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West Country lawyers recognised by Dubai courts

Lawyers from the West Country legal firm Everys have become registered legal practitioners within the Dubai courts, located at the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).

Everys Managing Partner James Griffin, who is based at the firm’s Exeter office, Charles Cuthbert, who manages the firm’s Dubai branch with solicitor Bill Gambrill and barrister Simon Isgar have been given the authority to issue and conduct proceedings in the DIFC courts.

The DIFC Courts are an independent common law judiciary dealing with civil and commercial matters in Dubai. They do not have jurisdiction over criminal matters which continue to be referred to the appropriate external authority. The courts operate in English and apply international standards of legal procedure expected by global institutions.

James Griffin, Charles Cuthbert, Simon Isgar and Bill Gambrill are all subject to the DIFC Courts’ Code of Conduct which ensures the highest standards of legal professionalism, fairness and integrity. Everys will also participate in the DIFC Court’s Pro Bono Programme which has been established to increase access to justice for disadvantaged litigants.

Charles Cuthbert said: “Registration within the DIFC will enable us to conduct cases brought under the DIFC Courts Rules on behalf of our clients.  As our reputation for providing a high level of expertise in Corporate and Commercial matters here in Dubai grows our client base has expanded to corporate entities that regularly operate within the DIFC Legal System.  By obtaining our registration we have responded to our clients needs, which is essential in this very competitive marketplace.”

Everys legal consultancy in Dubai provides a full range of private client services along with specialist corporate and commercial departments. It is based at the Fairmont Hotel, opposite the World Trade Centre and its clients include UK expatriates, the general public in Dubai, the international private medical insurance and international health regulation markets.

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