Dispute resolution in Oman

Addleshaw Goddard

Led by Nasser Al Habsi, Addleshaw Goddard's dispute resolution practice covers a broad range of work, including insurance, non-payment, construction and employment disputes. The firm also acts for banks in debt enforcement matters. Al Habsi is known for his experience in arbitrations, both ICC and ad hoc. Saif Al Mamari is another key partner in the team. Finance partner Roger Byrne and corporate partner Oliver Stevens also advise on disputes.

Practice head(s):

Nasser Al Habsi

Other key lawyers:

Saif Al Mamari; Roger Byrne; Oliver Stevens

Testimonials

‘Good approach to problem-solving and always available to assist. ’

‘As mentioned, the dynamic approach of the team in resolving problems and their approach to clients’ issues is very proactive. We have always found them supportive and available when needed.’

Key clients

HSBC

Weltech

Raysut Cement Company

ALEC Engineering & Contracting Oman LLC

Work highlights

  • Acting for HSBC in two disputes against its debtors—and, in one instance, against the debtor’s guarantors. HSBC and their debtors entered into loan financing agreements that the debtors, eventually, failed to honour. In these ongoing matters, we have assisted HSBC with drafting legal notices, filing Primary Court pleadings and appearing at the Primary to advocate on their behalf.
  • Defended Weltech in a dispute between a former shareholder in the company and the company. The claimant shareholder has alleged that he is entitled to a significant share of the profits derived from a project the Company undertook in Saudi Arabia.
  • Acting for Raysut in proceedings before the Omani Primary Court over allegations relating to the alleged wrongful termination of a contact with a contractor providing health, safety and environment services.

Al Busaidy, Mansoor Jamal & Co

Al Busaidy, Mansoor Jamal & Co is praised by its clients for 'top-drawer legal advice'  and 'agile but professional approach'. It demonstrates strong capabilities handling employment, commercial and construction disputes. In employment matters, the team acts for both employers and employees in disputes such as wrongful termination claims. Elsewhere, the firm acts for banks in debt enforcement work and it represents construction companies in litigation over breaches of contract. Practice heads Mansoor Jamal Malik and Said Hilall Al Busaidy are highly experienced in this area; Malik is 'most impressive', while Al Busaidy (a former vice president of the Supreme Court of Oman) has a 'strong reputation for his sage advice and integrity'. Ayman Ali and special counsel Erik Penz are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Mansoor Jamal Malik; Said Al Busaidy

Other key lawyers:

Ayman Ali; Erik Penz

Testimonials

‘Al Busaidy Mansoor Jamal provided our international business with proactive, professional legal services for over two decades. In that time they have developed an excellent understanding of our business and requirements in terms of legal advice. Their people are approachable and provide clear down to earth legal support.’

‘We have been very well served by Erik Penz and his colleagues at Al Busaidy in relation to a matter involving the collection of an outstanding debt from an Omani company. While the process of litigating in Oman has been tiresome at times, Erik and his colleagues have guided us through the process and have always been prompt to respond to any queries we may have had.’

‘Good commercial understanding, valuable strategy for dispute resolution, constant check of strategy whether strategy remains appropriate under change of circumstances, creative ideas, thinking out-of-the-box. Constant flow of information in long-lasting processes.’

‘Al Busaidy, Mansoor Jamal & Co is a highly professional and well-established organisation which is well managed, competently resourced at all levels and appears to be well respected within its field.’

‘In the past I have dealt with Mansoor Jamal Malik and I was extremely satisfied with the outcome of the dispute matters which we had instructed AMJ on. In recent times I worked closely with Erik Penz on a complex Commercial dispute and found his litigation expertise and advice was excellent.’

‘Mansoor Malik is the managing partner and has been working in Oman for 30 years having qualified as a barrister in the UK. He is most impressive and acts as an expert on Oman law in arbitrations and Court cases outside of Oman. He is extremely hard working. Dr Said Al Busaidy is a great lawyer and important figure in the legal world with a strong reputation for his sage advice and integrity. Dr Ayman Ali is a very good and forceful advocate.’

