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Sam Wakerley



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 50 654 4508 Download VCard

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Sam Wakerley is Head of Insurance for HFW in the Middle East. He has been based in the Dubai office since 2005 and handles a wide range of disputes work with a particular specialisation in insurance and reinsurance claims. He has advised on some of the region's largest energy, marine, property, liability, construction and PI insurance/reinsurance claims. Sam also advises on shareholder, JV and other commercial disputes. His work involves general advisory work, supervising local court litigation, DIFC court work, English High Court work, arbitration and mediation.

Sam is consistently recommended in both Legal 500, Chambers and Partners, and in the International Who's Who of Insurance and Reinsurance Lawyers. In Chambers Global 2017 Sam Wakerley is described by clients as "clear, concise and very tactical; he can see the bigger picture without omitting the details."

Chambers Global 2019, Sam is well recognised as a leading insurance practitioner in the jurisdiction, and he has gained prominence advising insurers and reinsurers regarding high-profile building fires. One client said: "If I have a big thing he'll always be very responsive. It's great to have someone like him who can get the job done very quickly."


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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Awards for Sam

Insurance Law Firm of the Year 2018
MENA Insurance Awards 2018
Insurance Law Firm of the Year 2018
Law Firm of the Year
2nd Middle East Insurance Industry Awards 2015
Law Firm of the Year

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