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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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1 February 2018
CMS in the MENA Re­gion
30 Mar 20
Ar­bit­ra­tion in the UAE: curbs on the award­ing of leg­al costs
In­tro­duc­tion As de­tailed in our pre­vi­ous Law Now (avail­able here) the UAE’s new ar­bit­ra­tion law (Fed­er­al Law No. 6 of 2018) (the “Ar­bit­ra­tion Law”) was im­ple­men­ted in June 2018 and brought a de­gree...
26 Mar 20
Do­ing ar­bit­ra­tion dif­fer­ently: doc­u­ments-only ar­bit­ra­tion dur­ing the...
The dis­rup­tion caused by the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic has left com­pan­ies across the world scram­bling to main­tain a sense of con­tinu­ity, as their ex­ec­ut­ives, em­ploy­ees and ad­visers ad­just to life un­der gov­ern­ment-im­posed...
07 Feb 20
Coronavir­us and Force Ma­jeure
The World Health Or­gan­isa­tion Dir­ect­or Gen­er­al’s re­cent de­clar­a­tion that the glob­al out­break of the coronavir­us is a “pub­lic health emer­gency of in­ter­na­tion­al con­cern” is, of course, dom­in­at­ing...
23 Jan 20
Ad­verse weath­er con­di­tions in the UAE – what can be claimed? 
The UAE has re­cently faced thun­der­storms and per­sist­ent heavy rain, res­ult­ing in red alerts be­ing is­sued by the Na­tion­al Centre of Met­eor­o­logy. Con­sequently, a num­ber of UAE con­struc­tion pro­jects have...
27 Nov 19
In­vest­ment ar­bit­ra­tion and con­struc­tion con­tracts: jur­is­dic­tion over...
A re­cent IC­SID tribunal has up­held jur­is­dic­tion over a dis­pute con­cern­ing an al­leged set­tle­ment agree­ment arising from con­tract­or claims on a ma­jor in­fra­struc­ture pro­ject in the Re­pub­lic of Mozam­bi­que....
21 Aug 19
Un­due para­noia over due pro­cess
Twin du­ties of fair­ness and ef­fi­ciency Most ar­bit­rat­ors are keenly aware that their award may be set aside or re­fused re­cog­ni­tion un­der the New York Con­ven­tion if the los­ing party was not ac­cor­ded due...
07 Aug 19
A step for­ward for In­ter­na­tion­al Me­di­ation: The Singa­pore Con­ven­tion...
The United Na­tions Con­ven­tion on In­ter­na­tion­al Set­tle­ment Agree­ments Res­ult­ing from Me­di­ation (known as the “Singa­pore Con­ven­tion”) is open today (7 Au­gust 2019) for sig­na­ture by United Na­tion states...
07 Aug 19
Singa­pore Con­ven­tion on Me­di­ation signed by 46 coun­tries at open­ing...
This art­icle is pro­duced by CMS Hol­born Asia, a Form­al Law Al­li­ance between CMS Singa­pore and Hol­born Law LLC. The United Na­tions Con­ven­tion on In­ter­na­tion­al Set­tle­ment Agree­ments Res­ult­ing from Me­di­ation,...
30 Jul 19
Oil & Gas: Bunker Sup­ply Con­tracts Re­vis­ited
In Cock­ett Mar­ine Oil DM­CC v Ing Bank NV & An­or [2019] EWHC 1533 (Comm) the Com­mer­cial Court dealt with the latest round of the OW Bunker saga. (See, for ex­ample, our Law-Now from 2016 on PST En­ergy 7...
18 Apr 19
BARE­CON - The Im­port­ance of Class
In the re­cent case of Sil­ver­burn Ship­ping (IoM) Ltd -v- Ark Ship­ping Com­pany LLC [2019] EWHC 376 (Comm), the High Court ruled that an ob­lig­a­tion in a charter­party to keep a ves­sel in class is both an...
28 Feb 19
Ar­bit­rat­ing fin­an­cial dis­putes – Are there tan­gible be­ne­fits?
In the past dec­ade, sev­er­al at­tempts have been un­der­taken to pro­mote in­ter­na­tion­al ar­bit­ra­tion in the fin­an­cial in­dustry. In­deed, vari­ous fea­tures of in­ter­na­tion­al ar­bit­ra­tion ap­pear to be par­tic­u­larly...