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Adrian has 25 years experience of handling shipping and international trade matters as well as general commercial litigation/arbitration disputes. He has considerable experience of shipping finance, newbuilding and vessel repair and sale/purchase transactions. Adrian commenced his career in London with Horrocks & Co. a specialist shipping and international trade law firm. In 1989 he joined Clyde & Co. and after three months transferred to its Hong Kong office.

In 1993 Adrian moved to the Hong Kong associate office of a Canadian law firm to set up a maritime law department. He returned to London and rejoined Waterson Hicks (formerly Horrocks & Co.) in December 1995 where he stayed for over 12 years. Adrian moved to Dubai to join Hadef & Partners in February 2008 where in addition to shipping and international trade matters, he handles a wide range of general commercial disputes involving litigation or arbitration proceedings.

Adrian was admitted as a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales in 1987. In addition he was admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong (1990), as a Solicitor and Barrister of the Australian Capital Territory (1993) and as a Barrister of the High Court of Australia (1993). He is also registered as a Legal Practitioner of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Courts with full rights of advocacy and has appeared many times as an advocate before these Courts and before the Special Tribunal relating to Dubai World and its Subsidiaries. From 2012 until 2015 he was a member of the DIFC Court Users' Committee and remains a member of the Rules Sub-Committee and Education Sub-Committee. He is also a lecturer for the DIFC Court Academy. He is also a member of the review board for the Arab Law Quarterly, a leading English language academic journal for Arab law. Adrian also appears as Counsel in arbitrations and has been appointed as a Sole Arbitrator by the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC) for several arbitration matters. He is a member of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA).

  • Adrian Chadwick is described by one source as someone “who knows the market well and is a safe pair of hands.”

    Chambers Global, 2016

  • 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

  • Recommended as a "Leading Lawyer" for shipping & trade disputes. (Adrian Chadwick)

    LEGAL 500 2014

  • "Adrian Chadwick is an 'excellent tactical litigator'."

    LEGAL 500 2012