Firms in the Spotlight Dispute resolution: local litigation



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Alsuwaidi & Company

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Alsuwaidi & Company is a full-service modern law firm, with a commercial approach. Since the firm started in 1997, it has recruited high-calibre and experienced lawyers from international backgrounds. The team works closely together in a collegiate environment and continues to win praise from clients for impressive results. It punches above its weight, particularly in …

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Dispute resolution: local litigation in United Arab Emirates

Al Tamimi & Company

Al Tamimi & Company continues to have a strong bench in several emirates and is instructed across a full spectrum of disputes, often working in conjunction with its free zone litigation practice as well as its strong arbitration presence and offices across the Arab world. Naief Yahia in Dubai has both banking and construction litigation expertise, including cases involving well-connected employers, as well as handling key commercial agency disputes. UAE advocate and firm chairman Essam Al Tamimi is another notable name in Dubai. Mohamed Al Marzouqi, who heads the Abu Dhabi office, and Taiba Al Safar are other notable UAE advocates in the team. Zafer Oghli heads the team in Sharjah and also handles heavyweight commercial litigation, and Ammar Haykal, based in Ras al Khaimah, has handled a number of white-collar criminal cases of note.

Practice head(s):

Essam Al Tamimi; Hassan Arab

Other key lawyers:

Mohamed Al Marzouqi; Zafer Sheikh Oghli; Naief Yahia; Ammar Haykal

Key clients

Walch & Schurti Attorneys At Law

beIn Sports

Oman Insurance Company

Mashreq Bank

The US Securities and Exchange Commission

Credit Suisse

LG Electronics

Al Suwaidi Engineering Group

First Abu Dhabi Bank

FAB Securities

El Seif Engineering

KT & G

Standard Chartered Bank




Majid Al Futtaim Group

Hadef & Partners

Abdulrahman Juma is the key UAE advocate in the team at Hadef & Partners, with recent activity in cases as diverse as intellectual property through to the enforcement of arbitral awards. Walid Azzam, who has experience of practising in the US, is a key name for disputes across the Arab world. Salih Ahnaish is also active in major disputes, including property litigation. Khalid El Sharif Abdulati is a key senior consultant with good connections in Abu Dhabi. Other areas handled include tax disputes, civil fraud claims and white-collar criminal cases.

Practice head(s):

Abdulrahman Juma; Salih Ahnaish

Other key lawyers:

Walid Azzam; Khalid El Sharif Abdulati

Key clients

IDBI Bank Limited (DIFC branch)

Work highlights

  • Representing IDBI Bank in a dispute concerning a UAE law loan to Horizon Energy LLC with issues as to the enforcement of a Liberian law ship mortgage and UAE security cheques.

Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla

The team at Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla has been particularly prominent of late in tax disputes, but property litigation, white-collar criminal law and broader commercial disputes, including corporate governance matters at family-owned companies, also feature in the firm's caseload. Mohamed El Khatib is a key name. Name partner Habib Al Mulla, whose practice crosses over between arbitration and the courts, is a UAE advocate, as are associates Eman Asad and Amir Alkhaja, the latter being notable for banking litigation. Counsel Wael El Tounsy (Egyptian-qualified, like El Khatib) heads the real estate litigation practice, and senior associate Mohamed El Baghdady focuses on tax litigation.

Practice head(s):

Habib Al Mulla; Mohamed El Khatib

Other key lawyers:

Wael El Tounsy; Amir Alkhaja; Eman Asad; Tarek Saad; Mohamed El Baghdady


‘The team ensures that the matter of concern is heard at length and different aspects and implications are thoroughly evaluated. The team places special emphasis on giving a clear strategy to handle the case and explain the possible outcomes. Its distinctive abilities include calculated prognostications, professional counselling and an unmatched relevant experience.’

‘A personalised and tailor-made counselling approach is what makes the team stand out, a careful evaluation of the case is done and thorough insight is being shared with the client so that a complete transparency is ensured.’

‘In my opinion Baker McKenzie is a business partner, enabler and strategist. It builds relationships and provides advice founded on deep knowledge of the business.’

‘Tarek Saad is very organized, expert in his files and very quick in his actions.’

Key clients

Dubai Refreshments

Samsung Gulf Electronics

Work highlights

  • Represented Dubai Refreshments Company, which distributes Pepsico products, in a dispute with the UAE Federal Tax Authority (FTA).

Galadari, Advocates & Legal Consultants

At Galadari, Advocates & Legal ConsultantsAbdulla Galadari, the firm's senior partner and managing partner Ahmed Galadari are active in a broad range of matters, including the UAE elements of cross-border asset tracing matters, marine matters, property disputes, insurance litigation, financial crime and the most sensitive family law matters. Lebanese-qualified Fadi Hassoun is a key contact in the Abu Dhabi office, and in Dubai Ziad Galadari, the firm's founder, is also active. Senior counsel Marwan Al Cherkeh also has rights of audience before the UAE courts.

