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Eversheds Sutherland

Dispute Resolution

2 ranked lawyersBand 4United Arab EmiratesGlobal 2021 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Comprehensive disputes practice, particularly active in the region's arbitration centres. Represents a diverse clientele ranging from construction contractors to international banks and oil and gas companies. Maintains a strong contentious regulatory and investigations team and notably advises on banking disputes. Also acts on energy and white-collar fraud matters. Oversees cases before the local and DIFC Courts.

Strengths

A client said: “They are consistently reliable and available. They're clear in their communications and good at translating the advice for a variety of audiences internally,” adding: “They always go a step further than expected and aim to outperform.”

Peers describe the firm as “excellent,” while a client noted: “For a larger, more complex and higher-value case I always suggest using Eversheds.”

Work highlights

Acted for Philip Morris on contentious issues relating to the seizure of the company's shipments by Dubai Customs and the Department of Economic Development.

Notable practitioners

Middle East disputes head Rebecca Copley has a broad practice encompassing all manner of DIFC litigation proceedings, in addition to corporate investigations and contentious regulatory matters. Interviewees judge her to be a "commercially minded" counsel who is "really articulate and very good at explaining the workings of what is, to us, a very unfamiliar legal system."

A client noted that Shalagh Massingham “has always impressed me with her client-centric approach,” adding: “She is a smart and dependable lawyer who has an excellent breadth of expertise, particularly in many technically complex disputes.” Having previously been based in Qatar for eight years, she continues to assist clients with a variety of Qatar-related arbitration cases.

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Overview

We have a strong construction and engineering team. We act for governments, public bodies, multinational and major national corporations, international contractors, sub-contractors and financial institutions on a wide range of matters including high value/high profile construction and infrastructure disputes.

We also have a strong arbitration team, acting for a wide range of local and international companies in complex arbitrations with values exceeding US$100m. We have experience in the enforcement of arbitration awards in the local UAE and DIFC Courts, including in major arbitration centers in the UAE.

We developed a FSDI practice in the Middle East, aimed at domestic and international financial institutions with a presence in the region. We are currently managing a portfolio of cases for several international and local banks.

Similarly, we have a strong reputation in the field of compliance and risk management. Our work includes the implementation of risk management frameworks, drafting policies and procedures on ethics, anti-bribery, corruption, anti-money laundering and whistleblowing.

We have a team of over 100 lawyers in seven offices across five countries in the UAE (Abu Dhabi and Dubai), Jordan (Amman), Qatar (Doha), Saudi Arabia (Riyadh; Mohammed AlDhabaan & Partners in association with Eversheds Sutherland), and in the Kurdistan region of Iraq (Baghdad and Erbil). Our lawyers are qualified to practice in Middle Eastern jurisdictions, England and Wales, and the US.

Dispute Resolution Department

Eversheds Sutherland

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Unit 803, 8th Floor, Emaar Square

Building 6, Burj Khalifa

P.O Box 74980

Dubai

Dubai

United Arab Emirates

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United Arab Emirates

Dispute Resolution


Rebecca Copley
Band 4
Shalagh Massingham
Foreign expert for Qatar