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Richard Gimblett

Resident Managing Partner (Dubai)


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 50 451 3639 Download VCard

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Richard is the Resident Managing Partner of HFW's Middle East Dubai office and specialises in aviation, travel law and commercial litigation. He leads the HFW aviation team in Dubai. A past in-house legal adviser at the UK CAA, Richard’s practice includes both aviation liability, regulatory and commercial issues.

Richard’s experience includes acting as lead partner in a number of high profile aviation claims and projects in the Middle East and wider region. He acted for IATA in the English High Court “Slots case”, which declared Slot trading lawful.

Who’s Who Legal Transport 2016 described Richard as a “world class” regulatory practitioner. Richard was also ranked as one of the global top 10 contentious aviation lawyers by The International Who’s Who of Aviation Lawyers 2015 and 2016 and was voted Aviation Lawyer of the Year (UAE) in 2016 and 2017 by Lawyer Monthly.

Richard is qualified in England and Wales.

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The firm's Dubai office opened in 2006 and has grown significantly over the years.

Now with 13 partners, 1 legal director and 26 associates, the office offers both GCC clients and international clients with operations in the region an integrated service covering dispute resolution, transactions and regulation across a number of industry sectors. Our team of lawyers, many of whom are Arabic speakers, come from diverse backgrounds and have a strong understanding of and established working relationships with government departments, regulatory bodies, agencies and locally qualified lawyers throughout the GCC region. Our experience shows that this facilitates the faster resolution of any difficulties our clients face.

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