Robert Whitehead

Senior Associate - International Litigation & Arbitration Team

An International Dispute Resolution Specialist with Experience Handling A Wide Range of High-Value Commercial Disputes through Arbitration, Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution.


Robert has a broad commercial and financial dispute practice, with a specialist focus in agreements arising out of property, infrastructure, finance, banking and shareholder disputes, as well as wider fraud.

He practised at Clyde & Co LLP in England in claims before the Commercial Court and Chancery Division of the High Court and Court of Appeal where he handled large loss claims for international blue-chip clients from a variety of commercial industries in complex, multi-party and cross-jurisdictional disputes.

He has substantial international experience before arbitral tribunals and in the courts of offshore jurisdictions, in particular, the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts (“DIFC Courts”).

Robert’s work involves issues as to applicable law, jurisdiction and cross-border enforcement including handling multi-jurisdiction enforcement of judgments and arbitral awards.

He regularly represents clients in arbitrations governed by various institutional rules including DIAC, DIFC-LCIA and ICC and has represented several high- profile individuals in the region in high-value employment disputes.


Robert Whitehead | Senior Associate
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Professional Negligence
  • Arbitration
  • Civil Fraud
  • Banking and Financial Services
  • Regulatory and Investigations
  • Property Disputes
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Employment, and Pensions Disputes
  • Banking and Finance Disputes
  • Maritime Disputes
  • Corporate and Commercial Disputes
  • Intellectual Property Disputes
  • Media and Sports Disputes
  • Construction and Contractual Disputes


2008 – LLB Hons. degree in Law, Durham University, 2.1 degree class
2009 – Legal Practice Course, York College of Law


2017 – Registered as a Legal Practitioner, DIFC Courts
2017 – Registered as a Legal Practitioner, Dubai Legal Affairs Department
2012 – Member of the Law Society of England and Wales
2012 – Admitted as a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales