Firms in the Spotlight Legal market overview



Founded in 2010 by Hamdan Alshamsi expert UAE litigation practitioner, Hamdan Alshamsi lawyers & Legal Consultants (“HAS”) legal practice provides sector expertise at both local and international levels.

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ADG Legal

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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.

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Audiri Vox

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Audiri Vox is a sixth-generation law practice specialized in the registration, protection and divestiture of Intellectual Property Rights. The firm has offices in the Middle East, Asia and Africa and acts as a one stop shop for brand owners to secure their IP rights in over 50 jurisdictions.

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OGH Legal

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OGH Legal is a boutique dispute resolution firm, delivering local law expertise with international service standards. Founded by expert UAE litigation practitioners, we provide legal services across a diverse range of sectors, with a focus on high quality client service.

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Al Rowaad Advocates & Legal Consultants

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Our strong practice areas are family law, criminal law, civil law, corporate & commercial, banking, maritime & transport, labor, litigation, arbitration, and real estate. Our team of lawyers, advisors and administrative staff collaborate with a single goal: the success of our clients.

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Ibrahim & Partners

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Led by our UAE office Managing Partner, Ahmed Ibrahim, our lawyers are experts in advising on all aspects of UAE laws. Our Dubai office is also well placed to provide local legal support across the GCC.

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Legal market overview in United Arab Emirates

The UAE’s economy bounced back in 2021 largely due to a successful vaccination programme and a reduction in OPEC+ oil production cuts. As trade and tourism returns to the region, the economy is expected to continue in its recovery, subject to renewed coronavirus outbreaks and volatility in the oil sector.Many legal reforms were introduced in the ‘Year of the 50th’, showcasing further signs of a shift from a Shari’ah based legal system to a more secular system. Over 40 laws were introduced, including the decriminalisation of suicide, cohabitation of unmarried couples and reforms to intellectual property rights and laws. These legal reforms will further bolster the economy as the authorities continue efforts to create a more favourable business environment and improvements to social equality.Dubai and Abu Dhabi continue to act as key legal hubs in the Middle East and international and domestic law firms had a very active year. Practice areas that remain the busiest for law firms include construction arbitration, front-end construction, debt capital markets, TMT and project finance. With the World Expo and the region’s diversification goals to reduce its reliance on hydrocarbons, there continues to be a strong demand for legal services in the UAE.