Seyaad Arif

Call Lincoln's Inn 2012

Seyaad can be instructed by direct access clients, foreign lawyers, national and international government departments or solicitors to provide assistance in the following context:


Key Areas

  • Civil/Contractual Disputes

  • Domestic & International Construction Law

  • Construction Adjudication

  • Construction Professional Negligence

  • Debt Recovery

  • Domestic & International Arbitration

  • Litigation


Local Experience – England and Wales:

  • Instructed to provide written advocacy for an overseas client in relation to fraud and regulatory matters against a major UK bank

  • Acted for various landlords in respect of wide ranging property disputes

  • Instructed by a main construction contractor to draft bespoke terms of business for their clients

  • Instructed by a main contractor to provide advice on termination of a JCT construction contract for non payment with their client

  • Instructed by a trade contractor to advise on potential liquidation by their client and possible remedies for non payment

  • Instructed by a property broker in a debt recovery dispute

  • Conducting oral criminal trial advocacy


International Experience – Middle East 

Employed by a Legal 500 law firm in the Gulf Cooperation Council (“GCC”) which is recommended by chambers and partners 2018 in the region where Seyaad acted for:

  • A government department in the GCC on a mega construction project concerning an international airport where the claim was worth in the excess of £200 million. The case involved technical issues under the FIDIC form of contract such as defects, extension of time, procurement, right to payment, valuation of variations, concurrent delay, and liquidated damages which meant leading the team in investigating causes of action, drafting statements of case and commencing legal proceedings

  • A well known main contractor in the trade of undertaking construction work throughout the GCC in order to advice in respect of performance bonds and termination of sub contracts. The case involved issues under a bespoke contract such as delays/disruptions/financial difficulties faced by the sub contractors

  • A well established international main contractor engaged in construction work internationally to defend them at the initial stages of 12 arbitrations submitted by their sub contractor under the Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (“MEP”) contracts. The cases involved payment disputes/delays/disruption to projects. Seyaad was engaged to prepare the ad hoc arbitration agreements and deal with the mechanisms of the arbitration procedure

  • A Desalination Plant owner in the GCC in respect of any potential liability claim by the government


Local In House Experience – England & Wales:

Employed in house for two large Financial Times Stock Exchanges (“FTSE”) companies in:

  • Conducting property and tradesman disputes.

  • Conducting pre/post litigation and arbitration proceedings.


The above experience is not an exhaustive list



  • LLB – 2:1

  • LLM in Commercial Law

  • LLM in Legal Professional Skills (Thesis ‘International Law’)

  • Bar Vocational Course



  • Adjudication Society

  • Professional Negligence Bar Association

  • Public Access Bar Association

  • The Society of Construction Law

  • Technology and Construction Bar Association


Direct Public Access:

Seyaad is authorised to accept instructions directly from individual clients and businesses.



He has an interest in travelling and trialing differing cuisines. Seyaad also takes pride in supporting and raising money for local charity projects.