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The firm

Al Sharif Advocates & Legal Consultants is a law firm offering comprehensive local and international legal consultancy in a broad spectrum of legal areas. The firm, based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, was founded in 1982 by a UAE national, Dr Abdul Rahman Al Sharif.

Al Sharif Advocates & Legal Consultants is staffed with a multicultural team of lawyers with industry-leading expertise as well as local lawyers qualified to appear before UAE courts. By combining expertise in local laws with a deep understanding of the clients’ needs, it is able to bridge the cultural barriers between foreign clients and UAE laws and institutions, thus offering clients an unmatched commercial and legal advantage.

In over three decades of its existence, Al Sharif Advocates has witnessed the rapid growth of Dubai into a commercial hub of the Middle East. This growth is in a large part augmented by Dubai’s legal infrastructure and the visionary UAE government, which aims to create a stable yet progressive business environment. Banking on these opportunities over the years, Al Sharif Advocates stands as one of the leading law firms in the United Arab Emirates today.

Areas of practice

Arbitration and conciliation: Abdul Rahman Al Sharif has more than ten years experience in handling cases involving alternative dispute resolution issues and proceedings and is an accepted arbitrator with Abu Dhabi Arbitration Centre and GCC Arbitration centre.

Administrative: the firm prides itself on providing clients with prudent, logical advice in various areas, including administrative tribunals, ministerial decisions, local bodies, matters of discipline, and interpretation and application of policies.

Commercial and corporate: the firm is experienced in handling a wide variety of corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions, restructuring, liquidations, assignments of shares and transfers of ownership, stock market, holdings and offshore corporation, bankruptcy and insolvency.

Construction and real estate development: the practice covers a broad range of civil litigation with a primary focus on construction law. The firm’s real estate practice encompasses legal issues involved in buying, selling, developing, financing, restructuring, building, leasing and managing properties.

Contract: the firm assists in drafting the terms of the contract, defining the promise and protecting the client from future liabilities.

Commercial agency and related dispute: the firm offers competent legal advice to clients drafting commercial agency agreements.

Criminal: the practice includes the representation of clients in criminal investigations and proceedings. Its experience encompasses all phases of the criminal judicial process.

E-commerce and information technology: the firms lawyers advise clients on the provisions of e-commerce and IT law in UAE.

International corporate transactions: includes drafting and negotiating of international commercial contracts in all fields of commerce. .

Intellectual property and trade mark: the firm has extensive experience in combating trade mark piracy, preventing counterfeit imports and representing clients at all stages of litigation and infringement cases.

Labour and insurance: develop, implement and maintain appropriate internal policies and procedures to deal with employment and labour issues. The litigation team represents and advises clients on issues such as personal injury, property damage, professional negligence, life and disability insurance, environmental and coverage claims.

Litigation and rent committee cases: the team has extensive experience both as prosecutors and defence counsellors and are able to represent clients at all stages of litigation.

Setting-up business: this area of practice includes planning, drafting and assisting in all aspects of the business set-up.

Transportation: Al Sharif Advocates provides counselling, litigation and government relations support to companies and entities of all types involved in ocean, air, road and pipeline transportation.


International groupingsAmerican Business Council
Turkish Business Council

Number of lawyers 25

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