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Addleshaw Goddard is noted for providing ‘sharp, effective and straight-to-the-point advice’ in relation to disputes in the construction, real estate and power production sectors. Headed by the ‘sharp and knowledgeable’ Jamie Kellick, the team recently defended Schlumberger Oman in a debt claim brought by a former supplier concerning a supply agreement for industrial equipment. Additionally, Saif Al Mamari represented a manufacturer in a dispute regarding allegedly misappropriated funds in relation to a failed quarry development project. Also recommended is Nasser Al Habsi, a court litigator and registered arbitrator who has experience of a wide range of criminal claims and public and administrative disputes.

Al Busaidy, Mansoor Jamal & Co has experience of litigation and arbitration, where it handles a range of criminal, civil and commercial claims, including employment disputes. The disputes team is jointly headed by senior partner Mansoor Jamal Malik and Ayman Ali; Malik handled debt recovery enforcement proceedings, and Ali advised a construction engineering company on a $15m claim brought by a contracting company for the dissolution and liquidation of the client based on its failure to pay various contracting fees.

Dentons handles a variety of commercial disputes in the banking, construction and energy sectors, and also has experience of criminal litigation and environmental disputes. Headed by Abdelrahman Mohamed Elnafie, the team is acting for International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund in relation to losses arising out of the sinking of a tanker off the port of Sultan Qaboos. In the construction sector, Haleem Mohammed is representing Salalah Sanitary Drainage Services in a $20m negligence claim against Associated Consulting Engineers International, concerning the defendant's role in the expansion of a wastewater treatment plant in Raysut. Additionally, Dali Al Habboub represented wastewater services company Haya Waters in a $9m contractual claim regarding an engineering partnership that was allegedly liquidated in order to avoid certain contractual obligations.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP has experience of construction and project development disputes, oil and gas and energy-sector disputes and employment litigation. Majid Al Toky and Cheryl Cairns jointly head the team, which is instructed by clients including Desert Line Projects, Travel Point, Port of Salalah and International Transport Workers Federation. James Harbridge left the firm for HFW's Dubai office in July 2018.

Al Tamimi & Company has experience across a range of labour, insurance, debt recovery and commercial contract disputes. In one stand-out matter, Ahmed Al Barwani, who heads the Oman office, defended a football club in a £7m contractual dispute in which the legal team challenged the competence of the Omani court. Dubai-based senior partner Essam Al Tamimi is another key contact.

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP handles tax litigation, construction claims, commercial contract disputes and labour disputes. The department is headed by Simon Ward and also includes counsel Dominic Pilkington, who has particular expertise in construction disputes. Recent work includes representing an engineering and construction company in a $130m claim concerning the construction of certain oil and gas installations. Also of note, Dubai-based counsel Ali Arshad successfully represented Sohar Global Construction and Contracting in its appeal of a tax assessment by the Omani tax regulator.

The litigation and arbitration department at Said Al-Shahry & Partners (SASLO) is jointly led by Said Al-Shahry and Khalid Al Wazir, who have experience of construction, employment, real estate, banking and insurance disputes. Of late, the team, which also includes senior lawyer Hani Bawani, has been particularly active in construction and banking claims. Clients have included Ahli Bank, HSBC Oman and Oman Development Bank.

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