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HFW has over 500 lawyers working across the Middle East, Europe, the Americas, Asia and Australia. We take a progressive approach to our roles in commercial business – thinking creatively and pragmatically to support our clients.

HFW has been active in the Middle East for over 25 years and we have offices in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait City, Riyadh and Beirut, as well as a formal UAE association with Salem Al Maddfa advocates.

We are unapologetically, true sector experts. Clients come to us because of our deep industry expertise, and our ability to talk their language. We think about the commercial solution first, and then underpin our advice with a solid foundation of legal expertise.

Our Middle East shipping specialists work with parties at every level of the maritime industry, from government clients and private employers to owners, managers, P&I clubs and financial institutions. As a result, our lawyers have a comprehensive appreciation of the regional operational environment and an understanding of the local commercial concerns and drivers that few firms can match. We combine our technical excellence with dedicated Arabic-speaking shipping lawyers who appear in the local courts throughout the Middle East, we also represent clients in the local UAE courts.

Our Middle East team consists of 56 lawyers, including 19 partners and 31 Arabic speakers who can offer local and international clients a unique blend of local market insight, specialist industry expertise and commercial pragmatism. Our lawyers work seamlessly together to service local businesses, government entities, multinational companies, financial institutions and private investors throughout the MENA region.