Dechert partner Neil Gerrard “orchestrated” an Emirate’s “secret prison” where suspects are “held without due process for them to be interrogated”, a businessman has claimed in a court filing.

Farhad Azima, an American-Iranian businessman alleged in his skeleton argument that Gerrard, a London-based Dechert partner and deputy chair of the firm’s Europe, Middle East and Asia litigation group, “oversees” a “secret prison” in the United Arab Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah (RAK).