International Arbitration

International Arbitration

At the heart of our arbitration practice is a passionate desire to do the very best for our clients.  Our specialist arbitration practitioners listen extremely carefully, go the extra mile, use our resources in a smart and efficient manner, and we are forensic and relentless.  We leave no stone unturned.

In addition, we are flexible, pragmatic and understand that a co-operative, friendly spirit is the bedrock to success.  We enjoy working for you, and with you.  We appreciate the importance of choosing arbitrators and independent experts and offer our clients in-depth knowledge of both. 

Our specialist arbirtration lawyers have extensive experience in domestic and international arbitration, both ad hoc and institutional, including under the rules of ICC, DIAC, ADCCAC, TAHKEEM, DIFC-LCIA, LCIA, ICSID, LMAA and UNCITRAL.

We represent a wide range of clients and have worked on many of the most significant and high-profile commercial arbitration cases in the UAE. Our experience spans all industry sectors. We understand the importance of resolving disputes in a timely and cost-effective manner, and our team is well-equipped to handle disputes across various jurisdictions.

We are also frequently instructed by clients and other law firms to support their arbitrations via court applications in the UAE (both onshore and in the ADGM/DIFC), including by filing applications for preliminary attachments, freezing orders, enforcement of arbitral awards and via making (or defending against) annulment applications.

A number of our senior practitioners have also appeared before arbitration panels as experts on – for instance - UAE law and DIFC law.

In other words, as a homegrown law firm with a strong reputation for our international approach, we advise on a broad range of multi-jurisdictional matters. Our arbitration team is held in high regard for its ability to act on the UAE and regional elements of broader international projects.

The team also maintains strong links to leading independent firms throughout the Middle East and Gulf region, collaborating seamlessly with foreign practices to service the regional demands of its international client base.


Our diverse team of international and Emirati lawyers have a vast arbitration experience in the region, with a number of specialist arbitration practitioners having undertaken complex arbitration for several decades.

We act for both claimants and respondents. Our lawyers are highly skilled and have extensive knowledge of the laws and procedures governing international arbitration. We provide our clients with comprehensive legal advice and support throughout the arbitration process, including assistance with the selection of arbitrators, the preparation of pleadings and submissions, and the conduct of hearings.

Locally and internationally, our services include:

  • representation in domestic and international arbitration under all major arbitration rules
  • representation in arbitration-related proceedings in all UAE Federal and local courts and tribunals
  • representation in arbitration-related proceedings before the ADGM and DIFC Courts
  • representation in alternative dispute resolution including mediation, conciliation and expert determination
  • providing advice on expert evidence for foreign court/arbitration proceedings where UAE law is relevant
  • cross-border evidence gathering and asset tracing
  • investigative work and preparation of witness statements
  • preparing dispute resolution clauses and arbitration agreements
  • advice on matters of public international law including international treaties and trade agreements.


  • “An excellent choice for disputes, with both an international and domestic element. They are reasonably priced and highly competent.”

    Legal 500, 2023

  • “Personal attention, responsive, and pragmatic team.”

    Legal 500, 2023

  • “Hadef has one of the best company cultures I have seen in the legal profession. All partners are leaders and experts in their own fields and work seamlessly together to give a clear and concise route forward.”

    Chambers Global, 2023

  • “They have an extremely strong and well-rounded approach to dealing with complex situations.”

    Chambers Global, 2023

  • “Hadef & Partners' lawyers are responsive, provide clear advice on the law and are always willing to get us more reference points if required. They are proactive and understand business needs.”

    Chambers Global, 2023

  • “The team has an excellent track record of acting as co-counsel on international disputes.”

    Chambers Global, 2023

  • UAE Law Firm of the Year 2023

    UAE Law Firm of the Year 2023

    By : The Oath Middle East Legal Awards