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Courts’ Users’ Committee


The DIFC Courts’ Users Committee is a liaison between the DIFC Courts and the users of the Court. The purpose of the Committee is to assist the Courts to provide an efficient, economical and professional service to all users.

The Committee will be chaired by a Chairman and consist of voting members from the DIFC Authority, Dubai Financial Services Authority and representatives from law firms within the UAE. The DIFC Courts’ Registrar and Deputy Registrar will be ex officio but non voting members of the Committee.

The Committee shall hold regular quarterly basis meetings each year.



DIFC Courts

Amna Al Owais | Chief Executive and Registrar

Committee Members

DIFC Courts

Nour Kirk| Deputy Registrar

Dubai International Financial Centre Authority

Obaid Al Muhairi| Legal Counsel

Dubai International Financial Centre Authority

Jacques Visser| General Counsel

Dubai Financial Services Authority

Muna Dandan| General Counsel

Winston & Strawn LLP

Ben Bruton| Partner

Herbert Smit Freehills LLP

Stuart Paterson| Partner

Al Tamimi

Dr Hassan Arab | Partner

Horizons & Co Law Firm

Adv. Ali  Al Zarooni| Chairman

Squire Patton Boggs (MEA) LLP

Dilpreet K. Dhanoa/ Associate (Barrister)

KBH Kaanuun

Mr. DK Singh/ Managing Partner

Global Advocacy and Legal Counsel

Sharon Lakhan/ Head of Arbitration and Common Law Dispute Resolution

Rules Committee

The Rules Subcommittee meets quarterly to discuss potential changes and improvements to the rules of the DIFC Courts RDC. It comprises a wide range of legal practitioners who engage with the DIFC Courts and have a significant practical experience with the (RDC).



H.E. Justice Ali Al Madhani
Judge| DIFC Courts

Deputy Chairperson

Adrian Chadwick
Partner| Hadef & Partners

Committee Members

Nour Kirk

Deputy Registrar | DIFC Courts

Ayesha Bin Kalban

Assistant Registrar| DIFC Courts

Rita Jaballah

Partner| Al Tamimi & Co

Phillip Punwar

Partner| Baker Botts

Ghada Audi

Head of Legal department| Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons LLC

Alessandro Tricoli

Partner| Fichte & Co Legal Consultancy

Sheila Shadmand

Partner| Jones Day

Graham Lovett

Partner| Gibson Dunn

Deirdre Walker

Head of Middle East | Norton Rose Fulbright (Middle East) LLP

Michael Black QC

Barrister| XXIV Old Buildings

Rebecca Copley

Partner| Head of Litigation, Eversheds Sutherland

David Russell AM QC

Barrister| Outer Temple Chambers



Privacy Policy

The Dubai International Financial Centre Courts and all its affiliates are committed to preserve the confidentiality, integrity and availability of client data and personal information.

Dubai International Financial Centre Courts and all its affiliates employees, vendors, contract workers, shall follow Information Security Management System in all the processes and technology.

  1. DIFC Courts Top Management is committed to secure information of all our interested parties.
  2. Information security controls the policies, processes, and measures that are implemented by DIFC Courts in order to mitigate risks to an acceptable level, and to maximize opportunities in order to achieve its information security objectives.
  3. DIFC Courts and all its affiliates shall adopt a systematic approach to risk assessment and risk treatment.
  4. DIFC Courts is committed to provide information security awareness among team members and evaluate the competency of all its employees.
  5. DIFC Courts and all its affiliates shall protect personal information held by them in all its form.
  6. DIFC Courts and all its affiliates shall comply with all regulatory, legal and contractual requirements.
  7. DIFC Courts and all its affiliates shall provide a comprehensive Business Continuity Plan encompassing the locations within the scope of the ISMS.
  8. Information shall be made available to authorised persons as and when required.
  9. DIFC Courts Top Management is committed towards continual improvement in information security in all our processes through regular review of our information security management system.


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Quality Policy

The DIFC Courts is committed to establishing, implementing, and maintaining a quality management system that is in line with the DIFC Courts’ Vision, Mission and Strategy. The DIFC Courts’ quality management system ensures the implementation of effective policies, procedures and other documented information to achieve efficient work processes and customer centricity.

The senior management of the DIFC Courts are committed to the continual improvement of the quality management system by: