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core practice to enable the attainment of our vision has been to ensure that we attract only the most capable lawyers to grow and strengthen our organization and enrich our expertise. Our diversified team is made up of people with sound international experience. Our staff utilizes international best practices to ensure that our valued clients benefit from optimal levels of experience and knowledge.

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We continuously strive to add value by identifying and offering solutions to practical problems before they become real issues.

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Our lawyers are all experts in their fields and bring a wealth of experience to ensure every assignment is handled with the utmost care and sophistication.

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We have full rights of audience before all courts of the UAE, along with considerable experience in alternative dispute resolution forums including arbitration and mediation.

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Our lawyers are adept in handling matters with an international dimension and have a sound appreciation of cultural issues. We are members of Multilaw, an international network of leading law firms.

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As one of the leading laws firms in the UAE, our consistent approach is to firstly understand the client’s individual and unique case. We focus on building a complete file that documents all the evidences that are required to sustain our client’s position

At Al Suwaidi & Company, we have an extensive background in local and international commercial arbitration, acting as counsel in disputes and as arbitrators under the rules of all leading national and international arbitral institutions, including the Dubai International Arbitration Centre and the International Chamber of Commerce.

Due to their extensive involvement in the arena, Al Suwaidi & Company’s maritime lawyers have a complete understanding of the industry.  With knowledge of how the overall maritime market operates, our experts advise companies on a full range of legal issues including dry maritime and admiralty.

Al Suwaidi & Company’s construction team leads the market in development, civil engineering, environmental, regeneration and infrastructure litigation.  Our extensive international construction know-how has enabled us to successfully meet client objectives in a pragmatic and cost efficient manner.

Al Suwaidi & Company provides a full range of intellectual property services including registration, renewal, amendments, licensing patent protection, enforcement and litigation, trademarks, copyright, industrial design and portfolio management.

We provide a full spectrum of corporate and commercial services for businesses ranging from startups, to SMEs and global corporations.

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Our Team

Managing Partner

Mohammed R Alsuwaidi

“Very responsive and never fails to make himself available for you”.
Source: Chambers 2011.

Practice:Oil and Gas, Criminal, Civil, and Commercial Litigation, Banking, Construction, Real Estate and Intellectual Property, local and international Arbitration, acting both as counsel and as an arbitrator.

Experience: He was admitted to all Courts of the UAE in 1986 and founded Al Suwaidi and Company in 1996.

Previously, Mohammed was the Head of the Legal Department of Emirates General Petroleum Corporation. He was Vice Chairman of the Jurist Association in the UAE, was President of the Organization of Young Arab Lawyers and was Deputy Chairman of the UAE Jurists Association. He has been appointed as an arbitrator on more than 60 arbitrations to date. He is also called upon as a UAE law expert on international arbitrations.He is also a licensed arbitrator in the International Islamic Center for Reconciliation and Arbitration.


Vice President of Dubai Swiss Business Council
Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee of Ajman Commercial Conciliation and Arbitration Center (Ajman Chamber of Commerce)
Steering Committee of ICC – UAE – Commission on Arbitration
The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) UAE branch
Islamic Lawyers Association
Arbitration Council in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA)
UAE Bar Association
American Bar Association
Associate member of Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC)
A former member of the Board of Directors of the Human Rights Association in the UAE
Education: Masters of Laws (LLM), Boston University; Bachelors of Law (LLB) UAE University

Languages: Arabic, English.

partner – Sr. Advocate

Ali Alraeesi

Practice: Litigation

Experience: Ali Alraeesi is a Partner at Al Suwaidi & Company. He has significant experience on all major areas of law practice in the UAE including Civil Law, Commercial Law and Criminal Law.

As an experienced Emirati lawyer, Ali has rights of audience before all levels of UAE Courts. He has over 12 years’ of experience in litigation and dispute resolution in the UAE representing a wide range of domestic and international clients (companies as well as prominent business individuals ) in contentious matters. Ali has developed extensive expertise in handling cases relative to extradition, cybercrimes, corporate frauds, forgery, breach of trust, theft, money laundering, cheque bounce, harassment, offenses related to drugs, defamation, medical negligence, insurance and rental disputes. Ali has successfully defended in a number of court cases and settlements for various clients, which include government and semi-government entities. He also regularly advises clients in other types of litigation, including intellectual property, corporate and personal status disputes.

