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Addleshaw Goddard
United Arab Emirates

Construction Tier 2

Addleshaw Goddard bolstered its construction practice through the recruitment of solicitor-advocate Stephen Burke from Baker Botts L.L.P.. His work includes a full range of contractor-side instructions, often Saudi-related, as well as a number of employer-side mandates; he also sits as an arbitrator.  He joins Bevan Farmer, who has a track record of elite infrastructure and transport work in the UAE and beyond, primarily active for contractors in disputes down the chain but also some upwards. James Macdonald and Luke Johnson are key senior associates. Andrew Greaves has returned to the firm's Manchester office.

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Burke; Bevan Farmer; James Macdonald; Luke Johnson


‘There is a willingness to assist the client in every aspect and to learn about the business they are representing.’

‘Relatively small but high quality practice led by a first-rate partner with blue chip clients.’

‘Bevan Farmer is an excellent partner to lead and manage large complex cases: prodigious work rate, huge attention to detail, but always with an eye on the big commercial picture. Very mindful of the needs of in house counsel and clients with regard to budget, process and timescales.’

‘Luke Johnson is a very capable, unflappable, hard working associate with broad experience of the industry and arbitration. ’

‘Stephen Burke is an outstanding lawyer. Super-smart, up to date on all relevant areas of law, a seasoned practitioner who has seen it all before – and extremely hard working and responsive’.

Key clients

Dubai RTA

Arabtec Construction LLC

Multiplex Constructions

Samsung Engineering Company Limited

WS Atkins & Partners Overseas

Real estate Tier 2

The real estate practice at Addleshaw Goddard was recently bolstered by the arrival of Jeremy Scott from Al Tamimi & Company. Scott advises on retail landlord and tenant matters, issues regarding strata titling, and proposed mega-developments of luxury residential products.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Scott

Key clients

Khazaen Economic City

Palma Holdings Limited

IFA Hotels and Resorts KPSC


Dispute resolution: arbitration and international litigation Tier 3

Paul Hughes heads the commercial disputes team at Addleshaw Goddard, which handles heavyweight DIFC courts litigation, often in parallel with arbitrations, covering a spectrum of work from civil fraud claims through to banking disputes. Some areas of work in international arbitration include investor-state disputes, a key area for international arbitration specialist Stephen Burke, who joined from Baker Botts L.L.P.. Legal director Khurram Khan, who is New York-qualified and handles advocacy in a number of the firm's cases, and managing associate Antonia Grieve are key names at a more junior level.

Practice head(s):

Paul Hughes

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Burke; Khurram Khan; Antonia Grieve


‘An exceptional litigation team working on some of the largest disputes in the region. AG are aggressive and proactive, but reasonable and level-headed. A rare combination.’

‘Paul Hughes is an exceptional litigator. He is incredibly hard-working, knows how to lead and delegate where necessary and is measured, but aggressive where appropriate.’

Key clients

Ebrahim Al-Jassim

Khaldoun Tabari & Zeina Tabari

Hazel Middle East FZE

Banking and finance: Corporate finance (including Islamic lending) Tier 5

Addleshaw Goddard undertakes a broad range of banking and finance work with Robin Hickman heading the practice. Hickman specialises in conventional and shari'ah-compliant banking and project finance matters, with particular expertise in real estate and debt restructurings. Managing associate Philip Chalmers offers valuable support to the team.

Practice head(s):

Robin Hickman

Other key lawyers:

Philip Chalmers

Key clients


Lafarge Emirates Cement

Dragon Oil

First Abu Dhabi Bank

Commercial Bank of Dubai

Punjab National Bank

Standard Chartered Bank


Emirates NBD Bank


GEMS Education

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 5

Private equity is a core strength of Addleshaw Goddard, with practice head Andrew Johnson, Lowri Llwyd and Owen Richards, who was promoted to partner in May 2020, all active in deals in this space for managers and their targets, as well as handling intra-industry M&A. A number of transactions of late have concerned food from field to fork, and the practice has been involved in a number of deals with Japanese connections.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Johnston

Other key lawyers:

Lowri Llwyd; Owen Richards


‘Strong on Mid-market M&A transactions, very pragmatic and commercial in their approach.’

‘Andrew Johnston is leading a great team by example.’

‘Owen Richards was highly successful in dealing with tough situations and when he was confronted with aggressive behaviour from the other side. He was able to maintain calm and composure throughout the process and was able to answer any and all questions.’

‘Andrew Johnston: We were highly impressed with the way he conducted the proceedings and advised us on each and every aspect and the legal position. In one of the joint meetings, when there was disagreement between our representatives and representatives of the other side, he was able to diffuse the situation without creating any resentment among the team members.’

‘Owen Richards is extremely efficient and coolheaded. He was able to answer all queries of commercial and legal nature. The way in which he was able to present his point of view and counter the argument of the opponents in each and every matter was praiseworthy, as we were able to gain the confidence of the other side.’

‘Lowri Llwyd is superb, supported by an impressive team – her advice and navigation of jurisdictional issued enabled us to make a fully informed, robust commercial decision.’

Key clients

3S Investment Limited (3S)

Agility/United Projects for Aviation Services Company

Al Futtaim Group

AVEVA / Schneider Electric

CedarBridge Capital Partners

Coffee Planet LLC

Coty Middle East FZCO

Dassault Aviation

Element Materials Technology

Emirates Flight Catering

Emirates Integrated Technology Company (du)

Exterran Corporation

Finasi Group

Fircroft Engineering Services

G4S plc

GEMS Education

Global Hotel Alliance

Guggenheim KBBO Partners Limited

Gulf Capital

Hoare Lea

J.K. Cement Works (Fujairah) FZC

Kasamar Holdings

Kids First Group

Mizuho Gulf Capital Partners

Multiplex Construction

Newsgroup International

Oman Flour Mills

Owners of Seashell Nursery

Phanes Group

Polyeco Waste Management / Green Evolution

Reckitt Benckiser

RJ O’ Brien

Signify International B.V

TA Associates

Talria Limited/Dr. Nasir

The Carlyle Group and Ideal Holding Limited

The Shareholders of International Electromechanical Services Co. L.L.C

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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
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