Firm Profile > Al Tamimi & Company > Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates
Al Tamimi & Company Offices
JULPHAR OFFICE TOWER, 39th FLOOR
AL JISSAR STREET
RAS AL KHAIMAH
United Arab Emirates
Al Tamimi & Company > The Legal 500 Rankings
At Al Tamimi & Company, Rita Jaballah handles a range of heavyweight DIFC court cases, often involving jurisdictional challenges. Thomas Snider's arbitration practice includes a range of joint venture disputes; he is particularly well connected for African-related work. The firm also has an in-house silk: senior counsel Patrick Dillon-Malone SC, called to the Inner Bar in Ireland, adds additional advocacy firepower before the DIFC courts. Senior associate Peter Smith - called to the English Bar - is a key name below partner level in the DIFC courts, and Jane Rahman, an English solicitor, is a notable senior counsel.
Rita Jaballah; Thomas Snider
‘Al Tamimi’s arbitration practice is very active in the region. They benefit from their huge regional presence. The team is large and has particular experience in arbitrations relating to shareholder disputes.’
‘The USP of Al Tamimi is its UAE lawyers who can assist quickly and effectively on any issues of UAE and Dubai law that are relevant to matters that arise in DIFC litigation and arbitration.’
‘Rita Jaballah is an excellent lawyer who is both in command of the detail of any case on which she is working, and also has a good overview of where the client wants to get in terms of strategy. Working with her is always a pleasure.’
‘Thomas Snider’s cross-examination skills are excellent. He listens hard, is polite to witnesses and yet wields an iron first beneath his velvet glove.’
‘Peter Smith is very straightforward in his advice.’
‘Jane Rahman is quick to understand the factual issue at hand and is quick to come up with a practical solution.’
Walch & Schurti Attorneys At Law Ltd
Oman Insurance Company
United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
Al Tamimi & Company covers the gamut of local court litigation. Naief Yahia is a notable name for construction and banking litigation, with Hassan Arab a key contact for work involving both litigation and arbitration. Outside Dubai, Mohamed Al Marzouqi heads the firm's Abu Dhabi litigation team, in which Sudanese-qualified El Ameir Noor is another notable name, and the firm also has a presence in the Northern Emirates - Zafer Oghli and Ammar Haykal are the key contacts in Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah respectively. Taiba Al Safar and Ahmad Ghoneim are July 2019 partner promotions.
Al Abbar Group
Al Futtaim Group
Al Ghurair Group
Al Rostamani Group
Al Seif Group (KSA) – ESEC International
Alu Nasa Aluminium Industry
Cilantro Holdings Limited
DNB Bank ASA
DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa
Dubai International Financial Centre Authority (DIFCA)
Euro Auctions FZE
General Motors Overseas Distribution
Human Resources Department – Government of Ras Al Khaimah
James L Willams Middle East (JLW)
Laguna Tower Residence FZE
Majid Al Futtaim
Ministry of Culture
Mubadala Investment Company PJSC
Privatbank IHAG Zurich AG
Serco Middle East
SF Dubai LLC
SK E&C (Korea)
Slaughter & May
Tadhamon International Islamic Bank
Employment Tier 1
Samir Kantaria heads the employment and incentives practice at Al Tamimi & Company; the team has 'been in the region a long time and has established a solid brand' and is 'very practical and no-nonsense in its approach'. It acts for private sector, semi-governmental and governmental employers, which turn to the firm for advice on local and regional employment and immigration issues. Among a long list of recent highlights was its work for Microsoft in harmonising employment contracts across the UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman and Kuwait. The sizeable team includes Gordon Barr, who is 'very responsive, good with detail and user-friendly', and Ivor McGettigan, who is considered 'a "go-to" employment lawyer in Abu Dhabi'.
