United Arab Emirates

Taking advantage of the growth in trade, innovation and infrastructure across the UAE requires a combination of energetic commercial solutions and local, cultural understanding. 

Our UAE experts have an exemplary record for providing clear, sustainable direction on some of the most innovative and challenging legal matters.

With core specialism in construction & infrastructure projects (in particular rail, social infrastructure, education and healthcare), professional indemnity, construction disputes and insurance, our work spans complex transactions and operations across the UAE. We act for insurers, contractors, consultants as well as oil and gas companies and those seeking to invest in the region. We draw from across the firm to support this with a complete, cross-border legal service including mergers & acquisitions, financing and investment, outsourcing, corporate tax, contracts & agreements, real estate and employment law.

We want to help you achieve organisational goals, make smarter decisions and reduce risks. This calls for a combination of expert, commercial understanding as well as an immersion in local law, practice and culture. Our Dubai team have built strong links with some of the countries leading law firms, government agencies and regulatory bodies.

Examples of our recent work include providing advice and direction to a German contractor in relation to delays in completing a UAE-based facility, arising from defective cabling; acting for developers to resolve multi billion AED disputes on residential, commercial and leisure developments; DIAC Arbitration for overseas contractors; delay and disruption claims relating to pipeline and mooring platform construction; negotiating contracts for the design and construction of Trump International Hotel & Tower, a mixed use property (hotel and residential); drafting and negotiating finance contract amendment for STP, Jumeirah Golf Estates; advising a major Chinese railway contractor on the terms of an unincorporated joint venture agreement; advising a bidder for a major security/communications centre, including procurement and contracting packages; drafting and negotiating commercial agreements for the delivery of the transit infrastructure (roads and monorail) for the Atlantis Hotel, Palm Jumeirah; and acting for insurers on some of the largest professional indemnity claims currently being considered by the major insurance markets in the country.

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From our Dubai office we support major clients across the construction, energy, insurance and transport sectors. We advise on English law both contentious and non-contentious.

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.

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.