Dispute resolution in Kuwait

Al Markaz Law Firm

The dispute resolution experts at Al Markaz Law Firm 'are among the best lawyers at one of the best Kuwaiti firms'. Practice head and founding partner Fawwaz Al Saeed is a former president of the Kuwait Bar Association, with particular expertise in corporate, commercial and regulatory disputes. He is also a prominent name in the market for cases concerning bankruptcy, finance and capital markets. Qutaiba Al Saeed is an experienced litigator who has acted before the courts of first instance and the Court of Appeal. His strengths particularly lie in corporate governance, employment and pension law cases. Associate Zafar Iqbal, who focuses on arbitration, is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Ayman Nada; Fawwaz Alsaeed; Qutaiba Al Saeed

Testimonials

‘Solid ability to comprehend the intricacies of complex interrelationships among parties and stakeholders.’

‘We worked with Ayman Nada and Zafar Iqbal. They both did a good job. The client was pleased with the service and insights they provided.’

‘Among the best lawyers at one of the best Kuwaiti firms.’

Al Oula Law Firm (Adel Abdulhadi & Partners)

An 'exceptional law firm at all levels', Al Oula Law Firm (Adel Abdulhadi & Partners) is equipped to act in a variety of disputes. Adel Abdulhadi leads on the firm's white-collar criminal law disputes, including defending clients in cases of alleged bribery, money laundering and the misappropration of public funds. Outside of this field, Abdulhadi is also a respected name in cases involving human rights, national security and diplomatic relations.

Practice head(s):

Adel Abdulhadi; Fayez Al Dousari

Testimonials

‘Exceptional law firm at all levels: work experience, service, legal knowledge, capability of dealing with complex legal matters. I have retained other law firms in the past but the quality of work and amount of knowledge, mainly in the health and public sectors, are not comparable to the excellent experience I had with Al Oula Law.’

‘Adel Abdulhadi is well recognized litigator in Kuwait, excellent strategist and makes the client feel secure.’

‘The firm has a wide reputation in white-collar crimes. The service is excellent, the team is committed, hardworking, up to date with the legal and judicial tendencies in Kuwait. The firm and notably the managing partner, Adel Abdulhadi, were helpful and accessible during Covid-19 lockdown period.’

‘Adel Abdulhadi is a bold lawyer and has great knowledge of the Kuwait legal system and judicial tendencies.’

Key clients

Yiaco Medical Company

Ador Welding Limited Company

Green Carbon Company

Hasibat Communications Company

Boyua & Aamal for General Trading and Contracting Company

Eastern National Oilfield Services (ENOS)

Gulf International General Trading and Contracting Company (GIGTC)

Satco Engineering for General Trading & Contracting

Satco Food Trading Company

Kuwaiti Union of Farmers Market

Work highlights

  • Defending a political science professor in a national security claim brought by his criticism of the UAE government.
  • Defending an individual in a white-collar crime case related to bribery, money laundering and human trafficking.
  • Representing the appointed receiver of Comoro Gulf for General Trading and Contracting Company in an investigation into alleged corruption at the company.

ASAR - Al Ruwayeh & Partners

ASAR - Al Ruwayeh & Partners is differentiated through its strong background in tax and construction disputes, with capabilities in both litigation and arbitration. The team has recently worked in international arbitration cases in France, Switzerland and Korea, mostly involving contractual and settlement breaches. Key figures from the practice include Sam Habbas, who focuses on commercial litigation, and Ahmed Barakat, who is the standout name for international arbitration.

Abdullah Kh. Al-Ayoub & Associates

Abdullah Kh. Al-Ayoub & Associates primarily acts for international clients in both litigation and arbitration, with notable experience in handling payment disputes and contractual breaches. The firm's strong global client base is partly due to its membership of the World Services Group, an international alliance of independent law firms. The team represents companies operating in the aviation, consumer goods, engineering and construction, technology and retail sectors, among others. The practice is led by managing partner Abdullah Al-Ayoub and assistant managing partner Waleed Al-Ayoub.

Practice head(s):

Abdullah Al-Ayoub; Waleed Al-Ayoub

Work highlights

  • Represented a client in an arbitration in the US for claims arising out of a charter party agreement amounting in excess to $40m.
  • Defended a client in litigation with its distributer in Kuwait before the High Court of Appeal on a $6m case.
  • Advised a client in relation to a multi-million dollar tort claim concerning white-collar offences.

Meysan Partners

Advising domestic and international clients, Meysan Partners is skilled in both litigation and arbitration, with a particular focus on banking, commercial and construction cases. Senior partner Waleed Al Tattan is active in this field; an experienced advocate, he has appeared before various higher courts in Kuwait, including the Court of Cassation.

Practice head(s):

Waleed Al Tattan

Taher Group Law Firm (TAG)

Construction disputes are a particular strength of Taher Group Law Firm (TAG), particularly cases relating to payment issues between different parties. Outside of construction, the team is particularly active in the healthcare and hospitality sectors. Abdulaziz Alkhateeb is a well-known name in dispute resolution, with expertise in a range of litigation and arbitration. The firm maintains close relationships with law firms around the world through its membership of TAG Alliances.

Practice head(s):

Khalid Alkhateeb; Abdulaziz Alkhateeb

Key clients

Al-Khonaini General Trading & Contracting Company W.L.L.

Assaquib&Alhusseini General Trading & Contracting Company

Ali Naqi International General Trading & Contracting Company

Al-Yaqout & Al-Fouzan Legal Group (YFLG)

With expertise across a range of litigation and arbitration, Al-Yaqout & Al-Fouzan Legal Group (YFLG) particularly stands out for its work in construction disputes. The team is also highly active in issues relating to shipping, aviation, logistics and real estate. Khalifa Al Yaqout leads the practice and has experience acting before the courts in both Kuwait and the UAE.

Practice head(s):

Khalifa Al Yaquot

Key clients

Al Khorayef Group

T’azur Takaful Insurance

Kuwait Aviation Services Co. (KASCO)

Hyosung Corporation

KMC Holding

W General Trading

Robusta Company

Bridon Bekaert

Postaplus

Al Muthanna Insurance Company

Athman Investment Company

Al Tanmiya International Investment Company

Al Soor Investment Company

KFH Investment Company

MNA General Trading

Gulf Projects Company

National Contracting Company – Rezayat Group

Al Khorayef Company

Hyosung Corporation

Al Hayathem

Work highlights

  • Acted for W General Trading in a dispute against Aswan Shipping Company involving the unauthorised diversion of a ship to Kuwait and attempt to illegally sell cargo.
  • Acted for Carriage Logistics Co with regards to a dispute brought by the Kuwait Competition Authority.
  • Advised Arabian Steel in a contractual dispute against Isolux Corsan.