‘Al Tamimi’s extensive footprint in the region with specialist lawyers in the different markets enables it to provide a unique service offering.‘
‘The most well established and experienced employment law team in the UAE.‘
‘The Employment team at Al Tamimi has more experience than most firms at dealing with all aspects of the Labour Law, and has significant first hand dealings with the Ministry of Labour and relevant authorities on the full variety of employment, on-boarding, termination and sponsorship procedures.’
‘The team was approachable, empathetic and thorough. They highlighted the key risks and opportunities we faced with our project, and were extremely prompt with their support.‘
‘Gordon Barr is technically astute and can be relied upon to provide clear, concise and practical advice. He is accessible, responsive and has no ego.‘
‘Natalie Jones was approachable, and she made a real effort to make our lives a lot easier by going through the various options we had, and making everything easy to understand.‘
‘Ivor McGettigan’s advice is always practical and sound.‘
Intel Corporation Inc.
Intellectual property Tier 1
Al Tamimi & Company's wide-ranging IP practice covers patents, trade marks, industrial designs and domain names, with extensive experience in contentious and non-contentious work. The team has also established a strong practice in anti-counterfeiting measures in the fashion and luxury sectors, where its clients include household name brands. Head of IP Omar Obeidat has additional expertise in competition, compliance and consumer protection; Ahmad Saleh is the regional head of patents and designs and has vast experience in patent prosecution and protection. The team also counts a number of experienced associates, including Ahmad Zaza and Rasha Al Ardah.
Real estate Tier 1
Under the leadership of Tara Marlow, Al Tamimi & Company covers the gamut of real estate matters, and stands out for having a dedicated regional hotels and leisure practice. The team is also active in the food and beverage, education and healthcare sectors. In a major deal in the hospitality space, the team advised Abu Dhabi National Hotels on the acquisition of a portfolio of five operational hotels in Dubai from Emaar Hospitality. Mohammed Kawasmi advises governments and governmental bodies in the GCC on new real estate-related laws and regulations. Senior counsel Andrew Balfe and associates Maha Dahoui and David Bowman are also noted. Jeremy Scott joined Addleshaw Goddard in 2020.
‘Al Tamimi combine excellent knowledge of the law with practical advice and support.‘
‘The team has a very good feel for the issues affecting the local market.‘
‘David Bowman is always very approachable, and thoroughly consistent and reliable in his approach.‘
‘Maha Dahoui knows the local regulatory environment like the back of her hand, and has good relationships with the local governmental agencies.‘
‘Andrew Balfe is clear with his advice, knowledgeable and instils confidence. His drafting skills are very good and he delivers an excellent product.‘
Abu Dhabi National Hotels
Red Sea Development Company
King Abdullah Financial District Development and Management Company
Athr Real Estate
Standard Chartered Bank
Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), Abu Dhabi
Jaguar Land Rover
GEMS Education Group
Jabal Omar Development Company
Al Rayyadah Tourism Investment Company
Steigenberger Hotels AG
Public Investment Fund
RAZA (formerly Al Ra’idah Investment Company)
Dubai Properties LLC
Shipping Tier 1
At Al Tamimi & Company, Omar Omar heads a team whose contentious work ranges through to vessel sale and purchase disputes through to vessel arrests, and transactional work includes vessel finance and sales. In addition to work alongside respected European law firms, the clients include several leading banks, shipping companies and P&I clubs. James Newdigate moved in-house to Saudi Aramco.
Al Tamimi & Company stands out for the breadth and depth of its banking practice, covering everything from corporate lending to restructuring to licensing, and the team also advises on financial services regulatory matters. The firm acts for leading local, regional and international banks operating in the UAE, as well as other financial services firms. Highly regarded practice head Jody Waugh 'manages the team very well'; Mamoon Khan is highlighted for his 'excellent knowledge of banking practices' and 'utmost dedication to deliver within the most stringent of timelines'; and the well-respected Mark Brown was promoted to partner in 2019. The group is also noted for having a 'deep bench of associates'.
‘The team is incredibly knowledgeable when it comes to UAE and regional law. The advice is often considered and practical for the relevant situation.‘
‘When it comes to local law queries, Tamimi stands head and shoulders above certain of their competitors. They have a deep bench of associates which adds to their strength.‘
‘They are not only competent transaction lawyers but are also quite capable when it comes to advisory work and dispute resolution.‘
‘The vast experience in understanding the UAE markets (including the practices and regulations in the different free zones).‘
‘Mamoon Khan has exceptional understanding of client requirements and provides effective advice.‘
‘Mark Brown has excellent knowledge of banking practices and documentation coupled with utmost dedication and commitment to deliver within the most stringent of timelines.‘
‘Mamoon Khan is cool, calm and collected, with a wealth of knowledge. Able to advise clients on complicated structures and deliver clear messages as to the position under local law.‘
‘Jody Waugh has a wealth of knowledge and experience; he is able to deal with complicated transactions and manages the team very well.‘
National Bank of Fujairah
NBF Capital Limited
Al Ahli Bank of Kuwait K.S.C.P. (ABK)
Gulf Navigation Holding PJSC
Dana Gas PJSC
The National Bank of Ras Al Khaimah (RAKBANK)
First Abu Dhabi Bank PJSC
Bank of Baroda (BOB)
Standard Chartered Bank
Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank
Dubai Islamic Bank
MCB Bank Limited
Capital markets Tier 2
Al Tamimi & Company is noted for its extensive office network and for having the 'local knowledge needed to get the job done properly and efficiently'. It has a leading ECM practice in the UAE and across the MENA region, and is also adept in DCM transactions. In a major mandate, the team advised Network International on the IPO of its shares on the LSE in April 2019, in what was the first international IPO in London that year. Andrew Tarbuck heads the capital markets practice, while Rafiq Jaffer leads on DCM work. Managing partner Husam Hourani is another key contact.
‘The Capital Markets team at Al Tamimi is top rate and compares well and sometimes better than the big firms from the UK.‘
‘They also operate in 17 jurisdictions in the Middle East and have the local knowledge needed to get the job done properly and efficiently. Highly recommend.‘
Network International Holdings
Dubai Airport Free Zone Authority
Aster DM Healthcare
Al Tamimi & Company distinguishes itself in the market with the breadth and strength of its office network in the UAE and wider region. The full-service practice covers everything from M&A and joint ventures to consumer protection and competition law. In a significant development, 'outstanding' partner Abdullah Mutawi joined the firm from Baker Botts L.L.P. in 2019 to head the corporate and commercial department. Samer Qudah is the head of corporate structuring, where Izabella Szadkowska is a key name; Alex Saleh heads the firm's private equity practice; and Andrea Tithecott leads the healthcare and regulatory practices. James MacCallum is a key figure in the Abu Dhabi office. Gary Watts retired in 2019.
Abdullah Mutawi; Samer Qudah
‘Good knowledge of local law.‘
‘Abdullah Matawi is outstanding.‘
Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC)
Aster DM Healthcare
TMT Tier 2
Highly regarded firm Al Tamimi & Company fields an experienced team of TMT lawyers, which are frequently appointed to advise on major local and regional projects. Among the team's areas of expertise are blockchain, AI, e-commerce, data privacy and cybersecurity. It is also seeing an uptick in work related to the Internet of Things (IoT), where the firm is able to leverage its substantial regulatory and commercial expertise. 'Amazing lawyer' Fiona Robertson is particularly active in the media and entertainment space. Steve Bainbridge is the head of sports and events management. Martin Hayward and senior associate Krishna Jhala are also names to note.
