Stirling Haigh is a London based international dispute resolution, crisis management and strategic advisory firm which specialises in criminal and civil disputes in Dubai, the wider UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman and Saudi Arabia.

We are considered to be Dubai’s best criminal law advisory, a leading authority on UAE criminal and civil law and its justice and prison system. We consult to businesses, entrepreneurs, international law firms, charities, NGOs, politicians and media on legal issues in all of the Gulf Countries.

Stirling Haigh was established by Radha Stirling and David Haigh.

Radha established the non-profit “Detained in Dubai” ten years ago to assist those facing civil and criminal disputes in the UAE. Rhada established Detained in Dubai following her colleague detention in Dubai and in response to demand and continues to assist people in extreme circumstances

David Haigh is an award winning English lawyer and the former managing director of Leeds United Football club and Deputy CEO of a Dubai Investment bank. David was the victim of a elaborate fraud by his former employers which saw him lured to Dubai form the UK and detained in Dubai for 22 months before an acquittal on Twitter slander changes. David wants to turn his negative experiences into something positive by using his experience and expertise to help others and to lobby for change in the laws and to stamp out corruption.

From the outset Stirling Haigh acted in large-scale commercial litigation, extraditions, criminal investigations and prosecutions, regulatory investigations across the globe. We have a track record of successfully representing individuals and companies against banks. large financial institutions, prosecutors and Governments.

Stirling Haigh is a multi-disciplinary practice of experts in law, finance, investigations, intelligence, IT, PR and campaigning who work with you to get you the right result.

Our base in London combined with our unique approach enables us to be truly independent, free from the regulations that restrict Middle Eastern law firms from giving you the best advice and the best expertise and free from conflicts of interest that would preclude law firms from acting in this type of litigation. We are able to pick the best team to work for you. Our clients are mainly referred to us by Embassies, Consulates, law firms, barristers and other professionals.

Our cases are often multi-jurisdictional, high profile and frequently involve PR, campaigning, social media, investigations, and forensic and other expert evidence. Stirling Haigh has a comprehensive and international network of lawyers, barristers, investigators, accountants, PR and other professional advisers and experts to support us and you during pre-trial litigation, at trial and after trial. We enjoy a reputation for being formidable, fearless, resourceful and taking a multi-disciplinary approach to problem solving and winning cases in the most challenging of circumstances.

We enjoy a reputation for being formidable, fearless, innovate, independent and taking a multi-disciplinary approach to problem solving and winning cases in the most challenging of circumstances. When your back is against the wall, we will be there to support you.

The Team

Radha Stirling

Managing Partner

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David Haigh

Managing Partner

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Joey Smirnov

Associate - Eastern Europe, The Americas

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