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  • Brian Boahene

    Brian Boahene
    Partner, Dubai

    Insurance, Commodities & trade

    T. +971 4 307 6000
    M. +971 50 253 1182
    D. +971 4 307 6040

Brian is a dispute resolution specialist advising domestic and international clients in the insurance, trade and transport sectors. He has wide ranging experience of commercial litigation both in the English High Court and the local courts in the Middle East and regularly advises on international arbitration and alternative dispute resolution, particularly mediation.

Brian has a focus of advising on insurance disputes relating to marine, property, liability, energy, trade credit & political risks and financial lines insurances. He advises on claims arising under direct insurance and facultative and treaty reinsurance policies. He has acted in several local and international insurance arbitrations in coverage claims, defence work and in pursuing/defending subrogation claims. 

In the transport sector, Brian advises on shipping disputes arising under charterparties, bills of lading and other contracts of carriage. His work includes both front-end advice on contract wordings and contentious matters including ship arrest, collisions and groundings. He also advises aviation and shipping clients on insurance issues and has been seconded to two Middle Eastern aviation companies.

His expertise extends to matters of regulatory compliance in the area of international sanctions and compliance regimes and he also has extensive experience advising on GDPR, cyber security, incident response and statutory reporting issues.

Highlight Matters 

  • Acting for CMA CGM Group and their fixed and floating objects insurers in a landmark decision before the Dubai World Tribunal establishing the ability for ship owners and their liability insurers to limit their liability under UAE law, and to do so in the form of a P&I Club Letter of Undertaking pursuant to 1976 limits of the Limitation of Liability Convention for Maritime Claims.
  • Acting for property and business interruption insurers in multimillion dollar subrogation claim against ship owners and their P&I Club following damage to the insurer’s port facility.
  • Acting for successful insurers in defending claim under a Builder’s Risks policy before the UAE local courts in a dispute as to the nature of the indemnity available was an agreed value policy or a limit of liability dependent on the actual value of loss.
  • Advising reinsurers on coverage issues arising under an operational material damage and business interruption policy following a mechanical failure of equipment at an onshore energy plant causing high value losses.
  • Acting for insurers in multiparty litigation involving disputes with their reinsurers, their insured and their reinsurance brokers following substantial damaged to insured property in Dubai and achieving substantial recovery from the reinsurers and the brokers.
  • Acting for one of the largest international insurers and their insureds in claims under a property, business interruption and loss of rent insurance following a fire to a well-known shopping mall in Dubai.
  • Acting for liability insurers following fire to The Address Downtown Dubai hotel.
  • Advising major Middle East NOC on the terms of their group D&O policy.
  • Advising reinsurers on coverage issues under computer crime policy following substantial fraud perpetrated against major international corporate in the Middle East.

Advising reinsurers on coverage for D&O claim following the commencement of US proceedings against a director acting for one of the insured’s outside entities.

Legal Directory Quotes

“'very good service' and 'strong practitioner on the insurance side'"Chambers Global 
“he knows the nuances of dealing with arabic courts."Chambers Global 


"To try to secure the best outcome for clients through a clear understanding of their commercial objectives."

Insurance, Commodities & trade


Chambers Global

Education (University):
Bournemouth University