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Founded in 1976, Naji Beidoun Advocates & Legal Consultants (NBALC) is now managed by Ms. Claire Grainger as Senior Partner and head of Corporate/Commercial with Ms. Fairouz Addeen as Legal Director and head of litigation.

NBALC is a UAE-based law firm, specialising in the areas of constructions, infrastructure, technology and property, providing advice and representation to corporate, government and individuals clients with respect to drafting and negotiating contracts, corporate structuring for new projects and dispute resolutions. As NBALC represents a range of clients within the market, this ensures that the team keep up-to-date with terms that are currently being disputed in arbitration/litigation and thus pass on this knowledge into drafting and negotiating new contracts.

NBALC’s goal was to create a boutique firm catering to the needs of a few select clients within the firm’s chosen industry sector. All of the professionals working within NBALC have been selected for their experience appropriate to the industry and the region and importantly the ability to communicate in the mother tongue of that region. NBALC aims to provide uncompromisingly high-quality legal advice to companies, financial institutions, individuals, insurers and international service providers, including law firms, among others in:

  • Structuring, re-structuring, documenting, negotiating and consummating business transactions in the UAE and the MENA regions;
  • Resolving disputes in a responsive and business-friendly manner; and
  • Advising on and implementing the best corporate structure to suit the client’s business needs and their intended customer needs.

Our team of highly experienced, internationally qualified lawyers have extensive local and international knowhow in the fields of:

  • Infrastructure Projects (Water, Power, Energy, Transport and District Cooling)
  • Projects and Construction
  • Project Finance
  • Corporate Law
  • Restructurings
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Islamic Finance

At Naji Beidoun we serve blue-chip companies with local and international interests, local family-run businesses, and private individuals.

As well as providing comprehensive legal advice, we have the right to appear before all UAE courts and arbitration centres.

Legal Services

Projects Practice

Our team has extensive knowledge and experience in complex projects for Government and Multinational companies both locally and internationally.

Our in-depth understanding of industry projects and a hands-on approach in Europe and the MENA region facilitate, amongst other things, the otherwise time-consuming process of briefing lawyers about the technical intricacies of projects.

Through the years we have engaged in various industry projects including:

  • Water
  • Infrastructure and utilities
  • Social infrastructure
  • Power
  • Oil & gas
  • Construction

Dispute Resolution Practice

Decades of experience help us to resolve disputes swiftly and effectively.

Whilst differences may arise between contracting parties at any given stage of a transaction or project, these can often be resolved prior to resorting to litigation or arbitration. Our priority is to ensure that the simplest and most cost-effective commercial solution is put into place, based on a thorough understanding of the nature of the dispute and the parties’ positions.

Previous experience advising on all forms of dispute include:

  • Mediation
  • Conciliation
  • Adjudication
  • Arbitration
  • Litigation
  • Expert Determination

Corporate & Commercial Practice

Whether you are looking for mutual gains, reducing competition, or acquisitions, our legal framework can help you achieve your goals.

Commercially aware and sound, our team of lawyers assist you in each step of the process, offering practical and responsive advice on the intricacies of business setup and running regionally and internationally.

Some of the multiple working matters that we engage in within the corporate and commercial practice are

  • Joint ventures
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Company restructuring
  • Distribution
  • Agency and franchise arrangements
  • Due diligence
  • Corporate governance

Our Value Add

NALBC has the right credentials and expertise to ensure that the legal advice is provided efficiently, in line with its Client’s commercial objectives and in accordance with NBALC’s ethos to provide only top quality legal services.

Over and above the highest standards of technical expertise and being commercially focused, there are a number of very strong reasons to consider the appointment of NBALC’s as preferred legal services adviser.

These reasons can be summarised as follows:

  • We will provide a dedicated and highly-experienced team, led and co-ordinated by Ms. Claire Grainger to provide all of the necessary legal services for you.
  • An understanding of the MENA region market for Social Infrastructure Projects and Utility Infrastructure Projects and the financial and commercial key drivers, with Claire Grainger having worked on a number of significant projects matters in the Middle East Region since early 2006. Including most recently the drafting, negotiations, and settlement of disputes arising from the acquisition of the land, design and construction of the buildings, installation and fit out of the same, project financing, operator agreements to name but a few for a new academic hospital in Dubai Silicon Oasis, and the expansion and acquisition of several hospitals in KSA.
  • Our combined experience in the greater Middle East Region, with each of the key personnel having in excess of 10 years’ experience practising law in the region, whether in an international law firm or in-house.
  • Our ability to provide innovative solutions to issues, including using our network of contacts in the greater Middle East Region to facilitate resolutions or create/enhance alliances with other entities.
  • We offer responsive and considered legal counsel, cost predictability, very competitive hourly rates and flexible alternative fee arrangements. We are prepared to risk share and we are keen to discuss ways in which we can assist you in your budget planning.

