Firm Profile > Eversheds Sutherland LLP > Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Eversheds Sutherland LLP
PO BOX 74980
United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates > Dispute resolution: compliance and investigations Tier 2

Rebecca Copley heads Eversheds Sutherland LLP's practice in this space in the Middle East, which handles a range of disputes often running in parallel with criminal proceedings before the Arabic-language courts of the region, often involving alleged fraud, as well as highly sensitive internal investigations into allegations of corruption, breaches of sanctions and similar.  Document-heavy cases where AI tools are used are a particular area of expertise.

Practice head(s):

Rebecca Copley

United Arab Emirates > Employment Tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland LLP has a 'very solid' employment practice that covers business expansion, crisis management, disputes, redundancies, reviews of employment arrangements and reward strategy. The team acts for clients active in sectors ranging from TMT and education, to financial services and construction. Managing partner Geraldine Ahern has a strong background in employment and immigration. Principal associate Sarah Anderson is 'efficient and responsible', with considerable experience handling contentious and non-contentious employment and HR issues in the UAE.

Practice head(s):

Geraldine Ahern

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Anderson


‘Very solid reliable employment team.’

‘Sarah Anderson is very efficient and responsive.’


United Arab Emirates > Real estate Tier 2

Andrew Thomson heads up Eversheds Sutherland LLP's real estate practice. He advises both property users and investors in a range of sectors, but of late has been involved in a number of key deals in the logistics and data centre space, as well as a number of matters concerning universities and large corporate headquarters. Melissa Younan and Kevin Fidler are key principal associates.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Thomson

Other key lawyers:

Melissa Younan; Kevin Fidler


Andrew Thomson is one of the best attorneys in the region when it comes to real estate. He understands the commercial aspects of the business and is able to quickly identify and implement the best legal structure for each mandate. He’s a consummate professional who’s always accessible to his clients. He is very emotionally intelligent, and understands each unique requirement.

Key clients

AWJ Real Estate Development

Emirates NBD REIT

Saudi Telecom Company

Heriot-Watt University

Gulf Islamic Investments


Qatari Diar

Birmingham City University

Jumeriah Group

Hilton Hotels

United Arab Emirates > Banking and finance: Financial services regulation Tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland LLP, which has a broad client offering, assists clients with banking disputes, corporate crime and investigations (“CCI”), insurance, regulatory investigations, pensions litigation and recoveries. The team has particular expertise in regulatory investigations, an area which is led by Rebecca Copley. She also heads up the litigation and dispute management practice in the Middle East. Clients praise Copley for her 'unparalleled experience' and for going 'above and beyond'. The team is described as 'approachable, pragmatic and commercial' in its approachClint Dempsey is another name to note.  

Practice head(s):

Rebecca Copley; Clint Dempsey


‘A passionate and diverse team who always make all interactions personal ’

‘Rebecca Copley goes above and beyond for her clients. She shows passion in everything that she does, whilst working meticulously to get the job done. Rebecca always take such a personal touch with her clients and is 100% invested.’

‘I have been dealing with Eversheds in Dubai for 6 years. I always find their lawyers to be approachable, pragmatic and commercial in approach. They put the clients first and respond proactively on every occasion’

‘Rebecca Copley. I always find Rebecca to be absolutely professional in every way. She is fair, patient and has excellent communication skills. She has un-paralleled experience in complex financial dispute work across multiple jurisdictions (UAE local courts, DIFC courts and UK courts) and her knowledge of compliance issues are extremely broad. Rebecca also conducts corporate crime investigations and Eversheds has its own AI discovery tool in order to be able to undertake due diligence in-house, be more efficient and reduce costs. Rebecca is incredibly perceptive and brings a commercial slant to every discussion as well as being very strategic. Not only that but she has an engaging sense of humour which makes clients warm to her immediately.’

Key clients

Bank of Sharjah

HSBC Bank Middle East

United Arab Emirates > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Geraldine Ahern  and Zeid Hanania lead the UAE commercial and M&A practices respectively at Eversheds Sutherland LLP. Hanania and Hani Nassef's side of the practice handles PE deals, as well as joint ventures among other matters. Geraldine Ahern's commercial practice includes a variety of advice in regulated sectors, and Nasser Ali Khasawneh's work includes a number of these matters, often with a technology hue.

Practice head(s):

Geraldine Ahern; Zeid Hanania

Other key lawyers:

Geraldine Ahern; Nasser Ali Khasawneh

United Arab Emirates > Construction Tier 3

Paul Taylor, who heads the construction practice at Eversheds Sutherland LLP, handles work for major Chinese, European and Korean main contractors, among others, both up the chain to employers and down it to subcontractors. Shalagh Massingham also handles construction disputes alongside her commercial litigation activity, including arbitrations with all-Silk panels, handling advocacy in some of her cases, also an area of strength for legal director Roberta Wertman.