‘The Al Tamimi team is responsive, business-focused and thorough. The firm also is unparalleled in its coverage of the Middle East and Africa.‘
‘Al Tamimi is a really terrific firm. My go-to firm for all of my Gulf States needs.‘
‘Combination of regional base and international expertise.‘
‘Fiona Robertson is an amazing lawyer – a superstar!‘
‘Martin Hayward is also excellent, and associate Krishna Jhala is top-notch.‘
‘Nick O’Connell in Saudi Arabia is, simply put, the best technology lawyer in the region.‘
Jaguar Land Rover
Department of Finance, Ajman
Smart Dubai Government
Construction Tier 3
At Al Tamimi & Company, Euan Lloyd, a senior counsel, is the firm's head of counsel and infrastructure; he is active working on building projects both in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and other emirates for key local clients. Thomas Snider, who has a track record of work in East Africa, heads the firm's arbitration practice. Senior counsel John Gaffney, like Snider, is also active in the area of construction arbitration under a variety of arbitral rules, including the ADCCAC Rules, as well as expert determinations. Naief Yahia's practice in the Arabic-language courts includes construction litigation.
‘An up and coming department in Abu Dhabi; always hungry to assist.’
‘Euan Lloyd is very responsive on front-end work: always available to bounce ideas off and keeps things easy and reflective of the practicalities of the local market.’
‘They provide different perspectives and run through all parts of the process and do a great job explaining exactly what was going on.’
‘Euan Lloyd is not only a good Counsel but he was, more importantly, a good person to have on a team – he is quick to respond to questions and provide legal advice in a way that is easy for clients to understand.’
Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC)
Electricitie De France (EDF)
Abu Dhabi Motorsports Company
Bin Yousef Group
RAK government entities including Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone & RAK International Airport)
Umm Al Qura
At Al Tamimi & Company, banking and finance experts Jody Waugh and Mark Brown have notable experience in project finance, and the team is often instructed as local counsel on major projects taking place in the UAE. An example was its advice to Acwa Power as the preferred bidder to design, finance, operate and maintain a $1.2bn, 200 million gallons-per-day desalination independent water project; the project is to be built at Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity’s Taweelah site.
Jody Waugh; Mark Brown
First Gulf Bank PJSC
Masdar Abu Dhabi Future Energy
Japan Bank for International Cooperation
Al Tamimi & Company > Firm Profile
The firm: Al Tamimi & Company is the largest law firm in the Middle East with 17 offices across nine countries. Established in 1989, we are a full service commercial firm combining knowledge, experience and expertise to ensure our clients have access to the best legal solutions that are commercially sound and cost effective.
Our clients are at the centre of everything that we do – their business is our business.
Our strength comes from our clients’ trust that we will provide them the quality of service that they deserve. Therefore, we make it our business to find creative and commercial legal solutions whilst focusing on making the law work for them. Over the years, we have acted for a wide variety of clients, including: government bodies; government or semi-government owned entities; local, regional and international companies; banks and financial institutions; along with both international and regional law firms.
We’re not like everyone else.
As a firm, we have the ability to practice local law in each of the nine jurisdictions where we have a presence. This means that each of our licensed litigators have rights of audience before local courts. We are proud of this unique strength, which truly sets us apart from the competition.
Doing Business in the Middle East?
So are we! Our regional footprint means that wherever our clients are doing business in the region, we are there to support them. Our expansion has been strategic and client driven. Our values define who we are and what is important to us. As a firm, we have grown based on a set of core values, which are integral to all that we do.
Areas of practice: As the Middle East’s largest law firm Al Tamimi & Company has vast experience acting for clients across many jurisdictions in the region. Through our full service offering we are able to provide legal advice with a one-stop-shop for all your legal requirements. We offer specialist legal advice in the following practice areas: arbitration; aviation; automotive; banking and finance; capital markets; commercial; construction and infrastructure; corporate services; education; employment and incentives; Expo 2020; family business and private wealth; financial crime; FMCG; healthcare; hotels and leisure; mergers and acquisitions; projects; rail; regulatory; shipping; sports and events management; transport and logistics.
