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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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12 November 2019
CMS adds fur­ther weight to ICE Dis­putes team in Dubai
27 May 20
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...
1 May 2017
CMS, Nabarro and Olswang com­plete ground­break­ing mer­ger
Strength­en­ing CM­S' po­s­i­tion across Middle East and...
22 May 20
For­eign in­vest­ments in Ger­man life sci­ence com­pan­ies be­come sub­ject...
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")...
07/03/2016
CMS builds Is­lam­ic Fin­ance Prac­tice with new part­ner...
07 May 20
The use of ex­perts in in­ter­na­tion­al con­struc­tion dis­putes: con­flicts...
A re­cent de­cision of the Tech­no­logy and Con­struc­tion Court ap­pears to be the first re­por­ted Eng­lish de­cision to up­hold a fudi­ciary duty of loy­alty in an ex­pert wit­ness ap­point­ment. The find­ing in this...
04 May 20
In­ter­na­tion­al Law in times of crisis: COV­ID-19 and For­eign In­vest­ments
As the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic con­tin­ues to un­ravel without re­gard to na­tion­al bor­ders, coun­tries around the world are faced with both pub­lic health and eco­nom­ic is­sues on a scale not pre­vi­ously seen. In this...
17 Apr 20
Vir­tu­al hear­ings: are they really the an­swer?
This is the second in a series of art­icles ex­plor­ing non-tra­di­tion­al ap­proaches that parties and tribunals may ad­opt in or­der to al­low ar­bit­ra­tions to pro­ceed, both in the short-term, in a world where...
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...