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The firm: One of the only UAE law firms to have a dedicated representative London office, Al Dahbashi Gray (ADG) is a full-service Emirati firm, headquartered in Dubai. It also has a representative office in Saudi Arabia.

ADG works hard to promote and develop Emirati talent. It also employs a collaborative approach, working hard to discover, develop and cement relationships with other high calibre lawyers and professionals worldwide. The firm then combines in-depth local knowledge with international expertise and provides responsive and bespoke legal services and strategic advice both directly to its own clients and to foreign law firms.

Established following the 2017 merger of Mohammed Al Dahbashi Advocates and Kingsgrove Partners, the firm is proud of its experienced and diverse team (including Emirati, British, Egyptian, Australian, Sudanese, and Kazakhstan members).

ADG’s aim is to continue to develop and connect exceptional local and international legal talent for the benefit of the region and beyond. Local and international clients as well as foreign law firms regularly commend ADG for its responsive, clear and commercial advice

Areas of practice: ADG is a full-service firm.

ADG offers clients the full spectrum of corporate services and commercial advice, for on-shore and off shore companies, partnerships, sole traders and free zones. By way of example, the firm drafted distribution agreements for a new shopping centre in Dubai, advised the Emirati partner of a major fast food outlet on renegotiating contracts with the company, and advised a Qatari authority in relation to acquisition of assets valued at QR 6.7 bn.

The firm’s Dispute Resolution Team is committed to resolving disputes (regional and international) in the most efficient and practical manner.  The firm’s advocates have full rights of audience before all UAE courts (including the DIFC Court), free zone authorities and tribunals.  Many of the firm’s lawyers have vast experience in dispute resolution beyond the UAE. The firm has also built up a network of leading firms and individuals in numerous other jurisdictions, enabling ADG to provide a seamless dispute resolution service for all clients, regardless of jurisdiction.

In the area of financial crime, ADG has the capability to effectively assist with internal, forensic and criminal investigations. The firm has particular expertise in obtaining and defending applications for freezing orders in local and foreign jurisdictions. ADG has in-depth understanding of the regulatory environment and of regulatory bodies in the UAE and MENA.

ADG also provides strategic advice and consultancy services to a wide range of clients, including governments. By way of example, ADG advised the Puntland State of Somalia in negotiations with P&O Ports for the $400m Bosaso Port Project.

ADG’s lawyers have vast experience relating to construction and infrastructure projects across multiple jurisdictions, including the UAE, DIFC, MENA region, Europe and East Africa. Experience ranges from acting for a high-net-worth individual in a dispute with a co-investor in an Abu Dhabi property project to advising a Bahraini bank in litigation concerning a $150m real estate development contract in Dubai.

ADG has extensive experience in defending criminal charges in the UAE. Whether a UAE or foreign national, the firm seeks to protect clients’ interests and rights, and guides them through understandably difficult times with compassion, understanding and sensitivity.

For clients with family-related matters, ADG is able to provide expert advice and guidance. From wealth management and succession planning to inheritance disputes, divorce and custody matters, ADG provides responsive and clear advice.

  • Other offices

  • London and Saudi Arabia

  • Number of lawyers: 20
  • at this office: 12
  • Languages
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Arabic
  • Russian
  • Member

Above material supplied by Al Dahbashi Gray.

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