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Haleema Wahid, Associate

Haleema is a litigation and dispute resolution lawyer and has worked in the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates and in Bahrain.


Haleema’s practice encompasses advising multinational companies, banks, governments and ultra-high-net-worth individuals on a range of complex matters; including those pertaining to general commercial litigation and arbitration, banking and finance, investigations, as well as international and regional enforcement. Haleema has a particular focus on litigation in the English Courts, the DIFC Courts and the UAE Courts as well as arbitration and mediation in London, Bahrain and in the UAE; including under the rules of the DIFC-LCIA, LCIA, ICC, DIAC and the BCDR-AAA.

Prior to qualifying as a lawyer, Haleema worked in international human rights and development and completed projects in South Africa, Botswana, the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Jerusalem and Zambia. Haleema maintains a strong interest in Pro Bono work and is actively involved in a number of associated initiatives.

Haleema is admitted to practice in England and Wales, the Dubai International Financial Centre (Part 1 registered), and the Emirate of Dubai.

Haleema is fluent in Urdu and Punjabi.


  • Defending proceedings in the English Commercial Court in respect of the high-value sale of an Islamic Manuscript.
  • Acting for a UAE investment company in an AED 800 million+ partnership dispute with a foreign listed property developer in LCIA arbitration, including related court proceedings in Singapore and the DIFC Courts.
  • Acting for the Telecommunication Regulatory Authority of Bahrain in relation to the structural separation of the Bahrain Telecommunications Company BSC(c): the first project of its kind in the GCC.
  • Working as part of the team on the Awal Bank Administration, which involved over 75 litigation suits in over 7 different jurisdictions.
  • Representing a global luxury automotive manufacturer in defending DIFC-LCIA proceedings relating to the termination of an import agreement and managing related proceedings (including anti-suit applications) in the Courts of Pakistan.
  • Acting for a leading UAE electronics retailer in defending DIFC-LCIA proceedings relating to commission payments under a distribution agreement.
  • Acting in complex, multi-jurisdictional litigation for a prominent UAE insurer in the DIFC and Dubai Courts.
  • Conducting investigations and asset-tracing in respect of a listed fund based in Cyprus.