Engineering & Construction

Engineering & Construction

The engineering and construction industry is a major element of the UAE economy in the 21st century. In recent times, the UAE’s engineering and construction industry has been among the busiest in the world.

Hadef & Partners provides a significant level of legal specialism to the engineering and construction sector, by offering our industry clients a comprehensive advice service for both procurement and resolving disputes. We have a deep understanding of the industry in this jurisdiction and our advice is targeted to meet our clients’ needs and expectations, through both our Arabic and English language lawyers and support staff.

Clients of our practice encompass the entire development spectrum of developers, financiers, contractors, major sub-contractors and project consultants.

Our services embrace major project work, including infrastructure and commercial development. We have negotiated and advised upon some of the largest water, power, pipeline and overhead transmission line EPC projects in the UAE – from pre-tender stage right through to project completion. We frequently advise in relation to major retail, leisure, residential and office developments.

We assist our clients - be they employers, contractors or consultants - on all aspects of contract interpretation and procedures during the course of projects, and step in to provide analysis and representation to our clients in the important interfaces that routinely occur between the participants in operations on site. We provide a depth of experience that allows our services to be delivered both on a timely and a value-added basis, where they are particularly needed in order to meet the requirements of our clients’ ongoing development activities.

Contract modelling 

We offer a depth of specialism on:

  • FIDIC model forms advice
  • contract drafting and amendment
  • hybrid and specialist forms
  • commercial project documentation, bonds, guarantees, warranties
  • insurance documentation.

Problem solving 

We represent clients both in the UAE courts and in the available forms of dispute resolution, be it conciliation, mediation or arbitration. Our services include:

  • UAE arbitration (DIAC, DIFC and ADCCAC)
  • conciliation, mediation, adjudication
  • international arbitration
  • risk awareness and management (time, cost, quality)
  • extension of time claims
  • delay damages and overrun cost claims
  • variations/prime cost, and provisional sums
  • payment and final account issues
  • the interface between arbitration rules, UAE court and other procedures
  • instructions to experts and arbitrator appointments
  • design, workmanship and materials failures
  • bond calls, guarantees and warranty claims
  • insurance claims and professional indemnity

We offer a comprehensive service to suit the needs of our clients and, importantly, their projects. We aim to speak the language of E&C with our clients and to share their passion for the industry in all its fascinating aspects.

  • A client says: “I'm impressed by their thorough approach and their client care - they're an established construction outfit.”

    Chambers Global, 2017

  • “Their experience and knowledge of arbitration matters in the UAE seems to be very deep.”

    Chambers Global, 2017

  • 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 strong bench of dispute resolution experts, able to represent clients in arbitration as well as local and DIFC court litigation proceedings. Substantial experience in representing developers, contractors and subcontractors.

    Chambers Global 2015

  • "We were impressed by the firm's clear, concise advice and prompt service."

    Chambers Global 2015

  • Anthony Edwards heads the engineering and construction practice, and is recognised for his strong track record in dispute resolution. According to peers, "he knows his stuff and is very dedicated."

    Chambers Global 2015

  • A notable profile for construction in the domestic market, thanks to the team's vast local knowledge, as well as its ability to service clients in English and Arabic. Strong track record acting for subcontractors on local disputes, as well as an active presence of infrastructure projects.

    Chambers Global 2014

  • This team benefits from its vast local knowledge and experience to advise on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters, both in the real estate and construction spheres.

    Legal 500 2013

  • Hadef & Partners “It is often consulted by government departments to advise on the development of new laws in the UAE."

    Chambers Global 2013

  • Hadef & Partners’ practice is valued for its ‘well thought out, useful and to-the-point advice’, and its ability to ‘efficiently explain the UAE legal landscape’.

    Legal 500 2013

  • Hadef & Partners handles a mix of large-scale construction arbitration and substantial local court litigation, drawing on the extensive experience of Anthony Edwards in Dubai and Basil Siddiqi in Abu Dhabi.

    Legal 500 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

  • Real Estate & Construction Team of the Year 2016

    Real Estate & Construction Team 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

  • Real Estate / Construction Firm of the Year 2016

    Real Estate / Construction Firm of the Year 2016

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

  • Middle East Law Firm of the Year 2016

    Middle East Law Firm of the Year 2016

    By : Corporate Counsel Middle East Awards

  • 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

  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution Team of the Year 2015

    By : Corporate Counsel Middle East Awards

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

    By : Corporate Counsel Middle East Awards

  • Young Lawyer of the Year 2014

    Young Lawyer of the Year

    By : DIFC Court Users Committee Awards 2014

    Lawyer : OMAR AL HELOO

  • Real Estate / Construction Firm of the Year 2014

    By : Asian MENA Counsel In-house Survey

  • Shortlisted for Property & Construction Team of the Year 2014

    By : Corporate Counsel Middle East Awards

  • Real Estate / Construction Firm of the Year 2013

    By : Asian MENA Counsel In-house Survey

  • Property & Construction Team of the Year 2013

    By : Corporate Counsel Middle East Awards

  • Real Estate / Construction Firm of the Year 2012

    By : Asian MENA Counsel In-house Survey