Membership: United Arab Emirates Bar Association

Education: Bachelors of Law (LLB), Dubai Police Academy

Languages: Arabic, English

Of Counsel

Robert Sliwinski

Robert Sliwinski is a Barrister, Chartered Arbitrator, Accredited Adjudicator and Mediator, Quantity Surveyor and Dispute Board Member. Robert is registered to handle all matters before the DIFC courts (Parts I & II)

Robert has over 35 years experience of the construction industry with particular emphasis on all forms of alternative dispute resolution. Robert specialises in all aspects of the property and construction representing parties as well as undertaking appointments as arbitrator, adjudicator, expert determiner, mediator and dispute board member.

As counsel Robert has represented clients in litigation within court system up to and including the Court of Appeal and in domestic and international arbitrations. Cases undertaken by Robert include legal and contractual interpretation, construction and engineering contracts, tort, development agreements and professional negligence.  In a recent case heard by the High Court in London Robert was able to successfully argue that a construction company that was ‘balance sheet’ insolvent was solvent as defined by the Insolvency Act 1986.

As an arbitrator Robert has been involved in matters concerning professional negligence, property, landlord & tenant, delay analysis, costs, variations, defects, interpretation of contracts, repudiation, and many other aspects of contract in the areas of building, civil engineering, mechanical & electrical, waste water treatment and process engineering.  He has most recently been joint arbitrator on a multi-million dollar case between a joint venture contractor and national government in a dispute involving the construction of an airport runway and as a member of an ICC panel arbitration also between a joint venture and a national government involving the construction of a major road project.

Robert has received over 400 appointments from the CIArb, CIC, AICA, CEDR, RICS and directly by the parties to act as the adjudicator. Robert’s has also worked as an expert determiner and mediator covering a wide range of issues within the arenas of construction and engineering, professional negligence, contract, development agreements and landlord & tenant.

Robert works closely with the parties and their experts allowing his clients to understand each decision made and the effect on the overall dispute and process being employed.  Robert believes that an informed client makes the best choices in furtherance of matter under consideration or of the dispute that is being pursued/defended.

Licenses, Memberships, and Panels

  • DIFC Courts
  • Dubai International Arbitration Centre
  • International Chamber of Commerce (UAE)
  • Saudi Centre for Commercial Arbitration
  • ArbDB Chambers in London
  • The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • The Honourable Society of Middle Temple
  • The Construction Industry Council
  • The Law Society (2004 to 2010)
  • Asian International Arbitration Centre
  • Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre
  • Federation Internationale des Ingenieurs-Conseils International (FIDIC)
  • Technology and Construction Bar Association
  • UK Adjudicators
  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (1987 to 2018)
  • Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacture & Commerce
  • Dispute Resolution Board Foundation
  • Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR)
  • London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)

Senior Associate

Suneer Kumar

“Suneer Kumar has consistently impressed us with his commercial and practical approach to legal advice. We strongly recommend him as reliable and experienced lawyer in the UAE and wider region”.

Practice: Civil and commercial Litigation, Corporate-Commercial, Labor, Maritime and Insurance.

Experience: Suneer provided legal advisory services across corporate, commercial, employment, real estate, personal status and IT legal mandates and services for oil and gas clients. He has also advised various national and international clients on licensing, agency, distributorship and franchise agreements. Suneer has also incorporated more than 250 different types of entities in free zones, onshore and offshore for individuals, multinational corporations and juridical persons as well as advised and carried out restructuring of companies in different jurisdictions, mergers and acquisitions , liquidations of various companies in UAE and also advised UAE Liquidators and Global Liquidators of an International Bank( Under Liquidation) having branches in UAE.

Suneer also advised various prominent and leading family owned companies in UAE with diversified business activities in UAE and outside UAE on employment. He drafted employment contracts and advised various national, multinational companies and employees about UAE labor laws, regulatory frame works and HR Policies and settled many employment disputes and drafted settlement agreements for various multinational companies. Suneer is also a visiting professor at the University of Dubai lecturing on UAE labor law and has conducted various seminars for UAE employment law.

Moreover, Suneer also advised various local and international clients regarding different types of civil obligations in UAE and outside UAE. He has assisted the litigation team on disputes related to sale contracts of movable and immovable freehold properties, lease, plot sale and purchase, master community declaration, mortgage, loans, agency and other civil obligations. He also provided legal opinions for various legal issues to developers of projects and various construction companies with respect to the construction disputes due to breach of contractual obligations, delay in completion of the project, default and delay in payments and assisted legal team to enforce specific performance and recovery of outstanding payments and damages.

