Stephenson Harwood Welcomes Partner John Lewis in Dubai 

Stephenson Harwood reinforces its dispute resolution arm in the Middle East with the addition of partner John Lewis (pictured), who brings over 15 years of expertise to the firm’s Dubai office.  

With a profound understanding of the region’s legal landscape, Lewis specializes in intricate domestic, regional, and international commercial litigation and arbitration cases. He offers counsel to clients spanning various sectors, including real estate, healthcare, and financial services, navigating them through a diverse range of disputes before civil and common law courts and international arbitration tribunals. Renowned for handling high-profile matters, Lewis also boasts a niche practice in regulatory compliance, audit, and advisory services, particularly in professional indemnity defense. His appointment marks a strategic move from Charles Russell Speechlys to Stephenson Harwood. 

“The firm is expanding strategically and our commitment to litigation – which makes up half of our business – makes us an attractive firm for top litigators,” said Eifion Morris, chief executive, Stephenson Harwood. “We have attracted significant lateral partners over the last three years, and John’s arrival in Dubai adds major depth to our client offering for disputes across the Middle East.” 

“Alongside our market leading marine and construction litigation practices, the commercial disputes team comprises English and Arabic speaking lawyers with direct on-the-ground experience of litigation in civil and common law jurisdictions, as well as international arbitration,” said Rania Tadros, Dubai office managing partner. “John’s reputation within the market reflects his position as one of the strongest general commercial disputes lawyers in the Middle East, and his experience will strengthen our practice.”