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Firms To Watch: Dispute resolution

Established in 2021, Abdul Redha Haider Advocacy & Legal Counsels is well-equipped to handle Omani civil and commercial litigation at all levels of Court, as well as international arbitration concerning employment, white-collar criminal defence, construction, partnerships and contracts.
Kennedys recently established Oman office handles a myriad of litigation and arbitration in the real estate, commercial, construction, utilities, insurance, aviation and transportation sectors. Through its combination with Nasser Al Shamli, Advocates & Legal Consultants, it has full audience rights before the Omani Courts.

Dispute resolution in Oman

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard is a top choice for contentious energy, utilities and construction projects, as well as commercial, debt recovery and employment disputes, the latter of which is a front on which Gorvinder Pannu excels. Saif Al Mamari leads on financial sector disputes, with Nasser Al Habsi specialising in energy, infrastructure and partnership disputes. The team's newest partner, Nic Henrikson ‘is knowledgeable and supportive’ and represents Omani and international clients in energy and construction litigation and arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Nic Henrikson; Gorvinder Pannu

Other key lawyers:

Saif Al Mamari; Nasser Al Habsi


‘Addleshaws Goddard (Oman) provide great service in that their advice displays a combination of a good knowledge of Omani law as well as the equally valued ability to set it in a commercial context. In addition, their team reflects a high level of diversity as well as of collaboration both which have proved very beneficial in the service they have delivered.’

‘Nic Henrikson and Nasser Al Habsi provide both excellent leadership for Addleshaws Goddard (Oman) in this area as well as great service in the advice that they give displays a combination of a good knowledge of Omani law as well as the equally valued ability to set it in a commercial context.’

‘The litigation/arbitration team is responsive and helpful, and particularly diligent with updates.’

‘Nic Henrikson is knowledgeable and supportive.’

Key clients



Raysut Cement Company

ALEC Engineering & Contracting Oman LLC

A global management consultancy

An Omani port operator

Work highlights

  • Acting for HSBC Oman in two disputes against its debtors—and, in one instance, against the debtor’s guarantors.
  • Retained to act for Raysut Cement Company in a proceeding before the Omani Primary Court, concerning allegations relating to the alleged wrongful termination of a contact with a contractor providing health, safety and environment services.
  • Successfully obtained damages for ALEC Engineering & Contracting Oman LLC in a case against a large construction company in relation to non-payment of invoices.

Al Busaidy, Mansoor Jamal & Co

Praised by clients as ‘the leading firm in Oman for commercial litigation’, Al Busaidy, Mansoor Jamal & Co is a top-tier firm for high-profile litigation cases before all venues, including the Supreme Court; it acts across the full spectrum of commercial, civil, administrative, criminal claims, employment disputes, Sharia law cases and related enforcement. Mansoor Jamal Malik and Said Hilall Al Busaidy are well-regarded figures in the market, and lead a team of specialists comprised of Ayman Ali , acting on construction, professional negligence and insolvency, and Mohammed Yousef , a specialist in administrative cases. Its Arabic commercial and civil dispute practice is led by Majda Al Riyami, ‘an impressive and energetic partner with a formidable presence in court.’

Practice head(s):

Mansoor Malik; Said Al Busaidy;  Mohammed Yousef; Ayman Ali; Majda Al Riyami


‘There can be no doubt that AMJ is the leading firm in Oman for commercial litigation, given the experience and skills of the team there, which is a mixture of Omani and other Arabic speaking lawyers, and lawyers qualified in common law jurisdictions such as England. There is no other firm that can cover the range of domestic cases before the local courts up to the Supreme Court level, as well as domestic and international arbitrations.

‘The heart of their success is a combination of Mansoor Malik, a qualified English barrister who has been practising in Oman for decades and Dr Said Al Busaidy, the former President of the Court with knowledge of Omani law second to none.’

