Practice Areas

Immigration

  • U.A.E. Visas
  • Immigration laws and regulations
  • Immigration bans
  • Abscondment
  • Deportation

We provide legal know-how and practical advice on U.A.E. immigration laws and regulations. We assist clients with representation before immigration authority, Department of Naturalization and Residency (DNRD) and other relevant government authorities.

We assist clients with processing of different types of visas, from applications, to renewal, to cancellations:

  • Employment visas
  • Dependents’ visas
  • Tourist visas
  • Business/mission visas

We have assisted clients with representation before Immigration and other government authorities in connection with:

  • Employment bans
  • Abscondment
  • Deportation

Dispute Resolution / Litigation

  • Negotiations
  • Mediation
  • Arbitration
  • U.A.E. Courts
  • DIFC Courts

We have substantial practical experience negotiating and litigating disputes in the U.A.E., from real estate matters, employment, commercial to criminal. While we have strong ties with a reliable network of local advocates, we prepare and draft most submissions internally and otherwise actively manage all of our cases in-house.

In general, we are effective and creative advocates in a wide array of disputes. We are not afraid of the challenge. We are active and vocal in advocating our clients’ interests. We are eager and not afraid to be at the forefront in establishing groundbreaking practices, new law and case precedent while championing our clients’ interests.

We assist clients in representation before all of the U.A.E. local courts and alternative judicial forums, such as Dubai International Arbitration Center (DIAC). We also have extensive experience representing clients in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Court.

We have successfully represented clients on a wide array of matters before the U.A.E. civil courts, from the Court of First Instance, all the way to the Court of Cassation. We have also secured favorable arbitration awards, including from DIAC, and have successfully enforced them through the U.A.E. local courts. We have litigated a number of cases before the DIFC Courts, including the DIFC Small Claims Tribunals and secured favorable settlements for our clients. We also represent clients on criminal matters, before the Police, Public Prosecution and Criminal Court.

Examples of some of our litigation matters include:

Real estate cases: we have successfully represented clients in disputes related to their real estate investments in the U.A.E., securing judgments from the Court of Cassations, special Tribunals and Committees, DIFC Courts and DIAC Tribunal, in many cases all the way to enforcement.

Employment cases: we have significant experience mediating/negotiating employment disputes and litigating employment disputes before the U.A.E. Labour Courts, from the Court of First Instance to the Court of Cassation and enforcement.

Commercial cases: we have litigated cases for breach of contract and other commercial disputes before the U.A.E. Courts, as well as the DIFC Courts.

Rental disputes: we have substantial experience in representing clients before the Dubai Rental Dispute Committee (RDC), including enforcing RDC judgments through the local courts.

Court Liquidation proceedings: we have represented clients in several court managed liquidation proceedings and foreclosures, across different Emirates, securing settlements and refunds.

Criminal cases: we have represented clients in many criminal proceedings, which might have resulted either from bounced cheques, breach of trust, traffic violations, immigration offenses, defamation, breach of confidentiality, etc.

Rulers’ Court: we have experience representing clients before the Dubai Government Legal Affairs Department (Ruler’s Court), in some cases successfully securing significant refunds and favorable settlements.

Criminal / Penal

  • Bounced cheques
  • Breach of trust/white collar crimes
  • Defamation
  • False advertising
  • Traffic offenses

We provide advice and represent clients in corporate and individual matters, which may be considered criminal under U.A.E. Penal Code.

We have substantial experience in assisting clients with representation before U.A.E. Police, Public Prosecution, Criminal Courts and Immigration Authorities.

  • Bounced cheques: we negotiate and help administer matters of bounced cheques, carrying criminal penalties under U.A.E. laws.
  • Breach of trust/white collar crimes: we represent corporations and employees in breach of trust and white collar corporate matters, providing advice on definitions and application of such crimes under U.A.E. laws and practice.
  • Defamation/false advertising: we provide advice on parameters of making statements to the public, which may be considered defamatory under U.A.E. laws, and guidance on best practices to comply with applicable legislation and practice.
  • Traffic offenses: we assist clients in representation of traffic offenses, which may rise to the level of criminal, advising on applicable laws and managing legal proceedings.

Administrative / PRO Services

  • Powers of Attorney (POA)
  • Witnessing of documents
  • Visa processing
  • Insurance advice and administration
  • Translation
  • PRO services

Our team members have significant experience with the practical aspects of living and doing business in the U.A.E., from courts to all forms of government authorities and service providers. Relying on their expertise and contacts, we provide a broad range of PRO and administrative services. A representative list of such services includes:

Powers of attorney (POA): we draft POAs, in dual languages and manage their administration, attestation and legalization for the use in the U.A.E.

Witnessing of documents: our attorneys are licensed to witness and certify documents as true copies, to be used in various countries.

Visa processing: we assist with all types of U.A.E. visa administration, from residence visa, for employees and dependants, to all forms of visit visas, from tourism to business.

Insurance advice and administration: we assist clients with advice on health and other insurance plans and companies and assist with administration of insurance plans and reimbursements.

Document legalization: we have a wide network of companies which provide legalization documents for use in the U.A.E. and work closely with them to assist with our client’s needs.

Translation services: we have a wide network of reliable legal translators and assist clients in translating and managing translations of documents.

PRO services: we provide a wide range of other PRO services, such as assistance with U.A.E. driver’s license, car renewals, registration of P.O. box, insurance registration and renewals, etc.

Family Law / Wills Drafting

  • Divorce preparation advisory services
  • Divorce settlements
  • Wills drafting
  • Inheritance administration
  • Dispute resolution

We assist clients in a wide array of family matters, under the U.A.E. laws and practice, keeping in mind relevant application of their home countries’ laws. We offer assistance with administration of family matters before the U.A.E. local courts, as well as the DIFC Wills & Probate Registry (DIFC WPR).

We work closely and have long-standing relationships with U.A.E. advocates, specializing in adjudicating personal status matters before the local courts.

We are registered wills-draftsmen with the DIFC WPR . We offer drafting, witnessing and execution services before DIFC WPR. We also drafts and administer wills before the U.A.E. local courts.

  • Divorce preparation advisory services: we provide clients with practical advice on relevant issues to consider in preparation for divorce proceedings in the U.A.E., keeping in mind relevant aspects of their home countries’ practice.
  • Divorce settlements and management: we assist clients in out-of court divorce settlements and management.
  • Wills drafting: we draft wills in compliance with DIFC Wills & Probate Registry (DIFC WPR) and U.A.E. Personal Status law.
  • Inheritance administration: we work closely with U.A.E. advocates and assist clients with management of their inheritance matters before the U.A.E. Personal Status Court, for Muslims and non-Muslims.
  • DIFC WPR: we are admitted to practice before the DIFC Courts in connection with DIFC WPR probate matters.
  • Dispute resolution: we represent clients before the DIFC Courts in connection with administration of the DIFC WPR wills and manage their representation before relevant U.A.E. Courts.

Restructuring / Liquidation

  • Corporate restructuring
  • Value Added Tax (VAT)
  • Refinance/negotiations
  • Liquidation/bankruptcy
  • Foreclosure
  • Contract drafting
  • Dispute resolution

We provide advice on corporate restructuring, in compliance with the U.A.E. laws and in the context of the U.A.E. practice. We also assist client in mortgage and loan refinance proceedings, from negotiations and settlement to litigation.

We advise clients on applicable laws and process for and assist in managing liquidation/bankruptcy and foreclosure, within the U.A.E. legal framework, such as:

  • U.A.E. Companies Law
  • U.A.E. Bankruptcy Law
  • U.A.E. Civil and Commercial Law
  • DIFC Insolvency Law
  • Free Zones Laws and Regulations

Escrow

  • Escrow services
  • Escrow management
  • Contract drafting

We provide clients with escrow services, in particular, in connection with real estate transactions and/or corporate deals. We also act as a third-party escrow agent, in a role of custodian of financial or other forms of guarantees.

