Yaman Al Hawamdeh


Yaman is a Partner and heads HFW shipping and logistics team in the Middle East. He has been practicing shipping litigation throughout the gulf region for over 12 years.

Yaman is highly regarded for both his local litigation expertise and his extensive shipping experience within the gulf region. His practice focuses on regional shipping disputes and litigation, including collisions, salvage and wreck removal, cargo and agency disputes. He represents P&I Clubs, charterers and shipowners, and has successfully litigated a substantial number of shipping disputes and a number of landmark cases involving enforcement of foreign awards and limitation of liability within the Middle East.

Whilst his practice is mainly litigation focused, he also advises local port authorities on non-contentious shipping matters and regulatory issues and on a large number of non-marine related matters, including civil and commercial disputes arising out of tort and negligence, personal injuries and commercial agencies. Yaman has extensive experience of handling criminal proceedings in the UAE involving corporate fraud, and has represented banks in respect of various finance disputes related to Letters of Credit and fraud in documentary credit transactions.

Yaman is recommended in Chambers Global 2017: "Sources highlight his dynamic approach and praise his bilingualism. "Yaman has been impressive," said one client." Another client added: "He is very prompt and comes back to you very quickly, but you get attention despite the demands on his time and he doesn't overlook attention to detail."

Yaman also receives great praise in Legal 500 EMEA 2017 - UAE Shipping: "The team is now led by Yaman Al Hawamdeh, whom some clients regard as being arguably ‘the best shipping lawyer in Dubai’."