‘Ayman Ali, an Egyptian qualified lawyer who works hard and is good at putting complexes cases and arguments together for the court. There are also Omani lawyers who are well trained by the firm and the position now in Oman only Omani national lawyers are permitted to present oral argument before the court, hence the presence of good Omani lawyers is critical.’

‘Majda Al Riyami – a great lawyer with clarity of thought and always available for the client.’

‘Every team member relays confidence. Facts and information are given due importance. Straight-forward opinions always helps us to think of options and strategies. Collaboration is seamless and billing is transparent. Every team is led by capable and confident team leaders. The hierarchy is very clear and it augments their professional practice.’

‘We are extensively working with Majda Al Riyami and her team. Our association is nearly a decade old and every time we engage with her and her team; our confidence and comfort level increases. She is an extremely capable lawyer who has thorough knowledge in her area of practice.’

‘Mansoor Jamal Malik’s reputation precedes him, and for good reason. He has seen the legal landscape in Oman develop from its inception and has unparalleled experience.’

‘Majda Al Riyami is an impressive and energetic partner with a formidable presence in court.’

Key clients

Qatar Airways Group

National Bank of Oman

Muscat National Development & Investment Company SAOC (ASAAS)

Bank Muscat SAOG

Sohar International Bank SAOG

Baker Hughes LLC

Subsidiaries of French multinational ENGIE

Carillion Alawi LLC

Oman International Terminal Container LLC

Bank Nizwa SAOG

Taageer Finance Co SAOG

Muscat Finance Company SAOG

Muriya Group and its subsidiaries

Petrofac International

Interwell LLC

Ministry of Defence Pension Fund

Bahwan Engineering Co LLC

Oman Shapoorji Company LLC

Oman Air


Etihad Airlines

British Airways

Turkish Airways

Northern Minerals LLC

Johnson Controls Inc.

Germanischer Lloyd Muscat LLC

Work highlights

  • Acted for Ministry of Defence Pension Fund  before the Administrative (Appeal) and the Supreme Court with regard to nullification of an arbitration award given against it in an arbitration conducted subject to the Oman Rules of Arbitration.
  • Acted for Carillion Alawi before the Administrative Court in connection with a suit brought against it for damages arising from a design defect in the construction of Oman’s Botanic Gardens.
  • Acted for a construction company on a rent dispute brought by the landlord against the company for vacation of the property due to an increased an rent.


At Dentons, Dali Al Habboub has more than 20 years litigating at all levels of Omani courts on disputes ranging from oil and gas, through to construction, employment and TMT. He also overseas the firm's growing international arbitration and insurance practice. Fellow practice co-head, Yaqdhan Al Busaidi is the lead partner for commercial, criminal and civil disputes. Senior associate Wafa Al Shuaibi assist with telecom and tax cases and international arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Dali Al Habboub; Yaqdhan Al Busaidi

Other key lawyers:

Wafa Al Shuaibi

Key clients

International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund

Al Sulaimi Group Holding

Petroleum Development Oman LLC (PDO)

Dyncorp International LLC

Petroleum Development Oman LLC (PDO)

Shell Development Oman; Shell International; Shell International Pension

First Abu Dhabi Bank (Oman branch)

Work highlights

  • Continuing to represent International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund in relation to 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.
  • Defending Petroleum Development Oman LLC in a claim of damages filed by Sunfer Estructuras, Sociedad Limitada and others, claiming compensation for an alleged infringement of industrial intellectual property rights.
  • Representing Dyncorp International LLC in over 200 collective claims relating to terminations as a result of a change in the terms of a contract between the company and the US Ministry of Defence.

Said Al-Shahry & Partners (SASLO)

Lauded for its ‘vast experience and remarkable knowledge’, particularly in the area of construction arbitration, Said Al-Shahry is the rainmaker of Said Al-Shahry & Partners (SASLO) with 30 years of experiences as an advocate at all courts throughout Oman. Thamer Al-Shahry is a ‘smart and experienced partner, with excellent feel for client requirements’, specialising in commercial, capital markets and banking disputes. Senior counsel Khalid Al-Wazir  is recommended for maritime and shipping disputes. The team's newest partner hire, Tarek El Hassan focuses on commercial, employment and insurance cases. Hani Al-Bawani retired from practice.

