Firm Profile > Al Tamimi & Company > Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates

Al Tamimi & Company
United Arab Emirates

Dispute resolution: arbitration and international litigation Tier 1

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.

Practice head(s):

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.’

Key clients

Walch & Schurti Attorneys At Law Ltd

beIn Sports

Oman Insurance Company

Mashreq Bank

United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)

Dusty Tourani

Credit Suisse

Dispute resolution: local litigation Tier 1

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.

Key clients

Al Abbar Group

Al Futtaim Group

Al Ghurair Group

Al Rostamani Group

Al Seif Group (KSA) – ESEC International

Alu Nasa Aluminium Industry


Bollywood Parks


Cilantro Holdings Limited

Citibank UAE


DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa

Dubai International Financial Centre Authority (DIFCA)

Euro Auctions FZE

Federal Exchange

General Motors Overseas Distribution


Human Resources Department – Government of Ras Al Khaimah



Julius Baer

James L Willams Middle East (JLW)

Laguna Tower Residence FZE


Majid Al Futtaim

Mashreq Bank


MBC Group


Ministry of Culture

MPE Global

Mubadala Investment Company PJSC


Privatbank IHAG Zurich AG

SBK Holding

Serco Middle East

SF Dubai LLC

SK E&C (Korea)

Slaughter & May

Standard Chartered

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'.

Practice head(s):

Samir Kantaria


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.

Key clients


Intel Corporation Inc.

AT Kearney

Louis Vuitton


Oracle Corporation





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.

Practice head(s):

Omar Obeidat; Ahmad Saleh

Key clients


3M Company



Dassault Systems




Ferrero Group


Merck & Co

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.

Practice head(s):

Tara Marlow


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.

Key clients


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

Aldar PJSC

Jabal Omar Development Company

Al Rayyadah Tourism Investment Company

Viceroy Hotels

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.

Practice head(s):

Yazan Saoudi; Omar Omar


‘Al Tamimi is well versed with the law in the Middle East and delivers great results.’

‘Omar Omar is well experienced and a good lawyer.’

Banking and finance: Corporate finance (including Islamic lending) Tier 2

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'.

Practice head(s):

Jody Waugh


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.

Key clients


National Bank of Fujairah

NBF Capital Limited

Mashreq Bank

Al Ahli Bank of Kuwait K.S.C.P. (ABK)

Gulf Navigation Holding PJSC

Dana Gas PJSC

ACWA Power

Citibank N.A.

The National Bank of Ras Al Khaimah (RAKBANK)

First Abu Dhabi Bank PJSC

Bank of Baroda (BOB)

Standard Chartered Bank


Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank

Emirates NBD

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.

Key clients

Network International Holdings

Dubai Airport Free Zone Authority

Aster DM Healthcare

BLME Holdings

Ithmar Capital

Gulf Capital

ACWA Power

Dana Gas



Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

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.

Practice head(s):

Abdullah Mutawi; Samer Qudah


Good knowledge of local law.

Abdullah Matawi is outstanding.

Key clients


General Electric


Publicis Groupe

Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC)


AEG Ogden


Etihad Rail

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.

Key clients

Jaguar Land Rover

Image Nation

Nomura International

Shock FM



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.

Practice head(s):

Euan Lloyd


‘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.’

Key clients

Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC)


Electricitie De France (EDF)

Abu Dhabi Motorsports Company



Bin Yousef Group

Modon Properties


RAK government entities including Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone & RAK International Airport)


Umm Al Qura

Infrastructure and projects (including project finance) Tier 4

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.

