Our People

Mr. Saif Al Shamsi

Founder | Senior Partner, Head of the Litigation

Saif Al Shamsi  is the founder and senior partner of The Legal Group, Head of the Litigation Department and the chairperson of the firm’s decision-making bodies. His guiding philosophy of an unwavering passion for excellence has led the firm through its continuing success.

He has over twenty five years’ experience in commercial and civil disputes in the GCC and MENA region, having executed over 2000 disputes in the UAE alone.

Saif has earned considerable recognition from his clients and the legal fraternity for his ability to offer simplistic yet effective solutions to the most complex problems. His clear and pragmatic approach towards the practice of law has given him wide acclaim in several high value and complex legal matters.

We at The Legal Group value and respect our founder and hold him in high regard for his constant training and teaching to our team, associates and staff.

Litigation Division

Raisa Abdul Rahman

Practice Lawyer & Arbitrator

Raisa has vast experience and a clear understanding regarding the laws and procedures of the Courts and Arbitration centers throughout the U.A.E. This helps her gain deep insights into the client requirements and their court cases and provide sound legal advice as well as appropriate solutions.

Raisa has a post graduate degree in Law from The University College of Ajman City. Also, she is a licensed Lawyer and Arbitrator.

She has completed several courses and received certifications from various Courts and Arbitration Centers around the U.A.E, in different aspects of Law.

Mohamed Zainelabdian


Antonette Paguirigan

Litigation Accountant

Fadel Mohammed

Public Relations Officer

Esraa Rhibani


Esraa graduated with the highest degree of excellence from the University of Sharjah where she pursued law studies. She is responsible for all litigation and dispute matters. Her expertise consists of legal representation for a wide portfolio of clients, providing legal advice on the most challenging disputes. Esraa is specialized in drafting legal documents including civil, commercial and real estate, as well as managing execution files. Together with the team, she has won numerous cases for her clients.

Soukaina Fartat


Soukaina has had the privilege of pursuing her MSc International Business at North Carolina State University in the U.S, and prior to that, she has completed her master's in management from SKEMA Business School in France.
She is trained in International business development, law and business consulting.

For a broader international exposure, Soukaina has multiplied transnational professional experiences in Morocco, France, Japan, Singapore, the U.S, and currently Dubai. She also speaks 4 languages.

Jan Marie Raquion

Receptionist / Office Secretary

Intellectual Property Division

Hatem Abdel Ghani

Partner | Director of TLG IP

Hatem relies on his deep knowledge and expertise in Intellectual Property Rights in providing insightful advice particularly in relation to the brand protection strategies of his portfolio comprising over a hundred high profile international clients. Due to his high level of competency in this area, Hatem is widely acknowledged as an expert to conduct trainings on behalf of his clients, for the Intellectual Property enforcement authorities in the MENA region focusing on eliminating counterfeiting activities.

He has gained specialist experience of over fourteen years in the area of Intellectual Property Rights beginning with an assignment in an English company and later a local law firm before joining The Legal Group. Hatem has also held a lectureship in the Jerusalem Open University for three years.

A member of the International Trademark Association for over a decade, Hatem has received invitations by the Japanese Trademark Organization, to deliver lectures on Intellectual Property enforcement in the Middle East. In 2010, he was invited by the American Patent Office to give a lecture on Intellectual Property enforcement in North Africa. His contributions have been instrumental in carrying out enforcement activities in several areas of the MENA region.

Hatem graduated with a degree in Economics and Political Science from the Andhra University, India and further obtained his Post graduate qualifications from the famed Aligarh Muslim University in India.

Ahmad Barasneh

Partner / Senior Legal Consultant

Ahmad has successfully executed several Intellectual Property Rights’ enforcement cases and brand protection programs, mainly for European and American clients across various industries. His broad experience provides a comprehensive, well balanced approach to the interactions with his clientele.

His prior experience involves practicing as an advocate in a law firm in Jordan where he gained dynamic exposure in diverse areas including Intellectual Property rights (specifically Trademark protection), customs, civil, real estate and employment.

He takes the initiative in organizing and conducting trainings as well as presentations for several Intellectual Property Rights enforcement authorities across the MENA region.

Ahmad obtained his Master’s degree in International Commercial Law from the United Kingdom. He is a member of the Emirates Intellectual Property Association, Jordan Bar Association and International Trademarks Association.

Jamila Cherraf

Partner/Senior Legal Consultant

Jamila’s portfolio of clients includes several prestigious international brands, mainly from Europe and the United States. She provides her expertise in brand protection and Intellectual Property Rights’ enforcement across various industries including garments, luxury goods, cosmetics, electrical goods and power tools.