Practice head(s):

Ziad Galadari; Ahmed Galadari; Abdulla Galadari

Other key lawyers:

Fadi Hassoun; Marwan Al Cherkah

Key clients

Abu Dhabi National Insurance Company (“ADNIC”)


Dubai Properties

Shuaa Capital

Dubai Real Estate Centre


Sheikh Faisal Al Mualla

Frayland Construction



DEPA Group


Business Bay


International Modern Hospital


Al Sagr Insurance

Qatar Insurance PJSC

Societe d’Entreprise et de Gestion Emirates Contracting

Ras Al Khaimah Properties

Carrara Mid-East Industrial Co. LLC

Arab Orient Insurance PJSC

AQAAR Properties

Sun Engineering

Master Lube Recycling LLC

Energy Drilling International Ltd

Action Group Holdings Co.

Neuron LLC

TECOM Investment FZ-LLC

DAMAC Star Properties LLC

Work highlights

  • Representing  Abu Dhabi National Insurance Company in all types of coverage disputes.
  • Representing DEPA Group in a dispute with Ghantoot Transport and General Contracting LLC concerning an extension of time and outstanding monies following interior design works carried out at the Saadiyat Island Resort Development Project in Abu Dhabi.

OGH Legal

Mohamed ElGhatit and Sherif Hikal are key names at OGH Legal, which is involved in cross-border disputes spanning asset recovery, banking litigation, debt recovery, intellectual property and construction litigation. Omar Al Omar and Mohamed Al Sabah are key UAE advocates in the team.

Practice head(s):

Sherif Hikal; Mohamed ElGhatit

Other key lawyers:

Omar Al Omar; Mohamed Al Sabah


‘Mohamed ElGhatit is highly engaged and offers excellent strategic insight. We find his input to be invaluable.’

‘We highly value OGH Legal’s services as they provide high quality work at a competitive price point. We consider that they provide one of the best value-for-money services in the market. ’

Key clients


Shapoorji Pallonji


Dubai Holding


ACC (Arabian Construction Company)


BK Gulf

Future Metro

Arista Shipping

MAF (Majid Al Futtaim)

WSP Contracting

NBB Holding



ETA Group


Tosh Trading

NBB (Nasser Bin Butti Group)


Repton Schools


Port Link Matter

Platinum Services

Evolvence Capital Limited



Libyan Sovereign Wealth Funds – Libya Africa Investment Portfolio and Libyan Investment Authority

Work highlights

  • Representing Skat, the Danish tax authority in an AED7.5bn claim in the UAE courts as part of its multi-jurisdictional dispute with companies linked to Sanjay Shah over alleged “Cum-Ex” trading.
  • Acting for Port Link Matter in respect of its recovery of $500m held by Noor Bank
  • Acting for a group of companies owned by Tosh Trading in respect of a multimillion-dollar financing-related dispute, spread out in more than six concurrent cases, in some of which it is a debtor and in others a creditor.

Alsuwaidi & Company

Mohammed Al Suwaidi heads the litigation team at his eponymous firm Alsuwaidi & Company, which has a bright spot in banking litigation work for financial institutions, as well as handling some construction litigation as well as matters for insurers. Egyptian-qualified senior associate Reda Hegazy leads many of his own mandates, and Ali Alraeesi is another UAE advocate in the team. Ayman Elnour is a key senior associate.

Practice head(s):

Mohammed Al Suwaidi

Other key lawyers:

Reda Hegazy; Ali Alraeesi; Ayman Elnour


‘They have always replied promptly and in detail regarding any queries, provided immediate automatic updates for ongoing legal work and have achieved perfect outcomes.’

‘They provide personal service and are friendly and cooperative to work with.’

Key clients

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank

Exalto Emirates


Al Ghurair Group

TRI Trading & Distribution LLC


Art Marine

Ajman Bank

Indoguna Dubai LLC


Madar Emirates

Oman Insurance Company

Mimar Group

ETA Ascon Group

Al Danoub

Work highlights

  • Represented a group of international banks before UAE Courts against defaulting borrowers/shipowners.

Al-Kabban Advocates & Legal Consultants

Reyadh Al Kabban is the name partner at Al-Kabban Advocates & Legal Consultants, which handles matters spanning property litigation, company law, medical negligence and criminal cases. Egyptian-qualified Mohammed Lamloum Ratieb is a key senior consultant and Hany El Ashhat, who is an Egyptian-qualified senior associate with a track record handling employment and criminal law cases, has strong connections in the Northern Emirates. UAE advocate Osama Al Salmi is another name to note in the team.