We draft and review escrow agreements, in compliance with the U.A.E. laws and in the context of U.A.E. practice, with corresponding due diligence and document management.

Media/Communication

  • Media laws
  • Advertising
  • Social media
  • Publications

We provide advice and practical experience on U.A.E. communication and media laws, including applications of U.A.E. Penal Code and U.A.E. Cyberlaw. We provide guidance on parameters and limitations of social media and publications in the region.

Examples of relevant communication and media legal issues include:

  • Defamation/slander: we provide guidance on definitions of defamation and offensive conduct under U.A.E. laws and corresponding penalties and repercussions and provide advice on best practices.
  • False advertising/misrepresentation: we advise clients on parameters and limitations of advertising under U.A.E. laws and applicable penalties for false or misleading statements.
  • Social media: we provide advice on applicable laws and practice governing use of social media in U.A.E. and identify solutions in compliance with local laws and culture.
  • Publications: we provide legal know-how on applicable publications and media laws and their practical applications within the U.A.E. legal and business framework.

Corporate / Commercial

  • Advisory services
  • Restructuring and management
  • Contract drafting
  • Banking
  • Intellectual property
  • Dispute resolution
  • Value Added Tax

We provide a full range of advisory services on corporate and commercial matters, in the context of the U.A.E. laws and practice. Our clients range from established multi-national corporations to startups.

We base our advice on extensive experience of practicing law and doing business in the U.A.E. while relying on international experience and background of our respective legal practitioners.

Our corporate practice includes providing clients with advice regarding:

  • Contract drafting: we draft customized business contracts, based on thorough understanding of clients’ particular business needs and relying on practical legal and business U.A.E. experience.
  • Corporate restructuring and management: we provide advice on corporate restructuring and best business practices.
  • Corporate in-house counsel: we act as corporate in-house counsel for clients’ businesses, providing full spectrum of corporate services, including managing Board meetings, overseeing voting sessions and conducting legal audits.
  • Contract drafting: we draft customized business contracts, based on thorough understanding of clients’ particular business needs and relying on practical legal and business U.A.E. experience.
  • Banking advice and management: we work closely with banks to assist clients in selecting most suitable banking relationships and in helping them manage their financial records.
  • Intellectual property advice and registration: we provide advice on intellectual property (IP) rights and enforcement under the local laws and practice in the MENA region, including IP registration.
  • Dispute resolution: we represent clients in amicable settlements, mediation, arbitration and litigation of their corporate disputes.
  • Value Added Tax: we provide advice and guidance to clients on the framework and application of the U.A.E. upcoming value added tax (VAT).

Company Formations

  • Free Zone Entities
  • DED Companies
  • JAFZA Registered Off-Shore Agent

We have extensive experience in company formation, across all of the U.A.E. and various business sectors. We assist clients in forming companies across all Emirates, with the Departments of Economic Development (DED), free zones and off-shore authorities. We also help clients with the liquidation of companies and transferring corporate presence across economic zones.

We rely on our significant legal and business experience to advise clients on the best strategy for their corporate set-up and structure. We offer custom-made solutions and approach and a wide range of supporting services.

We offer clients set-up for all types of corporate structures, including:

  • Limited liability companies (LLC)
  • Partnerships
  • Sole Establishments
  • Branches of Foreign Companies
  • Representative Offices

We also provide supporting and ancillary services for corporate entities, such as assistance with:

  • Bank account opening
  • Health insurance
  • U.A.E. residence visa
  • Audit
  • Corporate identity
  • HR-signature
  • Witnessing of documents

We are also officially registered with:

  • Dubai Multi Commodity Center (DMCC) International Agent: we are an official DMCC International Agent, which gives us the authority to site DMCC documents, in connection with company formations, on behalf of the DMCC, as an extension of the DMCC Authority itself.
  • Jebel Ali Free Zone Onshore (JAFZA) Offshore Agent: we are a registered JAFZA Offshore Agent, with the authority to set up off-shore entities under JAFZA jurisdiction.
  • Authority to witness documents as true copies: we are attorneys at law registered in jurisdictions, which allow us to witness documents as true copies.

