Al Rowaad Advocates & Legal Consultancy

Criminal, Real Estate & Commercial Law Firm in United Arab Emirates

Al Rowaad Advocates & Legal Consultancy

The H Hotel Office Tower, 29th floor
One Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai U.A.E.

Dubai
United Arab Emirates

Phone+971 4 3254000
Fax +971 4 3589494

Website www.awf.ae
E-mail  Contact Hassan Mohsen Elhais

Other Offices: Abu Dhabi  

Law Firm Overview

Al Rowaad Advocates & Legal Consultancy is an experienced, dedicated law firm located in United Arab Emirates. We are a full-service law firm committed to deliver sound judgment to its clients on their most difficult and important matters.
Established in 2003, the firm was first known as Advocates Without Frontiers before it expanded and was recently renamed Al Rowaad Advocates & Legal Consultancy, the company's license owner, with an office in Dubai.

Al Rowaad Advocates & Legal Consultancy is duly licensed to perform legal services and advocacy in the U.A.E., reaching out to local and U.A.E.-based international clients. Among Al Rowaad's strong practice areas are labor, corporate & commercial, private equity, banking, maritime & transport, litigation & arbitration and real estate.

Our boutique law firm recognizes the importance of staff training so that our clients can count on our expertise in the various and complex aspects of the law, and receive the highest level of personalized service. We are a multi-lingual firm offering services in Arabic, English, French, Russian, Hindi, Urdu , Iranian and Tagalog.

Year this Office was Established: 2003

Languages: Arabic; French; Russian; Hindi; Urdu; Iranian; Tagalog; English

Areas of Law


Additional Areas of Law: Brokerage and Security Laws and Regulations; Proxies; Technology Communication and Banking Legislation; Breach of Contracts; Insurance Contract Litigation; Federal Crimes; Misdemeanors and Violations; Companies


Areas of Law Description

Al Rowaad Advocates & Legal Consultancy offers legal representation on the following areas of practice:

- Commercial Law

Al Rowaad Advocates & Legal Consultancy provides extensive legal services in all branches of commercial codes including selling, buying, import, export, transportation, brokerage and security laws and regulations. We can also provide potential investors with an extensive survey with regards to procuring a safe and stable investment and return, including a negotiation strategy. Our firm has a long experience in working on bank cases, both representing and working on cases against financial institutions. Al Rowaad Advocates & Legal Consultancy offers help in concluding contracts & proxies, technology communication and banking legislation. We offer debt collection services and recovery for individuals, companies and establishments that operate in the U.A.E and abroad.

- Civil Law

Civil law regulates the daily life of individuals, establishments and companies. Our firm specializes in all aspects of civil law including but not limited to compensation, debt collection, breach of contracts and more. Al Rowaad Advocates has experience in dealing with insurance cases and renders legal services in all areas, including motor, fire, life and industrial insurance. We also have experience with compensation cases specifically resulting from insurance contract litigations. Our expertise also includes labour law and legal matters that regulate the relations between employers and employees.

- Property Law

With real estate prices being a hot issue in Dubai, new types of crimes are being witnessed, and property crimes are resulting from the failure of one of the parties to complete its commitment based on the contract signed by both parties – developer and investor (owner) or two developers. Al Rowaad Advocates is one of the leading offices in the U.A.E. dealing in rental issues and qualified to appear before a rent committee to determine rental disputes. We possess a vast expertise in dealing with high rents and applying the law to the benefit of our clients, and we have a high success rate in settling those disputes.

- Criminal Law

U.A.E criminal law is a federal law derived from several provisions of Islamic Sharia. Our office has a team of licensed lawyers who represent clients accused of federal crimes and criminal offenses in the U.A.E. Our lawyers are trained to handle cases from police investigation to prosecution and criminal court. They ask for bail and submit memos and pleadings related to all sorts of crime, especially misdemeanors and violations. Our lawyers work with their clients until the case is closed in first instance court / appeal court / Supreme Court. We guarantee that our clients are represented fairly, legally and fully throughout the entire justice process.

- Intellectual Property

Al Rowaad Advocates will take care of your patent and copyrights registration in order to provide lawful protection whether locally or within the GCC. These services also include searching and evaluating art production, transferring property, darting distribution proxies, agreements and coordinating for the registration of programs inside & outside the U.A.E. We, at Al Rowaad Advocates, always seek to make the legal process as clear and comfortable as possible for our client.

- Family Law

Personal law services cover mainly divorce, child custody, alimony and more. The governing of marital disputes is available via a group of relevant experts in family law and international competence. Al Rowaad Advocates is committed to the sensitive handling of all cases with regards to the handing over and attestation of documents to relevant parties. Personal and family law can be a distressing prospect. We, at Al Rowaad Advocates, always seek to make the legal process as clear and smooth as possible for our clients. A questionnaire is available for our clients to list the services they require while providing us with a starting point for their cases.

- Maritime Law

Our qualified lawyers are experienced in the following maritime disputes: Drafting maritime contracts, reviewing of investments and providing legal assistance; Drafting contracts for the sale and purchase and building of vessels; Marine insurance; Issues arising out of maritime pollution; Seizure of vessels before or after applying for a case; Appeal against seizure of a vessel and its release. In brief, our firm deals with all kinds of maritime disputes arising out of a breach of contractual obligations.

- Companies

Due to huge investments in Dubai, it has become an important city for both offshore and onshore companies that engage in all types of trading. Our office is therefore equipped with qualified staff to handle company registration and contract execution. We are also agents of the Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFSA). We help our clients set up offshore companies and open bank accounts. The main advantage of offshore companies is they don’t require a sponsor and can own real estate property located across the U. A.E.

- Arbitration

Arbitration is the simplest policy used to resolve disputes amicably worldwide. Al Rowaad Advocates & Legal Consultancy is composed of qualified attorneys whose mission is to deal with arbitration procedures and proceedings inside and outside the U.A.E. Our team handles many cases at the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC), dealing with property, civil and commercial disputes. Our goal is to help our clients avoid getting into a dispute. But when they do have to face a conflicting situation, our local lawyers work towards limiting the impact and ensuring a speedy resolution.



Partners

Awatif Mohammed Khouri Mrs. Awatif Mohammed Khouri
Partner
Arbitration, Business Litigation, Civil Litigation, Civil Rights, Commercial Law

Hassan Mohsen Elhais Mr. Hassan Mohsen Elhais
Senior Partner
Arbitration, Business Litigation, Civil Litigation, Civil Rights, Commercial Law


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Interview with Mr. Hassan Elhais: Sexual Assault, Alcohol and UAE Law - The National

Al Rowaad Advocates & Legal Consultants Senior Partner Hassan Mohsen Elhais talks to The National newspaper about the UAE law regarding sexual assault and advice for women that are victims of rape or sexual assault in the United Arab Emirates. The rape case of Marte Dalelv visiting the Emirates, gained global media attention during July 2013 after the a young Norwegian woman was sentenced in a Dubai court after a controversial court case.




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