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Tim Watkins

Tim Watkins



+971 4 4292999

Tim is a Partner in Hadef & Partners Corporate department in Dubai. He has an extensive range of corporate and commercial experience including cross border acquisitions including related experience in real estate, employment and projects.
Having been in the UAE for 15 years, Tim has an expert knowledge of the region developed through working with a number of leading multi-national organizations. He is known for his strong understanding of both the legal framework and the commercial realities within which companies in the region must operate. Tim has consequently worked on some of the UAE’s largest high profile projects, such as the establishment of Abu Dhabi’s national airline, Etihad Airways.
Tim studied Law at the University of Birmingham (UK) and went on to work for a number of International law firms in both the UK and the UAE, including Trowers & Hamlins LLP, Reed Smith and DLA Piper LLP.

  • “Tim is a commercially minded lawyer who has supported us in a pragmatic manner. His approach is founded on sound legal advice, and he was quick and efficient in his responses. His advice extended rather helpfully beyond legal technicalities and added value to our business. Highly recommended.”

    Richard Mills, Chief Financial Officer, Gourmet Gulf

  • “Tim is a very solid technical lawyer and has provided us with very proactive and sensible advice on a number of matters. He is definitely someone who you would trust to handle a very urgent matter with the minimum fuss, minimum turnaround time and a pragmatic but thorough result. Tim is also very pleasant to deal with and his calm demeanour shines in the most stressful of times.”

    Charlotte Douglass, Legal Counsel at Eastgate Capital Group Limited

  • “Tim Watkins has assisted our company on several matters over the years, including some complex business establishment and structuring cases and most recently a corporate dispute. I have always found Tim to be commercially minded, quick to respond and very knowledgeable on UAE laws and commercial matters. I have no hesitation in recommending him.”

    David Bugden, Company Director, Mystrata & PRD