Baker & McKenzie Habib Al Mulla bolsters UAE arbitration resources

UAE law firm Baker & McKenzie Habib Al Mulla recently augmented its professional scope by appointing two attorneys to shore up its presence and expertise in legal, regulatory and commercial practices at its Dubai office.

Dispute resolution lawyer Charlotte Bijlani was named a partner in the firm’s arbitration practice, while Joanna Matthews-Taylor was tapped as a senior associate for its employment practice.

"Bijlani brings a wealth of knowledge to our international arbitration team, and will enhance our ability to service our local, regional and global clients in complex, multi-jurisdictional disputes in Dubai and in other major arbitration centers,” Habib Al Mulla, company chairman, said. “We are delighted to have her on board."

He added that the UAE is quickly emerging as an international hot spot for trade and finance, placing dispute resolution front and center for business practices — particularly in the real estate, construction and maritime industries.

Managing partner Borys Dackiw commended Matthews-Taylor’s appointment, stating: “"With the ongoing evolution of employment laws and regulations in the UAE and the broader Middle East region, [her] expertise complements Baker & McKenzie's leading global employment practice and enhances our existing offering to our clients in the region. We are very pleased that she has joined our firm."

Both new team members bring experience from the United Kingdom where they previously practiced law in their respective specialties.

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