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Philip Ireland

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Philip is joint managing partner of Maples and Calder, in the Maples Group's Dubai office where is also head of the Funds & Investment Management and Corporate teams.  He has broad Cayman Islands corporate and investment funds experience.  However, he specialises in collective investment schemes, in particular private equity funds, venture capital funds, real estate funds, and Shariah compliant (Islamic) funds.  He also has experience of working with family offices, ultra high net worth individuals. Philip’s clients include asset managers in the Dubai International Financial Centre and the MENA region.  He also practises British Virgin Islands law.


Philip joined the Maples Group in London in 2004, before moving to Dubai in 2006.  He was elected as a partner in 2009 and as joint managing partner in 2020.  Philip previously worked at another international law firm in the British Virgin Islands and for Herbert Smith in London.  He has been ranked as one of the best lawyers in the UAE by Best Lawyer magazine and recommended as a Band 1 lawyer in both Legal 500 and Chambers Global, where he is described as "someone you go to if you want to bounce around ideas," adding: "He's the sort of lawyer who's able to give you an outside-the-box solution."  Philip has also been named as one of Islamic Finance News' leading lawyers and has received recognition from Who's Who Legal.


Member of the Law Society of England and Wales

Member of the Bar of the British Virgin Islands

Regular contributor to financial publications in the Middle East in relation to offshore investment funds


Funds & Investment Management



1996 – Admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales (not practising)

2000 – Admitted as a solicitor of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (British Virgin Islands)


University of Cambridge, UK, BA (Hons), Law, 1992

College of Law, Guildford, UK, Legal Practice Course, 1994



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