Omar specialises in contractual and professional negligence disputes within the construction, engineering and energy sectors. He has acted for a wide range of clients based in the UK and internationally, including employers (state and private), contractors, and various types of professional. He is recommended in the Legal 500 as a leading junior for professional negligence disputes.
Omar appears as a sole advocate in the High Court and the county courts, and as junior counsel in larger litigation and arbitration. In addition to his advocacy, drafting and advisory work, Omar provides hands-on assistance from an early stage in a dispute, including during the pre-action process, disclosure, the preparation of factual and expert evidence, and interim applications or case management conferences.
Omar is a TECBAR accredited adjudicator and a CEDR Construction Adjudication Panel Member. He is one of the general editors of the Building Law Reports and an editor of Hudson’s Building and Engineering Contracts (13th Ed., 2015, Sweet & Maxwell).
ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES
Omar has a particular interest in disputes arising out of energy and natural resources infrastructure projects, both foreign and domestic. His experience spans oil and gas projects, and a wide range of renewable resources projects, including wind farms, a hydroelectric dam, water pipelines, and various types of process plant. Examples of his work in this area are set out in his CV. They include:
- Instructed as junior counsel for a consortium of international oil and gas companies and state-owned energy companies in a claim under a parent company guarantee for completion costs following termination of an EPC contract for construction of a gas pipeline in West Africa.
- Instructed as junior counsel for the contractor in a high value claim arising out of the termination of a hydroelectric dam project in the Middle East.
- Instructed as junior counsel for the contractor in a high value claim arising out of a pipeline project in the Middle East.
- Instructed as junior counsel in a dispute over responsibility for the costs of repairs to an FPSO provided as part of a contract for the processing, storage and delivery of petroleum.
Omar is listed as a leading junior for professional negligence, with sources praising his “very good attention to detail” (Legal 500). Omar has experience of negligence claims against a wide variety of professionals. He specialises in claims against construction professionals, including architects, engineers, surveyors and quantity surveyors, but also has experience of claims against other professionals, including accountants and solicitors. He has acted in multi-party disputes in this context. Examples of his work are set out in his CV. Recent examples include:
- Acting as sole counsel for an employer in a claim against a mechanical engineering consultant for negligent design of variable refrigerant flow air conditioning systems.
- Acting as junior counsel for a process designer defending a contractor’s claim for alleged defective design of the mechanical pre-treatment section of a waste processing and anaerobic digestion plant in England.
- Acting as junior counsel for a design and build contractor in a multi-party dispute concerning the design of air conditioning systems in a further education college.
- Acting as junior counsel for a quantity surveyor in a multi-party dispute concerning the refurbishment and extension of a primary school.
CONSTRUCTION, ENGINEERING AND INFRASTRUCTURE
Omar has experience of the full spectrum of construction and engineering disputes, ranging from minor residential building works to commercial premises and larger, more complex projects. He is familiar with the major standard forms of construction contract, including the JCT, NEC3 and FIDIC suites. He has experience of adjudication (including enforcement) arbitration (both international and domestic) and litigation. Examples of his work are set out in his CV, but include:
- Instructed as junior counsel on behalf of a Dutch property developer defending a final account claim in respect of a contract for demolition works carried out as part of a luxury hotel project in central London.
- Acting for the employer in a high-value final account adjudication concerning the design and construction of airport crew facilities in England.
- Instructed as junior counsel for a contractor claiming an extension of time and time-related costs in relation to the construction of a luxury office and residential tower in Dubai. (Dubai seat, UAE law).
- Acting, as junior counsel, on behalf of a local authority in an adjudication concerning the interpretation of maintenance obligations and payment provisions in a PFI contract for the provision of social housing in the north of England.
Before joining Atkin Chambers, Omar undertook pupillage at another leading commercial set, where he gained experience of a wide range of commercial practice areas, including banking and finance disputes, professional negligence claims, and cases raising choice of law or jurisdictional issues. Omar continues to take instructions in commercial disputes more generally.
2011: MA (Oxon) (University of Oxford)
2007 – 2008: BCL (Keble College, University of Oxford)
2004 – 2007: BA Jurisprudence (Keble College, University of Oxford).
College Scholarship (Keble College), 2005 – 2007,
Harris Prize (Keble College), 2007,
Slaughter and May Prize (University of Oxford), 2005,
Dartmouth Scholarship (Keble College / Dartmouth College, NH, USA), 2005.