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Global United Arab Emirates Dispute Resolution

The work covers the full course of a dispute such as pre-trial negotiations, documentation and preparation for trial, summary judgement motions, trial, appeals and enforcement proceedings. Priority is given to mandates that result in litigation / alternative dispute resolution, rather than to advisory or preparatory work. The work should include commercial disputes, arbitration and white-collar crime (in some jurisdictions this is a separate section or subsection). In jurisdictions where there are also separate rankings for more specific areas of litigation (e.g. IP, construction etc.) work relating to these areas will be primarily considered in these more specific areas rather than in the general Dispute Resolution table.

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Band 1
  1. Al Tamimi & Company
    Dispute Resolution
    Global 2022 | Band 1
  2. Clyde & Co LLP
    Dispute Resolution
    Global 2022 | Band 1
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Band 2
  1. 2
    Clifford Chance LLP
    Dispute Resolution
    Global 2022 | Band 2 | 16 Years Ranked
    Clifford Chance is especially applauded for its DIFC litigation work. In this field it frequently represents leading investment banks in mis-selling claims, as well as handling numerous other cases in the financial services sector. In addition, the firm is increasingly active on high-value professional negligence and insolvency proceedings. The Dubai team continues to develop its arbitration offering, with a particular emphasis on the construction and oil and gas sectors.
  2. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    2
    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    Dispute Resolution
    Global 2022 | Band 2 | 15 Years Ranked
    Freshfields maintains a prominent arbitration team in Dubai which often acts for industry leaders on multi-jurisdictional cases. Its lawyers are well versed in matters arising from contentious investment agreements, demonstrate further strengths in regulatory investigations and frequently represent international companies in disputes with government institutions. Typical clients originate from a diverse range of sectors, including aviation, manufacturing and telecoms.
  3. Norton Rose Fulbright
    2
    Norton Rose Fulbright
    Dispute Resolution
    Global 2022 | Band 2 | 14 Years Ranked
    Norton Rose Fulbright has a strong disputes practice in Dubai. The firm is acknowledged for its broad experience in arbitration, especially in regard to high-profile mandates in the energy and natural resources sector. It also has complementary expertise in corporate investigations and contentious regulatory matters. Lawyers within the team are well versed in a variety of financial services, TMT and healthcare cases.
  4. Hadef & Partners
    Dispute Resolution
    Global 2022 | Band 2
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Band 3
  1. DLA Piper Middle East LLP
    3
    DLA Piper Middle East LLP
    Dispute Resolution
    Global 2022 | Band 3 | 13 Years Ranked
    DLA Piper's UAE disputes team is noted for its long experience in the Middle East. It has an enviable record in the DIFC Courts and is acknowledged for its strong financial crime practice. The firm also has comprehensive arbitration abilities and is very active on cross-border disputes throughout the region and beyond. Lawyers within the team are called upon to assist with a broad array of joint venture and other investment-related cases.
  2. Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
    3
    Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
    Dispute Resolution
    Global 2022 | Band 3 | 3 Years Ranked
    Gibson Dunn's Dubai-based disputes lawyers are well known for their frequent handling of high-stakes cases. The team is a regular fixture in the DIFC Courts and has a distinguished track record of representing major telecoms and petrochemicals companies in joint venture disputes. The firm is equally accomplished in the arbitration arena, where its experience includes acting for sovereign states in politically sensitive cases.
  3. Shearman & Sterling LLP
    3
    Shearman & Sterling LLP
    Dispute Resolution
    Global 2022 | Band 3 | 1 Years Ranked
    Shearman & Sterling maintains a robust and highly prominent arbitration practice in the UAE. Its lawyers are noted for their frequent representation of big-name oil companies as well as their depth of knowledge concerning issues within the sector. The team is also well versed in commercial disputes arising from joint venture and licensing agreements, and is active on behalf of clients throughout the Middle East and Africa.
