Noor Kadhim

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Noor Kadhim


Noor is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution team.

Noor specialises in International Arbitration and Art Law.

Noor qualified as an English solicitor in 2008 but also has experience working in civil law jurisdictions such as France and the United Arab Emirates. Her specialist areas are international commercial and investment arbitration, litigation, and art and cultural heritage law. In international arbitration, she has represented corporations, individuals, states and state-owned entities in LCIA, ICC, ICSID, UNCITRAL, ADCCAC and other proceedings, in London, Paris, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi. Sectors in which she has advised clients include energy (including renewables), shareholder and general commercial matters, and financial services. Her other area of expertise is art and cultural heritage law where she has represented gallerists, artists, institutions, and collectors in a wide range of circumstances ranging from title disputes to ordinary commercial (non-contentious) matters (including licensing and contractual transactions).

Noor has also worked in-house at the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris, where she administered over 100 cases as a Deputy Counsel in the Eastern Mediterranean, Greek and Turkish team between 2014 and 2016. Further in-house experience includes a secondment at a major international litigation funder, where she sourced arbitration and litigation cases for funding, assisted with presentations on funding, and advised the investment committee on the merits of cases submitted for funding. Noor maintains relationships with various third party funders and is well-placed to assist clients and international counsel with placing cases for funding.

Dispute Resolution Experience

Noor’s international arbitration experience includes representing Italian investors against an East African state for expropriation and unfair and inequitable treatment of a renewables plant-based fuel project under a BIT before an ad hoc tribunal under the UNCITRAL Rules where the damages exceed $50M, representing Cypriot investors in a multi-billion euro claim against the Greek state, for the haircut imposed on short term bondholders alleged to be contrary to the FET and anti-discrimination provisions of the applicable BIT. Commercial arbitration representative experience includes advising Turkish investors (hotel owners) in their £11M claim against a global 5 star operator for breach of contract and negligent mismanagement of an airport hotel in Turkey, advising Russian counterparties in breach of contract, breach of guarantee, and joint venture disputes before LCIA tribunals, representing two state-owned entities in the UAE against sub-contractors in construction cases for wrongful termination or breach of contract in two arbitrations administered by the ICC and DIAC, and advising a Qatari company in a shareholder dispute concerning a failed company share purchase.

Noor’s litigation experience includes representing members of a Far Eastern royal family in their £20M claim in the High Court (Chancery Division) against a fraudulent UK and Swiss based businessman and his companies, successfully obtaining a worldwide freezing injunction against his assets, and advising the investors in their claim against a UK based third party funder for non-repayment of a loan and failure to remit profits relating to their investments.

Noor also publishes articles, guest lectures at universities worldwide, and regularly holds seminars and workshops, on arbitration related matters. This includes workshops on arbitration at the American University of Sharjah as part of the Iraq Policy and Leadership Programme, and two recent presentations to the Iraqi government and the private sector, in Baghdad in 207 and 2018, on the import of the New York and the ICSID Conventions of 1958 and 1964, at the Iraq Energy Conference. Noor often gives presentations to law firms and clients on third party funding. Noor has been retained by a consultancy agency in New York to give general informational advice on third party funding to prospective US investors. Noor also has experience in drafting legislation and arbitration rules: she was part of the US Department of Commerce-selected team to draft the Afghan Centre arbitration rules, and assisted in the drafting of the Abu Dhabi Freezone arbitration law when she worked in Dubai.

Art Law Experience

Noor regularly acts for creatives, where she has advised on contractual drafting, and soft IP and licensing matters, and art loan and insurance documentation. She also represents artists, collectors and museums, sometimes in low to higher value disputes that frequently involve a cross-border element. Noor was part of the small legal team advising the Morozov heirs in their claim against Yale University for restitution of Van Gogh’s ‘Night Café’, alleged to have been illegally taken out of Russia. She is currently advising a German collector in his £165,000 claim in the Mercantile Court against multiple parties for restitution of a stolen painting, alternatively damages in conversion and breach of fiduciary duty.


Noor Kadhim, Partner in our Dispute Resolution team and Richard Edwards QC from 3VB hosted an event in London on Thursday 23 January. This seminar discussed how the courts in England have approached disputes about the authenticity and attribution of artworks, from the eighteenth to the twenty-first century. Please click here to listen and here to see the slides from the presentation.

Legal Directories and Awards

Noor has been recommended as part of the Legal 500 2021 rankings in the Commercial Litigation Team. The team is commended  to be “very committed to the cases in which they are instructed. Somehow they always find the time to fully deal with and concentrate on the matters at hand. Cases are dealt with in a cost-conscious manner, regardless of the quantum involved.”

Memberships and Professional Bodies

Advisory Board Member of the New York Center for Art Law

Noor Kadhim qualified in 2008.

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