Jamila has focused on handling all dispute resolution and enforcement cases relating to the Intellectual Property requirements of clients.

A member of the International Trademark Association, she regularly attends trainings organised by various Government Departments and Trade Commissions in the UAE and abroad in an endeavour to keep constantly updated.

Armed with a post graduate Degree in Business Law from a French University and proficiency in French, English and Arabic, Jamila also has an enriching experience in Intellectual Property Rights in the GCC and MENA Region to complement her academic credentials. Her prior experience includes specialisation in due diligence and various other aspects of Corporate Law.

Althea Edwina Rozario

Partner / Senior Legal Consultant

Althea has gained considerable legal experience with a focus on the enforcement of Intellectual Property rights in the MENA region. She has been able to leverage her expertise in providing customized solutions that have gained the appreciation and confidence of her portfolio of international clients, specifically in the automotive industry.

She started her career with a prestigious law firm, practicing as an advocate in the High court of Kerala, India. In Dubai, Althea had the privilege of working with prominent legal consultancy companies, before joining our team.

She is a member of the International Trademark Association, the Bar Council of India and the Bar Association of India.

Althea has to her credit, a degree in Law from the Mahatma Gandhi University in India and additionally specialist qualifications in Aviation law and Air Transport management.

Madiha Sheikh

Partner / Senior Legal Consultant

Madiha assists international clients across the MENA region, primarily in the fashion, luxury, retail and technology sectors on contentious and non – contentious matters pertaining to their intellectual property rights and litigation needs.

She brings to the team a strong understanding of the regional regulatory framework, ensuring that clients are provided legal solutions consistent with their business objectives and operational needs on a range of transactional, prosecutorial and enforcement matters.

With an academic background in law, strategy and project management she has legal and corporate advisory experience in areas of intellectual property, corporate governance, dispute resolution and real estate arbitration.

Caridad Reyes


Maria Patricia Parafina


Patricia has gained extensive experience within the Intellectual Property Department of our firm and assists clients across a wide range of industries including automotives, cosmetics, perfumes, electronics and garments. Her role as a Paralegal entails considerable organizational and communication responsibilities to ensure a smooth flow of tasks relating to legal research and documentation.

A member of International Trademarks Association, Patricia plays a vital role in the effective communication to our diverse clientele and also in marketing the expertise of the company in Intellectual Property Rights.

Her contributions are significant in organizing trainings relating to Intellectual Property within the UAE and other countries in the region.

Patricia has obtained a graduate degree in Tourism from the Lyceum of the Philippines University. In her previous role as the Corporate Accounts officer in a real estate company, she had the opportunity to conduct presentations for prominent corporations and companies in the Philippines.

Sheena Sano

Intellectual Property Assistant

May Ann Capila

Intellectual Property Assistant

Lara Serrano


June Jane Tatad

Assistant to the Director of Intellectual Property

Mohamed Abdel Haseib

Public Relations Officer

Atef Mohammed

Public Relations Officer

Louie Espiritu

Intellectual Property Assistant

Ginfel Rose Talip

Intellectual Property Assistant

Raouf Al Rayyes

Administrative Officer

Intellectual Property Litigation Department

Nasser Abdelazem

Legal Consultant

Dema Khafaji

Legal Consultant

Dema is currently practicing as a legal consultant in the Intellectual Property (IP) Litigation Department, where she has been since 2016. Her specialties include litigation pertaining to trademarks, copyright, patent, unfair competition and other IP related cases.


Dema has gained extensive experience working with civil lawsuits and cases in all courts including the first instance, appeal and cassation courts. Together with the team, they have won many cases for our clients.


Cases won consist of cancellation of trademarks and tradenames, cases related to patents, compensation and other civil claims. In addition, she works on cases related to unfair competition and is adept at the enforcement of judgements, so clients receive what they have been awarded.


Dema’s clientele includes international firms from various sectors such as pharmaceutical, toiletries, clothing, bodycare, electrical and automotive sectors.


She has also written many articles on her area of expertise that can be found on her LinkedIn profile and the TLG website.


Dema graduated in Law at Damascus University in 2015 and registered on the Syrian Bar in 2016. She is also registered as a legal consultant in the UAE since 2018.

Rania Mohamed

Legal Consultant

Intellectual Property Registration Department

Mohammad Al Sharif

Partner | Director of Intellectual Property Registration

Mohammad Al-Sharif has strong experience in the fields of Trademarks, Copyright, Intellectual Property, Litigation, Patent and Unfair competition law.

