DIFC Blog

Keeping pace with the disputes of tomorrow

Mark Beer, Co-Chief Executive and Registrar General, DIFC Courts   From a legal perspective, you can think about technological innovation in three phases. First, when a true innovation hits the market, it often poses new legal questions around liability and...

The maturing of DIFC Courts

Graham Lovett, Partner, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP As a litigation lawyer who has been practising in Dubai since 2004, I have seen first-hand how the DIFC Courts have grown from a bespoke court system serving the city’s financial freezone to become a significant...

Costs Recovery in the DIFC Courts

Among the particularities of the English common law system is the ability for the winning party to recover the costs proportionately and reasonably incurred in fighting their case. These can include fees charged by legal counsel, allowances for expert witnesses and a...

Small claims, big success

When the DIFC Courts’ Small Claims Tribunal (SCT) was established in 2007, it signalled a shift in the region’s approach to resolving lower value, relatively straightforward commercial disputes. Rather than seeking to hear those types of cases in a courtroom with...

The ‘three R’s’ of better court administration

Ask a group of people to name the basic skills required for a good education and chances are at least a few will mention the “three R’s.” The origins of this nifty phrase to illustrate the importance of reading, ’riting and ‘rithmetic apparently date back two...