Arbitration & Mediation

Our firm provides a seamless end-to-end service with a particular focus on front loading advice to avoid subsequent issues and disputes. Where disputes arise, our lawyers give pragmatic advice and solutions for swift achievement of client objectives. Our service is always bespoke, and we build in remediation efforts following disputes to avoid subsequent issues.

We are the leading practice in the arbitration space – engaged in all major arbitration matters presently on-going in Maldives. Our experts have acted as counsel and local counsel on matters and are therefore well with a wide range of proceedings, including those under the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ISCID), the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), and the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC) rules.

Our managing partner is the chairman of the Maldives International Arbitration Centre (MIAC). S&A is accordingly closely engaged with MIAC to create awareness regarding and engagement with arbitration within the judiciary, the legal milieu, and the wider community.

We advise across a wide range of sectors, such as:

  • Banking, insurance, and financial services
  • Hospitality and real estate
  • Communications and technology
  • Development and construction
  • Shipping and maritime
  • Aviation

Our specialisms include:

  • Employment
  • Tax
  • Banking
  • Information Technology
  • Intellectual Property
  • Administrative and Regulatory

Recent major arbitration matters

  • We successfully obtained recognition and enforcement of an arbitral award rendered in a foreign seated arbitration for the first time in Maldives. We obtained the enforcement in record time and assisted with collecting the award sums from the local party.
  • We acted as local counsel for a fortune 500 hotelier in successfully obtaining a multi-million-dollar award in damages against a local owner.
  • We successfully ousted parallel proceedings begun by a local owner against a hotelier which had obtained an award from a foreign seated arbitration. In this regard, we acted as counsel which had obtained the first judgment which barred re-litigating matters which were subject to foreign seated arbitration and had obtained the leading Supreme Court judgment in the matter which largely accepted all the positions maintained in our pleadings.

People in the practice area

Mohamed Shahdy Anwar


Zain Shaheed


Mizna Ahmed


Naajy Faiz


Juni Latheef


Hussain Siraj