  4. Allen & Overy LLP
    Dispute Resolution
    Global 2022 | Band 3
  5. Habib Al Mulla & Partners, a member firm of Baker & McKenzie International
    Dispute Resolution
    Global 2022 | Band 3
  6. Herbert Smith Freehills
    Dispute Resolution
    Global 2022 | Band 3
  7. King & Wood Mallesons
    Dispute Resolution
    Global 2022 | Band 3
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Band 4
  1. Baker Botts LLP
    4
    Baker Botts LLP
    Dispute Resolution
    Global 2022 | Band 4 | 9 Years Ranked
    Baker Botts Dubai is noted for its experienced team of advocates who are regularly mandated on both DIFC Court litigation and international arbitration. The team is commended for its expertise in construction and project-related disputes, acting for both developers and contractors. It also leverages the firm's deep-seated oil and gas expertise to provide commercially focused advice to major players in the sector.
  2. Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP - Dubai
    4
    Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP - Dubai
    Dispute Resolution
    Global 2022 | Band 4 | 7 Years Ranked
    Eversheds Sutherland has a comprehensive Middle East disputes practice that is particularly active in the region's arbitration centres. It represents a diverse clientele ranging from construction contractors to international banks and oil and gas companies. The team maintains a strong contentious regulatory and investigations team and notably advises on major banking disputes. It also acts on energy and white-collar fraud matters, overseeing cases before the local and DIFC courts.
  3. Dentons
    Dispute Resolution
    Global 2022 | Band 4
  4. Pinsent Masons LLP
    Dispute Resolution
    Global 2022 | Band 4
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Band 5
  1. Addleshaw Goddard LLP
    5
    Addleshaw Goddard LLP
    Dispute Resolution
    Global 2022 | Band 5 | 2 Years Ranked
    Addleshaw Goddard operates an up-and-coming disputes team and is noted for its strong presence in the DIFC Courts. It demonstrates pronounced strengths in financial services and shareholder disputes, and the team acts for household names from a variety of industries, including telecoms, technology, and oil and gas. It is also respected for its arbitration practice, handling significant shareholder disputes for high net worth individuals and other major clients.
  2. Afridi & Angell
    5
    Afridi & Angell
    Dispute Resolution
    Global 2022 | Band 5 | 15 Years Ranked
    Afridi & Angell supports numerous international and domestic clients in cross-border commercial litigation and arbitration. It continues to be noted for its work on shipping and financial services disputes as well as demonstrating further capability in real estate and construction. It acts on matters across the GCC, representing a variety of clients, including international financial institutions and major manufacturers. It has broad experience representing South Asian clients in UAE-related and domiciled matters.
  3. DWF (Middle East) LLP
    5
    DWF (Middle East) LLP
    Dispute Resolution
    Global 2022 | Band 5 | 4 Years Ranked
    DWF maintains a commendable disputes practice in Dubai which has experience acting on a range of regional and international disputes. Lawyers within the team are noted for possessing a strong track record in the energy sector, as well as for their representation of significant oil and gas clients. Further strengths include representing private equity funds and banks in fraud and asset recovery matters.
  4. Jones Day
    5
    Jones Day
    Dispute Resolution
    Global 2022 | Band 5 | 2 Years Ranked
    Jones Day has a compact team in Dubai which demonstrates a broad range of skills in the disputes arena. It is adept at handling international arbitration cases on behalf of construction clients and is equally well versed in appearing before the DIFC Courts in general commercial disputes. Further expertise spans corporate investigations and related issues, including white-collar fraud and anti-money laundering matters.
  5. KBH
    5
    KBH
    Dispute Resolution
    Global 2022 | Band 5 | 11 Years Ranked
    KBH is noted for its presence before the DIFC Courts, where it represents clients in cases ranging from recovery claims to employment cases as well as shareholder and joint venture disputes. The team handles a variety of significant commercial litigation cases and is also very active on arbitration matters conducted under DIFC-LCIA and DIAC rules. In the second half of 2021 the firm rebranded as KBH, having previously been known as KBH Kaanuun.
  6. Stephenson Harwood Middle East LLP
    5
    Stephenson Harwood Middle East LLP
    Dispute Resolution
    Global 2022 | Band 5 | 2 Years Ranked
    Stephenson Harwood's Dubai-based disputes team is noted for its strength in financial services cases, frequently representing leading banks in the DIFC Courts. It also demonstrates a strong arbitration offering, acting for energy and construction clients on LCIA, DIFC-LCIA and ICC proceedings. Beyond these areas, the firm is well equipped to handle real estate, shipping and employment disputes, and offers complementary expertise with regard to international sanctions and corporate compliance issues.
  7. Simmons & Simmons
    Dispute Resolution
    Global 2022 | Band 5