“Reed Smith is a dynamic and forward-looking practice, which is superb at providing clients with advice which reflects their practical and commercial objectives. The ethos is hands on, down to earth and practical.” (The Legal 500 EMEA 2020: UAE).

With over 40 years of experience in the UAE, we bring extensive knowledge gained from working on high profile, complex multimillion-dollar disputes across the region. We represent clients in cases under the rules of a wide range of international arbitration forums, including ADCCAC, DIAC, DIFC-LCIA, LCIA, ICC and UNCITRAL, as well as in ad hoc arbitration proceedings in both the UAE and wider Middle East region and in arbitration-related litigation before the courts of Dubai, Abu Dhabi and the DIFC. Our lawyers are advocates, which enables us to offer a “one-stop shop” from start to end of any arbitration, without the need to involve outside counsel. Our strong advocacy experience covers both procedural and substantive hearings and is a true differentiator in our offering.

Clients and legal directories commend our forward-looking approach. Our team is described as “outstanding…with unrivalled experience of arbitration and international litigation in general” (The Legal 500 EMEA 2020: UAE) and “highly experienced representing clients in DIFC court litigation as well as arbitrations conducted under a variety of institutional rules” (Chambers Global 2020: UAE). Reed Smith was also named Arbitration Team of the Year at The Middle East Legal Awards 2017.