Legal Musings

Legal Musings
Walid Sowaidan, 3M

Sailing through a rough economy – Part 3

In the last edition of the three-part series, Walid Sowaidan shares his thoughts on efficient in-house legal budget management in a difficult economy. Having discussedexternal counsel and in-house counsel cooperation as well as thoughts on meeting...

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Sailing through a rough economy – Part 2

In the second edition of the three-part series, Walid Sowaidan writes about why it is crucial for in-house lawyers to ‘walk the talk’.    In the last article, we discussed thoughts on how external counsel could...

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Sailing through a rough economy

How can in-house and external counsel work together to transform the provision of legal services? In a challenging economy, legal cost is usually seen by businesses as a strong candidate for potential savings. With that in...

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Bonding with the supplier market

With construction continuing to be a growth industry, how can Employers effectively engage with suppliers and mitigate against poor performance or non-delivery? A number of iconic projects are to be completed in Dubai this year with...

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A flexible approach?

Is mediation a better route for dispute resolution in the UAE? Bridget Butler highlights the advantages… The growth of the UAE as centre of trade and commerce has been accompanied by international investment and agreements. This in...

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The Impact of Digitalisation – Part 2

In last month’s edition, Kiran Scarr discussed the potential significance on trade for companies adopting a digital strategy. In the second part, the general counsel focuses on the implications of adopting technology on the construction industry....

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The Impact of Digitalisation – Part 1

In a two-part series, Kiran Scarr of DMCC talks about how technology can revolutionise UAE’s construction and infrastructure sector.  In my role as general counsel of DMCC, the government authority for, and master developer of, the...

Alex Ridout

Aiming to do more with less

During a slowdown, what processes can in-house lawyers implement to effectively manage internal legal departments? Since the sharp decline in oil prices in mid-2014, the oil and gas industry has experienced a prolonged downturn and this...

Alex Ridout

The Value of Secrets

Are confidentiality agreements worth the paper that they are written on? Over the course of a year, an in-house legal department is likely to review and comment on hundreds of non-disclosure agreements (NDA) which entails significant...

Alex Ridout, general counsel & company secretary, Lamprell

Balancing the commercial scales

Rigid company standard positions for all contract terms may not be in a business’ best interests Having worked as an in-house lawyer for, and with, businesses in different sectors and of varying sizes, I’ve seen companies...

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