Associates and Counsel

Chatura Randeniya

Counsel, Dubai Office

Mr Randeniya practices in the firm's dispute resolution group. He advises and represents clients in arbitration, and has represented clients in DIAC, ADCCAC, ICC, and ad hoc arbitrations. He also works with local advocates on matters before the UAE Federal Courts, including the Federal Supreme Court in matters of national security, as well as the Courts of Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah. Mr Randeni

Mr Randeniya practices in the firm's dispute resolution group. He advises and represents clients in arbitration, and has represented clients in DIAC, ADCCAC, ICC, and ad hoc arbitrations. He also works with local advocates on matters before the UAE Federal Courts, including the Federal Supreme Court in matters of national security, as well as the Courts of Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah.

Mr Randeniya regularly acts for clients in high value construction disputes. He also advises on maritime and shipping disputes, banking disputes, employment disputes, as well as disputes relating to commercial transactions. Some of his recent matters include acting for a major UAE bank in a commercial claim in excess of AED250 million, acting for employers in several construction disputes each involving claims in excess of AED100 million, and successfully representing a client in a claim of approximately USD5 million involving international air cargo freight.

Prior to joining Afridi & Angell in 2008, Mr Randeniya was in the private bar of Sri Lanka practicing in the Law Chambers of Dr Harsha Cabral, President’s Counsel.  He was also a visiting lecturer in law at the Faculties of Law and Management at the University of Colombo. Mr Randeniya is a recommended practitioner in dispute resolution in Legal 500 EMEA.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Litigation and ADR
  • Construction
  • Shipping, Maritime and Transport
  • Dispute Resolution

QUALIFICATIONS AND ADMISSIONS

  • Attorney-at-Law of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka, called to the Bar in 2006

EDUCATION

  • LLM, Harvard Law School, William H. Fulbright Scholar, 2007
  • LLB (Honours) University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2004

LANGUAGES

  • English

PUBLICATIONS

 

Abdus Samad

Associate, Dubai Office

Mr Samad joined Afridi & Angell in 2012.  His practice focuses on corporate and commercial matters. Some of his recent transactions include: advising the vendor on the sale of its interest in a UAE-based manufacturer of aerosols and sealants; advising a group of investors on their investment in a Dubai-based food and beverage business; advising a client on the structuring and se

Mr Samad joined Afridi & Angell in 2012.  His practice focuses on corporate and commercial matters. Some of his recent transactions include:

  • advising the vendor on the sale of its interest in a UAE-based manufacturer of aerosols and sealants;
  • advising a group of investors on their investment in a Dubai-based food and beverage business;
  • advising a client on the structuring and set-up of its joint venture operations in the DIFC;
  • advising an international real estate brokerage on the set-up of its UAE franchise; and
  • advising multiple banking clients on the implementation of the UAE Direct Debit System.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Banking and Financial Services
  • Corporate and Commercial

QUALIFICATIONS AND ADMISSIONS

  • Punjab Bar Council

EDUCATION

  • Kings College London, 2011

LANGUAGES

  • English
  • Urdu

PUBLICATIONS

 

Victoria Yates

Barrister, Dubai Office

Ms Yates handles a broad range of litigation, advising and representing clients in matters of arbitration and before the DIFC Courts, as well as working with local counsel on matters before the UAE Courts. Ms Yates has regularly advised, drafted pleadings and has appeared in a variety of contractual disputes. In addition to her significant experience in commercial litigation, other areas of expert

Ms Yates handles a broad range of litigation, advising and representing clients in matters of arbitration and before the DIFC Courts, as well as working with local counsel on matters before the UAE Courts. Ms Yates has regularly advised, drafted pleadings and has appeared in a variety of contractual disputes. In addition to her significant experience in commercial litigation, other areas of expertise include insolvency, property, construction, employment, fraud, insurance, and sports law.

Prior to joining Afridi & Angell, Ms Yates practised as a Barrister at No5 Chambers in London.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Commercial Litigation  
  • DIFC Courts' Litigation
  • Dispute Resolution
  • International Arbitration

QUALIFICATIONS AND ADMISSIONS

  • Registered Practitioner of the DIFC Courts
  • Admitted to the Bar of England and Wales (Call: 2006)
  • Member of Middle Temple 

EDUCATION

  • LL.B. Law, University of London, King’s College London, 2004
  • BVC, The College of Law London, 2005

LANGUAGES

  • English

HONOURS AND AWARDS

  • Pegasus Scholar 2011, Dubai