Arbitration - Al Suwaidi & Company

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.

Our arbitration practice encompasses a range of matters including commercial, construction, energy, and oil, gas and general disputes.

We also have extensive experience in domestic and international mediation as counsel and as mediators. Our litigation team has vast experience in dealing with matters such as enforcing foreign arbitral awards.

Al Suwaidi & Company’s arbitration expertise is one of the top leading international dispute resolution practices. We represent clients in Arbitration disputes under the auspices of various Arbitration Centres.

Al Suwaidi & Company’s arbitration lawyers are involved with numerous commercial arbitrations, along with a steady flow of sovereign work, typically with investors. Regularly recognized in league tables as a leading arbitration practice, Al Suwaidi and Company has handled international disputes for more than twenty years. We have unparalleled expertise and experience in this area. Our Arbitration Group also advises on litigation risks and arbitration clause solutions for international joint venture and other financial and commercial transactions.

Furthermore, we have the local knowledge to apply regulatory, economic, political and cultural context to legal issues and develop case strategies. We regularly handle technically challenging and complex multi-jurisdictional matters. In addition to regular participation in arbitral proceedings, our firm cooperates with other international law firms to apply for ratification and enforcement of awards.

Additionally, we are capable of handling disputes during Arbitration and later during enforcement before UAE Courts, which adds another advantage to the efficiency and understanding of the dispute to the benefit of the client. This also contributes to reducing fees, as our lawyers will require less time to build their case having become familiar with the dispute during the arbitration proceedings.

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. Head of arbitration Nigel Truscott has ‘a supportive approach’. Head of litigation Fahmy Hallag is also recommended.

 – Legal 500 (2013)

Arbitration Team

Mohammed R Alsuwaidi

Mohammed R Alsuwaidi

Managing Partner

“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.

Abdelhak Attalah

Abdelhak Attalah

Senior Associate

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.

Reda Hegazy

Reda Hegazy

Senior Associate

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.

Lailani Manalastas

Lailani Manalastas


Practice: Corporate, M&A, Employment, Real Estate, Civil and Commercial Litigation and Arbitration.

Experience: Lailani has significant experience in corporate work including corporate governance and compliance. She has handled due diligence audits preparatory to corporate mergers and acquisitions and shareholding planning and restructuring. She is also well-versed in civil and commercial litigation in the UAE as well as in international commercial arbitration.

Memberships: Integrated Bar of the Philippines; DIAC 40 – Young Practitioners Group; Inter Pacific Bar Association (IPBA).

Education: Ateneo de Manila University, School of Law (Juris Doctor, 2006); University of the Philippines (Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration, 2001)

Other Education / Training: Various legal and arbitration trainings in Dubai and Manila

Languages: English and Filipino.