Yaman Al Hawamdeh
Level 8, Building 6
Emaar Square, Sheikh Zayed Road
PO Box 53934 Dubai
United Arab Emirates
Office Telephone: +971 4 423 0555
Office Fax: +971 4 425 7941
Direct Dial (Dubai): +971 50 478 8443
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Yaman is a Partner in HFW's office in Dubai. He qualified in 2002, and built up his regional practise and local litigation experience through working with top local firms in Jordan and the UAE. He is fluent in Arabic and English, and is registered as a foreign lawyer with the Law Society of England and Wales.
Yaman is highly regarded for both his shipping litigation expertise and his extensive experience within the Arabian Gulf region. His practice focuses on regional shipping disputes and litigation, including cargo disputes, offshore collisions and fraud under bills of lading. He represents P&I Clubs, charterers and shipowners, and has successfully litigated a substantial number of shipping disputes before UAE courts and other local courts within the Arabian Gulf and Middle East. Whilst his practice is mainly litigation focused, he also advises local port authorities on non-contentious shipping matters and regulatory issues.
Yaman also advises on a large number of non-marine related matters, including civil and commercial disputes arising out of tort and negligence, personal injuries and commercial agencies. Yaman has extensive experience of handling criminal proceedings in the UAE involving corporate fraud, and has represented banks in respect of various finance disputes related to Letters of Credit and fraud in documentary credit transactions.
Yaman is a regular conference speaker, most recently presenting papers locally and internationally on the maritime laws and ports regulations of the Gulf States.
Yaman is descibed by sources as an "excellent lawyer." He is especially noteworthy as an Arabic-speaking litigator with a particular focus on shipping disputes. He has experience representing an impressive list of clients from P&I clubs to port operators (Chambers Global 2019).
Yaman is recommended in Chambers Global 2017: "Sources highlight his dynamic approach and praise his bilingualism. "Yaman has been impressive," said one client." Another client added: "He is very prompt and comes back to you very quickly, but you get attention despite the demands on his time and he doesn't overlook attention to detail."
Yaman also receives great praise in Legal 500 EMEA 2017 - UAE Shipping: "The team is now led by Yaman Al Hawamdeh, whom some clients regard as being arguably ‘the best shipping lawyer in Dubai’."
Yaman is recommended in Chambers 2015 as "extremely thorough and dedicated, and able to guide you through the local court process in a manner which instils confidence". He is also recommended in Legal 500 2015 where clients say he is "brilliant at handling complex disputes".
Yaman is also commended in Chambers global 2016 by sources for his "very good fighting spirit and knowledge."
Yaman is qualified in Jordan.