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 professionals.
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 listed in The Legal 500 as a leading junior for professional negligence, having been described as “excellent” and possessing “very good attention to detail”.
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 process plants.
OIL AND GAS
- 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.
- Advised on the correct construction of compensation provisions under a charter of an oil drilling rig to be used in an offshore exploration campaign. Drafted a defence to a claim for payment.
- Advised on frustration and termination of a charter of a drilling rig. Advised on the scope of an exclusion clause incorporated into the charter.
- 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.
- Twice instructed as junior counsel for a major UK energy company defending compensation event claims from contractors under contracts for the construction of onshore wind farms.
- Acting for the employer in a dispute concerning the termination of a contract for the design, supply and construction of a processing plant with cogeneration capability.
- 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.
- Junior counsel for the contractor in a high value claim arising out of a pipeline project in the Middle East.
- Acting as junior counsel for a process designer defending a contractor for alleged defective design of the mechanical pre-treatment section of a waste processing and anaerobic digestion plant in England.
Omar is listed as a leading junior for professional negligence, with sources praising him as “excellent” and possessing “very good attention to detail” (Legal 500). He has experience of negligence claims against a wide variety of professionals. He specialises in claims against construction professionals, including architects, engineers and surveyors, but also has experience of claims against other professionals, including accountants and solicitors. He also has experience of multi-party disputes in this context.
- Instructed as junior counsel in a university’s claim against an architect, for negligent design and contract administration in the construction of microbiological laboratories.
- Advised, and defended, an architect against allegations of negligent over-certification and alleged advice in connection with the conversion of a hotel into residential units.
- 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.
- Acted 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.
- Defending a right of light surveyor against allegations of negligent advice on the contents of land registry entries.
- Defending a firm of solicitors against allegations of negligence in the conduct of litigation.
- Advising a restaurateur on the potential for a claim against a former accountant for negligent advice on VAT liability.
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.
Omar assists throughout adjudications, drafting submissions and assisting with the preparation of evidence. He is often instructed as sole counsel on payment and notice disputes, as well as final account and defects claims. He acts as part of a larger counsel team in very high value or complex disputes, including:
- Acting for the employer in a high-value final account adjudication concerning the design and construction of airport crew facilities in England.
- 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.
- Acting as junior counsel for a local authority seeking declarations of the sums due under a contractor’s final account, sums due by way of liquidated damages and restitution of overpaid sums.
He also has experience of High Court proceedings related to adjudication, including the summary judgment and Part 8 procedures:
- Instructed as junior counsel on behalf of a local authority in a Part 8 claim for a declaration that an adjudicator had acted without jurisdiction because more than one dispute had been referred. (TCC, London).
- Instructed as sole counsel seeking summary enforcement of an adjudicator’s decision, which was resisted on the basis of allegations that claims had been fraudulently submitted. (TCC, Birmingham).
- Instructed as sole counsel seeking summary judgment on an adjudicator’s decision, which was resisted on grounds that there was no express right to adjudication under the contract. (TCC, London).
A significant proportion of Omar’s practice concerns arbitration, both domestic and international. Examples of his work in this area are:
- Appeared as junior counsel on behalf of the employer in an UNCITRAL arbitration concerning the termination of a contract for the design and construction of a process plant. (Dubai seat, local law).
- Instructed as junior counsel for a local authority defending a substantial final account claim under a contract for the renovation of a public park. (English seat, English law).
- 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).
Omar has advised and acted at all stages of the litigation process. Examples of his construction litigation work 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.
- Instructed as junior counsel in a claim for sums due under a contract for the renovation of a high-end residential property in London, met with counterclaims for alleged defective work.
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.