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James Dunne

James Dunne

Head of Trade Marks & Brand Protection


+971 4 429 2999

James Dunne heads our Trade Marks and Brand Protection practice in Dubai and has over 10 years’ experience in intellectual property law in the United Kingdom, Australia and the Middle East. He has practised in Dubai since 2014.

His practice focuses on all aspects of intellectual property with a particular focus on trade marks and brand protection. He has extensive experience in brand counselling; trade mark portfolio management; trade mark clearance, prosecution and enforcement across the Middle East and internationally.

James has advised brand owners ranging from small businesses through to market leading multinational companies across various industry sectors including hospitality and leisure; entertainment; personal care and beauty; transportation; energy and resources; aviation; technology; construction; pharmaceuticals and luxury goods areas.

James is registered as a legal consultant at the Dubai Legal Affairs Department and is a dual-qualified solicitor admitted in New South Wales (Australia) and England and Wales (United Kingdom). He holds a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws and Master of Laws and, in addition to his private practice experience, has also undertaken a secondment in the trade marks department of one of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies.

  • “James Dunne is my main contact and working with him is always a great pleasure.”

    Legal 500, 2022

  • “We have worked over the years with James Dunne. He is an exceptional lawyer giving practical business-oriented advise. The thing that stands out is that clients always compliment the practical guidance.”

    Legal 500, 2022

  • “He is organised and approachable, and breaks down information into bite-size, user-friendly pieces. We feel very safe and comfortable with him because he has such good understanding and awareness.” “He is a talented attorney and a nice person. He is very easy to work with.”

    Chambers Global, 2022

  • Recognised as a “Leading individual” for Intellectual property

    Legal 500, 2021

  • Head of trade marks and brand protection James Dunne is renowned for his expert handling of trade mark applications and registration issues, as well as representing clients in contentious opposition proceedings. Market sources comment: “His expertise in all matters relating to UAE trade mark law is exemplary.”

    Chambers Global, 2021

  • James Dunne is very well regarded in the intellectual property space. James is intelligent, efficient, commercially savvy and provides exceptional service. I would highly recommend James to anyone needing advice in the IP field.

    Legal 500, 2020

  • In James Dunne, Hadef has not only found an experienced specialist but also someone who appears to be very passionate about his practice area.

    Legal 500, 2020

  • One client said: “James Dunne is an easy person to work with, a good communicator with great intellectual property knowledge and experience, which makes him good at strategy and problem solving”.

    Chambers Global, 2020

  • Recognised as a “Leading Lawyer”

    World Trademark Review WTR 1000, 2019

  • “James Dunne is the go-to counsel for any qualms or calamities relating to portfolio management or enforcement briefs”

    World Trademark Review WTR 1000, 2019

  • The “brilliant” James Dunne is commended by clients for his burgeoning practice.

    Chambers Global, 2019