The Firm

LYLAW is a Dubai-based general practice law firm, advising corporations and individuals on the practical aspects of living and doing business in the U.A.E. and the greater MENA region.  Our clients range from individuals, to family offices, to multinationals.

Our specialty is pragmatic and individually tailored advice, based on significant legal and business experience in the region.  We focus on providing quality advice, by representing a selective group of clients to whom we offer uncompromising individual support and in-depth expertise of the local market and legal principles.

We are a tight-knit group of internationally trained practitioners, with in-depth local experience and considerable history of working together.  We are enthusiastic, young-spirited and idealistic, yet pragmatic and grounded.  We embrace the challenges of practicing law in a rapidly evolving jurisdiction and enjoy being in the thick of the history in the making.

As a team, we adhere to the utmost standards of professionalism and ethics and aspire to the highest levels of client satisfaction.  We are passionate about our profession and loyal to our cause.

We are active participants in and contributors to the U.A.E. legal framework.  The Firm’s lawyers are regular legal commentators to the national and international media outlets on the various aspects of the U.A.E. legal practice.

Our Managing Partner, Ludmila Yamalova, raises awareness of pertinent legal issues through a variety of platforms.  For over ten years, Ludmila has been a regular legal commentator on Dubai Eye, FM103.8 s, Dubai’s number one radio station,

Most recently, Ludmila is the host of the MENA region’s first legal podcast, LAWGICAL with LYLAW.  On the podcast, Ludmila provides insight, commentary, and updates covering a wide variety of legal topics relating to the U.A.E. and the MENA region.

Ludmila is also a regular commentator and contributor of legal articles to the local media outlets, including Zawya, The National, Arabian Business, Business 24/7, Gulf News, 7Days, Business Insight, etc.  Ludmila has been quoted as the regional legal expert by various international publications, including Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, New York Times, etc. and has appeared on BBC, CNC and ABC.

As a team, we also provide legal training, in the form of workshops and courses, to various branches of the U.A.E. government (Dubai Ruler’s Court and DMCC) and private businesses.  We also offer a dynamic internship program for the local youth and aspiring lawyers, giving them hands-on real life experience in the practice of law.

The Firm is managed by Ludmila Yamalova, a U.S. qualified attorney, who founded the practice in 2009, along with her German law partner, Harald Plewka. Ludmila has been consistently managing the practice, while actively practicing law, ever since.

The Firm and our individual lawyers are licensed to practice by the Dubai Government Legal Affairs Department (Ruler’s Court).  We are also admitted to practice and hold relevant qualifications by the respective jurisdictions of our individual practitioners, ranging from the United States, Belgium, Germany, Lebanon and the Philippines.


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The Firm embraces challenges of the evolving legal system and advocates unprecedented approaches to their resolution. We pursue novel approaches, revolutionary tactics, zealous advocacy, uncompromising principles and uphold an unwavering faith in justice and fairness.


LYLAW was founded by Ludmila Yamalova, US-qualified lawyer, along with her German law partner, Harald Plewka, in 2009.  Ludmila has consistently managed the practice and continues to actively practice law ever since.


LYLAW represents a wide array of clients, from individuals, to family offices to multi-national corporations, providing practical advice on living and doing business in the U.A.E. and the greater MENA region.


I sincerely appreciate the time you have given to help me resolve my daughter's visa issue. I am very grateful to you for the information provided. This effort in convincing the authorities has yielded the desired results. Thank you so much to everyone in the LY Law team who all chipped in to help me secure a residence visa for my daughter. My gratitude to the LY Law firm for your valuable support on the radio station's program Legal Hour. - Dubai Eye listener

Excellent value for legal advice. Ludmila is incredibly well versed on UAE law and implementation. I've worked with various law firms, including large local and global brands here, and have not found one that is more knowledgeable than her.


I have worked with practically every major global law firm and worked with numerous lawyers from when I was involved with commercial deal structuring. Ludmila provides a level of expertise, professionalism and passion that is rarely found. I would recommend her and her firm wholeheartedly. - NG

Very knowledgeable in UAE laws and regulations. They stay current on the changes--which is very important, for Dubai is constantly improving and updating their legal system. US trained attorneys. They conduct business with etiquette and ethics that are at the very core of the legal system. They are proficient in several languages and have inter-cultural awareness thus offering legal assistance to a broad spectrum of clientele. They are litigators, and are able to represent clients in UAE courts.

American Bar Association
IBA International Bar Association
Dubai Rulers Court
Jafza Registered Agent
American Business Council
DMCC Dubai