Meet our regional legal experts

As one of three AG offices within the jurisdictions that together comprise the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), our Dubai practice operates as a regional hub supporting clients with diverse business interests, both on the ground in the United Arab Emirates and across both the Gulf region and Africa.

The UAE is an important area of growth and an essential market for exporters, international investors and corporate clients looking to establish a presence for their expanding regional and global businesses.

Our local capability includes:

  • Corporate and commercial
  • Construction
  • Employment
  • Finance and projects (including Islamic finance)
  • Litigation and dispute resolution
  • Real estate and hospitality

Our clients tell us time and again that they feel reassured by our in-depth regional knowledge and first-rate technical expertise, built up by our practitioners over many years of doing business in the region. This, combined with our commitment to developing strong client relationships, makes us the ideal long term partner to support our clients' business aspirations across the region.

For more information, please contact our team.

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Key contacts

Meet the team
Andrew Greaves

Andrew Greaves

Head of GCC Construction and Engineering

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Andrew Johnston

Andrew Johnston

Partner - Head of Region - GCC

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Overview of our GCC practice

Overview of our GCC practice

Banking and Finance

GCC Banking and Finance

FinTech in the GCC

Corporate and Commercial


Corporate credentials in the GCC

MENA Mergers & Acquisitions

Company Services 


Commercial Litigation in the GCC

Global Sport Business Group

Cost Control Guide

With challenging market conditions and an increasing reluctance to expend cash reserves on potentially costly litigation, the need for banks and commercial entities to properly manage their legal costs budgets is increasingly important. Businesses are becoming more aware of the need to manage litigation cost and risk and are looking for innovative costs solutions to help them remove legal costs from their balance sheet or at least to manage them with an element of budgetary certainty.

At the same time, there have been a number of important recent developments in how international courts and arbitral tribunals deal with the changing landscape of litigation funding, opening the door to a variety of potential cost solutions.

Addleshaw Goddard remains at the forefront of these changes, delivering alternative funding solutions as the costs environment develops, as well as providing its experience and expertise to resolve your dispute in the most cost and time efficient manner.

This guide provides a brief overview of different funding and costs options that Addleshaw Goddard is able to offer and sets out how these options (whether alone or in combination with each other) can offer businesses the budgetary certainty they need in an increasingly uncertain global market.

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Managing Corporate Relationships

Having seen a significant increase in the number of Joint Venture (“JV”) disputes in the GCC, Addleshaw Goddard’s Commercial Litigation and Corporate teams have pooled their expertise to provide a JV ‘toolkit’ which reviews the most common causes of JV disputes and how they can be avoided.  Whilst the focus of this guide is JV disputes, the lessons learned and the pitfalls to be avoided apply equally across all manner of corporate relationships in the GCC from distribution agreements to franchise arrangements, and from mergers to acquisitions.

Download the Dubai version of the JV 'toolkit'

Download the Oman version of the JV 'toolkit'

Debt Recovery

As market conditions in the GCC remain challenging due to a combination of weak global growth, the continuation of low oil prices and the straining of fiscal policies, the need for financial institutions and business owners alike to collect cash and realise their debts has never been more compelling.

It is for this reason that we at Addleshaw Goddard have assembled a regional team of dedicated commercial debt recovery specialists to assist you in managing your debt portfolio and recovering money you are owed quickly, efficiently and with the support of the latest advancements in technology.

Taking advantage of our extensive team and unique HighQ case management product, we can now offer you that all important fixed fee budget certainty to chase down your debtors and, if necessary, pursue legal proceedings in the appropriate forum.

Addleshaw Goddard’s experienced team in the GCC ensures a strategic approach to debt recovery, relying on a significant investment in innovative technology and know-how to achieve the quick resolution of disputes rather than engaging in a protracted and costly process. This means you can focus on what you do best whilst we pursue your debtors without any hidden financial surprises.

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Defence and Aerospace

Defence and Aerospace



Dispute Resolution and International Arbitration

International Arbitration



Projects, Energy and Construction

Projects, Energy and Construction

Construction Contract Review

GCC Construction - Our dedicated practice

Real Estate and Retail

Real Estate credentials in the GCC

Master Community, Strata and Jointly Owned Property Schemes in the GCC

Supporting retailers in the GCC

Regulatory Work and Financial Regulation

Regulatory, compliance and investigations

Financial Regulation