Our Team
We know our market and are proud to be regularly involved in groundbreaking developments that shape the region’s business environment. Although many of our lawyers have a specialist focus, our collaborative approach ensures that the expertise of the firm as a whole is available to meet the requirements of any transaction or case.

Across Hadef & Partners, we share a commitment to providing legal service to the highest standards.

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Dr. Faraj is the Managing Partner of the firm, based in the Abu Dhabi office. He is recognised in the business and legal community as a trusted and experienced adviser to governmental institutions and the private sector alike. He is admired for his integrity and ethical approach to business.

Sadiq is Managing Partner of Hadef & Partners' Dubai office. He has extensive corporate and commercial law experience, particularly in respect of inward investment, joint ventures, banking and finance, energy and infrastructure, and mergers and acquisitions.

Richard heads our Dispute Resolution practice in Dubai. He is a recognised leader in commercial dispute resolution in the UAE and has practised contentious business law in the UAE for most of his career. His areas of specialisation are in the litigation and arbitration fields, particularly with reference to maritime, trade and insurance law in the United Arab Emirates and the Middle East area.

Since joining Hadef & Partners in 1998, Basil has enjoyed an extremely broad based practice spanning diverse areas of law including corporate, commercial, construction, real estate, arbitration and provision of litigation support. Over the years he has acquired an in depth knowledge of UAE law and currently heads the Real Estate and Construction group at the Abu Dhabi office.

Abdulrahman is a senior litigator and Deputy Head of our Dispute Resolution practice. He is licensed to appear before local and federal courts, namely, the Dubai Court of First Instance, Court of Appeals and Court of Cassation, and the UAE Federal Court of First Instance and Court of Appeal.

Adrian has 25 years experience of handling shipping and international trade matters as well as general commercial litigation/arbitration disputes. He has considerable experience of shipping finance, newbuilding and vessel repair and sale/purchase transactions. Adrian commenced his career in London with Horrocks & Co. a specialist shipping and international trade law firm. In 1989 he joined Clyde & Co. and after three months transferred to its Hong Kong office.

Alan heads Hadef & Partners' Banking & Finance practice in Dubai. He has extensive experience in advising clients on legal aspects in banking, Islamic finance, project finance, UAE debt capital markets, private public initiatives and privatisation. His clients include developers, sponsors, banks, government institutions and private entities.

Anthony heads our Engineering & Construction practice in Dubai. After 35 years specialisation, Anthony is a leading adviser in engineering and construction law. He acts for developers, funders, contractors, major sub contractors and consultants across the entire commercial development spectrum.

Clare is a general commercial litigator with experience in resolving all types of commercial and contractual disputes. She has successfully represented clients in cases spanning multiple jurisdictions.

James heads the Banking & Finance team in the Abu Dhabi office. He has extensive experience in all kinds of finance-related transactions including leveraged finance, property finance, development funding, trade finance and project finance, acting for both lenders and borrowers. 
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