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Hadef & Partners strengthens Engineering and Construction practice

Leading independent UAE law firm Hadef & Partners welcomes Paul Suckling as a Partner into the Engineering & Construction team. Paul joins following a period as in-house counsel for an International Contractor and has over 16 years’ experience in the Middle East.

A dual-qualified solicitor and quantity surveyor; Paul specialises in construction litigation.

A major facet of Paul’s practice involves acting for clients in a Project Counsel role. This entails being active throughout the Project’s various phases, be it advising on the formulation and negotiation of all contract documentation, contractual and legal issues as they arrive, through to the final account process of a Project, as well as running big ticket arbitrations in the Gulf region.

Sadiq Jafar, Managing Partner of the Dubai office of Hadef & Partners commented:

“We are pleased to further strengthen our Engineering & Construction team with the appointment of Paul. His vast regional experience and his ability to understand both the technical and commercial issues involved in construction matters ensures he provides.

If you would like to get more information about Hadef & Partners, please visit http://www.hadefpartners.com/

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Law Firm becomes Official Supporter of 2019 Special Olympics

We are proud to announce our signing of a partnership agreement that will see Hadef and Partners support the Special Olympics World Games as the official legal supporter and provide legal advisory services through the build-up to, during and after the World Games.

The Games, which will take place for the first time in the Middle East, will run across the Emirate in venues within both Abu Dhabi and Dubai from the 14-21 March 2019. The event will be under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and will be the largest sports and humanitarian event this year.

Hadef & Partners will provide legal support from their offices in both Abu Dhabi and Dubai and will call upon the full service experience of almost 100 lawyers from the UAE, Middle East and the international arena.

Commenting on the signing, Dr Faraj Ahnish, Managing Partner of Hadef & Partners Abu Dhabi said:

“We are extremely proud of our history, heritage and reputation as a dedicated UAE law firm and when we saw the opportunity to become involved, we did not hesitate. These Games will be the largest of their kind to date in our region and provides a unique opportunity to create and deliver awareness and change for People of Determination in the UAE and to showcase our wonderful people, cities and culture at the same time. We are delighted to be involved in this momentous event and offer our support to ensure a memorable Games.”

Hamad Al Zaabi, Senior Director of Business Support at Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, said:

“We are very grateful to have Hadef & Partners on board with us as the official legal supporter of Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.”

“With this partnership, Hadef & Partners will provide required support and legal consultation to Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019. The team’s expertise will help us ensure a long-lasting legacy for People of Determination.”

For more information on the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019, please visit https://www.abudhabi2019.org/.

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Hadef & Partners opens new Notary Public Service

Hadef & Partners is proud to be the first Private Notaries to be authorised by the Abu Dhabi Judiciary Department to provide Notary Public Services in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

Previously, notary services could only be provided by designated government officials within Abu Dhabi.

This expanded service is an initiative by the Government to privatise certain services for the added convenience of businesses and residents in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

Commenting on the appointment, Managing Partner Dr Faraj Ahnish said:

“We are extremely proud to have been granted authorisation by the Abu Dhabi Judiciary Department and delighted to have been appointed as the first Private Notary Public officials to provide these services in Abu Dhabi. We have been a key part in the fabric of the UAE business community for almost 40 years and our regional expertise and knowledge, combined with our ability to offer Notary Public services, will enable Hadef & Partners to meet the increasing needs and demands of businesses and individual clients in Abu Dhabi.”

The service offering of Hadef & Partners presently includes a range of notarial services, such as:

  • Powers of Attorney
  • Mortgage Transactions
  • Local Service Agent Transactions
  • Settlement and Compromise Transactions
  • Acknowledgements and Undertakings
  • Sale and purchase of shares or moveable assets

Our services also include advising clients on requirements to amend documents and/or prepare any additional documents needed to satisfy the requirements for notarisation.

For convenience, Hadef & Partners can also provide mobile notary services whereby one of our Notaries can arrange to come to an office or home location for the purpose of notarisation.

For further information, please contact Hadef & Partners. Telephone: +971 2 205 5300 or Email: [email protected].

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Award Winners Announced from the 2018 Middle East Legal Awards

DLA Piper was crowned International Law Firm of the Year for the second year running at the Middle East Legal Awards, underscoring the firm’s continued strong performance in the region.

As the only international firm with offices in all six Gulf Cooperation Council countries, judges praised its regional ambitions and its ongoing efforts to put innovation at the forefront of client care and service in the Middle East.