Practice head(s):

Said Al-Shahry

Other key lawyers:

Thamer Al-Shahry; Khalid Al-Wazir; Tarek El Hassan


‘What makes SASLO’s dispute resolution practice unique in international arbitration is its vast experience and remarkable knowledge and its concentration on core areas in the construction field. The team’s strengths include its vast expertise in this area and excellent quality of legal services that are tailored towards the client’s needs.’

‘Said Al Shahry can determine strategic approach in complex arbitration cases and has team leadership skills when the members of the legal team are from various jurisdictions.’

‘They are well-connected in Oman and understand the politics and the court system well. They seek to deliver big law firm support and generally do a good job at it.’

‘Thamer Al Shahry is very personable and easy to put in front of clients. He is always available and willing to help.’

‘SASLO has a responsive and experienced litigation team.’

‘Team is resilient and forward-looking. Provide good analysis of the case and propose litigation strategies. Has good experience dealing with complex matters.’

‘Many strong subject-matter experts in the team. Able to dissect complex cases to manageable slices. Adopt a systematic approach to case handling.’

‘Excellent partner led dispute resolution team’

Al Tamimi & Company

Recognised as one of the largest full-service firms in the Middle East, Al Tamimi & Company routinely represents banks, corporations and government departments in commercial and civil litigation, enforcement of local and foreign judgments and criminal prosecution and defence. Owing to its regional footprint, it also advises on the provisions of multilateral and bi-lateral treaties between the region’s states. Practice head Abdelhaleem (Haleem) Mohammed Ahmed has a well-earned reputation in arbitration. Office head Ahmed Al Barwani  and senior associate Chelsea Pollard are also active in commercial, banking litigation and international arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Abdelhaleem (Haleem) Mohammed Ahmed; Ahmed Al Barwani

Other key lawyers:

Chelsea Pollard


‘The firm consists of high calibre lawyers from different legal systems, which gives clients an immense confidence that all their cases will be handled in a very proper way not locally but internationally. The firm lawyers are very prompt , meticulous in their legal work and always keeping friendly and cordial relation with the clients. Their fees is always reasonable and affordable by the clients and the legal services rendered is real value for money. ‘

‘The lawyers always go beyond their legal scope and provide commercial solutions and advises and always acts as problems solvers . The firm do have an extensive experience in ADR locally and worldwide.’

‘ Mr. Haleem & Mr. Ahmed Al Bharwani  are very distinguished lawyers. Mr. Haleem length of experience as well as the deep knowledge of different legal systems working in Sudan, USA & Oman. Such an experience granted him an advantage over the other lawyers practising in Oman. I have dealt with Mr. Haleem in different ad hoc and institutional arbitral tribunals both in Arabic and English languages. His professionalism and deep knowledge really matters and makes an immense difference in all ADR cases.’

Work highlights

    Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

    Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP is highly regarded for its litigation and arbitration work, particularly in the construction, infrastructure and oil and gas sectors. Its office manager, Simon Ward is noted for his presence appearing in ICC, LCIA, DIFC, DIAC and UNCITRAL international arbitration. For construction disputes, Dominic Pilkington is highly recommended. Mehdi Al Lawati is another one of Oman’s top litigators, appearing in Primary, Appeal and Enforcement Courts, and also in local arbitrations. Senior associate David McCarthy appears alongside key partners in construction and project disputes.

