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Addleshaw Goddard
United Arab Emirates

Construction Tier 3

Addleshaw Goddard has 'a very strong knowledge of the law and is able to provide practical and helpful advice' on construction arbitrations. Andrew Greaves and the 'outstanding' Bevan Farmer  ('a gifted lawyer with great commercial sense who can't do enough for his clients') handle disputes ranging from subcontractor matters on major infrastructure projects to large towers disputes involving main contractors. Clients include British, GCC and Spanish contractors.

Next Generation Partners

Real estate Tier 3

Commercial and responsive’, Addleshaw Goddard is commended for the ‘great depth of experience’ practice head Louise Vun brings to bear. Strata law is a notable strong suit and key clients include Barclays Bank, Multiplex and Utmost Properties.

Employment Tier 4

Addleshaw Goddard’s group is led by legal director Gorvinder Pannu, who brings to bear robust experience in recruitment, employment contracts, disciplinary matters, due diligence and litigation. Dover Corporation, Exterran and Schlumberger are all on the department’s books.

Banking and finance Tier 5

Addleshaw Goddard's Robin Hickman handles deals for borrowers and banks, including real estate finance. Highlights included advising Standard Chartered on a shari’ah-compliant real estate financing of a new development at the Palm Jumeirah, and assisting Agility Public Warehousing with the debt finance elements for the Reem Mall project in Abu Dhabi. Restructuring is another area of expertise, with Pixel Digital Systems a key client in this space.

Dispute resolution: arbitration and international litigation Tier 5

Addleshaw Goddard's Paul Hughes handles a range of DIFC and ADGM court litigation, including representing the Kurdistan Regional Government, the autonomous government of the eponymous region of the North of the country, seeking to resist the enforcement of a $2bn LCIA arbitral award. He also acts as an expert witness on DIFC law in litigation outside the UAE. Other work concerns franchising disputes.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 6

Addleshaw Goddard has 'good leadership from the managing and matter partners - the firm gets to know clients and makes them feel important'. Andrew Johnson advised Blossom Nurseries on its merger with Babilou Nurseries. The firm also handles private equity buyouts, such as assisting Volpi Private Equity with its purchase of Digital Barriers. Other clients include Diageo, which the team advised on the transfer of assets from one company into a new branch of Diageo Scotland. Managing associate Owen Richards is 'a very detailed and skilled M&A lawyer who manages transactions well and goes the extra mile on ancillary matters.'

The firm

Addleshaw Goddard is committed to delivering outstanding value and to doing all it can to help clients succeed in their ambitions. By understanding what really matters to clients, spending time in their markets and through finding new and better ways to deliver and price its services, clients report time and again that the firm’s investment in them, allied with first-rate technical expertise, sets Addleshaw Goddard apart. Addleshaw Goddard is also recognised for its differentiated approach to attracting, retaining and developing great people. The firm offers a full range of commercial legal services from its offices in the UK, Dubai, Hong Kong, Oman, Qatar and Singapore. As part of an increasing focus on the Asia Pacific region, the firm also has a formal alliance with Tokyo-based Hashidate Law office.

The firm’s network of preferred firms is extensive and covers all major jurisdictions and regions, in particular Europe, North America, Sub-Saharan Africa, Brazil, India, South East Asia, Korea and China.

The firm’s preferred firms are all well regarded in their home jurisdictions, and are all significant, independent, commercial law firms capable of delivering a quality of service commensurate with Addleshaw Goddard. Addleshaw Goddard enjoys close but non-exclusive relationships of mutual trust and commitment with these firms, supported by a high level of personal contact through regular meetings both in the UK and overseas.

Working independently, and also alongside the preferred firms, Addleshaw Goddard has built up a wealth of insight and specialist expertise in all the major jurisdictions. The firm draws this knowledge together through multidisciplinary international groups. The Africa, India, Korea and Malaysia business groups are highly regarded.

The firm’s client portfolio is testament to its strength and range of expertise, including financial institutions, public sector bodies, successful businesses and private individuals. It is a leading advisor to FTSE 100 companies, and a market leader across the firm’s operating divisions – commercial services, corporate, finance and projects, litigation and real estate – as well as in its four chosen sectors: financial services, government, energy and infrastructure, retail and consumer, and property.

The Dubai office has a stellar portfolio of commercial clients and high net worth individuals operating throughout the region across a diverse range of sectors, including projects, construction, banking, finance, private equity, corporate, commercial, intellectual property, IT, retail, education, healthcare, pharmaceuticals and FMCG.

Areas of practice

The Dubai office is a hub for continued investment and activities in the GCC. The firm’s absolute commitment to developing long-term relationships, coupled with deep experience of doing business in this region across a range of legal disciplines, means that the firm has the right experience and credentials to support the opportunity and growth anticipated in years to come, wherever it may occur.

The firm’s growing capability on the ground in Dubai, combined with well established preferred firm relationships with indigenous Middle Eastern law firms, provides access to in-depth local knowledge and full-service legal expertise that clients find reassuring.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking Robin Hickman
Islamic finance Robin Hickman
Commercial services Andrew Johnston
Commercial services Darren Harris
Construction Andrew Greaves
Construction Bevan Farmer
Corporate Andrew Johnston
Corporate Darren Harris
Employment Gorvinder Pannu
Energy Andrew Greaves
Healthcare Andrew Johnston
International arbitration Andrew Greaves
Litigation Andrew Greaves
M&A Andrew Johnston
M&A Darren Harris
Private client Andrew Johnston
Private client Darren Harris
Private equity Andrew Johnston
Private equity Darren Harris
Projects Andrew Greaves
Projects Bevan Farmer
Real estate Louise Vun
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Amun Bashir  photo Ms Amun Bashir
Ms Charlotte Bhania  photo Ms Charlotte Bhania
Mr Bevan Farmer  photo Mr Bevan Farmer
Mr Andrew Greaves  photo Mr Andrew Greaves
Mr Darren Harris  photo Mr Darren Harris
Mr Robin Hickman  photo Mr Robin Hickman
Mr Paul Hughes  photo Mr Paul Hughes
Mr Andrew Johnston  photo Mr Andrew Johnston
Mr Jamie Kellick  photo Mr Jamie Kellick
Mr James Law  photo Mr James Law
Ms Lowri Llwyd  photo Ms Lowri Llwyd
Mr Adam Morgan  photo Mr Adam Morgan
Mr Denis Moriarty  photo Mr Denis Moriarty
Ms Gorvinder Pannu  photo Ms Gorvinder Pannu
Mr Ben Sims  photo Mr Ben Sims
Ms Louise Vun  photo Ms Louise Vun
Ms Rebecca Wakeford  photo Ms Rebecca Wakeford
Number of lawyers : 800+
at this office : 19
The firm's lawyers are fluent in languages spoken across Europe
the GCC
Africa and Asia
Contact : Andrew Greaves
Other offices : Doha
Other offices : Hong Kong
Other offices : Leeds
Other offices : London
Other offices : Manchester
Other offices : Muscat
Other offices : Singapore