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K&L Gates
United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates > Employment Tier 3

The employment team at K&L Gates has ‘excellent technical understanding‘ in relation to compliance with the local employment regime. Clients describe the practice as ‘efficient and reliable‘ and has a full service offering that covers both contentious and non-contentious employment issues. Nazanin Aleyaseen heads the practice and has particular expertise in advising on internal investigations into allegations of fraud and misconduct; she is ‘a powerhouse of legal knowledge‘ and has extensive experience litigating before the DIFC courts.

Practice head(s):

Nazanin Aleyaseen

Other key lawyers:

Mohammed Rwashdeh


‘Very efficient and reliable team. Requests are always treated very promptly with a great quality.’

‘The service is provided with a very quick turnaround, even on weekends and holidays. The quality and precision of the advice is remarkable.’

‘Excellent technical understanding combined with commercial understanding. Great people to deal with; reasonable costs, particularly for the quality of advice and availability of the team.’

‘Nazanin Aleyaseen is a powerhouse of legal knowledge, and great to work with. She manages to keep sight of the big picture whilst maintaining an exceptional eye to detail.’

Key clients

Amadeus IT System SA

Sinch AB (publ)

United Arab Emirates > Dispute resolution: arbitration and international litigation Tier 4

K&L Gates' dispute resolution covers international arbitration, DIFC court cases, local UAE litigation and internal investigations. Jonathan Sutcliffe has substantial experience representing clients before the DIFC courts and focuses on energy, construction, insurance and joint venture disputes. Nazanin Aleyaseen is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Sutcliffe; Nazanin Aleyaseen


‘Very capable at handling big ticket and complex arbitration and litigation cases.’

‘Jonathan Sutcliffe in particular is first class. He provides just the right mix of legal acumen and commercial nous.’

‘K&L Gates, Dubai, is very dynamic and thorough with its advice.’

‘Jonathan Sutcliffe is very practical, readily available and straight forward with his advice.’

‘The team has a great breadth of experience and consists of individuals who have been in Dubai and the UAE for many years, over a decade in many instances, giving the team essential and very solid knowledge of how local practices and local law intersect with arbitration.’

‘They can cover any type of case, with particular strength in construction and infrastructure and in energy.’

‘I think the collective longevity in the region is really a stand-out feature for the team.’

‘Jonathan Sutcliffe is very bright, insightful and gives practical, useable advice.  He has helped us shape our strategy on potential disputes before they become disputes many times.’