Ali Al Shamlawi

Ali is a Partner and heads the Litigation and Dispute Resolution team in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Ali acts for a broad spectrum of individual and corporate clients in a wide range of complex disputes. His practise area includes all forms of commercial and civil litigation, arbitration, ADR, recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards. Ali has an extensive knowledge on the execution law and is a licensed private bailiff certified by the Ministry of Justice and Islamic Affairs in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Ali has been known for assisting clients to settle out of Court to avoid the adverse publicity that may accompany a dispute between the parties. His approach has assisted our clients to avoid the courtroom and instead explore other practical and cost-effective avenues to resolve disputes, including mediation or other forms of alternative dispute resolution.

Ali has a has a reputation for succeeding in some of the most complex litigation and arbitration cases through the delivery of effective strategies to meet our clients’ goals and objectives. 

In addition to his litigation experience, Ali has an extensive background in corporate transactions, representing a diverse range of international and local corporate clients on a variety of corporate and commercial matters.


  • Admitted as a practicing lawyer – Ministry of Justice – Kingdom of Bahrain
  •  Admitted as a licensed bailiff – Ministry of Justice – Kingdom of Bahrain


  • Arabic
  • English
Representative work:


  • Huobi OTC DMCC v (1) Tabarak Investment Capital Limited (2) Christian Thurner [2020] – Acting for the First Defendant, an investment management firm, in a claim relating to the transfer and storage of bitcoins. This is 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
  • DIFC Case No. CFI-043-2022 (i) William Allan Jones, (ii) Coffee Planet LLC, and (iii) Coffee Planet Roastery FZE v Robert Anthony Jones (the Proceedings) [2022] – 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.
  • CFI-062-2021 – Sawhney & Anor v Credit Suisse AG [2022] – Acting for a Claimant in a financial mis-selling case and defending an strike out and immediate judgment application in court.
  • Union Bank of India (DIFC Branch) v (1) Velocity Industries LLC (2) Velocity Venture Limited (3) Umaku Trade Invest Limited (4) Vijey Kapoor (5) Ravi Kuchimanchi (6) Rajinder Makhijani (7) Parag Gupta (8) Devika Makhijani [2020] – Acting for the Sixth – Eighth Defendants in a claim against them pursuant to alleged obligations under personal guarantees.
Ali Al Shamlawi

Partner | Head of Litigation and Dispute Resolution - Bahrain