For both the international and domestic markets, Mohammad has extensive experience in conducting clearance searches and advising on searches, providing practical and commercial advice on infringement issues, filing strategy, portfolio management and portfolio review. He prepares files and prosecutes of national and International trademark applications.

Mohammad has been active for many years in running large trademark portfolios for large multinational corporations including those in the cosmetics and garments industry, insurance and financial services, spare parts industry and many other sectors.

He frequently appears for clients in hearings at the UAE Trademark Office before the Opposition Divisions and Boards of Appeal, both opposing third party trademarks and defending against oppositions by third parties.

He is a member of various international organizations, such as APAA, AIPPI and INTA and a regularly attends international trademark conferences.

Mohammad Al-Sharif graduated from the Princess Sumaya University for Technology in Amman-Jordan with a degree in Computer Science.

Jillan Ali

IP Consultant

Carol Palma

IP Portfolio Specialist

Sheila Fernandez

Trademark Assistant

Intellectual Property Research Department

Hassan Mabiriizi

Partner | Director of Intellectual Property Research

Hassan has a strong background of over eight years in research before joining The Legal Group. His focused efforts, dynamism and logical approach have constantly helped in bringing new levels of effectiveness and quality to the Research and Investigations team. His contribution has been pivotal in all aspects of the daily operations of his team.

Hassan has been extensively involved in coordinating and facilitating numerous brand awareness trainings for Customs and Police officers, anti – counterfeiting exhibitions and raids as well as brand protection trainings throughout the UAE.

Hassan’s academic qualifications include a Higher Diploma in Tourism and Travel agency management from the College of Professional Management, Britain, a Diploma in Project Planning and Management from the Institute of Uganda, Chamber of Commerce and Industry and also a Certification in Computer Applications. He has five years’ experience in the tourism sector also.

Nizar Al Numan

Partner/ KSA Research Manager

Ali Kangeye

Senior Researcher

Sam Ssimbwa


Benyamin Sayed


Saeed Sayed


Chris Ulit

Research Assistant

Matthew Vergara

Research Assistant

Corporate & Commercial Division

Beenish Batool Haider

Head Of Corporate & Commercial

Beenish has gained expertise in Corporate and Commercial Law across diverse jurisdictions in several regions. She has a broad spectrum of professional experiences, from interning with the United Nations in Vienna, working as a corporate, litigation and arbitration associate in several law firms in Pakistan to working at the Asia-Pacific Headquarters of Harley Davidson and lecturing on commercial law in Singapore.

Beenish has seven years of legal practice before joining our firm. Her experience in corporate and commercial law spanning several regions has helped her considerably in delivering innovative solutions to her domestic and international clientele. Her consolidated track record has been instrumental in helping her in efficiently leading our Corporate Department.

Beenish Batool Haider is a graduate in General Law as well as in Economics. She has also received a Masters degree specializing in International and Comparative Law from the National University of Singapore.

Nour Hamza

Corporate and Commercial Associate

Nour’s experience includes training in corporate law in a UAE Law Firm and training in legal compliance in a multinational company in the UAE. Her continuous dealing with the UAE Laws gave her a clear understanding of the UAE legal system and environment. 


Nour graduated from the American University of Sharjah. She represented her university and the UAE in an international moot court competition. Her studies’ interdisciplinary focus on research complemented her passion for law and resulted in her ability to navigate through a diverse set of issues. 

Nour is bilingual, her proficiency in the Arabic and English languages as well as her experience in both the UAE and Egypt enable her to have a better comprehension of the issues in the MENA region.

Marcela Junkova

Corporate and Commercial Associate


Corporate and Commercial Paralegal

Swathy graduated with an LLB in Law with Psychology from the University of Southampton. An academic background in common law has helped her hone strong research and drafting skills. Her undergraduate dissertation was quoted to be “a rather complex piece of work for a student at this level of study.”

Swathy’s work experience falls in a variety of sectors ranging from legal pro bono to international relations. Notably, she represented her university at the Worldwide Universities Network AGM 2019, where she was involved in discussions on the improvement of academic research. Additionally, previous legal and marketing experience in the UAE, leave her adequately equipped to support the Corporate & Commercial Division.

In addition to an excellent command of English, Swathy’s language skills include proficiency in Hindi and Malayalam.

Benjamin Sangil

Corporate & Commercial Accountant

Construction Advisory Department

Nizar Al Qutob

Head of Construction Advisory Department


Safiyah Eugenio

Head Of Accounting Department

Jose Vijayan


Shehin Parambath


IT and HR

Johnny Abellera

IT Specialist

Marmie Santos

Human Resources and Administration