Litigation and Arbitration
"…continues to be one of the most highly regarded choices for arbitration and litigation." (Chambers Global Ranking 2012)
"… Al Busaidy’s dispute resolution practice is widely respected in Oman." (Chambers Global Ranking 2013)
AMJ’s market-leading dispute resolution practice is led by managing partner Mansoor Jamal Malik and senior partner, Dr Said Hilall Al Busaidy, a former Judge and Deputy President of the High Court of Oman. Our strong reputation stems from a track record of success in handling complex, high-profile claims before the Omani courts over 30 years, as well as local and international arbitrations for an impressive roster of national, regional and international clients. Three teams of litigation specialists include partners and international lawyers with rights of audience before courts of appeal and the Supreme Court. A large contingent of Omani advocates includes lawyers licensed to represent clients before both primary and appeal courts. Each team is headed by a highly-qualified international lawyer who is a recognised expert in the jurisdiction.
We act for domestic and international companies and consultancies, banking and finance institutions government entities and private individuals on a wide range of commercial litigation, banking litigation and regulatory proceedings, administrative law claims, employment and private property disputes and criminal cases. Our clients benefit from the Firm’s accumulated technical expertise across a range of industry sectors including construction and engineering, power and water, transport, trade, finance and insurance, real estate and intellectual property. Our practice is known for adopting a practical and commercially-aware approach to disputes. We understand that expensive and prolonged litigation is not always in the client’s best commercial interests and endeavour to help clients resolve issues without resorting to court. We have experience of all types of alternative dispute resolution including structured settlement discussions, mediation and expert determination and are often successful in achieving out- of-court settlements.
When a dispute does result in legal proceedings we guide clients expertly through every stage of prosecuting and defending the claim at all levels of court proceedings or arbitration procedures. Our arbitration practice comprises lawyers with expertise in high-value domestic and international arbitration of both public and private law disputes. Their experience spans a variety of industry sectors acting as arbitrators and lead counsel before the Omani courts and in international arbitrations under ICSID and UNCITRAL rules before the ICC International Court of Arbitration and the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA).
Our litigators and arbitrators work closely with our corporate commercial teams to help identify risks and structure appropriate prevention and resolution strategies at the outset of a transaction or project. We aim to help our clients address the relevant issues to prevent disputes arising, but if they cannot be avoided, we work to minimise their impact and achieve a speedy and effective resolution. Clients tell us that our ability to provide integrated advice is one of our most valuable attributes.
With the globalisation of legal services and growth in international arbitration, AMJ has established close relationships with top-ranked sets of barristers’ chambers in London. Thirty Nine Essex Street, where Mansoor Malik is a door tenant, is a leading commercial set of more than 115 barristers including 38 Queen’s Counsels widely recognised as experts in the field with experience of handling substantial and complex cases in litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution in the UK, Europe and internationally. Access to this formidable pool of legal talent complements AMJ’s in-house strengths and enables us to provide clients with first-class advisory and advocacy in all areas of dispute resolution and most jurisdictions.