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Hadef & Partners

Dispute Resolution

3 ranked lawyersBand 2United Arab EmiratesGlobal 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Highly developed dispute resolution team that is well respected by clients and peers for work undertaken in local courts. Also has a wealth of arbitration experience in the region, and benefits from a diverse team of Emirati and international lawyers. Hadef is especially known for its financial services expertise and regularly acts as co-counsel alongside international law firms on multi-jurisdictional disputes. Acts for both claimants and respondents on debt recovery and liquidation actions. The firm is also active in employment and shareholder disputes.

Strengths

Sources highlight the team’s “incredible knowledge of local laws and cost-consciousness,” further appreciating that its “turnaround time is great.”

Another interviewee heaped praise on the team, saying: “They are always professional, always thorough, always client-friendly and always available.”

Work highlights

Acted for Caterpillar Financial Services on numerous litigation proceedings before the courts of Abu Dhabi, Dubai and the DIFC relating to financing packages provided to construction contractors for the purchase of Caterpillar equipment.

Notable practitioners

Abdulrahman Juma heads the firm’s dispute resolution practice and receives praise for his “excellent knowledge of local laws.” He handles disputes before the local and federal courts in regard to a range of issues including tax, IP and investment matters. Clients further applaud that he is “exceptional in handling shareholder and employment disputes,” before going on to conclude: “He is one of the finest lawyers in the country, an excellent draftsman and a brilliant litigator.”

Adrian Chadwick handles a broad range of commercial disputes in litigation, and also acts as both arbitration counsel and arbitrator on a number of cases. His wide commercial disputes practice is complemented by a specialism in maritime and trade disputes. A peer commented that "he is strong on all fronts" and "great at giving practical legal advice."

Executive partner Richard Briggs is highly regarded by the market. He is commended for his wealth of experience in dispute resolution, including both litigation and arbitration, and remains a key contact for clients.

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United Arab Emirates

Dispute Resolution


Adrian Chadwick
Band 2
Richard Briggs
Eminent Practitioners

Dispute Resolution: Domestic


Abdulrahman Juma
Band 1