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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 Subcommittee

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).



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

Adrian Chadwick

Partner| Hadef & Partners

Sheila Shadmand

Partner| Jones Day

Graham Lovett

Partner| Gibson Dunn

Deirdre Walker

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



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