‘I worked with Erik Penz and I appreciated his disputes strategy skills. He got in touch with me before we met in Oman and together we deeply analized the issue to find a solution to the disputes. He met me straight after I arrived in Oman and since then he dedicated me long hours to discuss and resolve the matter.’

‘Erik Penz is highly skilled in disputes strategy. Very understanding of client needs.’

Key clients

Standard Chartered Bank

National Bank of Oman

Commercial Bank of Qatar

Bank Muscat

Sohar International Bank

AIG MEA Limited

Subsidiaries of French multinational ENGIE

Carillion

Consolidated Power Projects Pty Ltd

Oman International Terminal Container LLC

DalkinMiddle East

China Petroleum Pipeline Engineering Co Ltd

Power Mech Projects Limited

Muriya Group

Petrofac International

Interwell LLC

Work highlights

  • Successfully defending Standard Chartered Bank and its employees regarding encashment of a cheque allegedly contrary to Oman’s Banking Law and Omani banking regulations.
  • Acting for Sohar International Bank SAOG in a debt recovery claim of RO 12m against debtor and its principals pursuant to guarantees.
  • Defending Oman International Terminal Container LLC against labour claims based on fraudulent schedule of entitlement and allowances without the approval of such schedule from the client’s management and/or shareholders.

Dentons

Dentons advises clients on disputes involving employment, construction and debt enforcement issues. In addition, it also handles more specialist litigation, such as environmental damage and personal injury claims. The practice is led by Dali Al Habboub and associated partner Yaqdhan Al-Busaidi. The team represents clients in arbitration and Omani court proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Dali Al Habboub; Yaqdhan Al-Busaidi

Testimonials

‘Over the last 6 years, we have always found the Dentons team to be professionals.’

‘We have been happy with the team, particularly with regard to the quality of opinions provided and statements prepared.’

Key clients

International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund

HSBC Bank Oman SAOG

SNF Oman LLC

Al Sulaimi Group

Ministry of Finance, Oman

Hilton International

Dyncorp International LLC

Motorola Solutions (Oman) LLC

Standard Chartered Bank

Work highlights

  • Advising First Abu Dhabi Bank (Oman branch) on recovery of RO 29.2 million under a facility agreement with Carillion Alawi LLC.
  • Advising Petroleum Development Oman LLC on a commercial claim filed against it by Sunfer Estructuras, Sociedad Limitada and others claiming compensation for an alleged infringement of industrial intellectual property rights.
  • Representing the International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund in relation to a claim for losses arising from the sinking of the Nesa-R3 a tanker carrying 816 tonnes of bitumen off the Port of Sultan Qaboos in Oman in 2013.

Said Al-Shahry & Partners (SASLO)

Said Al-Shahry & Partners (SASLO)'s team is praised for its 'legal intellect, depth of knowledge and efficient cooperation'. The group handles high-value and complex disputes, which includes representing clients in ad hoc and institutional arbitration. The team also acts for clients in Omani court proceedings up to the Supreme Court of Oman. The broad practice advises on employment, construction and contractual disputes. Said Al-Shahry ( 'impressive and strategic approach'), Thamer Al Shahry and Khaled Al Wazir ('client-friendly approach') jointly lead the practice. Hani Bawani is also a key contact in the team.

Practice head(s):

Said Al-Shahry; Thamer Al Shahry; Khalid Al Wazir

Other key lawyers:

Hani Bawani

Testimonials

‘I worked with them since 2017 and until today in local Omani court disputes that are worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Year by year, I noted their distinguished expertise and excellent judgement when offering advices and handling trials. The team has always been highly attentive and has quick responses which progressed our work fluently.’

