Clyde & Co Dubai helps businesses to grow and operate in the Middle East

We established our first office in the region by opening in Dubai in 1989 and now have the largest presence of any international law firm in the Middle East with over 50 partners and 350 staff.

38

Partners

101

Lawyers

129

Legal professionals

283

Total staff

We have accumulated over 30 years of deep market knowledge and experience in the sectors in which our clients operate, with particular expertise in insurance, energy, transport, infrastructure, marine and trade, as well as aviation, education, defence, finance, healthcare, hospitality, and technology. Working with industry leaders in the region endorses our reputation for providing practical guidance on how to get things done in what can be a challenging market to navigate.

International and domestic clients engage our lawyers across the full spectrum of their corporate and commercial needs, including company structuring and governance, policy setting and licensing arrangements, employment and Emiratisation issues, funding, procurement, intellectual property (IP), technology and general commercial contracts.

Our teams help institutions manage the increased burden of compliance and provide recovery solutions and assistance when clients are faced with cash collection issues.

We have a strong track record in both the local and DIFC Courts. This means we are well positioned to advise clients who are dealing with disputes and significant international arbitrations.

Clyde & Co enjoys an unrivalled position as one of the longest-standing international law firms in the Middle East, with over 50 partners and 350 staff. Our Dubai office complements a regional footprint that includes offices in Abu Dhabi in the UAE, Doha in Qatar, Jeddah and Riyadh in Saudi Arabia and Cairo in Egypt, providing a full-service commercial offering of local lawyers across key business sectors and practice areas.

Family Businesses

Over recent years, family-owned businesses in the Middle East have continued to experience exponential growth and success, with many having evolved into large and complex multinational conglomerates with an ever-increasing need for the best legal advice.

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What clients say

The team is diverse and there is a strong collaboration with our internal legal teams, other offices, as well as our second counsel working on the same project.

Legal 500 EMEA, UAE, 2024

They are well respected by insurers in a complex and evolving geography for litigation.

Legal 500 EMEA, UAE, 2024

They are very knowledgeable about their regions and very involved in the DIFC courts. They have on-the-ground, first-hand experience and their knowledge, particularly in Dubai, is fantastic.

Chambers Global, UAE, 2024

The Clyde & Co team is always responsive, and their level of assistance is always appropriate and to the point.

Chambers Global, UAE, 2024

Particular expertise in the healthcare, education and technology sectors. It handles a broad range of mandates, with particular strength advising on commercial contracts.

Legal 500 EMEA, UAE, 2023

They bring a level of understanding of the business risk in addition to the legal risks.

Legal 500 EMEA, UAE, 2023

Extremely good lawyers and very easy to deal with. Very effective at resolving disputes and always a great result. Brilliant in negotiations.

Legal 500 EMEA, UAE, 2022

The greatest advantage that the Clyde & Co. team have is the balance between letter of the law and its practical application. We always trust the team’s ability to provide a specific and usefully applicable advice.

Legal 500 EMEA, UAE, 2022

They are very attentive and quick to react. They understand our business and have developed strong relationships with us.

Chambers Global, UAE, 2022

Latest awards won

International Law Firm of the Year

Women in Law Awards 2024

Middle East Law Firm of the Year Dispute Resolution

Chambers Middle East Awards 2024

UAE Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year

Chambers Middle East Awards 2024

UAE Law Firm of the Year

Who’s Who Legal Awards 2024

Shipping and Transport Firm of the Year

The Legal 500 (Legalease) Middle East and North Africa Awards 2024

Law Firm of the Year

MENA IR Awards 2024

Employment Team of the Year

The Oath Middle East Legal Awards 2023

International Litigation Firm of the Year - UAE

Chambers Middle East Awards 2023

Construction Law Firm of the Year - UAE

Chambers Middle East Awards 2023

UAE Gold Tier Firm

World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000 - 2023

Law Firm of the Year at the MENA IR Awards 2023

Menair Awards 2023

Law Firm of the Year

Middle East Insurance Industry Award 2022

Insurance Team of the Year

The Oath Middle East Legal Awards 2022

UAE Law Firm of the Year

Who’s Who Legal Awards 2023

UAE Advisory & Contentious Firm of the Year

Managing IP Awards 2022

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