Mohamed El Hawawy
Joint Managing Partner, Dubai
T +971 4 307 6000
Department Maritime, Insurance, Aviation Education (University) LLB, Alexandra University Languages Arabic, English
Mohamed is bilingual and specialises in litigation and dispute resolution, particularly in the shipping, insurance and aviation sectors. He has wide litigation experience before the courts in the Middle East handling civil, commercial and criminal cases. Mohamed qualified in 2004 in Egypt before moving to Dubai in 2011.
Mohamed assists multi-national and local companies on shipping disputes in the Middle East and has advised on numerous cases and casualties in Egypt, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait. His experience extends to transactional advice, including in relation to bill of lading, logistics agreements, ship mortgage and hire purchase. Mohamed also handles a wide range of insurance matters for clients relating to different kinds of policies, including life, property, liability, marine, political risk and medical insurance. He has experience in reviewing policies and advising insurers, reinsurers and brokers on regulatory issues in the Middle East. He is currently advising on a number of insurance disputes in the region, including insurance coverage and re-insurance disputes. In aviation, Mohamed advises on air carriage disputes, including passenger and cargo carriage, aircraft lease, mortgage and ownership disputes. He has been involved in number of causalities in the Middle East, representing airlines and aircraft manufacturers.
"I USE MY EXTENSIVE KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE GAINED IN THE MIDDLE EAST TO DELIVER THE BEST SERVICE FOR MY LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL CLIENTS."
What you may not know about Mohamed
I am a great supporter of my football team
The Legal 500, Chambers and Partners
My matter highlights
- Collision cases and other casualties in UAE and the region, involving taking steps to set up limitation funds for shipowners in UAE.
- Bunkers disputes including the ones related to the collapse of OW bunker.
- Insurance disputes before courts and arbitration tribunals in UAE. The cases involve disputes on coverage and quantum of indemnities under the UAE law.
- Ships abandonments in Dubai, Sharjah, Fujairah, Khor Fakkan and Abu Dhabi, involving crew claims and the application of Maritime Labour Convention.
- Logistics claims in UAE and the region, involving defending freight forwarders, shipping lines and airlines.
My testimonials and accolades
The Legal 500 2021
“Mohamed leads a very strong practice at Ince.”
The Legal 500 2021
“Mohamed is excellent and has demonstrated his expertise time and again to us over the course of numerous cases.”
Mohamed El Hawawy
“He is a safe pair of hands and also thinks outside the box.”
Mohamed El Hawawy
“He can deal with local court issues extremely well. Expert on the UAE jurisdiction and has contributed on local matters and advice.”
My recent publications
Insights / The Third Party Litigation Funding Law Review Sixth Edition Contribution from UAE Partners
09-01-2023 / Maritime
We are delighted to share that Mohamed El Hawawy, Joint Managing Partner, and Natalie Jensen, Partner, from our Dubai office, have contributed the UAE chapter to the recently published Sixth Edition of the Third Party Litigation Funding Law Review.
News / Mohamed El Hawawy and Alastair Holland interview featured in Maritime Standard UAE Yearbook 2022/23
18-08-2022 / Maritime
News / Taking a closer look at the biggest factors driving the progress of the UAE’s maritime sector
10-06-2022 / Maritime
As we move past the vertex of a U-shaped dip in the global shipping sector caused by supply chain restrictions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is worthwhile to look back at the UAE maritime industry’s growth, lessons learned, and development outlook. Although international maritime trade dropped by 4.1 per cent in 2020, the UAE made significant achievements during this period, ranking third globally in the Bunker Supply Index, and fifth globally as a key competitive maritime hub.
News / Ince appoints new Joint Managing Partners for Dubai office
16-03-2022 / Maritime
We have recently appointed Partners Mohamed El Hawawy and Alastair Holland as new Joint Managing Partners of our Dubai office. Mohamed and Alastair’s broad and extensive sector expertise, as well as their combined experience and networks in the UAE, strongly position them to lead our presence in the Middle East. As new Joint Managing Partners, they remain unequivocally committed to our clients and look forward to progressing our growth plans within the region.
News / Contribution in UAE chapter for fifth edition of the Third Party Litigation Funding Law Review
We are very pleased to share that Mohamed El Hawawy, Joint Managing Partner and Monika Humphreys-Davies recently authored the UAE chapter of the fifth edition of The Third Party Litigation Funding Law Review.
News / Coronavirus: Force Majeure event under UAE law?
