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Basil Siddiqi

Basil Siddiqi


Abu Dhabi

+971 2 205 5300

Since joining Hadef & Partners in 1998, Basil has enjoyed a broad based practice spanning diverse areas of law including real estate, construction, litigation, arbitration and corporate and commercial. 

He has an in depth knowledge of UAE law generally and UAE real estate law in particular.

Originally trained as a Barrister he practised as counsel on the original side of the Bombay High Court, Bombay, India, for almost a decade before coming to the UAE. He was a part-time lecturer at the K. C. Law College in Bombay.  

He obtained a BSc (Hons) degree from Wilson College, Bombay, India, and went on to study law and obtain LLB and LLM degrees from the University of Bombay, India. He was admitted to the Bar in Bombay in 1983 and was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor to the Bar of Ontario, Canada, in 1998.

  • Recognised in the “Hall of Fame” for Real Estate

    Legal 500, 2021

  • Recognised as a “Leading Lawyer (2012 - 2018)”

    Legal 500, 2018

  • Sources say Basil Siddiqi is “switched-on – very quick to respond and diligent.”

    Chambers Global, 2016

  • Abu Dhabi-based partner Basil Siddiqi heads the real estate practice and has an extremely well-established reputation throughout the UAE. His practice spans a range of contentious and transactional matters, including the acquisition of real assets for outbound investors.

    Chambers Global 2015

  • Basil Siddiqi heads the firm's real estate practice, and is a key point of contact for clients such as DMCC. He is particularly active in the hotels and leisure space.

    Chambers Global 2014

  • “Basil Siddiqi has the ‘the local knowledge and delivers to international standards’."

    LEGAL 500 2014

  • Clients can call on the deep knowledge of Basil Siddiqi when it comes to resolving disputes. He assists with both construction and real estate matters.

    Chambers Global 2013

  • Winner for UAE Employment Law Firm of the Year 2022

    Winner for UAE Employment Law Firm of the Year 2022

    BY : Chambers Middle East Awards

    Lawyer : Suzanne Gingles