Dispute resolution in Oman

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard has handled a number of high-profile construction and payment recovery disputes. In one example, Saif Al Mamari acted for Alec Engineering and Contracting Oman LLC in a payment dispute against Carillion Alaw concerning the construction of Muscat International Airport, where the former was a sub-contractor and the latter was the main contractor. Moreover, Nasser Al Habsi acted before Sohar International Bank in a payments dispute against a major construction company. Jamie Kellick joined Kennedys in Dubai.

Practice head(s):

Saif Al Mamari

Key clients

Tradestone SteinhandelsGmbH

ALEC Engineering and Contracting Oman LLC

Driver Consult Oman LLC

Sohar International Bank

Work highlights

  • Acted for SIG in relation to a debt recovery matter in Oman.
  • Defending Technique LLC (Technique) against a commercial claim filed against it by an Omani lessor.
  • Acted for the British Council in seeking recovery of monies owed against a company that owned the Al Wael Educational Institute, following the jailing of the principal of the institute for fraud.

Al Busaidy, Mansoor Jamal & Co

Al Busaidy, Mansoor Jamal & Co is ‘exceptional for dispute resolution and litigation’ and ‘works with internationally recognised barristers and offers the best of global skills and reach with local knowledge’. Practice head Mansoor Jamal Malik is an England and Wales-qualified barrister with rights of audience before Oman’s Supreme Court and Appeal Court, and is an Appeal Court panel arbitrator. He represented two banks in their joint claim against a cement company and its guarantor for funds owing on a facility for the partially completed construction of a cement plant. Also leading the team is Said Hilall Al Busaidy, who has acted before the courts of first instance, appeal and Supreme Court.

Testimonials

Exceptional for dispute resolution and litigation.

Works with internationally recognised barristers and offers the best of global skills and reach with local knowledge.

Key clients

National Bank of Oman

Commercial Bank of Qatar

Bank Muscat SAOG

Habib Bank Limited

Bank Dhofar SAOG

Al Omaneya Services Company SAOG

Muscat Finance Co SAOG

United Finance Company SAOG

Sohar International Bank SAOG

Bahwan group of companies

KPMG

Subsidiaries of French multinational ENGIE

Power Mech Projects Limited

Public Authority for Food Reserves

Carillion

Interwell

Muriya Group

Public Authority for Stores and Food Reserves

Oman Tourism Development Co SAOC

AIG MEA Limited (Oman Branch)

Al Hassan Group

Al Argan Towell Investment Company

Amiantit Oman Co. LLC

Bahwan Engineering Co LLC

CC Energy Development S.A.L. (CCED)

Oman Construction Material & Trading Co. LLC

Oman Air

Work highlights

  • Represented Sheikh Suhail bin Salim al-Mukheini Bahwan and his group of companies in a payment dispute.
  • Represented a subsidiary of Lush Cosmetics Ltd in a shareholders’ dispute.
  • Defended KPMG against a claim brought by a former client of KPMG for alleged negligence in the conduct of the company’s audits for the 2000 and 2001 financial years and for the resulting losses.

Dentons

Dentons covers the spectrum of commercial disputes, but is most prominent in disputes concerning construction and environmental pollution. Dali Al Habboub is a key figure and advised Astana Property Management on a dispute where a beneficiary attempted to apply to the court to instruct the bank to dissolve a bond against the client. Haleem Amir Mohammed acted for the International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund in a case involving losses arising out of the sinking of the Nesa-R3, a tanker carrying 816 tonnes of bitumen. Abdelrahman Mohamed Elnafie retired.

Practice head(s):

Dali Al Habboub

Key clients

SABCO Group

Oman National Transport Company

Dyncorp International LLC

Oil Marketing

International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund

HSBC Bank Oman

SNF Oman LLC

Al Sulaimi Group

Work highlights

  • Representing HSBC in a dispute relating to debt recovery.
  • Acted for a client in a dispute related to the construction and operation of a water desalination plant.
  • Acted for the Ministry of Finance of Oman in relation to a claim against several parties in connection with wrongful utilisation of subsidised diesel fuel.

Al Tamimi & Company

Al Tamimi & Company handles disputes pertaining to contractual breaches and payment issues. Ahmed Al Barwani leads the practice and is admitted before Oman courts and has rights of audience before the Court of Appeal.

Practice head(s):

Ahmed Al Barwani 

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP is particularly skilled in construction and tax-related disputes. Simon Ward leads the team and defended Oman Air in a $1.5m claim alleging improper storage of cargo. He also represented Sohar Global Construction and Contracting Co in a tax dispute against the Secretariat General of Tax Oman, which challenged a tax assessment made by the latter. He is supported by recently promoted partners Dominic Pilkington and Mehdi Al Lawati, and counsel Hamood Al-Rawahi.

Practice head(s):

Simon Ward

Key clients

MPE Engineering

Sohar Global Construction and Contracting Co LLC

Sambu Construction Co Ltd

ABA School

Al Qersh

Work highlights

  • Represented Oman Methanol & Muscat Insurance Company in a claim arising from design failures in a methanol plant. The proceedings have been initiated on behalf of the underwriters of Oman Methanol.
  • Acted for Sohar Global Construction and Contracting Co in a tax dispute with the Secretariat General of Tax Oman.
  • Advised MPE Engineering in a dispute in the Omani courts related to oil and gas installations.

Said Al-Shahry & Partners (SASLO)

Said Al-Shahry & Partners (SASLO) is very strong in disputes concerning employment and construction, with expertise in both litigation and ADR. Managing partner Said Al-Shary leads the team and is particularly skilled in construction arbitration. Hani Bawani is highly skilled in international arbitration, as well as in disputes involving shipping and insurance. Thamer Al Shahry is another key figure and has acted in cases concerning infrastructure projects and labour law.

Practice head(s):

Said Al-Shary

Key clients

Ahli Bank SAOG

Al Maha Ceramics Company SAOG

Bank Muscat SAOG

Dhofar Power Company SAOC

Muscat Electricity Distribution Company SAOC

OCTAL SAOC FZC

Oman Development Bank SAOC

Oman Drydock Company SAOC

Oman Ground Handling LLC

Oman Aviation Services SAOC

Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company SAOC

HSBC Oman SAOG

Oman Qatar Insurance Company

Oman Shipping Company SAOC

Port of Duqm Company SAOC

Rural Areas Electricity Company SAOC (TANWEER)

Salalah Beach Resort SAOG (Salalah Hilton)

Schlumberger

CPEC – Architectural & Engineering Consultancy

Shell Marketing Company SAOG

Oman Oil Marketing Company SAOG

W.J. Towell Group

Barwa Bank (QJC) – Qatar

ACWA Power Barka SAOG

Carillion Alawi LLC

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP’s core areas of focus are construction, energy and employment. Majid Al Toky is a key figure and is very active in the construction sector. Also noted is Dubai-based Cheryl Cairns, who is an expert in disputes involving energy and infrastructure projects.