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|Senior Partner||Husam Houraniemail@example.com||+971 4 364 1641|
|Managing Partner||Samer Qudahfirstname.lastname@example.org||+971 4 331 7161|
|Deputy Managing Partner||Mohamed Al Marzouqiemail@example.com||+971 2 813 0444|
|Deputy Managing Partner||Jody Waughfirstname.lastname@example.org||+971 4 364 1641|
|Arbitration||Thomas Snideremail@example.com||+971 4 364 1641|
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|Aviation||Yazan Saoudiemail@example.com||+971 4 364 1641|
|Banking & Finance||Husam Houranifirstname.lastname@example.org||+971 4 364 1641|
|Banking & Finance||Jody Waughemail@example.com||+971 4 364 1641|
|Capital Markets||Andrew Tarbuckfirstname.lastname@example.org||+971 4 331 7161|
|Commercial advisory||Willem Steenkampemail@example.com||+971 4 331 7161|
|Competition law||Omar Obeidatfirstname.lastname@example.org||+971 4 364 1641|
|Construction & Infrastructure||Euan Lloydemail@example.com||+971 4 364 1641|
|Corporate governance||Andrea Tithecottfirstname.lastname@example.org||+971 2 813 0444|
|Corporate structuring||Samer Qudahemail@example.com||+971 4 331 7161|
|Corporate structuring||Omer Khanfirstname.lastname@example.org||+971 4 331 7161|
|Corporate structuring||Izabella Szadkowskaemail@example.com||+971 4 331 7161|
|Debt capital markets||Andrew Tarbuckfirstname.lastname@example.org||+971 4 331 7161|
|Debt capital markets||Rafiq Jafferemail@example.com||+971 4 364 1641|
|Corporate Services||Izabella Szadkowskafirstname.lastname@example.org||+971 4 331 7161|
|Education||Ivor McGettiganemail@example.com||+971 2 813 0444|
|Education||Ahmad Salehfirstname.lastname@example.org||+971 4 364 1641|
|Employment & Incentives||Samir Kantariaemail@example.com||+971 4 331 7161|
|Employment & Incentives||Gordon Barrfirstname.lastname@example.org||+971 4 331 7161|
|Employment & Incentives||Ivor McGettiganemail@example.com||+971 2 813 0444|
|Family Business & Private Wealth||Richard Catlingfirstname.lastname@example.org||+971 4 331 7161|
|Financial Crime||Khalid Al Hamraniemail@example.com||+971 4 364 1641|
|Financial Crime||Ibtissem Lassouedfirstname.lastname@example.org||+971 4 364 1641|
|Financial services regulation and enforcement||Jody Waughemail@example.com||+971 4 364 1641|
|Financial services regulation and enforcement||Rita Jaballahfirstname.lastname@example.org||+971 4 364 1641|
|Healthcare||Andrea Tithecottemail@example.com||+971 2 813 0444|
|Hotels & Leisure||Tara Marlowfirstname.lastname@example.org||+971 4 364 1641|
|Insurance||Yazan Saoudiemail@example.com||+971 4 364 1641|
|IP||Omar Obeidatfirstname.lastname@example.org||+971 4 364 1641|
|IP||Ahmad Salehemail@example.com||+971 4 364 1641|
|Legislative drafting||Mohammed Al Marzouqifirstname.lastname@example.org||+971 2 813 0444|
|Legislative drafting||Hassan ElTahiremail@example.com||+971 2 813 0444|
|Litigation||Hussein Eisa Al Shirifirstname.lastname@example.org||+971 4 364 1641|
|Litigation||Ahmed Allouzemail@example.com||+974 4 364 1641|
|Litigation||Hassan Arabfirstname.lastname@example.org||+971 4 364 1641|
|Maritime and shipping||Omar Omaremail@example.com||+971 4 364 1641|
|Maritime and shipping||Yazan Saoudifirstname.lastname@example.org||+971 4 364 1641|
|Mergers & Acquisitions||Abdullah Mutawiemail@example.com||+971 4 331 7161|
|Private client||Essam Al Tamimifirstname.lastname@example.org||+971 4 364 1641|
|Private equity||Richard Catlingemail@example.com||+971 4 331 7161|
|Private equity||Abdullah Mutawifirstname.lastname@example.org||+971 4 331 7161|
|Private Notary||Taiba Al Safaremail@example.com||+971 4 364 1641|
|Projects||Mark Brownfirstname.lastname@example.org||+971 4 364 1641|
|Real estate||Tara Marlowemail@example.com||+971 4 364 1641|
|Real estate||Mohammed Kawasmifirstname.lastname@example.org||+971 4 364 1641|
