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 Dubai team is comprised of legal experts who have each spent considerable time, and have significant experience, in the GCC and strive to compliment the specific needs of our clients in the fast-moving UAE and the broader Middle East business environment.

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In 2017 we formed an exclusive partnership with Harasani & Alkhamees, a dynamic law firm known for their high levels of client service with offices in Riyadh and JeddahOur combined experience covers construction law, government projects and cross border transactions offerings. We also provide expert advice on litigation & dispute resolution, corporate, construction, family & private client and employment for regional and international clients.

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Some of our experts

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.

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.

Dr. Ahmad Alkhamees

Partner of Harasani & Alkhamees in Association with DWF

I am a lawyer, and certified arbitrator based in Saudi Arabia and the Co-founder of Harasani & Alkhamees law firm.

Dr. Hamid Harasani

Partner of Harasani & Alkhamees in Association with DWF

I am a Saudi-qualified lawyer with domestic and international legal experience. I am the Co-founder of Harasani & Alkhamees Law Firm.