search by alphabet
Salih Ahnaish

Salih Ahnaish

Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution, Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi

+971 2 205 5300

Salih Ahnaish is a senior litigator with over 50 years of experience. He is widely recognised locally and regionally for his diligence, dedication and strategic approach. He has advised on some of the highest-profile disputes in the UAE in a broad range of fields including real estate, intellectual property, agency agreements, banking, employment, oil and gas, procurement contracts and others. Salih’s dynamic experience has earned him a reputation as an industry leader in handling complex and high-value disputes in the UAE.

One of Salih’s most notable achievements includes the successful application to the General Assembly to reverse a High Federal Court Judgment which led to the reversal of all previous judgments of the Highest Courts in the UAE (across all Emirates) relating to Margin Trade Agreements. This historical achievement evidences Salih’s unmatched skills. 

Salih was part of our award winning Chambers Middle East Litigation Team of the Year in 2023 and he was also included in The Legal 500 M.E Arbitration Powerlist 2023.

Prior to joining Hadef & Partners, Salih held multiple senior positions including Chairman of the Court of Appeal in Libya whereby he assessed appeals in various litigation matters including civil, commercial and criminal cases. Prior to this, he worked as a State Lawyer whereby he represented the state in a wide range of national disputes. Soon after qualifying, he worked as an assistant to the Attorney General handling primarily criminal cases. Before qualification, Salih also worked as an Associate Professor of Law in Derna, Libya for 9 years.

Salih completed his LLB at the University of Benghazi, Libya and later completed his LLM from Hull University, United Kingdom.


  • “Since our appointment of Hadef & Partners in 2020, we have been delighted with the level of client service and quality of work from the Disputes team, led by Salih Ahnaish and assisted by Hiba Mahmoud. In our view, they operate at a higher level to that of any other law firm we have previously worked with.”

    Hanein Raya, Legal Advisor, Airolink International Construction LLC

  • Salih Ahnaish is also active in major disputes, including property litigation.

    Legal 500, 2021

  • “Hadef & Partners’ support and professionalism was invaluable and I would have no hesitation in endorsing and recommending the service provided by Salih Ahnaish and the rest of the Hadef litigation team”

    Basem Awadeh, CEO, City Pharmacy Co

  • Recommended as a "Leading Lawyer." (Salih Ahnaish)

    LEGAL 500 2013