Practice head(s):

Paul Taylor

Other key lawyers:

Shalagh Massingham; Roberta Wertman

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

At Eversheds Sutherland LLP, Shalagh Massingham is active in international arbitration and DIFC Court litigation, both concerning all manner of matters ranging from alleged fraud through to supply of commodities. Rebecca Copley, alongside her investigations expertise, is active in litigation involving banking disputes and the finance industry more broadly. The firm also handles work co-operating with UAE advocates, and in addition Nasser Ali Khasawneh is particularly active in IP and TMT-related disputes.

Practice head(s):

Shalagh Massingham; Rebecca Copley; Nasser Ali Khasawneh; Paul Taylor

Key clients

Philip Morris International Management S.A. (PMI)

United Arab Emirates > Infrastructure and projects (including project finance) Tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland LLP has particular strength in energy, power, transport, water and social infrastructure. The practice has significant expertise in renewable energy and acts for a active number of developers and funders in the MENA region. Practice head Iwan Walters advises on a broad range of energy and infrastructure projects and has a strong corporate background. Banking and finance lawyer Clint Dempsey is also noted. Ashley Halewood was a new arrival from Linklaters.

Practice head(s):

Iwan Walters

Other key lawyers:

Clint Dempsey; Ashley Halewood

Key clients

Dubai RTA

Al Blagha Holding for Investment Co. (now called Tamasuk ) , Alfanar Company and Desert Technologies Industries CJSC

Al Jomaih Energy and Water Co. and Axia Power Holdings B.V. (wholly owned Marubeni company)

Tunisian Government

Al Ayuni Investment and Contracting Company and China Civil Engineering Construction Company

A multinational power developer

Public Works Authority of Qatar




Classic Fashion Apparel Ltd Co

United Arab Emirates > Intellectual property Tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland LLP has particular expertise in commercial IP litigation and arbitration with a client roster that includes large multinationals. A key client of the firm is the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and practice head Nasser Ali Khasawneh is a domain name panellist. Khasawneh has a strong background in TMT, with particular expertise in advising on software licences, development agreements and complex trade mark licence agreements. Senior associates Christine Khoury, Erica Werneman Root and Andrew Garbett are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Nasser Ali Khasawneh

Other key lawyers:

Christine Khoury; Erica Werneman Root; Andrew Garbett

Key clients

World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)


Seddiqi Holding

Philip Morris International Management S.A. (PMI)

United Arab Emirates > TMT Tier 3

Nasser Ali Khasawneh - global co-head of TMT at Eversheds Sutherland LLP - advises on a range of technical matters, including financial services regulation, digital service providers' co-operation with law enforcement, social media regulation and blockchain-based tools. Erica Werneman Root, a senior associate who sits as part of the firm's disputes practice, has notable expertise in digital-related disputes.

Practice head(s):

Nasser Ali Khasawneh

Other key lawyers:

Erica Werneman Root

United Arab Emirates > Banking and finance: Corporate finance (including Islamic lending) Tier 4

Eversheds Sutherland LLP, which is noted for its strong international presence, advises borrowers and lenders on a wide range of banking and finance transactions. Its work covers areas such as trade finance and general finance. In addition, the practice also has a strong presence in project finance (particularly clean energy and renewables), and is able to advise on the full project lifecycle. Practice head Clint Dempsey has significant experience of advising on a wide spectrum of banking and finance matters.

Practice head(s):

Clint Dempsey

Key clients

Rasmala Investment Bank

HSBC Bank Middle East

Alubaf Arab International Bank P.S.C.

Al Dahra

Standard Chartered

Classic Fashion

Voltalia S.A

Arab National Bank


Department Name Email Telephone
Litigation, dispute resolution and arbitration Rebecca Copley
Litigation, dispute resolution and arbitration Nasser Ali Khasawneh
Litigation, dispute resolution and arbitration Paul D Taylor
Litigation, dispute resolution and arbitration Roberta Wertmen
Banking and finance Clint Dempsey
Commercial Geraldine Ahern
Corporate and M&A Zeid Hanania
TMT Nasser Ali Khasawneh
TMT Geraldine Ahern
Construction Paul D Taylor
Construction Roberta Wertman
Corporate crimes and investigations Rebecca Copley
Employment and labour Geraldine Ahern
Energy Clint Dempsey
IP Nasser Ali Khasawneh
Antitrust and competition Nasser Ali Khasawneh
Regulatory and legislative advice Nasser Ali Khasawneh
Regulatory and legislative advice Rebecca Copley
Islamic finance Clint Dempsey
Photo Name Position Profile
 Maysoon Afyouni  photo Maysoon Afyouni Associate
 Rebecca Copley  photo Rebecca Copley Partner
 Erica Crosland  photo Erica Crosland Associate
 Clint Dempsey  photo Clint Dempsey Principal Associate
 Zeid Hanania  photo Zeid Hanania Partner
 Nasser Ali Khasawneh photo Nasser Ali Khasawneh Managing Partner Middle East
 Atousa Mahmoudpour photo Atousa Mahmoudpour Atousa’s main practice is corporate law and commercial law in the Middle…
 Shalagh Massingham photo Shalagh Massingham Partner
 Hani Nassef photo Hani Nassef Partner
 Andrew Thomson photo Andrew Thomson Partner
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