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VICTORIA WOODS

VICTORIA WOODS

Partner, Head of Commercial Practice Group

Dubai

+971 4 4292999

v.woods@hadefpartners.com

Victoria heads the Commercial Practice Group in Dubai, with extensive experience as a practising solicitor gained from both the UK and the UAE markets. She frequently advises clients on cross-border transactions involving distribution, franchising and commercial agency, on issues arising under outsourcing, consultancy and services arrangements, and on the subject of IP, confidentiality and privacy, general liability, and risk mitigation.

Victoria’s commercial advisory practice covers a wide range of corporate commercial topics, in a number of sectors including food and beverage, leisure and retail. She advises on general matters arising from the expansion of businesses through joint ventures and licensing arrangements, to providing more specific advice on technology contracts, hospitality management documentation, software licensing, hosting and support arrangements, e-commerce, competition, consumer protection, data security and brand protection.

Victoria joined Hadef & Partners in 2012, prior to which she practised at London City firm Lewis Silkin LLP, predominantly advising clients on corporate transactional and commercial matters in the media and healthcare sectors. She holds a Bachelors degree in Law and was admitted as a Solicitor of the Law Society of England and Wales in 2004.

  • “As a Group General Counsel and Company Secretary at Barilla G e R Fratelli SpA, a 3.4 € bn Italian Food Company, I became aware of possible legal problems affecting the distribution of our product in the Gulf area. I needed local advice and the name of Victoria Woods with Hadef and Pts was recommended to me by in-house colleagues whose companies operate in the area. The subject matter involved rather complex corporate and company Law matters. I can witness that Victoria’s advice was prompt, quick, wise and, ultimately, successful. She is the kind of Lawyer who sets the caveats but also proposes solutions with quite a clear business sensitivity”

    Franco Guariglia, Group General Counsel & Company Secretary at Barilla

  • Victoria Woods, handles a broad range of work including joint ventures, corporate structuring and licensing matters for clients such as DP World, Abu Dhabi Media Company and IBM.

    Legal 500, 2017

  • Recommended for IP (non-contentious)

    Legal 500, 2017

  • “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