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Joseph Dyke

Professional and Academic Background:

BA History (Hons) – School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London – 2012 – First Class

Graduate Diploma in Law – City Law School – 2013 

Bar Professional Training Course – City Law School – 2014

Called to the Bar (Lincoln’s Inn) – November 2014


At McNair Chambers

Experience of international commercial litigation/arbitration and Public International Law matters acting as junior associate on a wide range of dispute resolution matters, including:

  • Commercial litigation: junior associate on several cases before the English Chancery Division, Commercial Court, Court of Appeal and Privy Council, including contributions to the drafting of Statements of Case, as well as various interim applications.
  • Public International Law: junior associate on several cases before the English courts and international courts/tribunals, including the International Court of Justice, involving issues of non-justiciability, State immunity, Diplomatic immunity, the Foreign Act of State doctrine, consular relations, the existence of Customary International Law rules, international law remedies, and constitutional law aspects.
  • Arbitration: junior associate on a number of domestic and international arbitrations under the auspices of various arbitration institutions, involving research on substantive and procedural foreign law and close involvement in preparation of Statements of Case, evidence gathering and disclosure.
  • Regulatory: junior associate on a number of matters before regulatory tribunals and raising regulatory issues in various jurisdictions. Also provided legal research related to criminal proceedings in foreign jurisdictions involving constitutional and regulatory issues.
  • Other: researched, wrote and presented seminars on different aspects of international dispute resolution, delivered at conferences throughout the Middle East and Asia.

Research Assistant (prior to joining McNair Chambers)

Extensive research (2013-2014) for a variety of UK barristers and Judges in different legal areas, including: 

  • European Union restrictive measures (‘sanctions’),
  • the ambit of the term “possessions” for the purposes of Article 1 of Protocol No.1 to the European Convention on Human Rights,
  • the constitutional and legal consequences of Scottish independence,
  • the approach of International Arbitral Tribunals in dealing with expropriation and allegations of fraud/bribery.


Marshalled Sir Richard Aikens (Lord Justice Aikens as he then was) in the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) and Lord Justice Lewison in the Court of Appeal (Civil Division) in July 2013


Associate, McNair Chambers, Doha, Qatar (September 2014-present)

Achievements & Academic Activities:

  • Lord Denning Scholar, Lincoln’s Inn (recipient of £15,000 scholarship towards the Bar Professional Training Course) 2013
  • Hardwicke Scholar, Lincoln’s Inn 2013


  • Public International Law Before the English Courts (published 2016) (assisted Khawar Qureshi QC and Catriona Nicol)
  • Advisory Opinions of the International Court of Justice (published 2018) (assisted Khawar Qureshi QC and Catriona Nicol)
  • Arab World Litigants in the English Courts (2019-2020)’ published in International Journal of Arab Arbitration (February 2021) (together with Khawar Qureshi QC and Catriona Nicol)
  • The End of the Qatar Blockade’ published in MENA Business Law Review (together with Catriona Nicol)

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