Practice Areas

Corporate & Commercial Law 

Comprising of experienced international lawyers, both Arabic and English, our corporate team can advise you on the best course of action. We service an international client base alongside major UAE based companies. We offer expert advice, an unparalleled service and a team of specialists committed to meeting your needs.

Operating out of Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Egypt and with partners in Europe, we act for listed and private companies, international banks, private equity houses and a specialised SME’s.

Our team provides a range of expertise that includes public and private mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, joint ventures, private equity and venture capital.

While our clients operate across a broad range of industries, we have a strong track record in the logistics, energy, construction, banking and transportation sectors.

As well as the core corporate team, we can draw upon specialist lawyers to provide transactional support, covering commercial contracts, competition, IT, IP,  tax, employment and pensions, real estate and regulatory matters.

 

Arbitration

The UAE is a global player in international trade and a financial hub for the region. As a result there will be inevitable disputes. In Islamic culture, parties attempt to settle their disputes through amicable negotiation.

The growth of the UAE as an international trade hub has also created a large number of complex disputes and Dubai has sought recently to place itself as a centre for commercial dispute resolution.

Parties to international contracts are generally unwilling to submit their disputes to the Dubai Courts, with proceedings conducted in Arabic, and therefore international contracts generally include provisions for disputes to be resolved by arbitration. The law is developing rapidly in Dubai and our experts are at the forefront of understanding and interpreting that law for our clients needs.

Local disputes too are becoming more frequent and complex as corporations continue to enter new markets against a backdrop of tighter regulatory scrutiny, higher accountability standards and intense competition. With more companies doing business in emerging markets, the risks are even greater. All of this creates higher costs and greater liability, requiring that disputes be avoided whenever possible, and resolved efficiently when they arise. We help clients through this complex maze of legal red tape to minimize exposure to risk and avoid disputes. When disputes arise, we guide clients through pre-contentious negotiations and help them choose the best arbitrators. We provide expert advice at every step of the process, including litigation, international arbitration, and alternative dispute resolution.

 

Contracts & Agreements

Our lawyers offer advice for residential and commercial contracts in the UAE. Our commercial contracts lawyers can help you in all aspects of running your business. Whether the matter concerns contracts or general agreements, you can rely on the team.

Our Commercial Corporate team meets the needs of corporate and commercial clients. The team provides advice on contracts in general and drafts unique and complex agreements from scratch, if needed for your particular situation. Tailored agreement work covers:

  • Working with clients to identify the issues and understand the anticipated outcomes of the transaction
  • Designing the deal flow around the agreement
  • Drafting single or multiple contracts
  • Working with clients to negotiate a contract through to signature
  • Implementing transactions created by the arrangement

By working with our experts you can focus on the day to day running of your business. With us, you know you have specialists in the practice area working on your behalf. Our commercial contract lawyers will protect your assets.

With the recent revisions in contract and commercial law, it is even more important to collaborate with lawyers who have in-depth knowledge. Ours is a firm with a reputation for just that, and we strive to assist clients with achieving all their goals. Commercial contracts or otherwise, Norris Ward McKinnon is a firm you can count on to assist with your legal troubles. For more information or to speak with one of our expert team, contact us today.

 

International Trade

The global market has become ever more open to trade, disparate local laws and varied business and cultural practices can make creating, distributing and selling goods and services in certain markets a major challenge. International trade sanctions limit how companies can do business, as well as customs laws, exchange controls and foreign investment requirements.

Our International Commercial & Trade lawyers help clients overcome these challenges and successfully compete in the world’s developed and emerging markets. We advise major industrial, financial services, consumer products, pharmaceutical and energy companies on sourcing, manufacturing, distributing and selling their products and services around the world. We also help clients select, monitor and manage their relationships with the third-party suppliers, manufacturers, distributors and sales agents in their supply chains.

Well-versed in WTO, regulatory and commercial law, we advise companies on compliance issues such as anti-corruption, anti-bribery, trade sanctions and export and import controls, as well as commercial contracts, product labelling requirements, product liability and recalls, and sales promotion and marketing rules across multiple countries. No matter the issue, we focus on simplifying complex trade requirements so our clients can focus on growing their businesses.

 

Intellectual Property

Managing and protecting intellectual property has become increasingly complex for global companies and SME’s alike. With clients and operations in multiple jurisdictions with varied IP laws and levels of enforcement, laws are increasingly complex. Rapid technological advancements have enabled infringers to become more sophisticated, and the rise of intellectual property as a main driver of mergers and acquisitions has made developing strategies to protect these assets even more important.