Memberships: Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa, Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Education: Chartered Institute of Arbitrator, UK (MCIArb); LL.M (University of London ); LL.M University of Bombay ; LL.B (University of Bombay); B.A (Bachelor of Economics) (University of Calicut )

Other Education / Training: Various seminars and arbitration trainings in UK, Germany and Dubai

Languages: Hindi, Malayalam and English.

Senior Associate

Abdelhak Attalah

Practice: Abdelhak specializes in international trade, cargo claims, charter-parties, ship arrest, air cargo claims, ship building and conversion as well as international and domestic arbitration (LMAA, SCMA, ICC, DIAC, DIFC/LCIA) and litigation under UAE Law.

Experience: Abdelhak joined Al Suwaidi & Company in April 2014. Prior to joining Al Suwaidi & Company, he worked at a leading shipping and logistics company as in-house counsel, which led him to acquire strong negotiation skills, market intelligence in shipping industry, effective management of legal and contractual risks and established an excellent network within the maritime and trading community. He has worked with all continents in international business and he is a founding member of the UAE-Algerian Business Council in Dubai, he is member of the board of directors and chair of the working group on transport and logistics.

He is a trilingual Arabic, English and French speaker at international conferences on transport, logistics and maritime arbitration, as well as a regular contributor to different specialized magazines and journals on various related topics.


Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb)
Supporting member of the London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA)
Member of the Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitrators (SCMA)
Associate member of Dubai International Arbitration Center (DIAC)
Member of theFédération Internationale des Associations des Transitaires et Assimilés (FIATA)
Education: Abdelhak is UK qualified maritime and international trade lawyer he holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Maritime Law with Merit from London Metropolitan University and a LL.M in International Trade Law from the University of Northumbria. His common law qualification was complemented by a civil law practice in Algeria and UAE

Languages: Arabic, English and French.

Senior Associate

Reda Hegazy

Reda is recognized by his clients in this region as a “highly effective lawyer in achieving their desired outcomes who is honorable and genuinely collegial with others and his legal advisory work is described as responsive and thorough”.

Source: ACE Audit Control & Expertise Group.

Practice: Criminal, Labor, Civil and Commercial Litigation, Arbitration, Maritime, Insurance, Aviation and Intellectual Property, Corporate & Commercial.

Experience: Reda is highly experienced and well-respected member of the Egyptian Bar since 1993, with an extensive in-depth experience in handling criminal, labor, civil and commercial litigation matters in the UAE having practiced in the region for over 25 years. He has conducted several arbitration cases in the region and is a recognized maritime insurance and intellectual property law expert. Reda’s full legal competencies also include a strong understanding of Sharia Law and the systems of the Courts which he applies in his litigation expertise, legal consultation, contract drafting and review. He has been a key member of the committee which drafted one of the federal housing laws in the UAE. He is also a regular resource person in several local newspapers in the UAE.

Reda is a certified arbitrator at Tahkeem Sharjah International Commercial Arbitration Centre (ICAA), UAE and is a listed member of DIAC 40 – Young Practitioners Group, Dubai, UAE since 2016.

Education: LLB degree from Mansoura University in Egypt; Diploma of Contracts, Menofiya University in Egypt

Languages: Arabic, English.


Al Ghurair Investments LLC

We have engaged the services of Al Suwaidi & Company for over 15 years, to assist us with various litigation cases on an ongoing basis. Al Ghurair is really pleased with the level of service given to us by Al Suwaidi & Company. This law firm continually strives to ensure our needs are met and are extremely professional.

Al Suwaidi’s staff make every effort to facilitate their client’s requirements and to obtain the most favorable outcomes. We would therefore have no hesitation in recommending them highly to others who seek a results orientated organization who are client focused.

Manager- Legal /Al Ghurair Investments LLC

Thani Abdullah Al Zaffin

“Al Suwaidi & Company have assisted us many times with a variety of issues.We are always very impressed with the professionalism of the team and the service provided. This is a firm that we can really trust and that always goes above and beyond to meet our needs.”

Thani Abdullah Al Zaffin
Director of Emaratech

Legal 500 (2013)

Managing partner Mohammed Al Suwaidi is an experienced litigator. “Creative, sharp and polished,” he is recommended for his pragmatic approach. Chambers Global 2014 Edition Al Suwaidi & Company combines “expert knowledge of international arbitration and strong local law knowledge’ to deliver a rounded practice to both local and international clients, with construction continuing to be a key source of mandates pertaining to Chambers Global 2014″.

