Dispute Management

Founded in 2006, by Kaashif Basit, a superstar lawyer in the region, KBH is an elite specialist law firm with a proven track record of securing positive awards and settlements, including many precedent-setting awards from the inception of the DIFC Courts. We have acted on some of the largest and most significant disputes in recent years, making us the go-to firm for the resolution of complex and groundbreaking disputes.

Our team of expert Arab and UK qualified lawyers, led by senior litigators with judicial, commercial and diplomatic backgrounds, is dedicated to providing practical and effective solutions to disputes.

With offices in Dubai, Bahrain and Kuwait, we are registered DIFC ADGM practitioners, making us well-versed in the rules and regulations of the DIFC courts. We offer specialized legal services and advice of the highest quality to the banking and financial industry, especially in Kuwait where the Managing Partner has deep relationships with the Banks in Kuwait. We also oversee litigation in all Bahraini courts, handling a range of disputes, including trademark infringement actions, copyright protection, securitisation of loans, construction and any disputes arising under Bahraini law.

As a top-ranked law firm in Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners, our “one firm, one team” approach ensures that our clients receive a seamless service with dedicated lawyers at every level on every mandate. Our lean teams, closely managed by experienced senior lawyers, yield the best possible outcome while preventing inefficiencies in work product and costs. Plus, we conduct our own advocacy and do not typically engage barristers for hearings.

Awards and Recognition

Notable Representations
  • Acted for the General Partner of a Cayman Islands Limited Partnership in respect of a multi-million dollar dispute following the collapse of the Abraaj Group.
Acting for the Defendant in a family dispute where the Defendant was the subject of an injunction and freezing order in the context of extant proceedings in the Dubai Courts. Challenging jurisdiction as well as the DIFC court’s authority to give a Black Swan injunction.
Acting for a Claimant in a financial mis-selling case and defending a strike out and immediate judgment application.

Acting for the Defendant, the subject matter of an injunction and freezing order arising out of a judgment from the High Court in London.

Acting for the First Defendant, an investment management firm, in a claim relating to the transfer and storage of bitcoins. This was the first cryptocurrency case in the Technology and Construction Division of the DIFC Courts and was heard in December 2021 before the former Court of Appeal Judge Justice Sir Richard Field.

Acting for the Defendant in enforcing provisions of a lease where, citing the Covid-19 pandemic, the Claimant is seeking to rely on a force majeure clause to avoid its obligations.
Acting for the Defendants in seeking a declaration as to the applicability of the Treaty between UK and UAE on Judicial Assistance. In addition, represented the Second Defendant in a Part 71 application.
Acting on behalf of a Defendant and successfully applying for a security for costs order.
Acting for a Claimant against the owner of the world’s largest online gambling company and its financial advisers, relating to equity commitment letters filed in support of a private bid to acquire a global internet gaming company, Amaya Inc.
Acting for the Defendants in successfully discharging an injunction before former Deputy Chief Justice Sir David Steel. Set down for trial before the former Court of Appeal Judge Roger David Giles, a former Judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, in a claim for damages and out of a breach of warranty.
Acting for the Claimants in proceedings before the former Chief Justice Michael Hwang, former Judicial Commissioner of the Supreme Court of Singapore, involving a breach and subsequent termination of an SPA in the absence of a contractual termination clause in the SPA.
Acting for the Respondent at the return date hearing, pro-bono, in respect of an application for a freezing injunction and search order before the former DCJ Sir John Chadwick.
Acting for the Claimant in proceedings in the High Court in London in one of the highest priced match-fixing cases in cricket.
Acting for the Claimant addressing open contracts by which purchasers reserved property.
Acting for the Claimant in respect of a breach of an SPA and the enforceability of a force majeure clause.
Acting for the Second and Third Defendants in respect of a breach of a services contract, before the former Deputy Chief Justice of the DIFC Courts, Sir David Steel, former Judge of the Commercial and Admiralty Courts, England & Wales and the former Chairman of the European Commercial Judges Forum

Acting for the Claimants in the largest financial mis-selling case in the GCC region, before the former Deputy Chief Justice of the DIFC Courts, Sir John Chadwick, formerly the Lord Justice of Appeal in England & Wales.

Acting on behalf of a liquidator of various DIFC and US companies in successfully resisting a jurisdiction challenge brought by a Swiss bank in resisting claims by the liquidators to have certain pledges made by fraudulent directors declared invalid as well as subsequent enforcement proceedings against the Bank in Switzerland.