Legal Advisory

Access to legal experts.

in5/DDFC members get access to fundamental legal support in the format of one-on-one advisory to advise on legal matters including; contracts, intellectual property, legal disputes and copyright law, as well as an introduction to fundamental legal practices in design, tech and media.

Legal Advisory Areas


in5/DDFC members get legal advisory in the following areas:

  • Registering Intellectual Property, brand, design and patent protection
  • Contract disputes and avoidance
  • HR and Labor disputes
  • Domestic and global brand management
  • Franchising, licensing, distribution and multi-channel expansion strategies
  • E-Commerce
  • Investment: Terms Sheets and Share Sale/PurchaseNon-disclosure agreements
  • Business structures in UAE
  • Terms between Business partners and founders
  • Financial risks and Debt collection

Eligibility, criteria and conditions


  • In5 Startups
  • In5/DDFC Member: Emerging Designer, Established Designer, Entrepreneur & Industry Professional
  • No conflict of interest
  • The legal advisory session is intended to offer guidance and advise on one legal area or topic requested by the in5/DDFC member
  • The legal expert will not create contracts or carry legal work for the in5/DDFC member
  • Preferential rates can be provided should a member need to seek further advice.



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Please send an email to to book your timeslot with the advisor.

Advisory sessions are scheduled on first come first serve basis, you will receive an email confirming your timeslot.

Meet the Legal Advisors


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Suits & Advisors provide legal consultancy services with an element of common sense without designer price tags. Their legal advisors are easy to work with, and work alongside business owners to make businesses successful. Suits & Advisors regularly assist businesses understand applicable laws, identify legal risks and mitigate these with ease. By creating documents “without legalese”, businesses can readily understand their documents, they find compliance easy and save future unnecessary costs by avoiding future legal risks.

Bianca Gracias

Bianca has over 10 years’ experience in managing legal issues encountered by businesses and entrepreneurs. In addition to her strong legal experience, her core trait is common sense. With Suits & Advisors, Bianca is lead counsel and advises Founders/Visionaries of businesses on legal matters so their businesses can save revenue and make profits. In her recent past experience, Bianca has had the honour of garnering experience with Emaar Properties, Hadef & Partners and Al Ghurair Investment that have enriched her legal experience in the Middle Eastern business sector. She has cross-border transactional experiences in Italy, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Canada, Libya, India and Nigeria. Some of her favourite areas to work in, are, corporate structuring, Investment /Acquisitions and Divestments, Legal Risk Assessment, Ecommerce and Technology and Media and Public Relations.


STA is a premier law firm based in the UAE with offices throughout the Middle East, Asia, and Europe. We provide legal advice and assistance in corporate and commercial law, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, banking, international trade, litigation, shipping law and domestic and cross-border dispute resolution.


Bird & Bird is an international law firm that provides a unique service to its clients in the Middle East in industries where intellectual property, technology and regulation are driving change. Seizing opportunities to use technology and innovation that drives positive economic and social transformation is, at the very core of what we do. Our team has an in-depth understanding of the laws, business practices and customs of the region, and its core industries. Through our offices in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, our UAE practice provides innovative corporate and commercial advice to local, regional and international clients in all areas of business law, with a focus on sectors and industries that are important to the development of the region.


Established in 2016 through the partnership of proficient IP professionals Ms. Fatima Zahra Arrad and Ms. Zahra Ragbi, who carry wide expertise in managing intellectual property portfolios of renowned multinationals in United Arab Emirates as well as MENA Region (Middle East and North Africa) and worldwide.

Our expertise includes but not limited to consulting in intellectual property, prosecution matters from filing up to registration, advising on examination, market investigations, Developing anti-counterfeit strategies, handling legal cases before the concerned authorities, conducting market researches in intellectual property and other related fields.

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Al Tamimi & Company is one of the leading law firms in the Middle East with 17 offices across 9 countries. The firm has unrivalled experience, having operated in the region for over 25 years. Our lawyers combine international experience and qualifications with expert regional knowledge and understanding.

We are a full-service firm, specialising in advising and supporting major international corporations, banks and financial institutions, government organisations and local, regional and international companies. Our main areas of expertise include arbitration & litigation, banking & finance, corporate & commercial, intellectual property, real estate, construction & infrastructure, and technology, media & telecommunications.

Our lawyers provide quality legal advice and support to clients across all of our practice areas.

Our business and regional footprint continues to grow, and we seek to expand further in line with our commitment to meet the needs of clients doing business across the Middle East.