Sky UK (Secondment), London



  • England & Wales

  • Registered Legal Consultant, Dubai

  • Part I Registered with the DIFC Courts


  • Legal Practice Course, BPP Law School, London

  • University of Manchester

  • Universiteit Gent, Ghent, M.A. European And Comparative Law (ERASMUS) 

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