Founder & Managing Partner,
Diana Hamade Attorneys at Law
Diana Hamade is the founder of Diana Hamade Attorneys at Law in Dubai, her boutique law firm, and a UAE -licensed lawyer with right of audience before all UAE Courts.
She is licensed by the Ministry of Justice, the Dubai Legal Affairs Department, the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department, and is a registered practitioner of DIFC Courts. She is also a registered Wills draftsman with the DIFC Wills Service Centre.
Diana's expertise in dispute resolution covers litigation before UAE Civil, Commercial and Rental courts and arbitration as counsel and arbitrator.
Diana is an expert in civil and sharia law, specializing in Private Client. She also provides expert witness evidence before legal forums in foreign jurisdictions including England, France, Australia, Switzerland, Canada and the U.S. She is also a known practitioner in succession planning, advising on Foundations, Trusts and Waqf, and providing practical guidance on structures for estate and succession planning under Sharia, Dubai, DIFC, ADGM & UAE Laws.
Diana is a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL), a member of the International Bar Association (IBA), currently serving as Vice Chair for the IBA Arab Regional Forum, and a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) serving on the board of SIGS. Diana is also a member of the Emirates Lawyers Association and the IPBA.
Diana is a contributor to several publications, including the UAE chapter on The Family Law book, Jurisdictional Comparisons, published by Thomson Reuters; the Middle East & North Africa Overview chapter of The International Comparative Legal Guide to International Arbitration, Litigation & Dispute Resolution; among others. Diana was the Legal Affairs columnist in The National from 2009 to 2012, she wrote a column for The Brief (Thomson Reuter) in 2008 and has a regular article published in Villa88 magazine titled the Legally Stylish Column since 2016. Diana is also a contributor to Lexi Nexis Gulf Legal Guide and the MENA Business Law Review and is regularly sought after for speaking opportunities in legal conferences, workshops, and events worldwide.
Diana was awarded the “Most Influential Female Lawyer in the UAE” by Thomson Reuters, “Best Legal Affairs Author” by the National and the “Arab Woman of the Legal chapter 2018” by ITP.