‘Said Al-Shahry has an impressive and strategic approach which is advantageous in high complex cases. He is always readily available to contact which gave rise to a smooth collaboration. Khaled Al Wazir has good analytical reasoning and attention to detail. His client-friendly approach is apparent due to his good follow-up and cooperative manner of work. ’

‘With them, we were doing more working than arguing, And I realized it was because the head of the team leader was more interested in the hands-on aspect of the case. I sat down with him and together we went over each documents in file and determined the tasks. The next day we reassigned everyone tasks, created an open discussion format for raising questions and concerns, And set up a timeline for completing the file of our case. We did get the case done on time and we achievements all the targets, I loved every minute of it.’

‘Competent, hard-working, focused lawyers. Commitment to quality collegiality and esprit de corps.’

Key clients

Abengoa

Abu Dhabi Fertilizer Co. LLC

ACWA Power Barka SAOG

Ahli Bank SAOG

Ahli United Bank B.S.C.

Al Asilah Desalination Company SAOC

Al Fair LLC

Al Ghubra Power & Desalination Co. SAOC

Al Hilal Mena Fund

Al JizziTransformers & Switchgears LLC

Al Maha Ceramics Company SAOG

Al Rajhi for Development –Oman

Amazon

Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A.

Baader Bank AG

Bank Muscat SAOG

Barka Desalination Company SAOC

Barwa Bank

Capital Market Authority

CB&I (Chicago Bridge & Iron Co.LLC)

Dhofar Power Company SAOC

Embassy of the United States of America

Facebook

Fedex Express International

Frames Process Systems BV

Frontier Investment Management Partners Ltd.

Genoyer SAS

Global Technologies

Gulf Air

HSBC Bank Oman SAOC

Huawei

Kunooz Oman Holding SAOC

Lighting Technology Factory

Muscat Electricity Distribution Company SAOC

Muscat University

Nestlé Middle East FZE

Octal SAOC FZC

Oman Air SAOC

Oman Aviation Services SAOC

Oman Broadband Company SAOC

Oman Development Bank SAOC

Oman Drydock Company SAOC

Oman Global Logistics Group SAOC (ASYAD)

Oman Growth Fund

Oman India Fertilizer Company SAOC

Oman Oil Marketing Company SAOG

Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company SAOC (ORPIC)

Oman Qatar Insurance Company

Oman Shapoorji Company LLC

Oman Shipping Company SAOC

Oman Tourism Development Company SAOC (OMRAN)

Omani Authority for Partnership for Development (OAPFD)

Port of Duqm Company SAOC

Qurayyat Desalination SAOC

Renault Trucks

Roadbridge Construction Oman LLC

Rolls Royce Power Systems AG

Royal Opera House Muscat

Rural Areas Electricity Company SAOC (TANWEER)

Salalah Gases Co. LLC

Seven Seas Water Corporation

SCHLUMBERGER

Shell Oman Marketing Company SAOG

Siemens LLC

Sri Lankan Airlines Limited

STFA Yatirim Holding A.S.

Target Group of Companies

VIP Investment Holdings

Volvo Trucks

WJ Towel & Co.

Al Tamimi & Company

Al Tamimi & Company, which is active in litigation and arbitration cases, represents Omani and international clients in disputes over construction projects, breaches of contracts and the enforcement of debts. Ahmed Al Barwani and Faris Al Maashari jointly lead the team. Barwani is 'very experienced in collaborating with multinationals', while Maashari is 'very knowledgeable about the local laws and courts'.

Practice head(s):

Ahmed Al Barwani; Faris Al Maashari

Testimonials

‘A strong local law firm, with a good local network to relevant authorities and courts. Experienced in working with multinationals, working in an international environment. ’

‘Faris Al Maashari is a very strong litigator, very knowledgeable about the local laws and courts. Ahmed Al Barwani is a very strong lawyer, managing the litigation team. He’s very experienced in collaborating with multinationals.’

‘Strong dispute resolution practice (arbitration, litigation) ’

‘We are working, in particular, with the following individuals: Ahmad Ghoneim and John Gaffney in the UAE and Ahmed Al Barwani in Oman. The strengths are good coordination (e.g. within the arbitration proceedings), quick responses to the requests etc.’