Practice head(s):

Jody Waugh; Mark Brown

Key clients

ACWA Power

Jinko Solar

First Gulf Bank PJSC

Masdar Abu Dhabi Future Energy

Japan Bank for International Cooperation

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Chairman Essam Al Tamimi +971 4 364 1641
Senior Partner Husam Hourani +971 4 364 1641
Managing Partner Samer Qudah +971 4 331 7161
Deputy Managing Partner Mohamed Al Marzouqi +971 2 813 0444
Deputy Managing Partner Jody Waugh +971 4 364 1641
Arbitration Thomas Snider +971 4 364 1641
Arbitration Hassan Arab +971 4 364 1641
Aviation Yazan Saoudi +971 4 364 1641
Banking & Finance Husam Hourani +971 4 364 1641
Banking & Finance Jody Waugh +971 4 364 1641
Capital Markets Andrew Tarbuck +971 4 331 7161
Commercial advisory Willem Steenkamp +971 4 331 7161
Competition law Omar Obeidat +971 4 364 1641
Construction & Infrastructure Euan Lloyd +971 4 364 1641
Corporate governance Andrea Tithecott +971 2 813 0444
Corporate structuring Samer Qudah +971 4 331 7161
Corporate structuring Omer Khan +971 4 331 7161
Corporate structuring Izabella Szadkowska +971 4 331 7161
Debt capital markets Andrew Tarbuck +971 4 331 7161
Debt capital markets Rafiq Jaffer +971 4 364 1641
Corporate Services Izabella Szadkowska +971 4 331 7161
Education Ivor McGettigan +971 2 813 0444
Education Ahmad Saleh +971 4 364 1641
Employment & Incentives Samir Kantaria +971 4 331 7161
Employment & Incentives Gordon Barr +971 4 331 7161
Employment & Incentives Ivor McGettigan +971 2 813 0444
Family Business & Private Wealth Richard Catling +971 4 331 7161
Financial Crime Khalid Al Hamrani +971 4 364 1641
Financial Crime Ibtissem Lassoued +971 4 364 1641
Financial services regulation and enforcement Jody Waugh +971 4 364 1641
Financial services regulation and enforcement Rita Jaballah +971 4 364 1641
Healthcare Andrea Tithecott +971 2 813 0444
Hotels & Leisure Tara Marlow +971 4 364 1641
Insurance Yazan Saoudi +971 4 364 1641
IP Omar Obeidat +971 4 364 1641
IP Ahmad Saleh +971 4 364 1641
Legislative drafting Mohammed Al Marzouqi +971 2 813 0444
Legislative drafting Hassan ElTahir +971 2 813 0444
Litigation Hussein Eisa Al Shiri +971 4 364 1641
Litigation Ahmed Allouz +974 4 364 1641
Litigation Hassan Arab +971 4 364 1641
Maritime and shipping Omar Omar +971 4 364 1641
Maritime and shipping Yazan Saoudi +971 4 364 1641
Mergers & Acquisitions Abdullah Mutawi +971 4 331 7161
Private client Essam Al Tamimi +971 4 364 1641
Private equity Richard Catling +971 4 331 7161
Private equity Abdullah Mutawi +971 4 331 7161
Private Notary Taiba Al Safar +971 4 364 1641
Projects Mark Brown +971 4 364 1641
Real estate Tara Marlow +971 4 364 1641
Real estate Mohammed Kawasmi +971 4 364 1641
Rail Foutoun Hajjar +973 1710 8933
Regulatory Andrea Tithecott +971 2 813 0444
Sports & events management Steve Bainbridge +971 4 331 7161
Tax law Shiraz Khan +971 4 331 7161
Technology, media and telecommunications Martin Hayward +971 4 364 1641
Technology, media and telecommunications Fiona Robertson +971 4 364 1641
Transport & Logistics Yazan Saoudi +971 4 364 1641
Transport & Logistics Omar Omar +971 4 364 1641
Automotive Samir Kantaria +971 4 331 7161
Aviation Yazan Saoudi +971 4 364 1641
Expo 2020 Steve Bainbridge +971 4 331 7161
FMCG Samer Qudah +971 4 331 7161
Innovation, Technology & Entrepreneurship Ahmad Saleh +971 4 364 1641
China Group Jody Waugh +971 4 364 1641
India Group Samir Kantaria +971 4 331 7161
Korea Group Omar Omar +971 4 364 1641
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Ammar Haykal  photo Mr Ammar Haykal Partner and Head of Ras Al Khaimah Office
Mr Adam Powell  photo Mr Adam Powell Head of Corporate Commercial, Ras Al Khaimah
Number of lawyers worldwide : 370
Association 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