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Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Abdo Rafiq & Partners is equipped with a highly qualified, experienced and specialized team of lawyers with expertise in all of the UAE Courts. The firm has extensive civil, criminal and commercial litigation experience in the UAE as well as private dispute resolution forums in the UAE and elsewhere.



Our litigation & dispute resolution department is very effective in applying our in-depth knowledge and understanding of local and regional laws and providing service levels which are comparable to international best practices.


The firm has significant technical expertise and the capability to advise clients and to represent them in civil litigation matters across the UAE. Our unique approach to litigation in the local courts is designed to ensure succession and business continuity through our law firm’s structure while ensuring our commitment to the highest service levels for all our clients. Our civil litigation team has accumulated unparalleled experience in representing clients in all of the UAE Courts, DIFC Courts and the ADGM Courts. We have also successfully managed cross-border litigation for many of our international clients through our network of associate firms to represent HNWIs and large corporate clients against parties who are domiciled outside the UAE.



Our arbitration team has extensive experience with arbitration matters having represented a variety of clients on a number of arbitration matters with positive results for clients under arbitration forums in the UAE and in other jurisdictions.

The firm has the resources and expertise necessary to represent clients in most types of arbitration, including those involving agencies, construction, companies, finance, infrastructure, international trade, maritime, transport and general services. Our team has assisted in matters involving disputes with claim values of more than AED 500 million and draws on both civil and common law expertise with capability to conduct arbitration proceedings in both English and Arabic.


The firm has specific expertise in Financial Crimes such as high value bounced cheques, embezzlement, credit card fraud, money laundering, bank & loan fraud.

Our Criminal Litigation department is built up with professionals who regularly advise a number of major banks in the UAE, as well as corporations and individuals with regards to successfully bringing criminal proceedings against all parties. Our Criminal Litigation service is designed to assist clients from start to finish including preparation, registration of criminal complaint, complaint follow ups with relevant Police station and Public Prosecutor’s office ending with our involvement all the way until a criminal case is brought to trial in the Criminal Court.

The firm’s criminal lawyers and UAE advocates are known and appreciated by all Public Prosecutorial offices throughout the UAE for their ethical and professional approach to criminal cases. Our capability on bringing criminal proceedings includes nationwide reach on all local and federal cases with expertise on local law enforcement agencies in all of the Emirates: Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm Al Quwain.

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