Chambers ‘Litigation 2021’ Global Practice Guide

January 20, 2021

We are pleased to share with you our contribution to Chambers ‘Litigation 2021’ Global Practice Guide for the UAE. The latest guide provides expert legal commentary on litigation funding, initiating a lawsuit, representative or collective actions, pre-trial proceedings, discovery, injunctive relief, settlement, damages, appeals, costs, alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and arbitration. Many thanks to Mohammed Alsuwaidi, Ali Alraeesi, Merline D’souza ad Vivian Ch’ng for their efforts in bringing this guide to fruition.   Mohammed Alsuwaidi is the Founder and Managing Partner of Al Suwaidi & Company. He is a litigator and arbitrator. Mohammed has been appointed as an arbitrator on over 70 arbitrations and has been called upon as a UAE law expert in international arbitrations. To speak with Mohammed, please email him on     Ali Alraessi is a partner at Al Suwaidi & Company with 12 years’ experience in commercial dispute resolution and business crime cases in the UAE. He has rights of audience before all levels of UAE Courts. To contact Ali, please email him on     Merline D’souza is an associate at Al Suwaidi & Company. Merline specialises in criminal litigation and her experience includes matters relating to cybercrimes, corporate frauds, forgery, breach of trust, theft, bounced cheques, defamation, medical negligence and extradition.   To speak with Merline, please email her on     Vivian Ch’ng is an International Trade and Maritime associate. Vivian advises international clients on the UAE Court procedures involved in vessel arrests as well as the judicial sale of a vessel in cross-border disputes. To contact Vivian, please email  

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Award for Dispute Resolution in Middle East

January 12, 2021

Congratulations to Robert Sliwinski for achieving the award for Dispute Resolution lawyer of the year for the Middle East   Robert primarily deals with claims for 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 as well as property related issues. Robert has substantial knowledge and experience of the contracting and dispute processes within the United Arab Emirates, Africa and the Far East (Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia).  His role as a neutral dispute resolver has taken him across the world including the Middle East, USA, Caribbean, Europe and Cyprus. Robert joined Al Suwaidi in May 2020 as Counsel in order to allow him to enhance the practice as dispute resolver and client representative in the Middle East and Asia 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.   Should you have any queries related to Arbitration, Construction or DIFC related enquiry, please get in touch with  Robert A Siiwnski, of Counsel, at Al Suwaidi & Company. Robert Sliwinski is a Barrister, Chartered Arbitrator, Accredited Adjudicator and Mediator, Quantity Surveyor and Dispute Board Member.

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