Legal 500 2014 Edition

Al-Suwaidi & Company ‘executes all tasks requested at a fair price’. The ‘friendly, approachable and accessible’ Suneer Kumar is a visiting professor of UAE labour law at the University of Dubai.

ACE Audit Control and Expertise Group

Reda Hegazy is recognized by his clients in this region as a ”highly effective lawyer in achieving their desired outcomes who is honorable and genuinely collegial with others” and his legal advisory work is described as “responsive and thorough”.

Legal 500 (2011)

Local law firm Al Suwaidi & Company’s impressive litigation practice is particularly experienced in the oil and gas sector. Founding partner Mohammed Al Suwaidi is a member of both the UAE and American bars, and highly recommended.”

Air Arabia

I’m very happy with Alsuwaidi & Company. the Managing Partner, Mr. Mohammed Alsuwaidi is very helpful to our company and he selecting a very proficiently team to handle the litigations.

“Al Suwaidi & Company is a highly intelligent, reliable and professional team. They handle the negotiations in a wonderfully tactful manner and do an excellent job diffusing a tense situation without giving in, also very dedicated towards their work with absolute attention to the details; they are sure an asset to any company! “

Osama Romeih - Group Legal Counsel

Amereller Legal Consultants

“It has been a pleasure to work in conjunction with the lawyers at Al Suwaidi. Through a complex matter, the lawyers remained extremely cooperative and continued to perform at the standard levels required.
Their enthusiastic efforts in assisting us with the case resulted in a positive outcome for the client.”

Amer Jamoukha

Exalto Emirates

“Our company has been working with Al Suwaidi & Company for many years and they have always achieved very satisfactory results and found their support and commitment outstanding”

John W.R. Paul


“We, at emaratech, work with Alsuwaidi & Company for our corporate legal matters, and they have been fantastic. They always complete our transactions on time, their fees are competitive with other firms, and they do excellent work. Honesty. Integrity. Transparency. Partnership. With Alsuwaidi & Company, we got these and more. We are always treated first class.

Alsuwaidi & Company has confident and professional lawyers. We trust them to protect our business, and they exceed all our expectations. We highly recommend Alsuwaidi & Company to represent your best interests.”

Milad Meseha

Karmic Consultancy DMCC

We have been working with Al Suwaidi & Company since the day our company was established in 2014.
Apart from taking off the load of all the legal matters needed by the company, Al Suwaidi & Company, as a matter of fact have helped us in improving our overall proposition and general positioning across the board. Their close and deep engagement in all the aspects of our business and their way in giving attention to simplistic details had given us more confidence in the way we communicate internally and surely with external parties. By time, we could see how their way could up lift our overall standards and further protect our interests, always in best favor of the company.

It is surely worth mentioning that the team works at Al Suwaidi & Company is extremely qualified, capable and equipped to handle all legal matters. And our dedicated advocate in charge of our account, Ms. Stephanie Mouanes, stands to be a highly valuable asset to our company in every possible manner.

Thank you Stephanie for always being there, thank you Al Suwaidi & Company for your backing and support.

Mustafa Mohamed. COO


“ We are extremely happy with the service we have received from Al Suwaidi & Company, they were very professional and cooperative, they never failed or missed a court hearing, they continued to look after our case for more than 7 years without any grumbles. We do really appreciate it and thank every member of the company.”

Mohammed Kamal al Shurafa  
M. E. Engineering Consultant

Oman Insurance

We have engaged the services of Al Suwaidi & Company for over 10 years, to assist us with various litigation cases on an ongoing basis.
Al Suwaidi & Company provide a satisfactory service and adequately meet the company’s instructions and expectations.
We would therefore have no hesitation in recommending them to others who seek a results orientated organization who are client focused.

Anwar El Khatib


“ Mr. Abdelhak Attallah was instrumental in providing us with clear and concise legal advice in respect of a shipping claim brought against our company in Dubai. His legal advice and persistence in handling the claim resulted in the correct application of UAE laws relevant to the international express transportation industry. The result is a testament to the intimate understanding of Mr. Attallah of jurisprudence relevant to our industry and its application within the UAE courts.”

Omar Abdelrazzak