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Al Suwaidi & Company

Work +971 4 321 1000
Fax +971 4 321 1001
Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai

MOHAMMED R. ALSUWAIDI, Managing partner

Managing Partner Mohammed R. Alsuwaidi shares his insights on how his firm is continuously refining its services to grow with his clients and adopt to changing times.

What do you see as the main points that differentiate ALSUWADI & COMPANY from your competitors?

We are a major litigation firm with lawyers who have full rights of audience before all Courts of the United Arab Emirates, Dubai International Financial Centre Courts and arbitration tribunals. We have an in-depth knowledge of the application of laws in courts. Our day-to-day dealing with the judiciary has given us a unique understanding of the UAE Court System. Coupled with quality training as well as close government relationships, our drive to succeed and knowledge of the region, have earned our firm the reputation of delivering consistent results.

Which practices do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?

The slow economy has affected the cash flow of entities and we have witnessed an increase in disputes. This leads to growth in litigation and arbitration practice.
Another area of practice which is growing is employment law. When companies are downsizing, there are termination disputes and companies are more vigilant in examining their employment contracts and processes.
Tax practice is also growing with the introduction of VAT in certain GCC countries, including the UAE. We are adopting tested processes to the domestic environment and learning from experiences of foreign jurisdictions. Our taxation team is undertaking continuous training in anticipation of an increase demand for legal services in the taxation field.

What's the main change you've made in the firm that will benefit clients?

Al Suwaidi & Company has recently joined the MULTILAW Network, through which it is associated with firms from 100 countries with a workforce of 9,000+ lawyers. As UAE’s only member of MULTILAW, Al Suwaidi & Company can provide worldwide legal access to clients by connecting them with multi-jurisdictional expertise to facilitate cross-border transactions and disputes.
In addition, we have created a Client Relations Department in our office that aims to cater to clients’ needs and ensure client satisfaction during and after the completion of legal services.

Is technology changing the way you interact with your clients, and the services you can provide them?

Yes, technology is aiding us to streamline processes in the firm. We are currently testing a new case management application to replace what we currently have, and this will hopefully increase efficiency. When lawyers spend less time in administrative work, they will have more time to focus on the legal work. One of the features in this application is automatic invoice generation. Aside from improving the accounting processes of the firm, it will be a tool in the future to analyze trends in the fields of practices in our firm.

Can you give us a practical example of how you have helped a client to add value to their business?

A practical example is in relation to employment. We helped clients safeguard their interests with our value-added service of prosecuting former employees who put client’s business at risk by divulging trade secrets. We have recent criminal proceedings against two former employees who, after leaving the company, set up a business in direct competition with the client’s business. We were able to have their business closed and prosecute them.

clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms - where do you see the firm in three years’ time?

We are a 21-year old firm and we have been growing steadily with a low lawyer turnover rate. In our experience, clients expect a certain stability. We have a number of lawyers who have been with us for more than 10 years, some even for more than 17 years. It is important for clients that there is a consistent presence and certain familiarity with someone in the team. For us, it is always a partnership. We make sure that we are available and competent to help and add value to our clients’ businesses, and we want them to feel that someone they know in the firm understands, supports, and progresses towards their goals and in alignment with their values.
We are still growing and adding human assets to increase our workforce for continuous responsiveness to the developments and challenges that clients are facing.

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