We have previously considered the legal issues and impact of COVID-19 on international trade and transportation, the relationship between Force Majeure COVID-19 in the context of English law, Chinese law and certain standard form contracts and whether ports in the UK can refuse entry to vessels on the basis that the passengers or crew have, or are suspected to have, contracted COVID-19. COVID-19 is spreading globally and, with more cases being confirmed in the Middle East, we consider below how the doctrine of force majeure may be treated in UAE law governed contracts.
News / Shipping Brief delivered to experts in Dubai
08-05-2019 / Maritime
On Wednesday 1st May, we delivered our first Shipping Brief of the year in Dubai to experts in the Maritime industry at the Four Seasons Hotel in DIFC.
News / Nine observations on navigating UAE port claims
19-12-2018 / Maritime
According to the European Maritime Safety Agency’s Annual overview of marine casualties and incidents 2017, 42% of incidents happened inside the port area, which may lead to claims against vessels by port authorities and vice versa. In this article, we highlight the legal and practical pitfalls that parties need to bear in mind when dealing with claims involving ports in the UAE.
News / The Dubai Court considers the nature of the indemnity under a construction insurance contract
19-12-2018 / Insurance
In a recent judgment the UAE local court considered the nature of the indemnity under a Builder’s All Risks policy, namely whether the property under construction was insured on an agreed value basis.
News / Getting the Deal Through - Shipping in the United Arab Emirates
15-10-2018 / Maritime
Ince & Co recently contributed to a chapter on the shipping industry in the UAE to the market intelligence publication 'Getting the Deal Through'.
News / Getting the Deal Through Shipping 2018
02-10-2018 / Maritime
A very interesting read in 'Getting the Deal Through – Shipping 2018'. Rania Tadros, Pavlo Samothrakis and Mohamed El Hawawy, partners at Ince & Co Dubai office represent the UAE in a global interview for the shipping industry.
News / Video Ince Co Dubai shipping brief
01-10-2018 / Maritime
Our recent Dubai shipping brief was a huge success - partners Rania Tadros, Mohamed El Hawawy, David Galea and senior associate Sheridan Steiger spoke on various topics including commercial issues around LNG bunkering, handling ports claims in the UAE, ship dismantling and a case study covering a matter we handled for one of our insurance clients regarding a marine cargo insurance claim.
News / Ince & Co contribute to International Comparative Legal Guide to Shipping Law 2018
23-07-2018 / Maritime
We are pleased to announce that Ince Co contributed the UAE chapter to the recently published International Comparative Legal Guide (ICLG) to Shipping Law 2018
News / Dubai Smart Contracting event - May 2018
18-04-2018 / Energy & Infrastructure, Maritime
News / Digging deep: utilising available legal tools for effective debt recovery
The problem of debt recovery in the United Arab Emirates (“UAE”) remains of high interest to our clients both locally and abroad. In this article we want to highlight the tools that are available for debt recovery if you are prepared to put time and effort in it.
News / Third Party Litigation funding in the UAE
Our colleagues Mohamed El Hawawy, Pavlo Samothrakis, Anna Fomina and Monika Humphreys-Davies from the Dubai office have authored a chapter on third party litigation funding in the United Arab Emirates - Dubai International Financial Centre for The Law Reviews
News / Third party funding in the Dubai International Finance Centre
09-06-2017 / Energy & Infrastructure
Interest in third party funding (TPF) has been on the rise in recent years with a number of common law jurisdictions relaxing the ancient laws regarding maintenance and champerty in relation to TPF arrangementsnbspFormerly both crimes and torts in these jurisdictions, including England and Wales, maintenance is unjustifiably providing financial assistance for civil proceedings and champerty is maintenance in return for a share of the proceedsnbspAs a matter of public policy, champertous agreements are unenforceable but, as reported in our last Bulletin, properly conducted TPF has been held to be in the public interest and not champertousnbspWe have previously noted the developments with regard to TPF in Singapore and Hong Kong is due to follow suit shortly
News / Arbitrability of lease agreements in the UAE
Over the last few years the issue of the arbitrability of a real estate dispute has been hotly debated in the UAE courts and in the legal press The issue is obviously important to the parties who want to know whether they can submit a real estate dispute to arbitration, whether the arbitration clauses in their existing contracts will be upheld, and whether any of the awards that have been already issued are enforceable in the UAEnbsp
News / UAE issues new law on Combating Commercial Fraud
On 12 December 2016, the UAE enacted a new law on Combating Commercial Fraud on 12 December 2016 This law has been in the making for a few years now and it replaces the previous law on Combating Fraud in Commercial Transactions issued in 1979 The new law entered into force on 16 December 2016 following its publication in the Official Gazette