Cynthia Trench

  • Principal

    Having spent her formative years in Hong Kong, Cynthia completed her degree at the University of Hong Kong, and was admitted and qualified as a Solicitor in Hong Kong in 1986. Cynthia arrived in Dubai in 1989. Her first Language is English but she also speaks Cantonese and French.

    Cynthia specialises in corporate and property law as well as private client. Her expertise is in respect of enabling Clients to be established in the Middle East expeditiously in a cost effective way. Furthermore, she has handled many mergers and acquisitions. In recent years, with the property boom and financial crisis, she has turned the Firm around by not only assisting Clients in restructuring Developers’ contracts or sales and purchases, but also in disputes resolution in property, construction and rental matters.

    Cynthia obtained her Licence on 10 February 1996 from the Rulers Office of the Government of Dubai as the first female expatriate licensed Legal Consultant.

    In 2004, she was awarded Best Service Provider by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum on behalf of his Establishment for young entrepreneurs.

    Since 2008, Cynthia has spoken at many Seminars on the subject of Estate Planning in the UAE and on the effect of Sharia Law on the assets of expatriates in general. Seminars were given at many different forums including HSBC Premier Clients, large corporations based in the UAE, Wealth Managers and Financial Institutions.

    In February 2011, Cynthia organised a Symposium on Asset Protection and Estate Planning which was sponsored by Emirates Airlines in Dubai and the Chamber of Commerce in Abu Dhabi. This Symposium brought together international experts who shared their knowledge and expertise in relation to inheritance and estate planning issues impacting expatriates living in the UAE.

    In 2013 Cynthia provided the DIFC Courts/ DFSA with the idea to promulgate a new law for drawing up wills and issuance of probate for non-Muslims. Cynthia played an active role in formulating the DIFC’s probate regulations, culminating in the new DIFC Wills & Probate Registry coming into effect in May 2015: www.difcprobate.ae. She is one of the few recognised legal practitioners capable of advising on probate matters and is regarded as the go-to-person in terms of drawing up DIFC Wills.

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