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Al Tamimi & Company, which strikes a balance between contentious and non-contentious work, impresses with its ‚Äėgreat knowledge of the law and the workings of local administrative bodies‚Äô. UAE transport and insurance head Omar Omar¬†has ‚Äėbroad shipping expertise‚Äô and recently acted on several vessel acquisitions.¬†Yazan Al Saoudi¬†is ‚Äėvery responsive‚Äô. Clients include Drydocks World Dubai and United Arab Shipping Company.

Clyde & Co LLP‚Äôs signature shipping practice is well represented in the UAE, where it advises on a comprehensive spread of regulatory, transactional and contentious work. Following the departure of Christopher Jobson¬†to Hong Kong, Robert Lawrence¬†now leads the MENA international trade and transportation group ‚ÄĒ he is highly regarded for dispute resolution and arbitration. Trade and commodities expert Patrick Murphy¬†and transactional specialist Ian Chung¬†are also recommended.

HFW¬†is noted for its ‚Äėbreadth of expertise across wet and dry shipping and insurance matters‚Äô. The department‚Äôs client roster is equally comprehensive and includes shipowners, charterers and operators, P&I clubs, cargo owners and banks. Group head Yaman Al Hawamdeh¬†is a key contact for litigation, while ‚Äėrecognised expert‚Äô Tien Tai¬†is sought after for ship finance. Richard Strub, who heads the Middle East commodities practice, is also a senior figure.

The ‚Äėtop-tier shipping practice‚Äô at Ince¬†works alongside the firm‚Äôs offshore, insurance and trade practices to cover all the bases in maritime law. Managing partner Rania Tadros¬†is a ‚Äėmarket leader‚Äô and advised Abu Dhabi National Tanker Company and National Gas Shipping Company, as the owners and managers of several vessels, on the bankruptcy of OW Bunker. Pavlo Samothrakis, whose practice spans shipping, trade and offshore matters, and litigator Mohamed El Hawawy¬†are also noted.

Stephenson Harwood¬†scores highly for its ‚Äėgood knowledge of the local environment‚Äô. Dubai managing partner Rovine Chandrasekera¬†handles shipping disputes and his expertise encompasses asset recovery, trade and offshore energy. Edward Newitt, ‚Äėa¬†brilliant lawyer and one of the few who can cross the wet/dry divide‚Äô, advised Maersk Line and Standard P&I Club on UAE matters related to the fire on the Maersk Honam.¬†Nijoe Joseph¬†and James Willn¬†are also key contacts.

In 2018, Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla boosted its team with the hire of UK-qualified senior associate Kirsty Cattanach, who is particularly well versed in dry shipping issues. Maritime and insurance specialist Tarek Saad leads a group that acts on a mix of litigation, casualty and transactional matters.

Fichte & Co.¬†impresses with its ‚Äėdeep legal knowledge‚Äô and ‚Äėcommercial approach to resolving disputes‚Äô ‚ÄĒ it also advises on transactional matters. Jasamin Fichte¬†and Alessandro Tricoli¬†are highlighted together as ‚Äėhands-on and responsive‚Äô. The team also includes shipping litigation head Ravi Jawani. Gulf Energy Maritime and National Bank of Fujairah are among its clients.

At Hadef & Partners LLC, shipping and insurance-related disputes provide the bulk of instructions. Among its recent cases, key contact Adrian Chadwick was appointed arbitrator on a significant cargo claim. Court litigation head Omar Al Shaikh and high-profile litigator Richard Briggs are also names to note. The group also handles regulatory, transactional and environmental matters.

Highly regarded for its transactional prowess, Watson Farley & Williams¬†bolstered its contentious capability with the hire of Charlotte Bijlani¬†‚ÄĒ formerly international arbitration head at Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla. Finance specialist Andrew Baird¬†heads the group and advised¬†Gulf International Bank Bahrain, as agent, and a syndicate of banks on a $180m ship financing.

Afridi & Angell‚Äôs group is led by¬†Bashir Ahmed¬†‚ÄĒ ‚Äėa well-rounded lawyer with¬†thorough knowledge of the maritime industry‚Äô. Maritime disputes are the mainstay of the practice but it also handles regulatory, transactional and environmental matters. Clients include Steamship Mutual ‚Äď P&I Club and National Bank of Fujairah.

Dentons‚Äô focus on ship finance pays dividends and it secures plum roles on many of the market‚Äôs most significant deals ‚ÄĒ for both local and foreign lenders including Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank and RBS. Department lead Paul Jarvis¬†is a sought-after transactional specialist.

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