Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

With investment in the region growing against a changing economic, legal and regulatory environment, working in the MENA can stretch investors, traders, developers, contractors, designers and insurers alike.

Having worked in the MENA region, predominantly for insurers and traders since 2008 we opened an office in the DIFC in Dubai in January 2015 offering, in response to client demand additional services in the construction, transport, energy and disputes (both domestic and international) sectors.

Our approach combines currently a core team of three partners and three associates based in Dubai that work closely with the firm’s UK and International Construction, Infrastructure, Insurance, Marine, Trade and Transport sector groups. This is how we combine our commercial and legal expertise with local, freezone, trade law, practice and custom. Across the team we are committed to reducing risk and maximising opportunities for our clients in order to provide a clear direction, sustainable solutions and service excellence.

Examples of recent work include:


  • Drafting insurance policy wordings for several major international insurers operating in the region.
  • Defence of an eight-figure (sterling) claim in the local courts of a Gulf state in relation to the development of a retail centre.
  • Advising in relation to the sea wall issues in a major Gulf Project.


  • Acting on behalf of a state owned entity in a commercial arbitration in relation to an off shore oil storage facility in the region.
  • Resolution of various disputes on a portfolio of EPC contracts in Kazakhstan for the local operating entity of an American multinational energy corporation in the North Caspian (issues centred on the performance of local partner companies and the allocation of responsibility for cost overruns).
  • Providing advice to a German contractor in relation to delays in completing a UAE-based facility, arising from defective cabling.


  • Acting on behalf of a UAE corporate client in a Stockholm arbitration in relation to claims arising from a telecoms contract under Swedish law.
  • Advising a UAE-based developer in a payment dispute under DIFC law against a DIFC-based management company in an arbitration under the DIFC-LCIA Rules with seat in the DIFC.

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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.

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.

Faisal Attia


I am an experienced bi-lingual construction law practitioner specialising in the interpretation of Middle Eastern construction laws in the context of arbitration and litigation.

Jeremy Speller


I am an Associate in the Construction and Infrastructure team based in the Dubai office.