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Trowers & Hamlins LLP
United Arab Emirates

Dispute resolution: arbitration and international litigation Tier 3

Matthew Showler joined Trowers & Hamlins LLP from Dentons  in April 2020, bringing with him expertise in DIFC Court litigation as well as the management of global disputes, often with offshore elements. Lucy Walton is a key senior associate - a barrister, she carries out her own advocacy both in commercial matters and as part of the construction practice.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Showler

Other key lawyers:

Lucy Walton


‘Trowers have taken a huge step forward in recruiting Matt Showler. Matt brings genuine heavyweight commercial disputes experience in Dubai’s marquee forums – the DIFC Court and the DIFC-LCIA. Matt has worked on a number of ground-breaking cases, including obtaining the first ever anti-suit injunction in the DIFC Court (reported as Hayri v Hazim).’

‘The Trowers & Hamlins team is client committed.  They will move into their client’s organisation when needed, get to know the projects, and apply their experience to assist clients navigating contentious projects.’

‘Matt Showler continues to impress – he is accessible, proactive, client-driven and incredibly reliable.’

‘Matt Showler is a great hire for his Dubai and DIFC experience. He is incisive and hugely effective, but maintains excellent relationships throughout the market. He is a genuine pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Indus International FZC

Tushar Ruia

First Energy Bank BSC (c)

The Administrators of The International Banking Corporation

NEBA Financial Solutions

Dubai Islamic Insurance and Reinsurance AMAN (PSC)

Kunal Savjani

Bahrain Development Bank and Al Waha Venture Capital Fund

Syndigate Media Inc

Ferrovial Agroman Limited

C.E. Einkaufsagentur Consulting UG

TMT Tier 3

Saleem Adam , head of Trowers & Hamlins LLP' Abu Dhabi office, is the firm's key contact on the ground in the UAE for TMT work. ADNOC is a cornerstone client of the practice in this space, although the firm handles a broader range of data protection, social media marketing and business process outsourcing work for a range of international businesses.

Practice head(s):

Saleem Adam


‘Their application of industry knowledge in the IT sector and their commercial approach is exemplary and extremely helpful in day to day transactions.

Relaxed and informal approach is very refreshing, making them a pleasure to deal with. Incredibly responsive.’

‘Saleem Adam has impressive industry and IT expertise. His ability to distill complex legal issues and market specific positions into clear, concise and commercial advice is second to none.

‘They are very efficient, quick to respond and pay attention to detail. They understand how we work, so we do not have to brief them every single time – they do the needful naturally and every service is tailor-made to our requirements.’

Key clients

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC)

Emirates Safer Internet Society

Noor Bank

Abu Dhabi Media Zone Authority (twofour54)

Osool Bahrain

Various international conglomerates and law firms

Bahrain Development Bank

Al Futtaim

Construction Tier 4

Cheryl Cairns heads the Trowers & Hamlins LLP construction practice, which handles transactional work (often concerning integrated water and power plants) as well as a number of arbitrations concerning projects such as solar plants. Karie Akeelah joined from Squire Patton Boggs in November 2019 - she leads on novel subcontractor disputes as well as working with Cairns on other cases.

Practice head(s):

Cheryl Cairns

Other key lawyers:

Karie Akeelah; Michael O’Reilly


‘A team of brilliant construction lawyers who are commercially minded and dedicated to their clients’ cause.’

‘Managing Partner Cheryl Cairns stands out as one of the leading construction lawyers in the Gulf. She is totally unflappable and able to deal with any situation that may arise during a construction project or an ensuing dispute.’

Partner Karie Akeelah is commercially minded and laser-focused on the issues that matter. She is dedicated to her clients’ cause and really goes the extra mile to get the outcome they want.’

‘The Trowers & Hamlins team is client committed. They will move into their client’s organisation when needed, get to know the projects, and apply their experience to assist clients navigating contentious projects.’

‘I have worked closely with Karie Akeelah on two disputes and found her intelligent, hardworking, and knowledgeable of the construction dispute process. ’

‘Michael O’Reilly and Cheryl Cairns are very easy to get along with, knowledgeable and experienced with respect to construction disputes.’

Key clients

Shuaibah Water and Electricity Co (SWEC)

Shuaibah Expansion Project Company (SEPCO)

Shuqaiq Water and Electricity Co. (SqWEC)

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 5

Bill Jefferies heads the corporate and M&A practice at Trowers & Hamlins LLP, which handles inbound investments in the region, as well as outbound venture capital investments. Nick Green and Stephen Sullivan are also active, with some work covering commercial contracts such as hotel management agreements. Saleem Adam is notable for commercial work with TMT elements, but also handles work in other sectors such as energy. Some instructions come from private clients, both founders and investors, and the firm also has experience in offshore deals involving European real estate assets.

Department Name Email Telephone
International Martin Amison
International Cheryl Cairns
International Michael O'Reilly
International Alistair Glover
International Peter Greatrex
International James Harbridge
International Bill Jefferies
International Elias Moubarak
International Humayun Ahmed
International Nicola Jackson
International Dimity Erickson
International Stephen Sullivan
International Joseph Suliman
International Sundar Risheq
International April Chivers
International Lucy Walton
International Abdelhak El Kinany
Corporate Bill Jefferies
Corporate Jamie Gibson
Corporate Stephen Sullivan
Corporate Joseph Suliman
Corporate Sundar Risheq
Real estate Abdul-Haq Mohammed
Real estate Peter Greatrex
Construction Michael O'Reilly
Construction Cheryl Cairns
Construction April Chivers
Construction Lucy Walton
Energy and natural resources Thomas Wigley
Energy and natural resources Martin Amison
Dispute resolution and litigation James Harbridge
Dispute resolution and litigation Humayun Ahmed
Dispute resolution and litigation Nicola Jackson
Dispute resolution and litigation Dimity Erickson
Banking and finance Jeremy Ingham
Banking and finance Elias Moubarak
Banking and finance Abdelhak El Kinany
TMT Saleem Adam
TMT Joseph Suliman
Islamic finance Salman Ahmed
Islamic finance Jeremy Ingham
Islamic finance Elias Moubarak
Corporate – private wealth Alistair Glover
Corporate – private wealth Jamie Gibson
Number of lawyers : 394
at this office : 18
Bahasa Malaysia
Britcham Thailand
Britcham Indonesia
The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
Lighthouse Club
Al Moltaka
ociety of Construction Law
British Business Group
Australian Business Group
ICAEW - Corporate Finance Equity
Bahrain Irish Business Network
Bahrain Society
Arab British Chamber of Commerce
Other offices : Abu Dhabi
Other offices : Malaysia
Other offices : Manama
Other offices : Muscat