Zamakhchary & Co > Riyadh, Saudi Arabia > Firm Profile

Zamakhchary & Co
The Business Gate, Unit No. 13 Ground floor
2362 Qurtubah
Riyadh 13244 - 7440
Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Zamakhchary & Co is home to a dispute resolution group with an excellent reputation for appearing before the most senior courts of Saudi Arabia. The team has a solid track record in representing local and international clients in high-profile and complex litigation. Sarah Gonem is renowned for her ‘particular talent facilitating progress in cross-border cases’, and jointly heads up the team with Abdulatif AlHarthi, who is renowned for his knowledge of Saudi and shariah law. Muneerah Alwahbi recently made partner and is well-versed in administrative, commercial, banking, insurance and finance-related disputes.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Gonem; Abdulatif AlHarthi

Other key lawyers:


‘Z&Co tops the list in terms of quality and clarity of advice, communication and responsiveness.’

‘Sarah Gonem delivers excellent client service alongside robust and practical advice. Her guidance through the maze of overlapping legal and cultural issues is invaluable.’

‘Superb Saudi legal advice. Always timely, on-point and helpful.’

‘The lawyers at Z&Co are extremely professional, reactive and provide solid practical advice.’

‘Sarah Gonem shows strong knowledge of Saudi law issues and renders professional advice in an easy-to use manner.’

‘Strong team who take the time to provide full, exhaustive, detailed and practical answers. The team are organised and liaise with an excellent standard of English.’

‘Sarah Gonem co-ordinates her team as appropriate, explaining matters and reasonings clearly and remaining calm and controlled.’

‘Z&Co is quite user friendly.’

Key clients

Grant Thornton as liquidator for SICL and Singularis Holdings Limited



Deloitte Touche & Co.

Zain Group

KAFD Company

NTS Middle East

GE Gas Power

Uber BV and Uber KSA

Work highlights

  • Successfully secured judgment in favour of the Government of the KSA against a contractor consortium in relation to a SAR3 billion infrastructure project.
  • Successfully represented Uber before the Tax Disputes Committee concerning substantial VAT assessments.
  • Acting for Grant Thornton, as liquidator for SICL and Singularis, in enforcing judgments for over USD2.2billion in the insolvency of Maan AlSanea at the Commercial Court.

Z&Co. is a national Saudi law firm that is able to offer clients a unique full-service offering that covers regulatory; commercial in-house support; dispute resolution, and transactions practices that each combine deep local expertise with international commercial standards. Our local team combines former members of the judiciary, Sharia law experts, and both Saudi and internationally-qualified lawyers.

Our first aim is always to fully understand our clients’ business objectives for any matter we work on. We consider ourselves commercial advisers, delivering advice in the format and language that our busy clients demand.

Our partners located in Riyadh include Firm Chairman, Monaji Zamakhchary, Head of Transactions, Martin Creek, Co-Heads of Dispute Resolution, Sarah Gonem and H.E. Abdulatif AlHarthi, Head of Public Policy & Regulatory, Dr Yazid AlMasoud, and Head of Corporate & Commercial Advisory, Jawahir AlSubaie.

Department Name Email Telephone
Chairman Monaji Zamakhchary
Dispute Resolution Sarah Gonem
Transactions Martin Creek
Public Policy & Regulatory Yazid AlMasoud
Corporate & Commercial Advisory Jawahir AlSubaie
Dispute Resolution Abdulatif AlHarthi
Photo Name Position Profile
Martin Creek photo Martin Creek Partner, Head of Transactions team advising on all aspects of Saudi corporate,…
Sarah Gonem photo Mrs Sarah Gonem Sarah Gonem is a Partner at Z&Co., with her core practice in…
Monaji Zamakhchary photo Mr Monaji Zamakhchary Chairman General Corporate Advisory: Advising: Deloitte on the structuring of its partnership…

We are a Saudi Arabian national law firm which fervently supports the development of our female employees across all levels to ensure that a healthy work/ life balance is possible. Most notably, we have introduced flexible working environments, launched a new sponsorship programme and actively promoted the advancement of our female lawyers.

Whilst we hire and retain purely on merit, our female associates significantly outnumber our male associates, particularly at the mid to senior associate level. Supporting and enabling our employees to pursue their legal careers is of paramount importance to our firm. As 50% of our female lawyers have children, this has led to us quickly embracing policies that support flexible working environments to ensure that our female associates are able to comfortably return to work after having children.

To support the development of our employees, we have adopted a flexible working environment which includes enabling our associates to work from home. Given the fact that several of our female associates have young children, the ability to work primarily from home allows for an effective work/ life balance which, importantly, has had no adverse impact on the firm’s productivity.

In light of global changes around the world, it is more significant than ever to provide innovative work/life programmes. We launched a new sponsorship programme in 2021 to enable our Saudi-qualified associates to become dual qualified in England. The first person chosen to commence that programme was one of our female corporate associates, and the next person who will commence the programme is one of our female regulatory associates, highlighting our commitment to supporting women to reach the pinnacle of their legal careers. Moreover, we have sponsored two of our litigators, both of whom are female, to obtain arbitration qualifications to advance their development in their legal careers.

Significantly, we are the only Saudi Arabian law firm operating in association with an international law firm to have a female Partner. This enables a more practical reflection at the leadership level of the mindset shifts required to support the advancement of female associates. The Partnership, as a whole, fully supports the implementation of flexible working arrangements that support the development of both the female and male associates in the firm.