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Advisory Board

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Advisory Board 2018-01-21T10:49:59+00:00

Chairman Sir Gavin Lightman

After obtaining a LL.B (First Class Honours) at University College London and a LL.M at the University of Michigan, he was called to the Bar in 1964. In 1980 he was appointed a Queen’s Counsel.
As a barrister, he had a wide and extensive litigation practice within the UK both at trial and appellate courts (including the House of Lords and Privy Council) and abroad (in particular in Singapore, Hong Kong, Bermuda, the West Indies, the Cayman Islands and Gibraltar).  Read more

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Abdulrahman Juma

Abdulrahman Juma is a senior litigator and Head of Dispute Resolution practice at Hadef and Partners. He is licensed to appear before local and federal courts, namely, the Dubai Court of First Instance, Court of Appeals and Court of Cassation, and the UAE Federal Court of First Instance and Court of Appeal. Read more

Dr Mark Hoyle

Dr Mark Hoyle heads Gateley’s dispute resolution team in Dubai. He specialises in commercial dispute resolution, particularly through arbitration, including construction and infrastructure projects, real estate, joint ventures, international trade (both sales and transport), shipping, transnational disputes, private international law, interlocutory freezing and search orders, and other protective measures, and asset tracing. Read more


Diana Hamadé

Diana Hamadé is the founder of the IALS, a private client & dispute resolution law firm in the UAE.

Diana has an LL.M. degree in Commercial Law from Aberdeen University following her LLB from the UAE University in Sharia & Law. She is a lawyer with right of audience before all UAE Courts including DIFC Courts. Read more

Dr Julian Critchlow

LLB, MSC, PhD, FCI Arb, Solicitor, Arbitrator, Registered Adjudicator, Accredited Mediator.

Julian has over 30 years’ experience of commercial dispute resolution. During his career, Julian has been involved in a considerable range of general commercial matters, both nationally and internationally, including in respect of loan agreements, bonds and guarantees, and commission agreements. Read more


Hisham Al Gurg

CEO of the Private Office of Sheikh Saeed bin Ahmed Al Maktoum and SEED Group.

With over 18 years of experience in setting up and running new ventures in the MENA region, Mr. Algurg is a pioneer for his visionary approach, high profile networking, and for concluding and managing large regional projects and investments worth more than 1.06 billion USD. Read more

Mohammed Al Dahbashi

Mohammed Al Dahbashi is an Emirati lawyer who graduated from the United Kingdom, with a Bachelors degree of Law with Honors (LLB Hons), and is currently the Managing Partner of MAD Advocates, a full-service law firm in in the UAE.

Prior to founding MAD Advocates, Mohammed was a lawyer at Hadef & Partners in Dubai where he worked with one of the leading corporate and M&A teams in the UAE. Read more


Lubna Qassim

Executive Vice President + Group General Counsel, Emirates NBD|International speaker-governance, women leadership|Lawyer

Lubna Qassim is a member of the executive leadership team of Emirates NBD, the largest banking group in the Middle East, focused on retail and corporate banking. Read more

Yann Mrazek

Yann Mrazek is the Managing Partner of M/HQ, a Dubai based multi-services platform primarily providing for the needs of successful individuals and wealthy international families. He chiefly focuses on private wealth, tax and immigration practice and is regularly solicited as a speaker on these themes. Read more


Paul Rose

Paul is a Chartered Arbitrator, a Chartered Surveyor and a member of ArbDB Chambers. He is an Accredited Mediator with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, RICS, the Kuala Lumpur Regional Arbitration Centre, the Dubai Mediation Centre and Clerksroom. He is also a member of the Advisory Board to the Dubai Mediation Centre. He is an accredited member of the internationally recognised International Mediation Institute. Read more

Rebecca Kelly

Rebecca Kelly represents United Arab Emirates and GCC based corporate entities, alongside foreign entities in respect of developing effective dispute resolution strategies.

Rebecca counsels clients involved in complex cross border arbitration, regional litigation, corporate and regulatory compliance issues, regulatory investigations, occupational safety and health, and global white collar crime matters. Read more