Horizons & Co is widely known as being a disputes-focused practice, specialising in local and international litigation, arbitration and mediation in the UAE and the wider Middle East region.

Our lawyers have been advising both local and international clients in the region for two decades, on a range of contentious and non-contentious matter, as such we have an exceptional working knowledge of the laws, courts and various government authorities in the UAE.  We offer clients experienced local Emirati practitioners with full rights of audience before all levels of courts and tribunals in the UAE, and lawyers who are licensed to appear before police stations and public prosecutions. Our DIFC registered practitioners are extremely competent in common law matters and knowledgeable in the rules and regulations of the DIFC courts.

We have the expertise to manage all types of litigation including civil and commercial, banking and finance, criminal, employment, maritime and most notable real estate and construction. We have strong expertise in local law litigation, which is the reason we are often the first port of call for many multinational organisations and international law firms. Our litigation lawyers are specialists in interim measures and our legal consultants are held in high regard for their drafting skills.

In civil & commercial disputes, we provide legal representation to some of the UAE's leading companies and organisations on matters from urgent interlocutory relief to large-scale litigations. We offer advice and representation on all aspects of civil and commercial laws, before all courts in the UAE at every level, as well as DIFC Judicial Authority (DIFC Courts), conciliation committees, rent committees and other Government Authorities.

We have extensive commercial real estate experience across all types of properties, from planning and acquisition to disposition, financing, development, leasing and operation. Our lawyers provide advice on matters such as joint ventures, land use, zoning and planning and multi-estate transactions.
Construction disputes are one of our most frequently handled matters. Our advisory service will draft and review standard and bespoke contracts, provide guidance on UAE local law compliance, and should the need arise we represent our clients before the UAE courts.

Horizons & Co has a high success rate when defending clients on felony or misdemeanor charges. We have a significant reputation with UAE police, public prosecution and all levels of UAE court, and an in-depth knowledge of local laws enabling us to provide exceptional legal advice in all aspects of criminal litigation.

With regards to employment and labour disputes, we provide legal representation to major UAE enterprises on matters such as policy & procedure documents and complex claims arising from contract breaches. We provide up to date advice throughout the UAE and the free zones regarding immigration, visa procedures, drafting labour contracts, contractual breaches and the legalities of redundancy and termination.

Our litigation team is renowned for:

  • Having a mix of civil and common law backgrounds;
  • Our excellent track-record with real estate and construction matters;
  • Having experienced local Emirati practitioners with full rights of audience before all levels of courts and tribunals in the UAE;
  • Handling various matters before the DIFC courts;
  • Having a multitude of clients from various industries including; international law firms, insurers, financial institutions, developers, contractors, oil & gas companies and government organisations;
  • Frequently serving as co-counsel to international firms on multifaceted civil and commercial disputes.


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