Practice head(s):

Reyadh Al Kabban

Other key lawyers:

Mohammed Lamloum Ratieb; Hany El Ashhat; Osama Al Salmi


‘Al Kabban’s work is high quality, they are very knowledgeable and experienced.’

‘Dr Kabban is very dedicated to cases he undertakes and is very efficient and knowledgeable about laws, and knows how to address issues and get a positive result.’

‘Reyadh Al Kabban is experienced, knowledgeable and an expert in the various aspects of law. His staff are qualified, experienced, courteous, and friendly.’

Key clients

Korloff SA

The Box ME

Insight 360

Hepher Associates LTD.

Sunwin Telecom LLC

Emper Perfumes & Cosmetics Factory LLC

Nahed Hilal El Ali

BSA Ahmad Bin Hezeem & Associates LLP

Sudanese-qualified Asim Ahmed heads the litigation practice at BSA Ahmad Bin Hezeem & Associates LLP, which is active in insolvency, commercial fraud, and banking disputes, an area in which it regularly represents the financial services institutions. Egyptian-qualified Shabaan Metwally is also involved in many complex cases, and Ahmad Bin Hezeem, the firm's name partner and a former director general of the Dubai Courts, is a notable UAE advocate.

Practice head(s):

Asim Ahmed

Other key lawyers:

Shabaan Metwally; Ahmad Bin Hezeem

Key clients

Emirates Neon

ABC International (Virgin Islands)


Fatma Al Mutawa Advocates and Legal Consultants

Key contacts at Fatma Al Mutawa Advocates and Legal Consultants are name partner Fatma Al Mutawa and Egyptian-qualified Moshen Al Shennawi. The practice has a track record handling construction and property litigation, among other areas of activity.

Global Advocacy and Legal Counsel

Ali Al Hashimi is the managing partner at Global Advocacy and Legal Counsel, which covers a range of disputes work. Ayman Merdas heads the criminal law practice, with Hassan Al Shaqsi and Abu Dhabi office head Nasser Al Osaiba also notable.

Horizons & Co

Ali Al Zarooni is the key UAE advocate at Horizons & Co, which of late has been involved in a number of complex and high-profile construction and property-related disputes. Jordanian-qualified Areen Jayousi is another key partner in the team.

Practice head(s):

Ali Al Zarooni; Areen Jayousi

Key clients

Arabtec Belhasa V. Orient

Al Burj Real Estate Limited

Deyaar Development PJSC

Louvre JV


Arabian Construction Company WLL and Lahoud Engineering Company LLC Joint Venture ( “ALJV”)

Arabtec Construction LLC

Beijing Jiayu Door, Window and Curtain wall Joint-Stock Co Ltd

Plafond Fit Out LLC

Barclays Bank P.L.C

Work highlights

  • Representing Arabtec Belhasa V. Orient in litigation concerning the 2015 Address fire, which caused AED 1.245B of damage.
  • Representing Al Burj Real Estate Limited in disputes over plots of land in the Dubai Waterfront Project.
  • Represented Deyaar in a dispute with Limitless, a Dubai-based developer, securing the return of AED412m plus interest in a dispute over the sale of land.

Mahmood Hussain Law Firm

Mahmood Hussain Advocates & Legal Consultancy is active in a range of areas, with recent cases involving investment disputes, property litigation, insurance disputes and other matters. Name partner Mahmood Hussain is a key advocate in the practice, which represents litigation funder Burford Capital in the UAE leg of the asset-tracing cases arising in the wake of Akhmedova v Akhmedov, a case heard before the London family division.

Practice head(s):

Mahmood Hussain

Other key lawyers:

Kushagra Arora; Fatima Hussain; Taha Sharaf


‘Mahmood Hussain has a keen legal mind and understands both local and international disputes. He is also great with clients.

‘Fatima Hussain is a very talented young Emirati litigator who strongly defends clients in court.’

‘Taha Sharaf is a young Egyptian lawyer on the team. He works hard, is good at strategizing on procedural matters, and is a pleasure to work with.’

‘We found that they adhere to the impeccable standards that they set for themselves and have a proper understanding of the importance of timely delivery of results. I have been particularly impressed with their quick responses to all communications/queries sent by us, be it a minor query or any urgent request for redressal through legal means.’

They definitely hold themselves to a higher standard and that leads us to develop a significant amount of trust in them as well as the firm.

‘Kushagra Arora is extremely diligent, hardworking, prompt in responding and has impressive knowledge in legal jurisprudence – he has been a great asset to us.

‘They have a very good team who go into details and a strong team to handle the Dubai courts.’

Key clients

Citadel Developers Limited

UAE Ventures

Halona Development Limited

Maron Sun

Firoze Irani & Freny Irani

Gulf Union Insurance and Reinsurance

Burford Capital Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented Citadel Developers in a dispute with Nakheel concerning land in the The World development.