As the effects of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to be felt around the world, businesses face significant levels of instability and uncertainty caused by weakened financial markets and disruption to workplace operations and business pipelines, and resulting in a growth in the number and types of disputes.

What will this mean for the future of disputes in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)?

The Baker McKenzie Dispute Resolution team explores ‘The Future of Disputes’ in our latest thought leadership publication and upcoming webinar series. You can download the guide in both English and Arabic in the links below.

You can also join us for the series of webinars we are holding throughout November. The series will kick off with a Plenary Session on Tuesday 3 November, followed by a number of Spotlight Sessions to explore key legal topics in depth. Further information can be found here and joining details for the webinar series are set out below.

For more information, please contact [email protected].

The Future of Disputes – Virtual Series (November 2020)

Join us on Tuesday 3 November for a one-hour strategic conversation on the future of disputes with Sanjay Khanna, the Director of Baker McKenzie’s Whitespace Legal Collab project which won a Financial Times’ Innovative Lawyers Award. The first futurist appointed to a global law firm, Sanjay advises senior leaders in business, government and civil society on complex, twenty-first century risks and opportunities. During the session Baker McKenzie’s Dispute Resolution partners will discuss Sanjay’s insights and the potential implications for the future resolution of disputes.

Plenary Session: The Big PictureTuesday, 3 November
Have Your Say: Are virtual hearings here to stay?Tuesday, 10 November
The FCA: Looking backwards or forwards?Wednesday, 11 November
The Rise of Fraud: What businesses should do about itThursday, 12 November
State Intervention and Business SupportWednesday, 18 November
Class Actions and Consumer ClaimsThursday, 19 November
Contract Drafting and Management in the COVID-19 EraTuesday, 24 November
The Future of Mediation: The default option?    Thursday, 26 November

We hope you can join us. RSVP opposite to confirm which session/s you would like to attend. Joining instructions will be shared ahead of each session.

About the webinar series

Dates: 3-6 November 2020

Time: All sessions run 4.00 – 5.00 pm GMT.

Click here for further detail on each Spotlight session.


Dr. Habib Al Mulla is the Executive Chairman of Habib Al Mulla & Partners, a member firm of Baker & McKenzie International and the Head of the Dispute Resolution practice in the UAE. He is one of the UAE’s most highly respected legal authorities with over 34 years’ experience in UAE law and has drafted many of the modern legislative structures in place in Dubai today. Dr. Habib focuses his practice on litigation and arbitration. He is Chairman of the CIArb (Chartered Institute of Arbitrators) UAE Committee and most recently served as Chairman of the board of trustees for the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC).


Mohamed El Khatib is the UAE Head of the Litigation practice of Habib Al Mulla & Partners, a member firm of Baker & McKenzie International, based in Dubai. Mohamed has over 25 years’ experience (including over 17 years in the UAE) in litigation across a number of industries and areas of UAE law including criminal, civil, banking, corporate disputes, real estate, construction and employment.


Andrew Mackenzie is the UAE Head of the International Arbitration, Construction & Offshore Litigation practices of Habib Al Mulla & Partners, a member firm of Baker & McKenzie International, based in Dubai. He specialises in international arbitration law, with a particular focus on construction, energy, technology and financial institution disputes. Andrew has been based in the UAE for over 10 years and also has full rights of audience in the DIFC courts. He has advised on complex commercial disputes under a variety of civil and common law systems from across MENA and Africa, tried cases in all of the major arbitration forums (both treaty-based and commercial) and also sits as an arbitrator.


Tarek Saad is a Dispute Resolution partner in the Dubai office and is also seasoned in maritime and insurance law. He has over 23 years' experience in general litigation in the Middle East, and has been practicing in the UAE for more than ten years. Tarek has extensive experience in civil, commercial, criminal, real estate and shipping disputes as well as intellectual property and employment litigation under UAE law. He appears before the UAE courts at various levels.

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