Mohammed Al Dahbashi
Joint founding and managing partner, Mohammed Al Dahbashi, is a prominent Emirati lawyer. Having graduated from the United Kingdom, with a Bachelors degree of Law with Honours (LLB Hons), Mohammed is of the few Emiratis that is experienced in both corporate/commercial transactions and disputes work.
Having worked for UAE firm Hadef & Partners, before setting up his own firm MAD Advocates and then co-founding ADG, Mohammed is committed to combining local UAE experience with international client care standards. Mohammed has also worked with various legal teams in the UAE that specialize on the corporate sector of legal work, and as a legal advisor at a boutique management consultancy firm in Dubai. He worked with the legal team of Mubadala Development Company PJSC, with great focus on corporate governance, aerospace and renewable energy fields. He also trained with other legal teams, including the legal team of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).
A licensed advocate, Mohammed has rights of appearance before the competent courts of the UAE and has worked on a wide range of contentious matters, including commercial arbitrations, commercial litigations and criminal matters. He also has experience in corporate restructuring, preparing agreements, joint ventures, negotiating and advising clients.
With his international standards and local legal skills, Mohammed has been able to reach outstanding outcomes for his clients. He is renowned for being focused and effective, whilst remaining attentive to the needs of his clients.
Peter is an experienced international disputes specialist, practicing across various industry sectors. With more than 17 years’ legal experience, Peter is highly recommended by clients for his commercial, efficient and friendly approach.
A Cambridge University graduate, Peter trained at the Bar before starting his practicing career at LeBoeuf Lamb (later Dewey & LeBoeuf) in the City of London. Having moved to Dubai in 2010, he set up Kingsgrove Partners in 2015. Seeking to combine deep regional knowledge with an international mindset, and provide clients with exceptional UAE legal services, with Mohammed Al Dahbashi he established ADG.
Published in leading journals, Peter is often a keynote speaker at international conferences, including the Cambridge Symposium and C5, and is a registered STEP Trust and Estate Practitioner.
Peter is renowned for his commercial nous and lateral thinking. One client noted that “Peter is the lawyer every good CEO would like to have, especially when facing difficult structuring decisions.”
- Natalie Flooks, Chief Operating Officer
A former Solicitor, Natalie trained and qualified in 2000 with LeBoeuf Lamb in the City of London. Whilst primarily a litigation specialist, she always sought to broaden her experience, and gained good knowledge of intellectual property and employment law. Moving to Clintons in the West End of London in 2002, she gained more specialised experience in the sports and media industry.
Natalie stepped away from the legal profession in 2005, and embarked on a wide range of roles in very different sectors. Finding that her City training and legal experience was always called upon, she returned to the legal sector in early 2016.
Natalie is based in our representative office in London and offers European clients immediate access to UAE expertise within their own time zone and working week. Her legal and commercial experience helps guide clients through major disputes. Organised and thorough, she is mindful of the importance of remaining approachable and focused on the client and their needs.
- Abdulrahman Junaid, Senior Associate
Abdulrahman is an Emirati Lawyer, qualified to appear and advocate before the UAE courts.
Prior to joining ADG, Abdulrahman served in the Dubai Courts as a judge’s clerk and as a Public Notary. His vast experience in dealing with Government departments and authorities, means that Abdulrahman provides clients with practical support, advice and guidance. Committed to listening to clients and their concerns, he always ensures that his advice is clear and commercial.
- Ahmed Ragab Alkotby, Senior Associate
An Egyptian lawyer, Ahmed has diversified experience on contentious and non-contentious work gained from local, regional, and international law firms as well as in-house positions. He is currently admitted before the Egyptian Bar Association and the DIFC Courts in Dubai.
Ahmed’s experience allows him to provide clients with up-to-date legal advice that takes into consideration the practical and commercial aspects of the business without compromising compliance and legal aspects. His experience includes working on Islamic finance litigation, construction cases, commercial cases, torts, insurance cases, multi-national acquisitions, corporate governance modules/policies, and corporate restructuring matters.
Ahmed has handled number of complex cases across the region, involving conflict of jurisdictions and of laws. He has been involved in matters relating to the banking, insurance, construction and hotel sectors, as well as acting for individuals.
A client has noted that Ahmed is “knowledgeable, experienced, compassionate and down-to-earth. He is one of the market known lawyers, providing excellent quality of legal advice and responsiveness.”