    Practice head(s):

    Simon Ward; Dominic Pilkington; Mehdi Al Lawati

    Other key lawyers:

    David McCarthy

    Key clients

    OQ – Oman Oil Refineries

    MPE Engineering


    Sambu Construction

    Renaissance Services SAOG

    ABA School

    Al Qersh

    Gulf Air

    Suhail Bahwan Automobiles

    Zubair Corporation

    Work highlights

    • Advising one of Oman’s largest and oldest construction companies in multiple construction arbitrations involving some of Oman’s largest developments such as 5 star hotels and international airports.
    • Advising the government’s national oil and gas company, OQ, in an arbitration arising under a distributorship agreement.
    • Advising an international design and construction company in DIAC arbitration proceedings, in a complex dispute involving failure of oil and gas infrastructure. The proceedings include allegations of concerning the oil and gas sector

    BSA Al Rashdi & Al Barwani Advocates & Legal Consultants

    BSA Al Rashdi & Al Barwani Advocates & Legal Consultants‘ dispute practice is led by Abdulaziz Al Rashdi, who is distinguished for his specialism in representing insurers and knowledge of the US Foreign Accounts Tax Compliance Act. He also acts for contractors, government organisations, developers and banks in commercial and civil disputes. One of the other key partners, Mundhir Al Barwani also acts in banking, capital markets and insurance litigation.

    Practice head(s):

    Abdulaziz Al Rashdi

    Other key lawyers:

    Mundhir Al Barwani

    Key clients

    ALS Logistic Solutions LLC

    Haliburton Worldwide

    NCC Nagajuna Construction

    Al Shaksy Construction LLC

    Airmech Oman LLC


    Work highlights

    • Acting on behalf of ALS Logistic Solution LLC for the recovery of Euro 4,100.090.94 from Joannou & Paraskevaides (Oman) LLC.
    • Acting on behalf of Halliburton for the recovery of US $ 11 million from Oman Lasso Exploration and Production Carawan Limited and defending a counter claim of US$ 16 million filed by Oman Lasso.
    • Acting on behalf of Nagarjuna Construction Company Limited for recovery OMR 7 million under an EPC Contract from Ministry of Transport and Communication, Oman.

    CMS Cameron McKenna LLP

    At CMS Cameron McKenna LLPAmur Al Rashdi has over 15 years of experience appearing before Omani courts in relation to claims relating to corporate law, shareholders, guarantee/indemnity arrangements and administrative law disputes. Faris Al Maashari is the other another key commercial and civil litigator.

    Practice head(s):

    Amur Al Rashdi; Faris Al Maashari


    ‘Strengths of the practice are its knowledge and capabilities and extensive experience in disputes across Oman and the region.’ 

    ‘The team is knowledgeable, responsible and accountable.’

    Key clients

    KCA Deutag Drilling Gmbh

    Muscat Leading Plastic Company LLC

    Oman Power & Water Procurement Company (OPWP)


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

    Strabag Oman LLC

    Modern Hormuz Construction

    Ghantoot Transport and General Contracting LLC

    Abraj Energy Services SAOC

    NMC Health Care LLC

    Elegant Medical Centre LLC

    Work highlights

    • Advised Modern Hormuz Construction in an arbitration against the Ministry of Housing for a total claim of more than OMR 1 million.
    • Successfully advised a leading primary healthcare provider in the Sultanate of Oman in relation to a negotiated settlement with one of its primary financial creditors, including the successful termination of multiple cases which been filed in the courts against our client.
    • Successfully advised an American provider of industrial automation products operating in Oman against an Oman-based technology wholesaler for the recovery of US$2million in outstanding payments, including managing settlement discussions and pursuit through each stage of the court system.

    Mohammed Al Ruqaishi Law Firm

    At Mohammed Al Ruqaishi Law Firm, name partner Mohammed Al Ruqaishi leads the litigation team and Arabic arbitration practice, in tandem with Hashim Shekhuna who heads the English language ad-hoc arbitration side. Shekhuna is experienced in construction, corporate and employment disputes, and is instructed by international law firms as local counsel for Omani matters.

    Practice head(s):

    Mohammed Al Ruqaishi


    Other key lawyers:

    Hashim Shekhuna


    ‘Experienced team, with top tier local expertise. Great service delivery for a true local firm, and clearly at international firm standards. Expertise of the team is superior to international firms.’

