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Professor William Ballantyne

Called to the Bar 1977

Academic Background:

BA, MA, Trinity Hall, Cambridge

Visiting Professor of Arab Laws at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

Teacher of Post Graduate LLM Arab Comparative Commercial Law, University of London

Main Areas Of Expertise include:

  • International Litigation and Arbitration, as Chairman, Arbitrator, Counsel or Expert
  • Leading expert in Arab laws

Additional Information:

Maintains a complete library of the laws of Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Oman, updated as laws are issued and gazetted (Arabic)


Hon. Chairman, Arab Legal Forum, International Bar Association

Former Solicitor of the Supreme Court

Former member of the Bars of Kuwait, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates,with offices in those States.


Essays and Addresses on Arab Laws (2000)

Commercial Law in the Arab Middle East: The Gulf States (Lloyd's of London Press, 1986)

A Register of Laws of the Arabian Gulf (Lloyd's of London Press, 1985) et seq

Legal Development in Arabia (Graham & Trotman, 1980)

Cases of Note:

Dubai Bank Ltd. v Galadari and others - UAE Law

Westacre Investments v Jugoimport - expert, Kuwaiti law

State of Kuwait v Getty Oil - counsel for State of Kuwait, Kuwaiti law in New York Court

Qatar Petroleum Company v Shell - expert counsel for Shell, Qatari law arbitration (Paris)

State of Qatar v British Aerospace - Qatari law (Paris)

Westland Helicopters Limited v Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates et al - Swiss Law, laws of the 4 States arbitration (Geneva)

Trade Centre Management Co. Ltd. v ruler of Dubai - counsel for TCMC: Dubai/UAE Law arbitration (Amsterdam)

American Independent Oil Company (Aminoil) v State of Kuwait, arbitration (Paris): counsel for Aminoil, Kuwaiti law

Kuwait Oil Tanker Company v Al Badi & Ors: expert, Kuwaiti law

Glencore v Metro - UAE Law, etc.


Liveryman and Freeman of the City of London


Arabic, French

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