Clyde & Co expands its International Trade & Transportation practice in Saudi Arabia

Global law firm Clyde & Co has today announced the appointment of Senior Associate Khurram Ali in Riyadh to expand its International Trade & Transportation practice in Saudi Arabia. Khurram recently relocated from Clyde & Co’s Dubai office to lead this expansion initiative in Saudi Arabia, making Clyde & Co the only international law firm with a dedicated trade and transportation specialist based in the Kingdom.

Clyde & Co’s move to have a locally based expert servicing clients recognises the importance of the shipping and transportation market developments supported by Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030. Clyde & Co has operated in Saudi Arabia since 2009, and is the only fully-integrated international law firm in the country with full rights of audience before the local courts, offering legal services across all sectors to both local and international companies.


Khurram joined Clyde & Co’s Dubai office in 2013 and has more than 15 years’ of experience in dispute resolution. He primarily focuses on shipping and transportation as well as commodity disputes and general commercial litigation. Khurram has also advised several government bodies on aspects of their shipping and transport regulations.

Christopher Jobson, Partner at Clyde & Co and Head of Dispute Resolution for the Middle East, says: “The growing activity we are witnessing in the Saudi market is unprecedented and required a dedicated expert with the right know-how. Khurram is an exceptional practitioner and will be a great asset for our clients”.

Khurram Ali says: “Saudi Arabia is experiencing exciting developments and Vision 2030 is already leading to key investments for transportation, trade and logistics. I’m looking forward to assisting clients in those projects across the Kingdom.”

The International Trade & Transportation team in Riyadh led by Khurram Ali includes Saudi qualified advocates Abdullatif Albunayyan (associate) and Mohammed Aldowish (associate). Partner Rob Lawrence will continue to oversee Clyde & Co’s International Trade & Transportation practice in the Kingdom from the Dubai office.

Based in all major shipping and trading hubs in the world, Clyde & Co has a strong focus on international trade and transportation, acting for a wide range of clients including charterers, traders, major dry and tanker owners, oil majors, P&I Clubs, hull and cargo insurers, freight forwarders, inland transporters, shipbuilders, shipyards, ship owners and operators in marine transportation. Clyde & Co’s Middle East International Trade & Transportation team has been building deep marine market knowledge for nearly 30 years. With 4 partners and 22 lawyers, it is the only international practice with dedicated shipping, international trade and transportation lawyers on-the-ground, advising on transactional, disputes and insurance matters across the entire Middle East region.

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