DIFC Courts
  • Committees
  • Court Users’ Committee
  • Rules Committee
  • In-House Counsel Committee

Committees

We have introduced changes to our Court Committees in 2019. We will maintain three main committees, which we rely on for feedback and consultation in terms of proposed improvements within the Courts (from a procedures and rules perspective) to assist in providing an efficient, accessible, transparent and professional service to all users.

Court Users’ Committee 

The Court Users’ Committee is an independent liaison body between the DIFC Courts and Court users, with the brief of supporting cost effective and professional service provision.

Chairperson

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DIFC Courts

Amna Al Owais Chief Registrar

Committee Members

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DIFC Courts

Nour Hineidi Registrar

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DIFC Authority

Jacques Visser General Counsel

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DFSA

Muna Dandan General Counsel

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Winston & Strawn

Ben Bruton Partner

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Al Tamimi & Co.

Dr Hassan Arab Partner

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KBH Kaanuun

DK Singh Managing Partner

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Global Advocacy And Legal Counsel

Sharon Lakhan Head of Arbitration and Common Law Dispute Resolution

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Mahmood Hussain Law Firm

Dr. Mahmoud Hussain Founding Partner

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Holman Fenwick Willan

Nicholas Braganza Partner

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Eversheds-Sutherland (International) LLP

Rebecca Copley Partner

Rules Committee

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

Chairperson

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DIFC Courts

H.E. Justice Ali Al Madhani Senior Judge of Court of Appeal and Head of International Relations of Judicial Affairs

Deputy Chairperson

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Hadef & Partners

Adrian Chadwick Partner

Committee Members

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DIFC Courts

Nour Hineidi Registrar

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DIFC Courts

Ayesha Bin Kalban Deputy Registrar

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Al Tamimi & Co

Rita Jaballah Partner

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Baker Botts

Phillip Punwar Partner

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Fichte & Co Legal Consultancy

Alessandro Tricoli Partner

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Jones Day

Sheila Shadmand Partner

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Gibson Dunn

Graham Lovett Partner

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Norton Rose Fulbright (Middle East)

Deirdre Walker Partner

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XXIV Old Buildings

Michael Black QC Barrister

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Eversheds Sutherland

Rebecca Copley, Partner & Head of Litigation

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Outer Temple Chambers

David Russell QC Barrister

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Partner Pinsent Mason LLP

Damian Cross Partner

In House Counsel Committee

Formerly the General Counsel Forum, the In-House Counsel Committee was launched in 2019 and continued with the mandate of dialogue and liaison between the DIFC Courts and senior in-house counsel, with the inaugural refreshed committee held in December 2019. Each event brings together participants to share experience, examine trends and discuss global dispute resolution best practices.

Chairperson

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DIFC Courts

Amna Al Owais Chief Registrar

Deputy Chairman

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DIFC Courts

H.E. Nassir Al Nasser Judge

Committee Members

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DFSA

Muna Dandan General Counsel

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Standard Chartered Bank

Robert Lewsley Senior Group Counsel

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DIFC Authority

Jacques Visser Chief Legal Officer

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Emirates NBD

Bassam Moussa Group Head of Legal – WB

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Majid Al Futtaim Holding

Khaled Rabbani General Counsel

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Careem/Uber

Stavros Panayi General Counsel

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Fedex & TNT Express

Hassan Bouadar Vice President of Legal & Regulatory Affairs

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AT Kearney

Dr Abobakr Dafalla Regional Legal Counsel

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EXPO 2020

Ziad Issa General Counsel

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Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB)

Gabriel Falda Assistant General Counsel

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Emaar

Walid Karam Senior Legal Director

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Dubai Land Department (DLD)

Emad Farouq Senior Legal Counsel

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Meraas

Dominic Varley Head of Legal

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Cisco

Heba Hamdy Regional Counsel

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First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

Dr Nimer Basbous Group General Counsel

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