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Richard Briggs

Richard Briggs

Executive Partner, Dubai


+971 4 4292999

Richard is a recognised leader in commercial dispute resolution in the UAE and has practised contentious business law in the UAE for most of his career. His areas of specialisation are in the litigation and arbitration fields, particularly with reference to maritime, trade and insurance law in the United Arab Emirates and the Middle East area.

Prior to working at Hadef, Richard trained with Clifford Chance in London and Dubai, later joining another UAE law firm as a partner. He graduated from the University of Warwick (LLB) and the College of Law, Guildford (United Kingdom). Richard is a member of the Law Society and a Practicing Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales. He is also a member of the International Bar Association and World Jurist Association. Richard is also the ICC FraudNet member for the UAE, Middle East Regional Coordinator for the Inter-Pacific Bar Association and former Vice Chair of the IBA Maritime Committee.

  • Richard Briggs is noted as a strong force in arbitration, with one commentator finding him “very, very good; on top of the complex procedural law in Dubai”. He is also very experienced in litigation, with notable focus on the maritime sector.

    Chambers Global, 2019

  • “His peers state that he is ‘respected and knows his shipping stuff’, further describing him as "one of the most experienced in the sector.”

    Chambers Global, 2018

  • “Richard Briggs is a powerhouse in commercial litigation and has vast experience in the maritime and insurance sectors.”

    Who’s Who Legal Litigation, 2017

  • “Sources say that Richard Briggs is ‘very knowledgeable, he's been around for a long time’.”

    Chambers Global, 2017

  • “Described as ‘an old hand’ in the UAE, renowned expert in maritime dispute resolution”. “Client say: ‘He is very balanced in his approach, he understands the problems particularly in the Middle East and he always suggests a very practical approach’.”

    Chambers Global, 2017

  • Recognised as a “Leading Lawyer”

    Legal 500, 2017

  • Recommended for IP (contentious and non-contentious)

    Legal 500, 2017

  • “Richard Briggs, who is ‘well informed on local dynamics’, is prominent in the maritime, insurance and trade space.”

    Legal 500, 2017

  • “Litigator and arbitrator Richard Briggs heads the Dubai dispute resolution team. He is praised by clients for understanding the business and ‘being very well versed on marine matters’.”

    Chambers Global, 2016

  • “Richard Briggs, who has ‘a stellar reputation’ for shipping disputes.”

    Legal 500, 2016

  • Recognised as a “Leading Lawyer”.

    Legal 500, 2016

  • “Has ‘excellent understanding of the UAE courts and procedures’.”

    Legal 500, 2015

  • 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

  • Richard Briggs earns great acclaim for his work on sensitive cases, with clients saying: "I wouldn't think of anybody else to work on delicate matters." Commentators hold him in high regard for the strategic advice he provides. Richard Briggs is a standout performer on contentious matters relating to maritime law, insurance and trade. Richard Briggs is active on many of the firm's construction disputes. Clients report he is "extremely helpful in providing prompt advice."

    Chambers Global 2014

  • “Richard Briggs commands huge respect across the market.”

    LEGAL 500 2014

  • 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