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP's dispute resolution practice focuses on tax and construction disputes, representing clients in Omani courts, as well as both institutional and ad hoc arbitrations. 'Highly recommended' practice head Simon Ward works with Dominic Pilkington, who is experienced in construction litigation. Mehdi Al Lawati, who 'adds considerable value to the Curtis offering in Oman', was recently promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):

Simon Ward

Other key lawyers:

Dominic Pilkington; Mehdi Al Lawati; Hamood Al-Rawahi

Testimonials

‘Understanding the case, establishing good relations with the client, honest and straight forward, advising of any point whatsoever even if it is small, credibility, cooperation. We felt as client to Curtis how they paid attention to our interests. It is not a matter of counting hours comparing to other entities and law firms who care only to collect as much as hours to be paid. Their advice is valuable and you can feel that you can count on them.’

‘The individuals are professional and they know how to communicate in a friendly manner which is very important and build sconfidence and relaxation in dealing with the firm. They do analysis thoroughly and highlight the points we need to be alerted of and which they considered important.’

‘Simon Ward is excellent.’

‘Simon Ward is highly recommended.’

Key clients

MPE Engineering

SoharGlobal Construction and Contracting Co LLC

Subail Bahwan Automotive LLC

ABA School

Al Qersh

Oman Air

Oman Methanol & Muscat Insurance Company SAOG

Renaissance Services SAOG

Gulf Air

Interserve

Zubair Corporation LLC

Work highlights

  • Advised Oman Menthol on a highly technical engineering dispute concerning design and construction of a methanol production plant.
  • Successfully prosecuted a claim for MPE Engineering relating to oil and gas installations.
  • Representing ABA Oman in a dispute before the Omani courts relating to defects in a construction project for the school’s new campus.

CMS Cameron McKenna LLP

The CMS Cameron McKenna LLP dispute resolution team in Oman forms part of the firm's broader Middle Eastern practice, handling arbitration proceedings and litigation in Omani courts. The team represents both private sector clients and state bodies, and is particularly active in construction matters, as well as contractual disputes. Amur Al Rashdi is the key figure in Oman, while Randall Walker in Dubai is also active in the Omani market. The practice also draws on partners from the corporate and commercial team to service clients.

Practice head(s):

Amur Al Rashdi

Key clients

Petrogas Exploration & Production LLC

Saint-Gobain Gyproc Middle East FZE

KCA Deutag Drilling Gmbh

Muscat Leading Plastic Company LLC

Oman Power & Water Procurement Company (OPWP)

SEPCO III

STFA İnşaat A.Ş. (part of the STFA Construction Group)

Strabag Oman LLC

Modern Hormuz Construction

Dominion Deutschland GmbH (previously known as Beroa Deutschland GmbH)

Polyeco Gulf LLC

Work highlights

  • Acting for Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (“OPWP”) in defending a claim brought against it and the Omani regulator, the Authority for Electricity Regulation (“AER”), by a subsidiary of ACWA Power in the local Omani courts.
  • Handling three separate arbitrations for Modern Hormuz Construction against the Ministry of Housing in relation to the construction of housing projects.

Mohammed Al Ruqaishi Law Firm

Mohammed Al Ruqaishi Law Firm is active in enforcement proceedings, commercial litigation and construction disputes. The team is also heavily involved in representing clients in litigation with Omani tax authorities. Mohammed Al Ruqaishi's advice is 'pragmatic and aimed at efficient solutions'. The team has been bolstered by the arrival of Ali Naveed Arshad, who joined in June 2020 from Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP.

Practice head(s):

Mohammed Al Ruqaishi

Other key lawyers:

Ali Naveed Arshad

Testimonials

‘The team is very responsive and proposes practical solutions. Fees are transparent and reasonable.’

‘Mohammed Ruqaishi is a very pleasant person and a sensible lawyer. His advice tends to be pragmatic and aimed at efficient solutions. He has experience, knowledge of the local system and good negotiation skills, in addition to vast court experience.’

