A route to enforcement in Dubai and the wider United Arab Emirates?

On 23 January 2013, the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Courts and the English Commercial Court produced a Memorandum of Guidance (the Memorandum) on the reciprocal enforcement of judgments between the English Commercial Court and the DIFC Courts.

The Memorandum is not a law or a treaty and has no legal binding effect. However, the Memorandum provides a useful summary of how money judgments, ie judgments requiring the payment of a sum of money, can be enforced between the DIFC Courts and the English Commercial Court.

There has been some speculation within the legal community in the UAE that the Memorandum could provide a route for the enforcement of English court judgments outside the DIFC in Dubai and the wider UAE. In our view, this is premature…

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