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...

Death of DIFC Courts pioneer Judge Sir Anthony Colman

Dubai, United Arab Emirates; 1 August 2017: The DIFC Courts sadly announce the peaceful passing of Sir Anthony Colman after a short illness in hospital in England on the 27th July 2017. Sir Anthony Colman was appointed as a Judge of the DIFC Courts from 2008, serving...

Heitor v Helah [2017] DIFC SCT 141

Claim No. SCT 141/2017  THE DUBAI INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CENTRE COURTS  In the name of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai  IN THE SMALL CLAIMS TRIBUNAL OF DIFC COURTS BEFORE SCT JUDGE NASSIR AL NASSER  BETWEEN HEITOR...