Sadaff Habib


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Sadaff Habib

University of Kent, LLB
BPP Law School, LPC
British University in Dubai, MSc in Construction Law and Dispute Resolution

New York State Bar, 2015


Sadaff is a Senior Associate in the Dubai office of Beale & Co specialising in construction related international arbitration and dispute resolution.

She is a New York qualified attorney and has significant experience in the Middle East having spent the last 8 years practising at both local and international firms in the UAE. Sadaff has represented large regional developers, contractors and subcontractors on significant construction and infrastructure disputes in arbitration under institutional rules including the DIAC, DIFC-LCIA, ADCCAC and the Swiss Rules of International Arbitration.

Prior to joining the firm, Sadaff worked in-house for a Saudi contractor managing their arbitration and litigation portfolio and advising on infrastructure projects such as the Ras Al Khaimah Ring Road project. Her non-contentious experience includes drafting construction contracts modelled on FIDIC and bespoke construction contracts for developers, contractors and subcontractors.

Sadaff sits as arbitrator in real estate and construction disputes with the Dubai International Arbitration Centre and has also been appointed as tribunal secretary in over a dozen arbitrations for reputable sole arbitrators and tripartite tribunals.

She was awarded the Society of Construction Law Gulf prize for best MSc Graduate in Construction Law and Dispute Resolution. Sadaff is also an Assistant Editor for the Africa region with Kluwer Arbitration Blog and regularly contributes to the blog.

She is on the committee for the Young Members Group CIArb UAE and regularly speaks at their conferences. She also sits on the CIArb Branch Committee Middle East.