Sally Kotb

Baker & McKenzie Habib Al Mulla


Sally Kotb is Counsel in the UAE Dispute Resolution and International Arbitration practice of Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla. Sally has wide ranging experience in all types of commercial arbitrations, having acted as counsel and arbitrator under most leading institutional rules, including the ICC, DIFC-LCIA, CRICIA, DIAC, ADCCAC etc.

Sally has acted as the regional representative of the LCIA Young International Arbitration Group (YIAG) for 3 years and has earned the internationally-recognized designation of Fellow from the prestigious Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb).

In addition to organizing and speaking at conferences, Sally is also a registered trainer of the Dubai Legal Affairs Department (DLAD) training program, which aims to provide training and professional development of advocates and legal consultants in the Emirate of Dubai.

Practice Focus

Sally is experienced in providing strategic advice to clients on all contractual issues, including litigious risks and avoidance from a UAE law perspective. Sally has extensive experience in drafting expert opinions on complex issues of UAE law in support of both international and domestic arbitrations. This is underpinned by her strong understanding of UAE laws and their application on various industry sectors owing to her civil law background and practice in the Middle East & Africa for the past twelve years. She also has particular experience in enforcement of foreign and domestic awards in the UAE.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Acting for a Government entity in connection with a high value complex construction dispute with LCIA proceedings seated in London and associated proceedings in Cyprus and Russia.

  • Acting for one of the leading international pharmaceutical companies on a multimillion dollar DIFC-LCIA proceedings in relation to IP rights pertaining to the technology and software for the use of PBM solutions.

  • Advised on a multibillion AED corporate and commercial dispute between heirs of shareholders in a group of companies in the medical and pharmaceutical sector under the ADCCAC Rules, conducted in Arabic, via a court appointed tribunal.

  • Advised on a multimillion dollar dispute between a leading real estate developer and a group of leading investors in relation to dispute arising out of the performance of a shareholders agreement involving major real estate group of companies in the Gulf.

  • Advised on a multimillion dispute between an Employer and Contractor in relation to a dispute arising out of a construction contract over the execution of works in a project in Dubai under the DIAC Rules.

  • Advised on a multibillion AED investment dispute involving leading global money transfer and foreign exchange companies worldwide under the DIAC Rules.

  • Advised on a multimillion AED commercial construction dispute between contractor and sub-contractor for the execution of works for a project in Dubai.

  • Advised on several commercial real estate disputes under the DIAC Rules in relation to dispute between a major real estate developer and a group of investors.

  • Advised on a multimillion AED commercial real estate dispute between an initial purchaser and a second purchaser of a real estate property from one of the leading developers in the market under the DIAC Rules, conducted in Arabic.

  • Advised on several off-plan real estate disputes between a major real estate developer and a group of investors under the DIAC Rules, conducted in Arabic.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Egyptian Bar Association - Member
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators - Fellow


  • Egypt (2006)
  • Dubai - Registered Legal Consultant


  • Indiana University (LLM International and Comparative Law) (2009)
  • Alexandria University (LLB Faculty of Law) (2006)


  • Arabic
  • English