Hadef & Partners has a large and market leading dispute resolution practice. We have extensive experience of national, cross-border and international litigation and arbitration, as well as other forms of investigation and alternative dispute resolution. 

Our team of Arab and western lawyers is headed by senior litigators with judicial and commercial backgrounds and is well known for adopting a practical and commercially aware approach to disputes.

Many of our instructions culminate in successful out of court settlements. We have experience of all types of alternative dispute resolution including structured settlement discussions, mediation and expert determination.

To the extent that a negotiated outcome cannot be achieved, our experienced litigators are able to represent clients according to the appropriate forums outlined:

UAE litigation
Our court advocates have extensive experience in UAE litigation. Each of our advocates has full rights of audience before all UAE courts and tribunals.

DIFC Courts
Our registered DIFC practitioners are well versed in the rules and regulations of the DIFC courts. The firm is a member of the DIFC Court Users Committee.

Our arbitration lawyers have extensive experience in domestic and international arbitration. We represent a broad array of clients in ad hoc DIAC, Dubai Municipality, ADCCI, DIFC-LCIA, LMAA, ICC and UNCITRAL arbitrations.

We work closely with clients to limit exposure by identifying risks and structuring prevention and resolution strategies. We aim to help our clients address the relevant issues to prevent disputes arising, but if they cannot be avoided, we aim to limit their impact and ensure a speedy resolution. 

We have worked on many of the most significant and high-profile commercial litigation cases heard before the UAE and DIFC courts, and act on complex, high value arbitrations. Our experience spans across all industry sectors.

Locally and internationally, our services include:
  • representation in all UAE federal and local courts and tribunals
  • representation before the DIFC Courts
  • representation in international and national arbitration
  • representation in alternative dispute resolution including mediation conciliation, expert determination and neutral evaluation
  • advice on expert evidence for foreign court/arbitration proceedings where UAE law is relevant
  • cross-border commercial fraud, including evidence gathering and asset tracing
  • investigative work and preparation of witness statements
  • preparing dispute resolution clauses and arbitration agreements
  • advice on international treaties and trade agreements.

Ranked first tier, Chambers Global (2008 - 2014)

Clients say "The partner's depth of insight into the law as applicable to court disputes was without comparison in the region." "They managed to establish a good relationship with us as the senior managers and have an excellent command of client relations."
Chambers Global, 2014

"Strong presence in the shipping and aviation industries and impressive track record representing local and international banks and financial institutions. Other areas of expertise include commercial, real estate and insurance disputes. Steadily expanding team, further consolidating the firm's strenght in both arbitration and litigation."
Chambers Global, 2014

“Hadef & Partners is a vital part of the fabric of the UAE disputes scene.”
Chambers Global, 2013
"Hadef & Partners' local law capability means it can combine an ability to appear before UAE courts with the expertise and experience needed to represent clients in international arbitrations, DIFC court disputes and special tribunals.”
Chambers Global, 2013
"Hadef & Partners is ‘an invaluable resource when dealing with UAE court matters or with the UAE judicial authorities’, and fields an ‘extraordinarily receptive and immensely capable’ litigation team that is ‘among the best in the UAE’."
Legal 500, 2013
Sources say: "We are very happy with the quality of service and intelligence of the team." "Head and shoulders above the other local firms in arbitration." "They keep us on our toes."
Chambers Global, 2013