Gateley Plc enhances Dubai disputes capability

UK listed law firm, Gateley Plc, has announced the appointment of a new dispute resolution lawyer in Dubai. Fareya Azfar, who specialises in arbitration and alternative methods of dispute resolution with a particular focus on construction, energy and real estate disputes, has joined Gateley as an Associate from Hadef & Partners. She joins a busy disputes practice led by partner Mark Hoyle.

Having spent six years working with major UAE firms, Fareya has gained comprehensive knowledge of local laws, advising public institutions and government-owned entities on complex oil, gas and construction disputes.

She acted as lead advisor to an oil and gas development joint venture on a complex high-value dispute of more than USD 700m involving construction of a utilities project on an off-shore oilfield. Fareya has acted in many arbitrations in the UAE, including advising a public institution in Al Ain in an ICC arbitration involving a construction dispute of AED 99m.

Commenting on her appointment, Fareya said: “For me it is a perfect fit. Gateley is an innovative and commercially driven law firm with globally recognised capabilities in my key areas of specialisation in the construction and energy sectors. As a firm that embraces growth, Gateley attracts, retains and supports the perspectives and ambitions of a multi-generational lawyers, which are  factors I value significantly.

“The firm has a clear strategic vision in the region and is committed to deepen its practice in the UAE and beyond. With my in-depth regional experience and expertise, my goal is to strengthen the firm’s Middle East practice , deepen client relationships and contribute to the organization’s success as a whole”

Mark Hoyle said: “I am delighted to welcome Fareya into the Disputes Team in the UAE, as an Associate. She has a wealth of experience in disputes in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, and has been recognised as a leading woman arbitrator. Her university education at Dalhousie University in Canada, and with a London University LLB gives her additional scope. Fareya’s initiative and skill set integrates soundly with the Disputes Team.”

Fareya has a strong track record – one of Gulf Business’s 30 under 30: The GCC’s Top Young Achievers in 2013 and nominated as business woman of the year by Arabian Business in 2012 She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Earlier this year, the Gateley Disputes team in Dubai, acting for Belgium-based, Bocimar International NV, facilitated the recovery of a US$ 118 million arbitration award through the DIFC courts and securing an ex-parte freezing order in the DIFC Courts to protect against dissipation of Dubai based assets.

In addition to its CDR team, Gateley’s Dubai offering also includes advising on cross border corporate transactions including mergers & acquisitions, private equity, banking, mixed use property development, joint ventures and complex hotel development transactions.

Gateley Plc, which last year became the first law firm in the UK to go public, revealed its first full-year results in July 2016. Turnover at the national law firm increased more than 10% to £67.1 million.

The law firm works through a network of seven English offices based in Birmingham, Leeds, Leicester, London, Manchester, Nottingham and Reading. In April, the firm acquired tax incentives advisory business Capitus, now Gateley Capitus – the first acquisition since Gateley Plc floated on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange.