“Afridi delivers international quality advice on local law matters. The team meets deadlines and bring a commercial understanding to their work product. They are also responsive and personable in their dealings.” - Legal 500 EMEA

Areas of Expertise

  • Construction
  • Corporate and Commercial
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Distributorships
  • Franchises
  • International Arbitration
  • Joint Ventures


  • Professional
  • NWFP Bar Council, Pakistan
  • Member Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Registered as a part II practitioner with rights of audience in DIFC Courts
  • Languages
  • English
  • Urdu
  • Academic
  • LL.M., Fordham University, New York, 1991
  • Bachelor of Law, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK, 1988
Notable Matters
  • Represented Dubai private equity investor in DIAC arbitration brought by shareholders in relation to investments in edible oils facility
  • Represented foreign contractor in UNCITRAL rules arbitration seated in Dubai in respect of claims for variations and prolongation relating to the construction of overhead power line transmission towers
  • Represented a Dubai-based property developer in a DIAC arbitration in a construction dispute against a contractor in an established Dubai community
  • Represented a Dubai-based property developer in a DIAC arbitration proceeding based on breach of commercial property sale and purchase contract.  Award issued upholding defence and award of legal costs
  • Represented major Kuwaiti property developer in a multi-million dirham dispute relating to the termination of a services agreement with a service provider in respect of one of Abu Dhabi’s largest mall development projects
  • Represented Owner in DIAC proceedings involving construction of Hotel in Jumeirah Lakes Towers involving issues of delay, prolongation and disruption and defects
  • Represented customer and acted as co-counsel in claim under National Futures Association arbitration against brokerage firm for unlawful liquidation of account. Arbitration seated in New York. Largest award issued in favour of customer in NFA history
  • Representing purchaser of units in DIFC-LCIA proceedings
  • Acted as sole arbitrator under UNCITRAL Rules seated in Dubai in dispute involving commercial distributorship of medical supplies
  • Represented shareholder in ICC arbitration proceedings in Abu Dhabi relating to claim arising from investments in a glass manufacturing facility
  • Represented a shareholder in multijurisdictional claims brought against a private equity investment group. Claims pursued in UAE, England, United States and Singapore
  • Represented employer/owner in DIAC arbitration seated in Dubai in respect of claims for prolongation, disruption and defects arising from the construction of a multi-storey office tower in Dubai
  • Represented shareholder in a multi-million dollar shareholder dispute under Mauritian law in arbitration proceedings under UNCITRAL Rules seated in Dubai
  • Represented UAE partnership in multi-jurisdictional proceedings in New York, Chicago and London
  • Represented UAE investor in claim against venture capital fund in Dubai Courts
  • Represented joint-venture partner in multi-million dollar claim in Dubai Courts
  • Represented UAE shareholder in challenging insolvency proceedings in the English Courts
  • Represented contractor in challenges to claims under performance bonds.
  • Represented Deyaar Development before the DIFC courts, Taaleem PJSC (Taaleem) v (1) National Bonds Corporation PJSC (NBC) (2) Deyaar Development PJSC (Deyaar)
Awards and Testimonials

Afridi & Angell Legal Consultants’ Haider Afridi is “one of the front-runners” in the dispute resolution space. The team handles banking and shipping litigation, as well as real estate and construction arbitration

Legal 500 EMEA 2018


Practice head Haider Afridi is “quick at grasping the matter and giving solid advice.”

Legal 500 EMEA 2017

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Haider has extensive experience in dispute resolution and has represented clients in both institutional and ad hoc arbitration proceedings, as well as instructing and managing local counsel on matters before the UAE Courts. He has been involved in substantial claims in the construction, real estate, and financial services sectors. Haider also sits as arbitrator and has experience in adjudicating disputes in a variety of sectors, including construction disputes, shareholders disputes and disputes arising out of hotel management and franchising agreements. He is regularly involved with arbitrations under various institutional rules, including the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce, Dubai International Arbitration Centre, the DIFC-LCIA Arbitration Centre and the Abu Dhabi Commercial Conciliation and Arbitration Centre. He is also involved in the corporate and commercial practice of the firm and has experience in advising developers, financiers and government agencies on power generation and other infrastructure projects.


Haider also regularly assists clients in structuring joint ventures, franchises and distributorships.


He joined Afridi & Angell in 1991 and became a Partner in 1997.