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Nicholas Tse


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An Associate Member of Crown Office Chambers, Nicholas Tse is Head of International Arbitration and co-chair of the International Dispute Resolution team at Alem and Associates. From 1 November 2020, he will be based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Nicholas is a dual-qualified, bilingual international advocate who has represented governments, multinationals, banks and financial institutions. Unusually, he is a disputes lawyer who also has strong transactional experience. He has appeared in cases before the WTO, the English courts, and in offshore jurisdictions such as Bermuda, the BVI, Cayman, Jersey, the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Courts and the Dubai World Tribunal. Nicholas has also arbitrated international disputes in London, Paris, Geneva and Dubai, and has significant experience negotiating major international contracts Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

Prior to joining Alem and Associates, Nicholas was the Head of International Arbitration at Brown Rudnick in London. Prior to that, and formerly the head of the International Disputes Team in the London office of Gide Loyrette Nouel LLP.

Practice Focus

Nicholas’ practice focusses on international arbitration, multi-jurisdictional commercial litigation, and ADR. He also advises on risk management, and the negotiation of major international commercial contracts, in particular relating to projects and complex infrastructure, transport, and defence.


  • Inns of Court School of Law – BVC (1995)
  • College of Law, London – Diploma of Law (1994)
  • Ecole Normale Superieure – Lettres Modernes (1993)
  • Sorbonne – Maitrise de Lettres Modernes (1993)
  • Oxford University – B.A. Hons Modern Languages (1992)

Bar Admissions

  • Barrister of England and Wales
  • Barreau de Paris
  • Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court
  • Dubai International Financial Centre Courts

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