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Ayesha Karim

Ayesha Karim

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Ayesha Karim is a lawyer with over 30 years of experience. She works on both contentious and non-contentious corporate and commercial law. Ayesha has worked both in India and the UAE in well-reputed law firms and her broad range of work experience enables her to provide clients with practical solutions whether at the pre-contractual stage or during execution and in disputes.


Contentious and Non Contentious corporate and commercial law

Focus Areas

Dispute Resolution


Employment Law

Property and Construction law

Regulatory and Compliance

Corporate documentation

Employment law

Property Law

Franchise, Agency & Distribution

Oil and Gas Concession Agreements

Loan and other banking Contracts


UAE Work Experience

Advised more than 33 International law firms on various aspects of UAE law and disputes involving multinationals in the UAE.

Oil and Gas  Advised Foreign oil and gas companies  on concession and exploration contracts  entered in the UAE

Advised foreign banks on loan agreements for UAE law compliance and enforceability

Construction and Property - Advising on construction disputes such as rights of contractors to stop work for non-payment of dues and non-vacation of construction sites by unpaid contractors; sub-contractors direct claims on the employer, bypassing the main contractor; non-payment of dues; and other such matters; property sale and purchase contracts and disputes related to property sales.

IPR- Advised international companies on IPR disputes; counterfeit products; and  IPR licensing contracts

Customs- Advised on customs procedures and laws and customs disputes.

Franchise and Distribution- Advised major International companies on franchise contracts and disputes, related to Automobiles, clothing, food and beverage outlets, and cosmetics.

Tax: Advising on UAE tax laws

Preparing cases for the Joint Judicial Committee when there is a conflict of jurisdiction between the On Shore and DIFC courts.

Awards: Recognised as a DIFC Courts Law Specialist by the DIFC Academy, DIFC Dubai UAE

India Work Experience: Appearing in the High Court of Delhi and the subordinate courts in criminal matters and drafting Special Leave Petitions for the Supreme Court of India in criminal matters as appeals from High Court judgments.

Career History


Singhania & Partners LLP  Offices of Honourable Ms. Indu Malhotra prior to her elevation as a Judge of the Supreme Court of  India and Law offices of Senior Advocate Sanjeev Kumar and former member of the Upper House of Legislature the Rajya Sabha and the Late  Rani Jethmalani Senior Advocate.


Stockwell& Associates; Hadef & Partners; The Legal Group, Al Gurg Al Matrooshi, and MHLF.



LLM (Masters in Law) - Banking and Finance 2019 - University of London

PG Diploma Commercial and Corporate Law 2018 - University of London

PG Certificate Banking and Finance 2016 - University of London

LLB. (Hons.) 1988 - The Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India.

B.A. (Hons.) Economics 1985 - The Shriram College of Commerce, Delhi University, India.

A.I.S.S.C.E 1982 - Delhi Public School, Delhi, India


Professional Membership

Bar Council of Delhi

Dubai International Financial Centre Courts  (2008-2020)


Pro Bono Work

Member of the DIFC Probono committee for over 10 years.

Assisting the Indian Consulate in UAE on employment and other matters



Article on Right of Set Off under the UAE law and the view from the DIFC.

Laws of the DIFC  Volume 1;Publisher Nexis Lexis (2017); updated in 2021

Co-author, the Court Law;

American Bar Association publication the Franchise Lawyer (2015)

Franchising in the UAE: UAE laws strong protections

International Employment and Labour Law Committee Newsletter of the American Bar Association

Effect of Criminal Trials on Departmental Enquiries in the Public Sector.

International Law Office Newsletter

Conflicts between Majority and Minority shareholders (2012)

Safeguards against Corporate Fraud (2012)