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International law firm, Trowers & Hamlins, has hired experienced lawyer Nikita Patel as a Partner in the firm's International Dispute Resolution and Litigation team. She will sit in the firm's Dubai office. 

Nikita has substantial commercial and contractual disputes experience gained from over 10 years practising in the Middle East market, as well as being English qualified. Her practice encompasses advising and acting on complex commercial disputes across multiple jurisdictions including UAE, Qatar, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, India, Nigeria, Kenya and Ghana. Her sector specialisms include Real Estate, Hospitality and Automotive and she is recommended in Who's Who Legal Hospitality.

Additionally, Nikita has extensive experience in complex, high-value local and international arbitrations, which include those administered by the DIAC, LCIA and the ICC. She also advises clients in relation to proceedings in the UAE Courts (including the DIFC Courts, ADGM Courts and the onshore UAE Courts).

Nikita joins Trowers from the Dubai office of Clyde & Co where she worked since 2014, most recently as a Legal Director.

Commenting on her appointment, Nikita said: 

"I am delighted to be joining Trowers. Trowers has a highly skilled and hugely well-respected Dispute Resolution team across the region and its litigators really are second to none.  The disputes and litigation market in the Middle East is incredibly busy for litigators, with work both domestically and cross-border. I can not think of a better firm to be working with than Trowers as we look to make the most of this exciting and fast-moving marketplace."

International Dispute Resolution and Litigation Head  Matthew Showler added:

"I am very pleased that Nikita has joined our team. She will be an excellent addition to our busy and talented Dubai office and in particular our Dispute Resolution department. Nikita has an excellent reputation in the marketplace and she will, I am certain, develop that further with us. She is a first rate lawyer with an excellent client base and I very much look forward to having her as a colleague." 

Trowers' Dubai office has built up a strong presence in the region since it opened in 1991. With over 100 litigators across the firm, Trowers' lawyers work with Government entities as well as Dubai based businesses, families and individuals and are experts in all aspects of construction, the corporate sphere, private wealth, financial services and real estate.