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Noor Kadhim

International Business

Noor is an experienced solicitor and leads the International Arbitration and Art Law teams at Cubism Law.

Noor is an experienced solicitor and leads the International Arbitration and Art Law teams at Cubism Law. She has over 10 years' experience in advising on arbitration matters in the commercial and investment sectors, and on the dispute-related and commercial aspects of art-related claims.

Noor’s experience also includes working in-house on arbitration matters at the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris where she administered cases, including cases against States and State-owned entities.

Noor’s client base includes investor companies and individuals, multinational corporations, SMEs, startups, High Net Worth (HNW) collectors, entrepreneurs, independent art galleries, and institutions.

She has lectured at universities such as London School of Economics on third party funding, American University of Sharjah (annual arbitration workshops for the Iraqi Public Policy and Leadership Program), Oxford University on international investment arbitration, cultural appropriation, and the protection of cultural heritage under investment treaties, the University of Southampton on recovery of looted art from Iraq and many others.

Noor publishes articles frequently in the legal and arts press, and is currently writing texts on the investment protections afforded to disputants in the cultural heritage sector, as well as authoring an upcoming chapter on Iraqi arbitration law for globally recognised publishers.

Prior to joining Cubism, Noor was legal counsel at a leading third party funder, advising on the assessment of claims for funding (arbitration and litigation) and structuring the financial terms.


International arbitration

Art and cultural heritage

Third party funding


  • Represented a Cypriot bank in ICSID (BIT) arbitration against Greece on 2011 sovereign debt restructuring
  • Advised a Russian respondent in a London-seated LCIA arbitration on a joint venture dispute
  • Advised Abu Dhabi State-owned fund on what was at the time the UAE’s largest IPO dispute under Abu Dhabi-seated ADCCAC arbitration
  • Administered over 100 arbitration cases in the Middle East/ Mediterranean region as Deputy Counsel at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
  • Drafted the Afghan Arbitration Centre Rules (for a US Department of Commerce mission)
  • Acted for a New York agent in his action to defend a debt claim by a prominent New York designer and his counterclaim for unpaid debt (English High Court and New York courts)
  • September 2017 – March 2018: Legal Counsel, Vannin Capital
  • July 2016 – September 2017: Senior Associate, Joseph Hage Aaronson
  • September 2014 – June 2016: Deputy Counsel, ICC
  • September 2012 – September 2014: Partner, Gunnercooke
  • April 2010 – September 2012: Associate, Allen & Overy
  • Graduated with First Class Honours (Glasgow University: Law with French) (LLB) and First Class Honours from Queen Mary University in International Arbitration (LLM)