Key clients

Oman Electricity Transmission Company SAOC

Consolidated Contractors Company Oman LLC

Kempinski Hotel Muscat -Oman Hospitality Company SAOC

Nordic Energy FZC/ Nordic Oilfield Technologies LLCYes

Kirtanlal Metal Products and Co. LLC

Majid Bin Mohammed General Trading

Work highlights

  • Advising and representing an Omani real estate development company in an ICC arbitration.
  • Acting in an ICC Arbitration regarding the New Muscat International Airport Project in favour of the JV of Consolidated Contractors Company Oman LLC and Tav Tepe Akfen Yatirim İNŞAAT VE İŞLETME A.Ş. against the Ministry of Transport and Communication.
  • Representing the Consolidated Contractors Company Oman LLC in an arbitration relating to disputes on the Al Batinah Expressway against the Ministry of Transport and Communication (MOTC).

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP's practice in Oman frequently works with the firm's office in Dubai to advise clients on disputes. The team is particularly active in construction and tax litigation.  Names to note include Cheryl Cairns, who is based in Dubai and frequently advises on Omani matters, and Muscat-based partner Majid Al Toky. Associate Raya Al Harthy is praised by clients as an 'outstanding Omani lawyer' and is 'very professional'.

Practice head(s):

Majid Al Toky; Cheryl Cairns

Other key lawyers:

Raya Al Harthy

Testimonials

‘T&H team is a really dedicated one and always available/responsive to our requirements. With a very calm, composed highly knowledgeable person at the helm for our matter, Cheryl Cairns, we are extremely satisfied with them. Her approach, management of the matter and her team, her thoughtfulness and many more dimensions to her professional approach give you a sense of comfort and a feeling that you are in safe hands. Even if she is out attending other clients, we hardly feel her absence since her team including Lucy Walton and Raya Al Harthy coordinate and Cheryl pitches in with her guidance and insights. The team that Cheryl has attached to our case is a really hard-working lot and come rain or shine, they are ALWAYS there. Their reverse-planning-process to meet a deadline is sincerely appreciable. I wish them all the very best.’

‘T&H Team has always been available, responsive, and extremely cordial and straightforward. T&H Team has been very transparent, cooperative as well.’

‘Trowers and Hamlins (Oman Office) have a very good knowledge of Oman and of the Power and Water sector. They have a great diversity of individuals who can work well in English and Arabic.’

‘I have been impressed in particular with Mrs Raya Al Harthy who has filed for the Company a statement of appeal on a tax case in a very professional and fast manner. The fact that she works very well in both Arabic and English has made the preparation of the claim very efficient. ’

‘Proactive and well prepared local team, capable of handling court disputes professionally, and without us following up.’

‘Raya al Harthy, is an outstanding Omani lawyer, perfectly translating local procedures into a language allowing the foreign counsels to understand the local practice and to form a strategy together with the firm.’

‘Working relationship between the regional offices in the region is strong. Strong blend of local and international lawyers. ’

‘Cheryl Cairns is particularly strong and capably lead. Excellent strategic thinker with deep ME knowledge’

Key clients

SMN Barka Power Holding Company SAOG

Bahwan Contracting Company LLC

Desert Line Projects LLC

C.Steinweg Oman LLC

Port of Salalah

Ieon Muscat LLC

Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. Lt

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP stands out for its experience in arbitration cases, particularly in construction disputes. Michael Turrini in Dubai leads the overall Middle East arbitration practice, while Mohammed Al Balushi is the main partner in Muscat. Prior to joining the firm, Al Balushi was a senior legal adviser at Oman's Ministry of Legal Affairs, where he advised the Omani government on matters related to the construction of state projects.

Practice head(s):

Mohammed Al Balushi; Michael Turrini

Testimonials

‘Very strong construction law team with in-depth understanding of FIDIC contracts.’

‘Dedication to our cases. Always readily available to discuss matters at short notice. Always available to help us with writing support (eg letters, editing claims) when required.’