More work to be done to improve UAE legal structure, says Al Mulla

Habib al Mulla was one of eight recipients of an Arabian Business Achievement Award, at a ceremony held last night at the Waldorf Astoria on the Palm in Dubai
More work to be done to improve UAE legal structure, says Al Mulla
Dr Habib al Mulla, chairman at UAE law firm Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla.
By Shayan Shakeel
Tue 13 Nov 2018 11:06 AM

“Lawyers are the most difficult people in the world to work with,” Dr Habib al Mulla, chairman at UAE law firm Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla, said last night, making light of the legal profession after being named one of eight Arabian Business Achievement Award winners this year.

“Managing one law firm is difficult, managing two is a nightmare,” he said.

UAE law firm Habib Al Mulla merged with Baker & McKenzie in 2013, becoming the first local Middle East practice to join forces with a global law firm. 

Often called ‘the father of UAE law’, Al Mulla is a well-known figure in the country’s legal industry, having spent more than 30 years drafting many of Dubai’s legislative structures, including the free zone concept. Al Mulla was also the architect of the legal framework establishing DIFC, and founding chairman of Dubai Financial Services Authority.

“I wish that by the time I retire I can leave a good impact on the UAE’s legal structure. A lot has been done, but even more can be done, and hopefully you can see these changes in the near future,” he added.

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