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Why ‘business-friendly’ and ‘no-nonsense’ should be synonymous for commercial courts


Why ‘business-friendly’ and ‘no-nonsense’ should be synonymous for commercial courts

Written on October 11, 2018 at 12:13 pm, by

            By Amna Al Owais & Mahika Hart, DIFC Courts The cost of dispute resolution has been rising worldwide, causing smart businesses to seek out the most efficient, consistent and cost-effective dispute resolution solutions available to them. For many, the solution has become arbitration, although costs are rising steadily in  Continue Reading »

Harnessing legaltech to develop the courts of the future

Written on September 10, 2018 at 2:15 pm, by

By Reem Al Shihhe, Chief Operating Officer, Dispute Resolution Authority On the 7th and 8th of November 2018, the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Courts will host the ‘Dubai Conference on Court Excellence and Innovation: Today & Tomorrow’, in collaboration with the International Consortium for Courts Excellence (ICCE). This conference, apart from being many firsts,  Continue Reading »

Dispute resolution trends: specialty treatment of “small claims”

Written on July 2, 2018 at 10:16 am, by

By Amna Al Owais, Chief Executive & Registrar, DIFC Courts, & Mahika Hart, Postgraduate Law Fellow, DIFC Courts   What is a “small claim”? Are they worth pursuing? As the costs associated with legal disputes continue to rise around the globe, even as smaller claims make up the bulk of business disputes, businesses are seeking  Continue Reading »

Trans-systemia and the future of disputes

Written on May 21, 2018 at 4:10 pm, by

By Viva Dadwal, law student, McGill University Faculty of Law-DIFC Courts Clerkship Programme DIFC Courts’ Chief Justice Michael Hwang has called the DIFC Courts “a common law island in a civil law ocean.” Beyond co-existence, where are the bridges being built between these two legal traditions? How will these legal traditions and institutions respond to  Continue Reading »

Belt and Road Initiative: One Vision of Justice

Written on May 13, 2018 at 9:55 am, by

By Mark Beer, Chief Executive, Dispute Resolution Authority In 2017, the United Arab Emirates and Kazakhstan celebrated 25 years of friendship and diplomacy. The UAE is Kazakhstan’s largest Arab trade partner, with close to $643 million in bilateral trade recorded in 2017. Over the last decade, the UAE has made substantial investments, exceeding $2 billion  Continue Reading »

A Day in the life of SCT Judge Ayesha Bin Kalban

Written on April 19, 2018 at 4:12 pm, by

Ayesha joined the DIFC Courts in the role of case progression officer in March 2015 and was promoted to the role of Assistant Registrar in 2018. She currently oversees the progression of Court of First Instance, and Court of Appeal and Enforcement cases. She provides support to the Registry in its day-to-day functions. Ayesha holds  Continue Reading »

Cost savings for businesses with DIFC Courts e-bundling

Written on April 10, 2018 at 3:32 pm, by

David Jackson, Director, CaseLines  Our previous post covered the benefits to lawyers from digitising the trial process. Those benefits are substantial and signal that lawyers are ready to embrace digital technologies. But what of businesses, paying the bills – how does digitisation help them? First and foremost, of course, is cost saving. Litigation can be  Continue Reading »

DIFC Courts: Achievements in Gender Equality

Written on March 7, 2018 at 3:58 pm, by

DIFC Courts highlight the achievements made in regards to gender equality. Since its inception nearly ten years ago, DIFC Courts was the first court in the UAE to appoint a female judge, Malaysia’s Tan Seri Dato Siti Norma Yaakob, who served from 2008 to 2013 until her retirement. At DIFC Courts, women currently make up 80% of the Registry team, up from  Continue Reading »

Removing cost, risk and stress from trial preparation

Written on March 6, 2018 at 3:21 pm, by

David Jackson, Director, CaseLines   In our previous post, we gave an overview of the new DIFC Courts initiative of introducing e-bundling. But what are the benefits to lawyers, and especially the associates and paralegals who largely bear the burden of trial preparation?  A major reason e-bundling has proved so popular is that there is  Continue Reading »

Digitally powered commercial justice

Written on February 11, 2018 at 8:14 am, by

David Jackson, Director, CaseLines DIFC Courts are making a significant step towards the modernisation of the courts process by implementing an easy-to-use secure interface. The new portal will permit court documents and (bundles) to be uploaded from anywhere in the world and shared with multiple parties. The CaseLines Digital Court platform enables paperless working across  Continue Reading »


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