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Joe Neilson

Joe Neilson

Solicitor โ€“โ€“โ€“ Dubai

Joe is a solicitor qualified in Scotland and based in Trowers & Hamlins' real estate team in Dubai. Before joining Trowers & Hamlins, Joe's experiences included: a role as a solicitor within Pinsent Masons' commercial property team in Edinburgh; and a training contract that included a seat in the commercial team in Dubai and a 6 month secondment into the legal team at the Royal Bank of Scotland headquarters, to assist on general commercial matters.

Joe joined Trowers & Hamlins in June 2014 and assists the real estate teams across Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain and Oman. He also lends support to the London real estate team, principally with clients based in the Middle East who are seeking to invest in the United Kingdom property market.

Joe's particular areas of focus include advising developers on their general development work throughout the Gulf region, and assisting with hotels' real estate requirements – both before and after construction and from the perspective of either the funder, the hotel chain or the land owner.

Recent transactions that Joe has assisted on include:

  • assisting the board of governors of the Jebel Ali Primary School with various issues, including: the drafting of licences for third parties to occupy the school premises; legal issues related to the School's insurance coverage; and the negotiation of their lease
  • acting for the Abu Dhabi branch of an established Chinese developer (Hong Kong stock exchange listed) in a residential tower development within Al Reem Island, Abu Dhabi. In particular, the client required advice on the nature of musataha agreements and the implications of amendments suggested by the master developer of the project
  • assisting Tourism Development & Investment Company on its Saadiyat Island Development in Abu Dhabi, the master development that will house the upcoming Louvre Abu Dhabi, amongst other world-class attractions
  • working with a Bahraini investment bank on its financing of a signature hotel development in Bahrain, including undertaking a due diligence review of all hotel documentation and reporting on the same
  • drafting a suite of sale and purchase agreements for Sharaka for Housing Project B.S.C. in Bahrain.

Taking an active approach to the Dubai real estate and investment market in general, Joe has also attended the 'Dubai Real Estate: Expo 2020' conference hosted by MEED Events and 'The Global Real Estate Summit' hosted by Cityscape Global.