|Rail||Foutoun Hajjaremail@example.com||+973 1710 8933|
|Regulatory||Andrea Tithecottfirstname.lastname@example.org||+971 2 813 0444|
|Sports & events management||Steve Bainbridgeemail@example.com||+971 4 331 7161|
|Tax law||Shiraz Khanfirstname.lastname@example.org||+971 4 331 7161|
|Technology, media and telecommunications||Martin Haywardemail@example.com||+971 4 364 1641|
|Technology, media and telecommunications||Fiona Robertsonfirstname.lastname@example.org||+971 4 364 1641|
|Transport & Logistics||Yazan Saoudiemail@example.com||+971 4 364 1641|
|Transport & Logistics||Omar Omarfirstname.lastname@example.org||+971 4 364 1641|
|Automotive||Samir Kantariaemail@example.com||+971 4 331 7161|
|Aviation||Yazan Saoudifirstname.lastname@example.org||+971 4 364 1641|
|Expo 2020||Steve Bainbridgeemail@example.com||+971 4 331 7161|
|FMCG||Samer Qudahfirstname.lastname@example.org||+971 4 331 7161|
|Innovation, Technology & Entrepreneurship||Ahmad Salehemail@example.com||+971 4 364 1641|
|China Group||Jody Waughfirstname.lastname@example.org||+971 4 364 1641|
|India Group||Samir Kantariaemail@example.com||+971 4 331 7161|
|Korea Group||Omar Omarfirstname.lastname@example.org||+971 4 364 1641|
Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers worldwide : 370 :
MembershipsAssociation of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN) Australian Business Group ABA (American Bar Association) British Business Group Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Courts Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Employment Lawyers Association Energy Institute International Federation of Industrial Property Attorneys (FICPI) GCC Commercial Arbitration Centre International Council for Commercial Arbitration
Diversity and Inclusion at Al Tamimi & Company
Al Tamimi & Company is committed to maintaining its high levels of diversity. With over 50 different nationalities and cultural backgrounds amongst our people, we celebrate diversity. This is one law firm where there is no stereotype, enabling our people to be who they are and value the differences in one another.
The Firm is committed to providing a supportive, inclusive and respectful work environment which recognises and values the diversity of all its employees, stakeholders and clients. We acknowledge that every employee, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity or cultural background, disability, religious belief, political affiliation, socioeconomic origin, or family responsibilities can make a valuable contribution to achieving the business outcomes. Moreover, we strongly believe outcomes are strengthened with a diverse team.
The Firm promotes an environment where equity and inclusion is encouraged and supported and where all forms of discrimination, harassment and bullying are eliminated.
We will achieve this objective by:
- Raising awareness of and promoting workplace diversity within the Firm.
- Integrating the principles of workplace diversity into business and human resource management policies, practices and systems.
- Encouraging employees to identify and maximise use of their life skills and experiences in the workplace.
- Encouraging managers to recognise and draw on the diversity of their employees.
- Ensuring employees are not subjected to discrimination or unfair treatment in the workplace on grounds such as, ethnicity, race, gender, age, physical or mental disability or personal responsibilities.
- Upholding and promote the Al Tamimi & Company Values, Employment Principles and Code of Conduct
Ensuring employees and those seeking employment with the Firm receive fair and equitable treatment in accessing employment opportunities, employees selection processes, career development and mobility arrangements
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