We have helped some of the UAE’s leading multinational companies in all aspects of the law and are experts in acquisition, protection, enforcement and exploitation of their IP rights. We cover the full scope of IP services. Our expertise high-quality work and commitment to client service are reflected in the recognition we receive within the legal industry.

 

Regulation

Whether you are a large multi-national or a small to medium sized enterprise, businesses face an increasing burden of regulation, which is being more increasingly and aggressively enforced. Regulatory non-compliance has serious consequences, both for the businesses and those who work in them. Our specialist teams are adept at providing prompt, focused and commercial advice and support to avoid the pitfalls.

Our regulatory practice has many facets, and is able to advise on regulation in all its manifestations. We have a strong banking and financial services capability, experienced in providing advice in areas including regulatory reporting, authorisation and approval applications, and the implications of the new senior manager’s regime.

Our regulatory compliance team advises on all aspects of the PRA and FCA conduct of business rulebooks, with particular experience in matters relating to client assets and custody, giving support to our diverse corporate teams.

Our litigation team, acts for individuals and corporate, and undertakes advocacy when appropriate. The team also advises on business crime and corporate criminal liability over a wide spectrum.

We advise in other areas of corporate liability, including consumer protection and health and safety. We act in professional standards and disciplinary matters.

 

Tax

As specialist tax lawyers to firms in the UAE with experience of more than four decades, our tax experts are one of the most highly regarded tax lawyers in the UAE. Our clients and industry peers recognize the high quality of the tax advice we provide in transactions locally and increasingly worldwide, including transfer pricing, indirect taxes, dispute resolution and wealth management matters.

 

Compensation claims

Our’ compensation solicitors are experts in advising people about compensation claims. We have an excellent success rate – and win the vast majority of our compensation cases. We will advise you if you have a chance of success before we take on any case, so you don’t waste money. Our compensation lawyers have recovered millions of dirham’s for our clients.

We know that people only seek advice from a compensation lawyers when they have been through a traumatic or painful experience. That is why our compensation claims lawyers are sympathetic and approachable – we listen before we offer advice, and will do their utmost to obtain the maximum amount of compensation for you, in the shortest possible time.

 

Employment

For today’s employers, whether managing a global workforce in the UAE or a local team in a small enterprise, it requires complying with local labor and employment laws in multiple jurisdictions, staying abreast of rapidly changing regulations, handling the growing demands of labor unions and works councils, and moving talent quickly across borders.

It also means developing strategies to retain high-potential employees, especially during reorganizations and spinoffs. To achieve these objectives, it’s essential for employers to stay up-to-date on the latest employment trends in areas such as workforce restructuring, reward programs, and labor and human rights.

 

Marriage, Divorce & Custody

Visiting with an attorney for the first time can be unnerving. You are most likely unfamiliar with legal terms and may not even be certain of what type of representation you actually need.

At 4L Ahmed Salem Al Saeedi we can help. Our goal is to make you feel comfortable. We ask questions that will enable us to evaluate your needs. We explain how things work to allow you to make informed decisions.

Contact us for experienced, efficient legal representation. We understand your legal concerns and are dedicated to helping you find the best possible solution.

Our firm is dedicated to providing you exceptional legal service. We devote our time to making certain you receive the personal attention you deserve. By simplifying the legal process as much as possible, we ensure that you are able to make well-informed decisions that support your best interests.

We represent clients with marital and family law concerns involving:

  • Divorce, child custody, child support and alimony
  • Paternity actions, stepparent adoption and close relative adoption
  • Modifications, enforcement and contempt actions, re locations

Litigation, Arbitration and Dispute Resolution

Our dispute resolution lawyers throughout our practice and network represent global businesses on litigation, arbitration, regulatory and mediation matters.

We also have broad experience in corporate risk management and conflict management, advising senior level board members and executives of substantial corporate and banks. Our team and network are renowned in the industry enabling us to represent clients effectively in the most difficult and sophisticated investigations.

We provide a full and comprehensive service and have dealt with many of the problems generated by changes in the UAE marketplace. Our network is ideally placed to handle the growing number of cross-border disputes. It is this ability to manage disputes, no matter how complex within the UAE including coordinating cross-border proceedings that persuades many of our clients to instruct us.

We actively pursue all avenues of dispute resolution available and advise clients on choosing the method most appropriate to them and to a particular matter. Our main priority is to resolve disputes quickly and effectively with as little disruption to business as possible – recognition of this is central to how we approach any matter.