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Trowers & Hamlins LLP
United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates > Dispute resolution: arbitration and international litigation Tier 3

Trowers & Hamlins LLP's dispute resolution practice covers shareholder disputes, banking and finance disputes, fraud and investigations. Practice head Matthew Showler has substantial arbitration experience and is frequently instructed on disputes involving high-net-worth individuals and allegations of fraud. Cheryl Cairns is the primary point of contact for contentious construction disputes. Karie Akeelah is also noted and specialises in contentious construction matters and international arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Showler; Cheryl Cairns

Other key lawyers:


‘The collaboration across the team is exceptional.’

‘They are able to draw upon a deep bench of varied capabilities quickly and efficiently.’

‘Very commercially minded.’

‘This team is fantastic for my case. Each team members are specialized to each separate issues.’

‘Matthew Showler provided unique and efficient strategy for my case. He understands very clearly the whole situation and could find out a proper solution to go ahead.’

‘They pay attention to detail. This point should not be underestimated.’

‘This is the second time I work with Trowers & Hamlins based on a great first experience. This is a new team on a different assignment in a different capacity for myself and they have met the same standard throughout the firm.’

‘The legal team at Trowers and Hamlins LLP, in our instance led by Matthew Showler is critical to our dispute resolution and arbitration matters.’

Key clients

SpaceCom International LLC

Nouri Al Saleh

Sandra Holdings Ltd

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC)

Jonathan Ing

His Excellency Sadiq Marafi

John Cockerill Group

AAL Group Ltd

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)

Partners Group

Bahrain Development Bank and Al Waha Venture Capital Fund

Syndigate Media Inc

Ferrovial Agroman Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the Administrator of The International Banking Corporation in its claims against Ahmed Hamad Algosaibi Brothers Company (AHAB) worth $2.5bn and involving highly complex multi-jurisdictional proceedings.
  • Representing Sadiq Marafi in his claim against his ex wife and associated family companies for over EUR 150m involving proceedings across a number of jurisdictions and in which a worldwide freezing order has been obtained for the client.
  • Acting for Tushar Ruia and his company Indus International FZC against Indus Thermal LLC, Nihar Ruia and Danvita India (PVT) Ltd in cross-border proceedings involving DIFC, Dubai, Texas and Mumbai and involving claims now totalling c. $100m.

United Arab Emirates > TMT Tier 3

United Arab Emirates > Construction Tier 4

Trowers & Hamlins LLP has an 'excellent' construction team that covers contentious and non-contentious matters. Cheryl Cairns heads the practice and is 'an exceptional litigator and arbitrator'. Karie Akeelah is 'a stand out construction disputes lawyer' and has extensive experience advising in the region with clients in both the private and public sectors.

Practice head(s):

Cheryl Cairns

Other key lawyers:


‘Cheryl Cairns is an exceptional litigator and arbitrator. She conducts her cases in an efficient, cost effective and tactically astute manner.’

‘Great local connections, entrusted with heavy disputes by long term clients.’

‘Cheryl Cairns is an experienced litigator with a cool, calm approach, who knows how to get great results for her clients. April Baynes is an associate to watch – a star in the making.’

‘Whilst hard work and diligence is the mainstay for all successful legal practices, Trowers and Hamlins are seemingly able to always remain calm under pressure and maintain a good sense of humour during the most challenging of times. In doing so, they never loose focus. A breath of fresh air.’

‘Cheryl Cairns and April Baynes are a formidable team, working together to provide not only an excellent legal product but also offering on point and timely strategic advice that helps in management of both the legal process and the expectations of the business.’

‘The team has an in-depth knowledge of construction technical issues.’

‘Karie Akeelah is a stand out construction disputes lawyer in the region. She is massively committed to her clients and works well with the client and expert teams. A real leader.’

‘The team are very pragmatic, they take a hands on approach and have no problem in tackling the difficult issues with the client and the experts. Their approach is very refreshing.’

Key clients

Shuaibah Water and Electricity Co (SWEC)

Shuaibah Expansion Project Company (SEPCO)

Shuqaiq Water and Electricity Co. (SqWEC)

United Arab Emirates > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 5

International Corporate Saleem Adam
International Infrastructure and Real Estate Shaun Hardiman
International Construction Hasan Rahman
International Corporate Stephen Sullivan
International Corporate Youssef Boulos
International Corporate Debby Burton-Shaw
International Corporate Michelle Wu
Number of lawyers : 394
at this office : 7
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 : Bahrain
Other offices : Dubai
Other offices : Malaysia
Other offices : Oman