We have a broad practice encompassing a range of commercial contracts and joint ventures, together with specialisation in agency, distribution, franchising, sale of goods and services, governmental procurement and other forms of contractual structure.

Our lawyers have experience in a range of sectors, including: energy, utilities, financial services, real estate, retail, education, health, pharmaceutical, construction, transportation, hospitality, tourism, manufacturing, technology, telecommunications, sports and media.

The breadth of knowledge gained from our experience enables us to provide well-informed and practical advice, addressing international requirements and standards, together with a thorough understanding of the specific laws, regulations, practices and customs of the UAE.

Strong commercial focus and deep local knowledge distinguishes Hadef & Partners. Many of our lawyers have practical industry experience and understand nuances inherent in key industry sectors in our region.

Because we understand that commercial outcomes require integrated legal solutions, we work with our colleagues in our Employment, Dispute Resolution, Banking & Finance, Financial Services and Real Estate teams as part of a total response to our clients' needs.

We advise on all manner and aspects of commercial transactions and matters including:

  • contracts associated with the manufacture and sale of goods and services
  • antitrust and competition
  • fraud and anti-money laundering
  • real estate and property
  • information technology, media and telecommunications
  • banking and finance
  • restructuring and insolvency
  • mergers and acquisitions
  • private equity
  • financial services and regulation
  • employment
  • intellectual property
  • insurance
  • arbitration, dedication and disputes.

  • “The lawyers have good time and cost management.”

    Chambers Global, 2016

  • “Victoria recently provided some advice on the challenges of franchising in the UAE. Victoria was able to quickly get to grips with our business and the issues which we faced and delivered clear, concise and commercial advice. Victoria's knowledge of UAE laws, combined with a real appreciation of local culture and customs, enables Victoria to give a practical context to her advice, which is invaluable to a business weighing up the best way to enter the UAE market. In short, I would not hesitate to recommend Victoria.”

    Giordano Suergiu, Head of Legal at All Saints

  • Clients say "They are pragmatic, can-do lawyers."

    Chambers Global 2015

  • Clients say "they are definitely major players - one of the first names to spring to mind in the UAE."

    Chambers Global 2015

  • A local disputes powerhouse, excelling in local and DIFC court litigation. Also very active in arbitration and the enforcement of arbitral awards. Offers considerable expertise in construction, shipping and general commercial disputes.

    Chambers Global 2015

  • A full-service IP registration and enforcement practice, particularly busy with trade mark registration and anti-counterfeiting campaigns. Assists clients in the hotel, media and consumer goods industries with the protection of their local franchising and distribution interests.

    Chambers Global 2015

  • Advises media and technology companies on marketing, licensing and franchising agreements. Huge manpower and experience in contentious matters make the firm a strong choice for the enforcement of intellectual property rights, as well as the collection of related royalties.

    Chambers Global 2015

  • Recommended for “his local knowledge, commercial and strategic thinking.” (Michael Lunjevich)

    LEGAL 500 2014

  • Enjoys a prominent position in the local market with a large volume of acquisitions and restructurings for both UAE clients and inbound investors.

    Chambers Global 2014

  • Recommended as a "Leading Lawyer." (Michael Lunjevich)

    LEGAL 500 2013

  • This well-established local firm represents a large stable of domestic as well as international clients, across a range of transactional and advisory instructions.

    Chambers Global 2013

  • Hadef & Partners’ ‘very skilled team’ provides ‘professional service at reasonable fees, and has a good understanding of commercial issues’.

    Legal 500 2013

  • Strong presence in the shipping and aviation industries and impressive track record representing local and international banks and financial institutions. Other areas of expertise include commercial, real estate and insurance disputes. Steadily expanding team, further consolidating the firm's strenght in both arbitration and litigation.

    Chambers Global 2013

  • Hadef & Partners' IP offering forms part of the firm's respected corporate practice. It advises on IP issues arising from outsourcing, franchising and transactional matters, and is often a first port of call for international brands seeking local commercial advice on establishing in the Middle East.

    Chambers Global 2013

  • Shortlisted as Regional Law Firm of the Year 2016

    Shortlisted as Regional Law Firm of the Year 2016

    By : The Oath Middle East Legal Awards

  • Most Responsive Domestic Firm in the UAE 2016

    Most Responsive Domestic Firm in the UAE 2016

    By : Asian-MENA Counsel – In-House Community Survey 2016

  • Domestic Deal of the Year 2016

    Domestic Deal of the Year 2016

    By : IFLR (International Financial Law Review) Middle East awards

  • Middle East Law Firm of the Year 2016

    Middle East Law Firm of the Year 2016

    By : Corporate Counsel Middle East Awards

  • GAR100 Selected Firm 2016

    GAR100 Selected Firm 2016

    By : Global Arbitration Review - GAR

  • Shortlisted as Regional Law Firm of the Year 2015

    Shortlisted as Regional Law Firm of the Year 2015

    By : The Oath Middle East Legal Awards

  • Most Responsive Domestic Firm in the UAE 2015

    By : Asian MENA Counsel In-house Survey

  • Highly Commended for Middle East Law firm of the Year 2015

    By : Corporate Counsel Middle East Awards