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Dispute Resolution

United Arab Emirates

CMS boasts an integrated international team of leading dispute resolution lawyers who collaborate closely on advising high-profile multinational and domestic clients on a wide variety of disputes from simple claims to complex, high-value litigation cases. We can represent you in civil and commercial disputes – such as employee, corporate, intellectual property, competition and product liability disputes – and have particular expertise in infrastructure disputes, international arbitration and white-collar crime. CMS UAE offers specific expertise in energy and construction related litigation, and can also assist in relation to insurance claims or disputes with regulators in the energy, telecommunications or financial services sectors.

Unlike most major law firms, you won’t find a litigation department at CMS. What you will find is a team of nearly 600 lawyers who share a refreshing approach to disputes. Our sector-focused lawyers are not just litigators and arbitration specialists, but business-minded problem solvers. We routinely act in all business areas before courts, arbitral tribunals and regulatory authorities. We can handle your dispute across any jurisdiction, obtain judicial assistance in foreign proceedings and deal with enforcement procedures for foreign judgements and arbitral awards.  

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High­lights of our ex­per­i­ence in Dis­pute Res­ol­u­tion in UAE
A lead­ing Gulf-based en­ergy com­pany in re­la­tion to a po­ten­tially com­plex and hard­fought dis­pute con­cern­ing con­trac­tu­al re­spons­ib­il­ity for cer­tain works un­der an off­shore EPC Con­tract for the con­struc­tion of a pipeline with a UAE-based en­tity.Boutique

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12 November 2019
CMS adds fur­ther weight to ICE Dis­putes team in Dubai
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS is pleased to an­nounce the ap­point­ment of Greg Sib­bald as a Leg­al Dir­ect­or in the firm’s In­fra­struc­ture, Con­struc­tion and En­ergy (ICE) Dis­putes prac­tice in Dubai. Read more about Greg's ap­point­ment here.
11 September 2020
In­ter­na­tion­al Me­di­ation Up­date: the Singa­pore Con­ven­tion in force on 12...
The United Na­tions Con­ven­tion on In­ter­na­tion­al Set­tle­ment Agree­ments Res­ult­ing from Me­di­ation (known as the “Singa­pore Con­ven­tion”) comes in­to force to­mor­row on 12 Septem­ber 2020. The Singa­pore Con­ven­tion...
1 May 2017
CMS, Nabarro and Olswang com­plete ground­break­ing mer­ger
CMS UK, Nabarro and Olswang today an­nounce the com­ple­tion of their trans­form­a­tion­al mer­ger, cre­at­ing the 6th largest law firm glob­ally by head­count. Trad­ing as CMS, and with 70 of­fices across 39 coun­tries, the new firm blends scale with an ex­cep­tion­al dep
13 August 2020
Ar­bit­ral rules – The start of a sea­son of change: LCIA Up­date
The LCIA has launched its new ar­bit­ra­tion and me­di­ation rules, which come in­to force on 1 Oc­to­ber 2020. This is the first de­vel­op­ment in a peri­od in which we are ex­pect­ing up­dates to ar­bit­ral rules from...
07/03/2016
CMS builds Is­lam­ic Fin­ance Prac­tice with new part­ner ap­point­ment
07 August 2020
Treaty claims for can­celled or mod­i­fied in­fra­struc­ture pro­jects in the...
A re­cent IC­SID tribunal has denied an in­vestor’s claim con­cern­ing the de­vel­op­ment of an air­port pro­ject in Latvia. The in­vestor was un­able to pro­ceed with the con­struc­tion of its pro­ject due to nu­mer­ous...
20 July 2020
ICC 2019 Stat­ist­ics Re­port: trends and growth areas
In­tro­duc­tion On 15 Ju­ly 2020, the In­ter­na­tion­al Cham­ber of Com­merce (the “ICC”) pub­lished its an­nu­al Dis­pute Res­ol­u­tion Stat­ist­ics Re­port for 2019 (the “Re­port”), set­ting out de­tailed fig­ures...
14 July 2020
More con­flict­ing judg­ments from Eng­land and France: un­cer­tainty for users...
In­tro­duc­tion In a sig­ni­fic­ant case for in­ter­na­tion­al com­mer­cial ar­bit­ra­tion, on 23 June 2020, the Par­is Court of Ap­peal re­jec­ted an ap­plic­a­tion to an­nul an ICC award, find­ing that the ar­bit­ral tribunal...
03 July 2020
Pro­tocol for On­line Case Man­age­ment in In­ter­na­tion­al Ar­bit­ra­tion
As ar­bit­ra­tions are be­com­ing in­creas­ingly glob­al­ised, with par­ti­cipants loc­ated across vari­ous jur­is­dic­tions, parties are con­stantly look­ing for ef­fi­cient ways to com­mu­nic­ate and share doc­u­ments and in­form­a­tion...
03 June 2020
Land­mark Court de­cision re­lat­ing to UAE Fed­er­al Tax Au­thor­ity pen­al­ties
Since the in­tro­duc­tion of VAT in the United Ar­ab Emir­ates on 1 Janu­ary 2018, there have been some dif­fer­ing opin­ions with in­ter­pret­a­tion and ap­plic­a­tion of the ap­plic­able VAT laws and reg­u­la­tions. This...
27 May 2020
LCIA’s An­nu­al Case­work Re­port 2019: Steady growth
In­tro­duc­tion On 19 May 2020, the Lon­don Court of In­ter­na­tion­al Ar­bit­ra­tion (“LCIA”) re­leased its An­nu­al Case­work Re­port for 2019 (“Re­port”). This art­icle fo­cuses on ar­bit­ra­tions ad­min­istered un­der...
22 May 2020
For­eign in­vest­ments in Ger­man life sci­ence com­pan­ies be­come sub­ject to...
In re­sponse to the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic, Ger­many has widened the scope of its in­vest­ment con­trol to in­clude nu­mer­ous life sci­ence com­pan­ies. The amend­ments to the For­eign Trade and Pay­ments Or­din­ance ("AWV")...