Clyde & Co, which narrowly missed out on the flagship prize, emerged as the biggest winner on the night, picking up three awards for CSR Initiative of the Year, Litigation Team of the Year and Arbitration Team of the Year.

The awards – which were jointly hosted by Legal Week and the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Middle East Chapter – took place at the Ritz-Carlton in Dubai yesterday (19 April) and were attended by nearly 400 lawyers from across the region and beyond.

Some 24 prizes were up for grabs amid a record year of submissions from leading global and local firms and in-house legal departments.

The awards highlighted the international legal industry’s commitment to the Middle East, with a number of large firms recognised for their work in the region.

Pinsent Masons was named Real Estate Team of the Year for advising on a giant luxury shopping centre and hotel project in Dubai, while Baker McKenzie took home the Regulatory and Investigations Team of the Year award for guiding a client through a complex international regulatory probe.

A number of winners joined DLA in retaining their titles for a second year running. Simmons & Simmons collected the TMT Team of the Year prize again, while Dentons held onto the Construction Team of the Year title for advising on a shopping mall and entertainment development in Abu Dhabi. Bracewell, meanwhile, took home Infrastructure and Energy Projects Team of the Year for a second consecutive year.

The big regional winner was Al Tamimi & Company, which was named Regional Law Firm of the Year (large practice), also for a second year running. The Dubai firm also scooped the Corporate Team of the Year prize to ensure it was the most successful regional player at this year’s awards.

Tribonian Law Advisors (in association with Rindala Beydoun Legal Consultancy) collected the Regional Law Firm of the Year (small practice) award, praised by judges for landing a number of high-profile M&A deals ahead of much bigger competitors.

Satellite TV broadcaster OSN’s in-house team was named Legal Department of the Year (large team) in recognition of its efforts to continuously go above and beyond its remit, while building technology services provider Johnson Controls Middle East & Africa picked up the Legal Department of the Year (small team) award for supporting business development and driving growth across the company.

Dr Zaid Mahayni, group chief legal officer at SEDCO Holding, was crowned General Counsel of the Year (large team) for his strong leadership skills, while Microsoft Gulf’s Joanne Fischlin was named General Counsel of the Year (small team) for transforming how the wider business views and interacts with her department.

The final prize of the night – the ACC Middle East Achievement Award, presented by ACC Middle East president Sahia Ahmed – went to Mark Beer OBE, chief executive of the Dubai International Financial Centre’s Dispute Resolution Authority, who has been instrumental in developing the commercial court system in Dubai, which is part of the reason why many companies have been eager to run their regional business from the DIFC.

The 2018 Middle East Legal Award Winners List:

– TMT Team of the Year – Simmons & Simmons
– Regulatory and Investigations Team of the Year – Baker McKenzie
– Litigation Team of the Year – Clyde & Co
– Arbitration Team of the Year – Clyde & Co
– Corporate Team of the Year – Al Tamimi & Company
– Real Estate Team of the Year – Pinsent Masons
– Construction Team of the Year – Dentons
– Infrastructure and Energy Projects Team of the Year – Bracewell
– Banking and Finance Team of the Year – Stephenson Harwood
– Associate Solicitor of the Year – Rachael Ashley, Hadef & Partners
– Regional Law Firm of the Year, Small Practice – Tribonian Law Advisors
– Regional Law Firm of the Year, Large Practice – Al Tamimi & Company
– International Law Firm of the Year – DLA Piper
– Best Use of Technology – Squire Patton Boggs
– CSR Initiative of the Year – Clyde & Co
– Innovation Award – Microsoft Gulf
– Junior Corporate Counsel of the Year – Amira Fayad, Sediqqi
– Senior Corporate Counsel of the Year – Varsha Gupta, Reckitt Benckiser
– Legal Department of the Year, Small Team – Johnson Controls Middle East & Africa
– Legal Department of the Year, Public Body – DIFC Academy of Law
– Legal Department of the Year, Large Team – OSN
– General Counsel of the Year, Small Team – Joanne Fischlin, Microsoft Gulf
– General Counsel of the Year, Large Team – Dr Zaid Mahayni, SEDCO Holding
– ACC Middle East Achievement Award – Mark Beer OBE, chief executive, Dubai International Financial Centre Dispute Resolution Authority

For more information about the Middle East Legal Awards, please visit: http://www.middleeastlegalawards.com/