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Omar’s work frequently has an international dimension. He has experience of disputes concerning projects in Africa, the Middle East (including Dubai, Oman, Turkey and Jordan), east Asia and Australia.
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 currently acting as junior counsel to the largest group of bereaved families, survivors and former residents in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.
Omar is a recommended as a leading junior in the most recent editions of Chambers and Partners (Construction) and Legal 500 (Professional Negligence).
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. He is also instructed in disputes arising out of commercial energy supply agreements.
OIL, GAS AND NATURAL RESOURCES
ENERGY SUPPLY DISPUTES
Omar is listed as a leading junior for professional negligence, with sources describing him as “excellent” and praising his “very good attention to detail” (Legal 500, 2016 and 2017). 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 accountants and solicitors. He is familiar with the particular issues arising out of multi-party disputes in this context.
Omar has been instructed in in a number of disputes arising out of long term PFI contracts, particularly in the context of household waste. He is familiar with the issues that frequently arise, such as disputes concerning the interpretation of payment provisions, and disputes over the achievement of performance criteria and the application of regimes for performance penalties. Examples of previous cases include:
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, infrastructure projects. He is familiar with the major standard forms of construction contract, including the JCT, NEC3 and FIDIC suites, and the various issues that frequently arise on projects, including payment disputes, delay and disruption, and defective design or workmanship.
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, By way of example, Omar acted for the employer in a high-value final account adjudication concerning the design and construction of airport crew facilities in England.
Omar also has experience of High Court proceedings related to adjudication, including the summary judgment and Part 8 procedures:
A significant proportion of Omar’s practice concerns arbitration, both domestic and international. He recently acted as assistant to the tribunal in a SIAC arbitration (see Energy and Natural Resources, above). Examples of his work in this area are:
Omar has advised and acted at all stages of the litigation process. Examples of his construction litigation work include:
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.
Omar takes instructions as an adjudicator in construction disputes. He is a TECBAR accredited adjudicator and a CEDR Construction Adjudication Panel Member.
He is a member of TECBAR, COMBAR and the SCL.
Omar frequently delivers talks and seminars on topics of current interest or significance. Topics have included: negligent cost estimates, latent defects, termination under FIDIC contracts, time at large, and causation in delay claims.