Seyaad Arif

I am a Direct Access qualified Barrister. If you have a legal problem related to Adjudication, Construction Law, International Arbitration, Litigation or Professional Negligence please do not hesitate to contact me for a initial consultation which will be without charge.

My approach

My approach is quite simple yet highly effective. I begin by attentively considering your instructions and meticulously examining all communication and documentation you provide. This is followed by a thorough analysis and legal research. Subsequently, I deliver personalized advice in writing, outlining the next steps.

This straightforward approach consistently yields favorable outcomes in cases. I am dedicated to actively listening to your needs and passionately advocating for your best interests.

My work

Local Experience – England and Wales:

  • 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
  • Advocacy Experience

International Experience – Middle East 

  • 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.

About me

I was called to the Bar in November 2012 and have a full practising certificate.

What my clients say

"We have instructed Mr. Arif to assist us in legal matters on a direct access basis recently to (1). Draft terms of business for our clients; (2). To provide advice in terminating a JCT construction contract for non payment with our client. We would highly recommend Mr. Arif for his professionalism and expertise if you require his construction and contract legal services" - Managing Director of a Construction Company 

"Mr. Arif, dealt with my case very professionally, from start to finish, he explained everything in plain english. Having been in the property business for over 10 years, I have no problem recommending Mr Arif to friends, family and clients who need an experienced barrister that understands the property business."  - Managing Director of a Property Company

Professional & academic


  • LLB – 2:1
  • LLM in Commercial Law
  • LLM 
  • Bar Vocational Course