Ishfaq Ahmed


I have been practising in commercial, shipping and arbitration law since 1999. I advise, draft and represent in a wide range of matters including international trade, arbitration, private international law, carriage of goods, charterparty disputes and arbitration related matters. I have appeared before a number of courts including the county courts, High Court, employment tribunals and the Dubai World Tribunal as well as before arbitration tribunals. I am an external examiner for a number of BPTC providers relating to commercial dispute resolution and alternative dispute resolution modules.

Recent matters include:

Regularly advising on the proper interpretation and effect of commercial documents with ad hoc terms and/or incorporating international conventions including bills of lading, charterparties and other contracts.

Anti-suit injunctions obtained in respect of foreign proceedings brought in breach of English jurisdiction/arbitration clauses and/or vexatiously.

Advising and representing in court in respect of relief under s.44 Arbitration Act 1996 and applications for freezing injunction and security for costs.

Advising on and representing in respect of applications under s.9 (stay of legal proceedings), s.67 (substantive jurisdiction challenge to award) and s.68 (serious irregularity challenge to award) and appeals on point of law under s.69 Arbitration Act 1996.

Appearance before the Special Tribunal Related to Dubai World (Sir John Chadwick and Sir David Steel) concerning liability for the sinking of the Claimant's boat at the Defendant's dock


Published Works

Contact details

Areas of Practice

Dispute Resolution

Year Qualified



1995-1998: The University of Bristol: First Class Honours in LLB Law Degree
1998-1999: Inns of Court School of Law: Bar Vocational Course
2014: Master of Laws in Commercial Law (Distinction)


Employment Lawyers Association
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
Employment Law Bar Association
London Shipping Law Centre
Commercial Bar Association
Industrial Law Society