Our Senior Team

Our Corporate/Commercial and Litigation Team in Dubai is devoted to provide high quality services. This team is leaded by Ms. Claire Grainger, having extensive experience in advising on projects and provide quality expertise in relation to concessions, Design/Build-Operate-Transfer (D.B.O./B.O.T.), Build-Own-Operate (B.O.O), Build-Own-Operate-Transfer (B.O.O.T.) contractual arrangements, Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) and Operation and Maintenance (O&M) contracts, Public Private Partnerships (P.P.P.) and Private Finance Initiative (P.F.I.) projects.

Given our culturally diverse team, we pride ourselves in providing multi-lingual legal services, including Arabic, English, Russian, Ukrainian, French, and Spanish. All work can be provided in either of these languages without the need for an external translation service due to the nature of the composition of professionals in the firm. In addition, we have affiliations with Ministry of Justice translation offices for either official translations as required by the Government /Courts or other language capabilities depending on the requirements for this Transaction.

With a comprehensive insight in complex international transactions, professional training at leading international law firms, and true commitment to providing value-added services to clients in a commercially friendly, yet legally considered context, our utmost priority is to provide our clients with responsive, thoughtful and reliable counsel.


Claire Grainger

Claire Grainger

Senior Partner

B.Eng (Hons), University of Leeds (England); Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England & Wales Commissioner for Oaths

Claire is a dual-qualified lawyer, having first obtained a degree in Civil Engineering and Construction Management at the University of Leeds, England, and worked in the construction industry, before qualifying as a Solicitor in England and Wales.

Claire brings to the firm twenty years of unparalleled legal experience and knowledge of construction, engineering and infrastructure projects in Europe and MENA, where she has served as lead lawyer in some of the most high-profile public and private projects in the region.

With an outstanding network and business-savvy approach, her unmatched record in Alternative Dispute Resolution has allowed her to work in prominent deal negotiations throughout her career, which has earnt her the trust of clients whom she continues to work with after years, since her days at Clyde & Co, DLA Piper, and Prestige Advocates & Legal Consultants respectively.

Languages: English, Spanish

Fairouz Adeen

Fairouz Adeen

Legal Director

Bachelor in Law, Damascus University (Syria)

A qualified lawyer with ten years of experience, Fairouz holds a Bachelor in Law from Damascus University (2000). Her ample knowledge of and rich experience in the United Arab Emirates’ legal system, as well as full working capability in Arabic and dominance of the English language, make her an invaluable asset to the firm.

Fairouz has a thorough understanding of Civil, Public, Criminal, Bankruptcy and Administrative Law. Her work is best represented by a prolific record of legislative drafting, sales and purchase agreements, settlement agreements, bonds, guarantees, and MOU’s. Fairouz has consulted and worked with numerous financial, investment and real estate households in the region, representing banks, members of the Royal family, and local and foreign investors in UAE courts.

Having the right to appear before all UAE courts and arbitration centres, Fairouz provides legal representation in litigation and arbitration for all real estate disputes. Her experience in this area of law includes counselling on matters involving the acquisition, entitlement, development, construction, financing, operation, lease and disposition of real estate.

Languages: Arabic, English

Derek Tormey

Derek Tormey

Legal Consultant

BA (Hons) Legal & Business Studies University of Liverpool
LL.M (Distinction) International Business Law University of Liverpool

Working with Naji Beidoun in partnership with Domain Conveyancing, Derek brings over 10 years professional experience in the legal and financial markets. Based in Dubai since 2013, he has worked on various private client, corporate structuring, property and litigation matters, showing dedication to providing clients’ with a rounded commercial outlook to ensure their wider goals are considered. With a background in the finance department of a UK FTSE 250 company, he provides a commercial acumen to underpin a sound legal understanding of local practice.

Languages: English


Contact Us

Naji Beidoun Advocates & Legal Consultants

Office 327-329,
Emarat Atrium,
Al Wasl,
Sheikh Zayed Road,
Dubai, UAE

t: +971 4 222 5151
t: +971 4 221 1101