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We know our market and are proud to be regularly involved in groundbreaking developments that shape the region’s business environment. Although many of our lawyers have a specialist focus, our collaborative approach ensures that the expertise of the firm as a whole is available to meet the requirements of any transaction or case.

  • Dubai office managing partner Sadiq Jafar forms an overwhelmingly positive impression on sources and is an important point of contact for many regional clients, particularly in the energy and infrastructure sectors.

    Chambers Global 2015

  • Described by client as ‘the wisest counsellor in the region’.

    Legal 500 2014

  • Sadiq Jafar is a key contact for the group, and is also the Dubai office's managing partner. (Capital Markets) Sadiq Jafar is managing partner of the Dubai office and continues to garner respect for his management skills and extensive local experience. (Corporate/Commercial)

    Chambers Global 2013

  • Richard Briggs has vast experience in the UAE market and is a frequent choice for international and domestic clients who need "someone who really understands the court system." He has a prestigious background advising on disputes in the shipping and trade industries.

    Chambers Global 2015

  • Richard Briggs has a sterling track record on insurance, shipping and trade disputes. Sources appreciate his profound knowledge of the UAE court systems, noting: "He adds a lot of value to the firm."

    Chambers Global 2015

  • Clients enjoy working with the highly respected Richard Briggs, who earns praise for the combination of his local knowledge and international experience. One commentator remarked: "He is at the cutting edge of issues in the UAE. He has a huge experience base, a good feel for the jurisdiction as well as a real understanding of how we do business here." (Dispute Resolution) Richard Briggs is a noted disputes lawyer in the UAE. He regularly lends his experienced hand to some of the team's most complex construction disputes work. (Construction)

    Chambers Global 2013

  • Abu Dhabi-based partner Basil Siddiqi heads the real estate practice and has an extremely well-established reputation throughout the UAE. His practice spans a range of contentious and transactional matters, including the acquisition of real assets for outbound investors.

    Chambers Global 2015

  • Clients can call on the deep knowledge of Basil Siddiqi when it comes to resolving disputes. He assists with both construction and real estate matters.

    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

  • "A bastion of local law expertise, frequently engaged as local counsel on large-scale banking and finance deals or to handle regulatory matters. Notably experienced in the financing of real estate developments and energy projects."

    Chambers Global 2015

  • James Farn advises on a wide range of finance deals, notably in the projects and trade sectors. Clients are impressed with his skilful navigation of the local legal environment, saying: "He got the right balance between protecting the rights of the client and being pragmatic."

    Chambers Global 2015

  • Sameer Huda plays a key role on many of the firm's M&A deals and maintains strong links with regional companies, as well as receiving instructions as local counsel. His wide-ranging experience includes education, pharmaceuticals and retail.

    Chambers Global 2015

  • Sameer Huda is head of the firm's corporate department in Dubai and is popular with clients. One interviewee noted: "He is a self-starter – he'll set to the task as soon as you hand it to him."

    Chambers Global 2013

  • Jamie Liddington joins the firm as a senior associate from Doyle Clayton Solicitors in the UK, bringing significant knowledge of employment law. He is especially adept in employment disputes, particularly breach of contract and post-termination restriction issues.

    Chambers Global 2015

  • Michael Lunjevich heads the property team from the Dubai office and is applauded by sources for his approachable and solution-oriented manner. He draws on his significant experience of commercial and franchising matters to effectively serve clients in the hospitality industry.

    Chambers Global 2015

  • A notable profile for real estate in the domestic market, thanks to the team's vast local knowledge, as well its ability to service clients in English and Arabic.

    Chambers Global 2014

  • Michael Lunjevich is a well-known name for commercial transactions in the real estate sector. Clients describe him as "one of the best property lawyers in the country - very sharp when advising on complicated real estate issues."

    Chambers Global 2014

  • The impressive Michael Lunjevich is a key name on the real estate side. Market sources consider him "very strong, the driving force behind the relationship. He knows what we want, and understands why we want it." (Real Estate) Practice head Michael Lunjevich offers in-depth knowledge of the sector. One source remarked: "He is good at explaining both the legal questions and practical issues that are relevant to us." (TMT)

    Chambers Global 2013

  • "A bastion of local law expertise, frequently engaged as local counsel on large-scale banking and finance deals or to handle regulatory matters. Notably experienced in the financing of real estate developments and energy projects."

    Chambers Global 2015

  • Sources find Alan Rodgers a valuable source of UAE law advice on banking and finance deals, saying he is "very useful in shepherding us through the process." He has particular expertise relating to project finance, infrastructure funds and restructurings.

    Chambers Global 2015

  • Alan Rodgers is widely respected by clients and peers alike. Sources describe him as "proactive and on the ball from a UAE perspective."

    Chambers Global 2013

  • Walid Azzam is a well-regarded practitioner in the UAE, and was promoted to the partnership in 2012. He regularly assists with the team's highest-profile matters.

    Chambers Global 2013

  • Adrian Chadwick focuses on shipping, trade and commercial disputes resolved through DIFC litigation or arbitration. Sources describe him as "skilled, extremely practical, and generally a pleasure to work with."

    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

  • Construction expert Anthony Edwards is singled out for his vast domestic and international experience. "He demonstrated an excellent understanding of the issues at hand and integrity in dealing with us as a client, always explaining the risk involved and the pros and cons of any issues being discussed. His legal knowledge and skills are beyond question," sources say.

    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

  • Valeria Lysenko is ‘one of the finest minds in the UAE’.

    Legal 500 2013