    ‘Hashim Shekhuna is a standout. Exceptional lawyer with great client skills and great breadth of knowledge of the law and the market.’

    ‘The team at the firm is very capable and experienced. Two partners have previously worked at international law firms and hence are used to providing international law firm standard services. They are responsive and cost effective as well, and we have never had issues on billing with them.’

    ‘Mohammed Al Ruqaishi is highly recommended for litigation and arbitration matters in Oman. He is responsive, offers flexible fee proposals, provide high quality partner supervision to the matters.’

    ‘I have worked with the team on a number of different matters over several years. They are great team players, responsive and professional. They are a pleasure to work with.’

    ‘I particularly rate Hashim Shukla. He is an excellent lawyer, very responsive and has obtained some excellent results in the Omani courts for our clients.’

    Key clients

    Oman Electricity Transmission Company SAOC

    Consolidated Contractors Company Oman LLC

    Kempinski Hotel Muscat – Oman Hospitality Company SAOC

    Nordic Oilfield Technologies LLC


    Reed Smith

    Pinsent Masons

    Oman Air Cargo

    Clyde & Co

    NCR Corporation

    Moon Travels LLC

    Oman Aviation Group Holding Co SAOC

    Zainab Aziz

    Alessandra Zingales

    Amjaad Holding

    Work highlights

    • Acted for JV of Consolidated Contractors Company Oman LLC and Tav Tepe Akfen Yatirim İNŞAAT VE İŞLETME A.Ş in ICC Arbitration regarding the New Muscat International Airport Project, against the Ministry of Transport and Communication.
    • Representing Barka IV project company, in which Suez is a key shareholder, on a potential ICC arbitration against Oman Power and Water Procurement Co. SAOC.

    Trowers & Hamlins LLP

    Trowers & Hamlins LLP specialises in institutional and ad hoc arbitrations arising out of construction, oil and gas, banking and general commercial disputes. Lead partner Majid Al Toky has a strong commercial litigation background and handles cases involving agencies, employment, insurance and shipping. Raya Al Harthy is an experienced senior associate for ICC, LCIA and UNCITRAL arbitrations.

    Practice head(s):

    Majid Al Toky

    Other key lawyers:

    Raya Al Harthy


    ‘The T&H Team has a good understanding of our business and how we like to run it. Their communication with our organization is at a good level.’

    ‘Very active in updating the client and keeping them informed in the matter progress. Knowledgeable Omani team.’

    ‘Trowers have an excellent Client support and services capabilities. Their teams are unique in that they are very competent, professional, efficient, approachable and strong problem-solving mind set.’

    ‘Very competent individuals, highly trained and qualified, with excellent client support and services.’

    ‘Experienced and focused on the matter, partner fully engaged in and leading the arbitration case.’

    ‘Raya Al Harthi is profoundly attentive to the issues and does very good research on any matter assigned to her. The Firm in general has wide relationship in the market that any case assigned to them, they have knowledge of the clients, also the resources they have around the world and the speed of response are areas that make me chose them as against others.’

    Key clients

    SMN Barka Power Holding Company SAOG

    Bahwan Engineering Company LLC

    Bahwan Contracting Company LLC

    Enhance Group

    C.Steinweg Oman LLC

    Salalah Port Services SAOG

    Mustafa& Kamal Ashraf LLC


    White & Case LLP

    White & Case LLP is known for strong focus on construction and projects. Real estate partner, Mohammed Al Bahr primarily represents developers, multinational construction firms and government agencies in relation to projects concerning procurement of large scale infrastructure projects.

    Practice head(s):

    Mohammed Al Bahr


    ‘White & Case is at the very top of the dispute resolution market. They have a good team of partners and associates that seem to deliver quality and value for the clients.’

    ‘The team are very knowledgeable and understand the arbitration process, have excellent knowledge of contracts and integrate themselves with the client’s team.’