Employment/Labour

  • Advisory services
  • Contract drafting
  • Contract administration
  • Alternative dispute resolution
  • Dispute resolution
  • Visa registration, transfers, cancellations

We have substantial and in-depth experience with U.A.E. employment/labour laws and first-hand track record in litigating employment cases before U.A.E. labour and civil courts. We have been highly successful in securing favourable judgments for our clients. We have also successfully negotiated and managed many employment related settlements.

We rely on this practical experience in advising clients, structuring and restructuring their employment practices, to ensure their compliance with local legislation and judicial practice. This includes, among other things, drafting and revising of all forms of employment-related agreements and providing general advice on employment practices.

We advise corporate clients, international and local, as well as individual employees.

  • Employment advisory services: we advise clients on employment benefits, termination and wrongful dismissal, end of service benefits, confidentiality and non-competition agreements, in the context of the U.A.E. laws and practice.
  • Contract drafting: we have extensive experience in drafting and negotiating employment agreements, confidentiality and non-competition agreements, as well as all other forms of employment related undertakings.
  • Contract administration: we assist clients in contract registration, administration and management and work closely with relevant government authorities.
  • End-of-service: we provide clients, employees and corporations alike, with advice on end-of-service calculation, notice period, arbitrary dismissal and severance agreements.
  • Alternative dispute resolution: we offer mediation services and manage mediation and settlement proceedings, along with the drafting of corresponding settlement agreements.
  • Dispute resolution: we represent clients in employment disputes before all of the U.A.E. Labour Courts and DIFC Courts.
  • Immigration: we offer assistance with the U.A.E. employment visas, including, visa application and registration, transfers and cancellations.

Real Estate

  • Property sales and purchases
  • Real estate contract drafting
  • Rental contract drafting
  • Real estate advisory services
  • Dispute resolution
  • Liquidation court proceedings

Our real estate practice is broad and diverse. We are dedicated to offering our clients intelligent, insightful advice and representation in connection with all aspects of the real estate sector. We have extensive experience in solving legal issues in the U.A.E. involving dispute resolution, restructuring, development, management and leasing of real estate.

We represent individual investors, tenants and small and medium size corporations to help them protect and maximise their return on investment. We aim to provide clients with creative and innovative advice, which often propels us to the forefront of groundbreaking change, be it business, regulatory, legislative or judicial.

We have significant experience with regulatory real estate authorities, such as Dubai Land Department(DLD)/RERA and Municipalities across other Emirates. We also have had substantial experience with judicial authorities, such as Dubai Rental Dispute Committee (RDC), all U.A.E. Courts, DIFC Courts, Special Committees and alternative dispute resolution centers.

Some of the specific areas of our real estate practice, across all of the U.A.E., include:

  • Property sales and purchases: we manage property transactions, from start to finish, from drafting POAs to drafting underlying contracts to overseeing property transfers and title deed registrations.
  • Real estate contract drafting: we draft individually tailored property and rental contracts and provide reviews and advice on existing contracts
  • Rental/leasing matters: we provide advice on relevant rental/leasing laws, draft and review contracts to ensure they comply with applicable legislation and practice and manage all forms of dispute resolution.
  • Real estate advisory services: we provide advice on various aspects of the real estate market, from investment to restructuring and dispute resolution, in the context of applicable U.A.E. laws, court precedents and practice.
  • Escrow: we provide escrow services to real estate investors and act as third party escrow agents; we also draft escrow agreements and oversee application of escrow services.
  • Dispute resolution: we are highly experienced in all forms of dispute resolution, through the U.A.E. Courts, DIFC Courts, RDC, Dubai International Arbitration Center (DIAC), Special Committees and other arbitration forums.
  • Liquidation court proceedings: we manage clients’ interests in court-administered real estate liquidation proceedings, registering their interests and overseeing refunds.