Shadha Zawawi


  • Arbitration
  • Commercial
  • Real Estate


  • LLB, University of London


  • English
  • Arabic


Shadha is an arbitration lawyer with around five years of experience in handling arbitration disputes mostly involving real estate, commercial and construction matters.

Shadha has advised high net individual and corporates on arbitration procedures, institutional rules, including advising on the enforcement and nullification of arbitral awards. She has also advised on drafting of arbitration clauses/ agreements, identifying limitations of arbitration clauses in terms of subject matter, capacity of signatories, pre-arbitration conditions, validity and implications of applicable laws.

She has acted in nearly 55 arbitration cases with a successful track record of favorable outcome for her clients. She has handled disputes involving technical and complex issues of facts and opinion, requiring investigations and panel of experts.

She is well versed in arbitrations rules of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), DIFC-LCIA, Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC), Abu Dhabi Commercial Conciliation and Arbitration Centre (ADCCAC), Ajman Commercial Conciliation and Arbitration Centre.

Shadha is also acting as a secretary to the Tribunal for disputes filed in DIAC.

She has also advised clients on real estate matters including issues relating to Owner’s Association, service charges, property specifications, mortgage agreements, forward lease agreements and has negotiated with several banks for restructuring of debt for individuals.

Shadha is currently handling ongoing arbitration matters before ICC, DIAC and ADCCAC where in one matter she is acting as co-counsel for a Main Contractor in a construction dispute before the ICC for a claim amount worth AED 20 Million and has advised on the nullification of an arbitral award for a well-known local group of companies worth an amount of AED 2 billion.



• Admitted as an Advocate to the Sindh Bar Council, Pakistan.

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