- Bassam Abu Mandour, Senior Associate
Bassam is an invaluable member of ADG’s Dispute Resolution team. He was previously in-house counsel with the biggest developer in the region, where he managed litigation in Egypt, KSA, Qatar and the UAE from their HQ in Dubai. He has also worked in private practice in Dubai, working for Al Rayami Advocates and Legal Consultant since 2013 in Dubai. Prior to that, he worked as a lawyer for seven years in Egypt.
Bassam graduated in 2008 from Alexandria University in Egypt, with LLB in Law. Additionally, he obtained Diploma in Civil law, Business law, Islamic “Fiqh” Transaction Rules, Comparative Jurisprudence Rules, and Arbitration Law.
- Dina Assar, Associate
Dina holds a bachelor’s degree in law (English Department) from Alexandria University in Egypt. After graduation, she joined a law firm in Alexandria where she was responsible for legal translations, handling foreign client’s cases and personal status law and disputes cases.
Dina brings a robust legal background which enables her to add value for ADG through advising on legal strategies, case management and client satisfaction.
Fluent in English, as well as Arabic, her mother-tongue, Dina is member of the Egyptian Bar Association.
- Jan-Carl Stjernswärd, Senior Legal Consultant
Jan-Carl is a versatile dispute resolution lawyer. He has practised in London, Paris and Dubai, with a particular focus on emerging markets, and holds a BSc in Government and Economics from the London School of Economics. In addition to dispute resolution, Jan has a solid track record in assisting clients with the planning and execution of their Middle East market entry and growth strategies.
Jan-Carl is admitted as a Solicitor in England in Wales. He is fluent in English, Swedish and French and has a limited command of Persian, Russian and German.
- Jenine Abdeljaber, Senior Associate
An American Attorney who has practiced in the States and the Middle East, Jenine has diversified experience on both contentious and non-contentious matters gained from an international background.
Jenine regularly advises both individual and corporate clients on a broad spectrum of corporate commercial transactions, and complex corporate structuring and incorporations. She has particular experience in drafting, negotiating and advising on general commercial contracts, joint ventures agreements, distribution and franchise arrangements, investment agreements, and real estate matters.
She also has extensive experience in advising and representing clients in a wide range of international and domestic disputes, including high-value commercial litigation and commercial arbitrations both in the UAE and other jurisdictions.
Jenine is a member of the American Bar Association, and holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree, an MBA with specialization in International Trade and Business, and Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Communications from Florida International University in Miami, Florida.
- Josh Kemp, Consultant Senior Associate
Josh specialises in domestic and international building and construction disputes resolved through litigation, arbitration, adjudication and expert determination. He has acted in litigation for many of Australia’s largest commercial building, and engineering construction contractors and has conducted a high number of adjudications spanning commercial construction, public infrastructure, construction in energy and resources industry.
Josh has vast experience in advising on both contentious and non-contentious matters and has worked to resolve numerous high-value disputes for major contractors and engineering groups. He also has considerable experience in non-construction related commercial disputes, and has acted in multi-party litigation involving commercial parties and professional indemnity insurers.
Josh is particularly skilled in conducting medium and large-scale construction disputes, and has been consistently named as a Leading Construction Litigation Lawyer in his native jurisdiction, having previously been a principal of a leading law firm specialising in construction, development and infrastructure and a senior associate of a global firm.
Josh is admitted as a legal practitioner in Australia.
- Julian Critchlow, Senior Legal Consultant
Julian has over 30 years’ experience of commercial dispute resolution. During his career, Julian has been involved in a considerable range of general commercial matters, both nationally and internationally, including in respect of loan agreements, bonds and guarantees, and commission agreements.
He is an acknowledged expert in construction disputes. He has also represented defendants in white collar criminal cases. In addition to acting for the parties to disputes, Julian sits as an arbitrator, primarily in the international forum, notably pursuant to the DIAC and ICC Rules. As well as being a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, he sits as a TeCSA registered adjudicator, as a CEDR accredited mediator, and as a dispute resolution board member for a major oil project.
As well as dispute work, Julian also has considerable experience of contract drafting, largely, but not limited, to the construction industry, and he is fully familiar with all principal forms of construction contract.
Julian has been included as a leading lawyer in Chambers and Legal 500 for many years, Chambers recently stating that his clients are impressed by his “extensive knowledge, sound judgement, clear explanation and astute tactics” and Legal 500 that he has “superb technical expertise”.
Julian is admitted in England and Wales as a Solicitor.
- Karim Salem, Senior Associate
Karim works primarily in our corporate department. He provides clients with clear, practical advice to ensure compliance with UAE laws, drafts and reviews contracts, and provides many other general corporate services. Experienced in mergers and acquisitions, and corporate restructuring generally, Karim also has specific experience in the hospitality industry.
