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Strategic, experienced litigatorJamie Kellick heads the dispute resolution practice at Addleshaw Goddard alongside Saif Al Mamari, who provides ‘a high level of service’. The team is well versed in handling the full range of litigation and arbitration matters, and is experienced in representing clients from a range of industry sectors, with particular expertise in matters pertaining to construction, real estate and independent power and water projects. Recently the firm advised Towell Construction in defence of its OMR2.5m claim in an arbitration bought by Al Hail Investments concerning alleged defects in the work carried out by the client.

The ‘excellent’ dispute resolution practice at Al Busaidy, Mansoor Jamal & Co is widely regarded as ‘a market leader’ in Oman. The ‘very good team’ is known for handling complex, high-profile claims before the Omani courts, with experience in both local and international arbitration. ‘First-rate’ litigator Mansoor Jamal Malik and Said Al Busaidy co-head the practice, which has expertise in commercial litigation, regulatory proceedings, administrative law claims, employment and private property disputes, and criminal cases; clients include international companies, financial institutions, government entities, and private individuals.

The ‘experienced and knowledgeable’ team at Dentons has experience in all kinds of dispute for local and international clients. Practice head Abdelrahman Mohamed Elnafie is regarded as ‘a veteran’ in Omani law and is ‘very well regarded’ for his expertise in dispute resolution. Also recommended is the ‘pragmatic and fearless’ Haleem Mohammed, who continues to represent International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund against the owners of the NESA R3 tanker which sunk off the Port of Sultan Qaboos while carrying 816 tonnes of bitumen.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP’s ‘very capable and responsive litigation team’ has ‘experience and depth of knowledge of the region’ and provides ‘excellent service’. The practice is known for handling institutional and ad hoc arbitrations arising out of construction, oil and gas, energy, banking, and general commercial disputes; recently, practice head James Harbridge has been instructed by Desert Line on numerous multimillion-dollar arbitrations against the Omani Ministry of Transport and Communications and the Royal Diwan in relation to several national construction projects.

At Al Tamimi & Company, the dispute resolution practice is ‘extremely good in timing and quality’, and is experienced in handling the full range of disputes and arbitration matters. Department head Ahmed Al Barwani continues to represent WCT Berhad in a breach of contract claim against Oman Roads Engineering relating to the construction of the South Batinah project. Other key clients include AIG Insurance, KEO International, Microsoft and Real Madrid C.F.

Abdulaziz Alrashdi and Mundhir Al Barwani lead the dispute resolution team at Bin Shabib, Al Rashdi & Al Barwani Advocates and Legal Consultants, which specialises in representing clients from the construction, energy and oil and gas sectors in commercial, civil and administrative disputes. Clients include Wadi Al Shaab Trading and Contracting, Halliburton, Ahli Bank and Oman Post.

The disputes team at Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP specialises in construction and engineering arbitration, in addition to having experience in handling commercial, procurement and telecoms disputes. Simon Ward leads the practice and is an expert in construction disputes and high-value commercial litigation; recently, he advised a multinational engineering and construction company on a dispute concerning a $130m oil and gas installation construction project in Oman.

Said Al-Shahry & Partners (SASLO) has experience in handling complex disputes across a range of sectors, and is well known in arbitration and alternative dispute resolution. Managing partner Said Al Shahry is especially active in litigation and arbitration, with particular expertise in construction arbitration. Also active is Hani Bawani, who heads the litigation department and has acted for clients such as Muscat Electricity Distribution, Oman Wastewater Services, Bank Muscat and the Omani Ministry of Transport and Communication.

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