Mehdi is a Legal Director in the Dubai office of Kennedys. He qualified as a Solicitor in England & Wales in 2012, specialising in commercial dispute resolution, primarily for insurers and reinsurers.

Mehdi advises on the investigation, defence and arbitration of a wide variety of large loss matters in the Middle East. He deals with matters across multiple lines of business which include, but are not limited to,  construction, cyber, directors & officers, energy, financial lines, professional liability, and property damage claims.

In the arbitration sphere, Mehdi has acted for commercial, construction and insurer clients in arbitrations under the rules of various institutions, including ADCCAC, DIAC, DIFC-LCIA, ICC, LCIA and SIAC.

Mehdi worked for five years in London before moving to Dubai in 2018. Many of his clients are London-market insurers and reinsurers seeking advice on risks, subrogated recoveries, or monitoring counsel across the MENA region. This work spans multiple legal jurisdictions and has included acting on matters in the United Arab Emirates (including Abu Dhabi Global Market and the Dubai International Financial Centre), Afghanistan, Bahrain, Jordan, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar and Tunisia.

Mehdi has co-authored the UAE Chapter in a text published by LexisNexis MENA called “Agency Law in the Gulf: GCC Approaches and Egyptian Influences”.

Mehdi is registered with and regulated by both the Dubai Legal Affairs Department in the UAE and the Solicitors Regulation Authority in the UK.

Mehdi contributed to the writing of Kennedys' 'Global forecast 2024: Evolving insurance risks' report, published in January 2024.

Work highlights

  • Representing the design consultant in a USD 330 million, multi-party dispute relating to fire damage on a high rise building in Dubai.
  • Acting for a publicly listed UK company in a USD 16 million DIFC-LCIA arbitration relating to a dispute between shareholders of an antimony mining company in Oman.
  • Advising reinsurers on a USD 38 million subrogated recovery following damage to a steam turbine at a power plant in Saudi Arabia.
  • Advising a panel of primary and excess layer insurers and reinsurers on potential D&O liabilities after the high-profile insolvency of a construction company in the Middle East, leaving debts estimated to be USD billions.
  • Advising insurers on a USD 23 million subrogated recovery relating to damage to aircraft caused by foreign object debris on a commercial passenger flight at an airport in the UAE.