Liaising regularly with business councils and other similar entities, Karim is often asked to give legal related presentations.
Karim holds a Bachelor of Law from the Pantheon Sorbonne University, as well as an LLM from the American University in Cairo, in International and Comparative Law. He has more than 10 years’ experience and has previously worked at several well-reputed international and local law firms across Egypt, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Qatar.
An Arabic native-speaker, Karim is also fluent in English and French.
- Laura Sperling, Paralegal
Educated in Dubai, and an English university graduate, Laura is a talented paralegal. She is experienced and organised, and provides our Dubai office with focussed and disciplined legal support.
Laura is a native English and German speaker. She is also fluent in French, with basic conversational Spanish, Arabic and Czech.
- Malika Kashagonova, Associate
Malika has extensive experience in the areas of corporate law, commercial law and real estate law. Before joining us, Malika worked in local UAE law firms and advised on a broad range of commercial, corporate and real estate matters. Previously, Malika practiced law in Kazakhstan specializing in Banking and Corporate matters.
Malika is a native Russian, Kazakh speaker and fluent in English.
- Mohamed Al Dafrawy, Senior Legal Consultant
Mohamed Al Dafrawy is an Egyptian lawyer with over 45 years of experience in a wide range of legal practice areas. He graduated from the Faculty of Law in Alexandria University and was admitted to the Egyptian Lawyers Syndicate in 1968. In 1981, Mohamed progressed in rank to obtain rights of audience before the Egyptian Supreme Court. He established his private firm in Alexandria where he handled a wide variety of contentious civil, commercial and criminal matters, with emphasis on commercial maritime litigation.
Mohamed has been practicing in the UAE since 2001 and has served as a senior legal consultant with a number of leading law firms in Dubai. At ADG, He advises on all types of disputes, including civil, commercial, contractual and criminal cases. He is consistently praised by colleagues and clients alike for his stellar drafting and litigation skills.
Mohamed also has extensive experience in real estate law, where he has served as leading counsel in disputes for many of the top property development companies in the UAE. He also specialises in a wide range of commercial property work, advising on investment acquisitions and disposals, property transfers, development site management, as well as all types of contract-related disputes.
Mohamed is considered as one of the best draftsman in the UAE when it comes to civil court memoranda.
- Mohamed Al Amin, Associate
Mohammed holds an LLB from the University of Khartoum, He has previously worked at a well-reputed Sudanese law firm, as well as the Sudanese Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs as a legal consultant.
Mohammed specializes in litigation, particularly relating to civil and criminal law, drafting court memos, appeals and notices, as well as representing clients in the courts. He has handled cases relating to breach of contract, criminal disputes, family law disputes, labour disputes, intellectual property disputes and corporate disputes.
Mohammed is an Arabic native-speaker, as well as fluent in English. He is a member of the Sudanese Bar Association.
- Paul Taylor, Senior Legal Consultant
For many years, Paul has specialised in handling and resolving disputes worldwide, in over 30 jurisdictions covering the Gulf, Africa, Europe, the Far East and America. He has vast experience in dealing with international litigation, arbitration, mediation, adjudication and negotiation.
These disputes range from general commercial matters to regulatory and governmental disputes, professional indemnity claims, environmental matters, insurance and reinsurance issues and major construction disputes.
Paul’s practice was based for many years at Berrymans and subsequently Berrymans Lace Mawer, a national and international dispute resolution and litigation practice. He became a Partner in Berrymans in 1973, Senior Partner in 1991, and, after leading the merger with Lace Mawer, was elected Senior Partner of Berrymans Lace Mawer in 1997. Paul established their Dubai office and handled cases in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman and throughout the UAE, acting primarily in commercial, insurance, construction and banking disputes. He has lectured widely all over the world, including in the Gulf, on dispute resolution and risk management.
Paul is admitted in England and Wales as a Solicitor.
- Walid Abu El Matty, Associate
Walid specializes in civil and commercial law disputes and is skilled in the drafting of legal memorandums and submissions. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Law in 2005 and joined a leading law firm in Alexandria, where he practiced in a wide range of legal fields in Egypt. Between 2007 and 2008, Walid jointly served as a legal consultant in Alexandria University.
Walid has gained over 7 years’ legal experience in the UAE. He has worked primarily in the fields of civil, commercial, labour and criminal law. He is especially familiar with the administrative aspects and legal procedures of the UAE and has great knowledge depth in dealing with Courts, Public Prosecutor’s Office, Municipalities, Police stations and other related governmental authorities.