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Nathan Hooper

Support Legal, Dubai

Nathan boasts an impressive career spanning over 12 years, during which he has practiced complex litigation and arbitration on local, regional, and international levels. His expertise encompasses a diverse array of sectors, and he has represented a wide range of clients, from regional and multinational corporations to UHNWIs and SMEs.

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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 global transportation network company in relation to threatened IP proceedings in the UAE. 

  • A European compressor manufacture in relation to breaches of its IP in Abu Dhabi.

  • An Abu Dhabi alternative investment fund in relation to breach of contract claims for failure to provide critical software code in a joint venture arrangement.


  • Mr Abdulhameed Dhia Jafar in relation to a Cayman Grand Court claim for deceit and unjust enrichment against certain entities within the Abraaj group.

  • Part of the in-house team representing Crescent Petroleum in its PCA arbitrations against the National Iranian Oil Company. 

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

  • Shareholders of a major UAE-based construction and engineering conglomerate in respect of DIAC arbitral proceedings against the other shareholders. 

  • A Dubai Free Zone Regulator in relation to a real estate dispute, involving both UAE Court and DIAC arbitral proceedings. 

  • A UAE-based energy company in multiple and complex LCIA arbitration proceedings relating to disputed earn-out provisions.

  • A global aerospace insurer in defending ICC arbitral proceedings relating to sums due pursuant to an earnout. 

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

  • Sky UK Ltd in a dispute relating to the sale of defective satellite television receivers.

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


  • 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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