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International Litigation Group

The DIFC Courts Litigation Team at Al Tamimi & Company has been renamed the International Litigation Group. The Group is comprised of Al Tamimi’s specialist common law disputes lawyers.

Common law litigation in the region is no longer confined to the DIFC, as such the change in name more accurately reflects our diverse practice as well as the legal and business communities in which we operate.

Al Tamimi’s International Litigation Group conducts proceedings in all common law jurisdictions in the region including the DIFC Courts, the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) Courts, the Courts of the Qatar Financial Centre as well as the Courts of the Astana Financial Centre. With lawyers qualified to practise in all major common law jurisdictions, the Group, which is the largest of its kind in the region, advises and represents local and foreign businesses, financial institutions, government and semi-government entities in a wide range of civil and commercial disputes under DIFC, ADGM, English and International law. Its expertise extends to civil and commercial disputes, enforcement of foreign judgments and orders, injunctions and third party orders.

Over the past 12 months, the team has been involved in some of the most high profile and interesting matters in the region, including:

  • Successfully representing a Swiss bank in DIFC Court proceedings to set aside the recognition and enforcement of a Kuwait Court of Cassation judgment pursuant to the Riyadh and GCC conventions.
  • Successfully obtaining a freezing order in aid of foreign proceedings over funds held in the DIFC and the UAE on behalf of the United States Securities Exchange Commission.
  • Defending one of the largest insurance companies in the GCC in a claim in the DIFC Courts for more than US$36m brought by a foreign-owned third party claims administration company.
  • Successfully representing an Indian education entrepreneur and the holding company of a school in Ajman in obtaining urgent injunctive relief in the DIFC Courts, in the first case of its kind where the Courts’ jurisdiction was established under a side agreement.
  • Representing one of the region’s largest construction companies in respect of proceedings in the DIFC, Dubai and Abu Dhabi Courts arising out of a dispute worth in excess of US$25m.
  • Acting for a developer in DIFC Court (Technology and Constructions Division) proceedings against a contractor in relation to performance bond and retention related claims and for delay damages arising out of the construction of a residential development in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
  • Successfully representing a foreign holding company in proceedings before the DIFC Court to recognise and enforce an ICC Paris-seated arbitral award. The proceedings also involved obtaining interim measures to prevent the potential dissipation of assets and resisting an application to set aside the recognition and enforcement order.
  • Representing a Liechtenstein Establishment at both first instance and successfully in the DIFC Court of Appeal in high profile litigation in Dubai concerning the enforcement of English High Court Judgments arising from the largest divorce award in the history of the English Courts.
  • Representing a major UAE construction company in respect of DIFC Court proceedings to resist the enforcement of a DIFC-LCIA arbitration award in the amount of more than AED 95m. The firm is also representing the client as claimant in related on-shore proceedings.
  • Representing a UAE bank and financial institution in a landmark jurisdiction challenge in the Court of First Instance and Court of Appeal. This case involved a freezing injunction in respect of corporate bonds, in which the Court of Appeal was required to clarify the interpretation of party jurisdiction under the Judicial Authority Law.
  • Representing a DIFC financial services company in respect of DIFC Court proceedings arising out of a ‘phishing’ attack on our client’s IT systems which resulted in the fraudulent misappropriation of funds.
  • Representing a high net worth individual in obtaining a freezing order in aid of foreign civil fraud proceedings over substantial assets in the DIFC and the UAE.

If you have any questions about how the International Litigation Group can assist you or if you would like to know more about the team generally, please feel free to contact either Rita Jaballah or Peter Wood in the first instance.