Our Dubai team is comprised of legal experts who have each spent considerable time, and have significant experience, in the GCC.

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We are a full service regional firm and strive to compliment the specific needs of our clients in the fast-moving UAE and the broader Middle East business environment.

Our sectors & services

Sectors & services supported from Dubai include:

  • Construction/
  • Construction Disputes
  • Corporate/Commercial
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Employment
  • Government Consulting
  • Hospitality
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Real Estate

Our recent experience

  • Advising a UAE-based subsidiary of a UK contractor in a USD 90 million dispute with a UAE-based subcontractor in relation to the construction of an oilfield in Abu Dhabi under the ICC Rules with seat in Abu Dhabi and governed by UAE law.
  • Advising a developer in regards to contractual issues relating to a major, multi-use real estate development in the Emirate of Sharjah.

  • Advising a world leading IT services provider in a dispute arising from the performance of an IT services agreement in relation to the design, development and installation of a forensic evidence warehouse for Abu Dhabi Police under the ICC Rules with seat in Abu Dhabi and governed by UAE law.

  • Advising the sellers in the acquisition of a chain of medical offices in the Northern Emirates
    Advising a sports club in its joint venture arrangements for launching of sporting facilities in the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

  • Advising a sports club in its joint venture arrangements for launching of sporting facilities in the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

  • Advising on a USD 80 million plus dispute arising out of the performance of a long-term gas supply agreement between two Pakistani companies under the ICC Rules with seat in Singapore and governed by English law.

  • Advising on a payment dispute arising out of the performance of an engineering and project management contract for a biofuels facility to be constructed in the Emirate of Fujairah under the LCIA Rules with seat in London and governed by English law.

Our international reach

Our GCC practice is based out of our Dubai office, but through our long-standing relationships with other top law firms across the GCC and beyond, we provide you with access to the legal advice you require wherever you require it, and clients benefit from DWF as a single point of contact. We are accustomed to “project managing” multijurisdictional
teams in the provision of legal services, retaining responsibility for co-ordination and overall service delivery.

Our legal experts 

Our legal experts have years of experience in the region and include fluent native Arabic and English speakers. Our team advises governments, sponsors, developers, contractors, consultancies, insurers, large local holding companies, restaurant chains and members of the Big Four accounting firms. We have been involved in drafting and negotiating
contracts and ancillary documentation for major projects in the region and advising on a wide array of disputes, both in the local courts and in arbitration proceedings. 

Our Dubai office 


DWF (Middle East) LLP Office 901 & 904 Tower 2 Al Fattan Currency House DIFC Dubai P.O. Box 507104 Download Directions Get Directions Tel: +971 (0)4 397 8565 Email:

Some of our experts in Dubai

Waseem Khokhar

Partner - Managing Partner (Middle East Region)

I am the Middle East Region Managing Partner. I specialise in legal government advisory work and matters involving corporate defence and white collar crime. I also provide regulatory advice and advise high net worth family groups on restructuring matters.

Stefan Paciorek


I am a Partner specialising in Commercial Litigation and Arbitration based in the London office.

Steven Hunt


I am a Partner in the Construction and Infrastructure team based in the Dubai office.

Dr. Gordon Blanke


I am a Partner in the International Commercial Arbitration team and specialise in international commercial and investment arbitration across the UK, Europe and the Middle East.

John Coghlan


I am a construction law specialist with over 25 years combined practical and legal experience in the construction and infrastructure sector. I adopt a pragmatic and commercial approach to procurement, project support and dispute avoidance and resolution in relation to high value and complex infrastructure and energy projects across the Middle East and internationally.