The engineering and construction industry is a major element of the UAE economy in the 21st century. In recent times, the UAE’s engineering and construction industry has been among the busiest in the world.
Hadef & Partners provides a significant level of legal specialism to the engineering and construction sector, by offering our industry clients a comprehensive advice service for both procurement and dispute resolution. We have a deep understanding of the industry in this jurisdiction and our advice is targeted to meet our clients’ needs and expectations, through both our Arabic and English language lawyers and support staff.
Clients of our practice encompass the entire development spectrum – of developers, financiers, contractors, major sub contractors and project consultants.
Our services embrace major project work
, including infrastructure and commercial development. We have negotiated and advised upon some of the largest water, power, pipeline and overhead transmission line EPC projects in the UAE – from pre tender stage right through to project completion. We frequently advise in relation to major retail, leisure, residential and office developments
We assist our clients - be they employers, contractors or the consultants - on all aspects of contract interpretation and procedures during the course of projects and step in to provide analysis and representation to our clients in the important interfaces that routinely occur as between the participants in operations on site. We provide a depth of experience that allows our services to be delivered both on a timely and a value added basis, where they are particularly needed in order to meet the requirements of our clients’ ongoing development activities.
We offer a depth of specialism on:
- FIDC model forms advice
- contract drafting and amendment
- hybrid and specialist forms
- commercial project documentation, bonds, guarantees, warranties
- insurance documentation.
We represent clients both in the UAE courts and in the several forms of dispute resolution
, be it conciliation, mediation or arbitration. Our services include:
- UAE arbitration (DIAC, DIFC and ADCCAC)
- conciliation, mediation, adjudication
- international arbitration
- risk awareness and management (time, cost, quality)
- extension of time claims
- delay damages and overrun cost claims
- variations/prime cost, and provisional sums
- payment and final account issues
- the interface between arbitration rules, UAE court and other procedures
- instructions to experts and arbitrator appointments
- design, workmanship and materials failures.
- bond calls, guarantees and warranty claims
- insurance claims and professional indemnity.
“This team benefits from its vast local knowledge and experience to advise on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters, both in the real estate and construction spheres.” Legal 500, 2013
"A slick local firm, very international and sophisticated in their approach." Legal 500, 2013
“Hadef & Partners handles a mix of large-scale construction arbitration and substantial local court litigation.” Legal 500, 2013
“Hadef & Partners is well placed to provide capability across the complete range of real estate and construction disciplines, combining local knowledge with international experience.” Chambers Global, 2012
Clients say Hadef & Partners “is the local firm of choice. The firm is well connected in the local market and delivers to the best international standards”. Chambers Global. 2012
Hadef & Partners “counts industry big hitters amongst its stable of clients”.
Chambers Global, 2012
“The ‘very professional, prompt, and experienced team’ at Hadef & Partners makes it one of the best choices of local law firms for construction work.” Legal 500
“With its widely praised disputes practice and excellent transactional and advisory skills, Hadef & Partners offers clients balanced and high-quality service on a variety of real estate and construction issues.” Chambers Global, 2011
Asian-MENA Counsel Firm of the Year for Real Estate & Construction 2010 & 2011
Construction Law Firm of the Year – UAE, DealMakers 2010