Legal Assistance

Updated: June 06, 2017

Please note: The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the entities or individuals whose names appear on the following lists. Inclusion on this list is in no way an endorsement by the Department or the U.S. government. Names are listed alphabetically, and the order in which they appear has no other significance. The information on the list is provided directly by the local service providers; the Department is not in a position to vouch for such information.

Zeenat Al Mansoori and Associates

Address: The United Tower, Office 3303-33rd floor, Building 316, Road 4609, Block 346, Bahrain Bay, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain
Telephone:    (+973) 1753-2012
Fax:           (+973) 1753-6255
Email:     info@zeenatalmansoori.com
Webpage:   www.zeenatalmansoori.com 

 

  • Zeenat AlMansoori

Email: zeenat@zeenatalmansoori.com

English ability: Fluent (speaking and reading)

Other languages: Arabic

Education background: The Beirut Arab University, Bachelor of Laws (with Honors)

Areas of practice: Banking and finance, bankruptcy and insolvency, commercial, corporate including M&A and IPO, employment and labor disputes, franchising, agencies and distributorship, healthcare, insurance and reinsurance, intellectual property and information technology, joint ventures and partnerships, litigation and dispute resolution, real estate, construction and property development, trade and commodities and consumer protection, telecommunications regulatory matters

  • Amel AlAseeri

Email: amel@zeenatalmansoori.com

English ability: Fluent (speaking and reading)

Other languages: Arabic

Education background: University of New Castle, Bachelor of Laws (with Honors)

Areas of practice: Banking and finance, bankruptcy and insolvency, commercial, corporate including M&A and IPO, employment and labor disputes, franchising, agencies and distributorship, healthcare, insurance and reinsurance, intellectual property and information technology, joint ventures and partnerships, litigation and dispute resolution, real estate, construction and property development, trade and commodities and consumer protection and telecommunications regulatory matter 

 

A.Ghani Qarooni and Associates

Address: Office 91 National Bank of Bahrain building no. 142 Road 1607 Block 316 Manama Center
Telephone: (+973) 1722-3399
Fax: (+973) 1722-4285
Email:    info@qaroonilaw.com
Webpage: www.qaroonilaw.com

 

  • Loay Qarooni

Email: loay@qaroonilaw.com

English ability: Fluent (speaking and reading)

Other languages: Arabic

Education background: BS in Law

Background in practicing law: Civil and Commercial

Areas of practice: Banking, insurance and corporate

  • Hala Qarooni

Email: hala@qaroonilaw.com

English ability: Fluent (speaking and reading)

Other languages: Arabic

Education background: BS in Law

Background in practicing law: Civil and Commercial

Areas of practice: Labor law and corporate

  • Mahmood Alawi

Email: s.mahmood@qaroonilaw.com

English ability: Fluent (speaking and reading)

Other languages: Arabic

Education background: BS in Law

Background in practicing law: Civil and Commercial

Areas of practice: Banking, Labor Law and Arbitration

 

Zu’bi and Partners Attorneys and Legal Consultants

Address: GBCorp Tower 16th Floor, Bldg. 1411 Road 4626 Block 346 Bahrain Financial Harbour District, P.O. Box 2397 Manama, Bahrain
Telephone: (+973) 1753-8600
Fax: (+973) 1753-2342
Email: contact@zubipartners.com
Webpage: www.zubipartners.com

 

  • Qays H. Zu’bi, Senior Partner

Email: Qzubi@zubipartners.com

English ability: Fluent (speaking and reading)

Other languages: Arabic and French

Education background: MA law, University of Cambridge, UK (1984), BA Law, University of Cambridge, UK (1981), BA Economics and Political Science, Duke University, USA (1977)

Background in practicing law: Arbitrator of the GCC Commercial Arbitration Centre and licensed lawyer and legal consultant in Bahrain and in Dubai, UAE. He has advised private clients in Bahrain and the GCC on a wide range of local, regional and international legal matters. Also, he has extensive experience advising clients doing business in Bahrain and in other Gulf countries.

Areas of practice: Corporate, commercial banking, property, infrastructure, telecommunications, franchising, privatization, intellectual property, litigation and arbitration, labor and government

  • Hatim Q. Zu’bi, Partner

Email: Hqzubi@zubipartners.com

English ability: Fluent (speaking and reading)

Other languages: Arabic and French

Education background: LLB (Hons) degree from the University of Reading and Legal Practice Course in London

Background in practicing law: Hatim has gained a wide range of experience both in Bahrain and abroad, namely in London and New York City. His experience in Bahrain involved internships at prominent and highly regarded law firms on the island such as Hatim S. Zu’bi and Associates and Qays H. Zu’bi Attorneys and Legal Consultants

Areas of practice: Corporate, commercial, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, banking, franchising and labor

  • Hamid Al Mahmood, Partner

Email: halmahmood@zubipartners.com

English ability: Fluent (speaking and reading)

Other languages: Arabic

Education background: University of Damascus, LLB (1979)

Background in practicing law: Licensed Advocate, Court of Cassation (admitted 1979), Member of the Panel of Arbitrators, GCC Commercial Arbitration Centre, Bahrain. Hamid’s core practice area covers the full range of litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution.  Hamid has extensive experience of representing clients at high profile cases at all levels of the Bahraini Courts, including but not limited to, the Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution (BCDR) and the GCC Commercial Arbitration Centre

Areas of practice: Litigation, commercial, banking and labor

  • Mamoon El Tayeb. Partner

Email: mtayeb@zubipartners.com

English ability: Fluent (speaking and reading)

Other languages: Arabic

Education background: LLB Bachelors in Law degree from the University of Cairo and Sudan

Background in practicing law: Member of the Sudanese Bar Association since 1985. Mamoon has 27 years of experience as a qualified barrister from Sudan. He has advised on a wide range of matters including advising the banking syndicate in connection with the purchase of the Al Hidd Power Station and Water Treatment Plant in Bahrain. His core practice areas cover the full range of litigation both contentious and non-contentious. He also has extensive experience in advising on all aspects of commercial and corporate matters.

Areas of practice: Litigation, cross border litigation, corporate and commercial, banking and financial services regulations and employment

  • Eman Omar, Partner

Email: eomar@zubipartners.com

English ability: Fluent (speaking and reading)

Other languages: Arabic

Education background: LLM, University College Northampton, 2005, Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice, University of Central England in Birmingham 1994 and LLB (Honors) University of Wolverhampton 1990-1993

Background in practicing law: Solicitor of the senior courts of England and Wales, 1997, member, Law Society of England and Wales. Eman is a solicitor qualified in England and Wales and has 18 years’ experience. Prior to joining the firm in 2009, she established and managed her own law firm in West London where she gained a track record of success in a range of high profile cases which attracted worldwide media exposure. Eman’s practice areas cover the full range of employment issues, both contentious and non-contentious. She has extensive experience in advising on all aspects of employment law, including drafting and advising on employment contracts and policies, secondment agreements, terminations, settlements, restructuring and redundancies. She has advised in a range of corporate transactions, including advising on franchising, structuring, re-structuring, reorganization, asset and share acquisitions and licensing. Eman has also carried out extensive due diligence on projects for share and asset acquisitions. She advises on setting up trusts, insurance law and regulations, licensing, agency laws, liquidation, anti-bribery laws, corporate governance and regulatory compliance, and also advises in relation to real estate matters

Areas of practice: Corporate and commercial, banking and financial services regulations, labor, insurance, insolvency and bankruptcy, mergers and acquisitions, real estate and cross border litigation

  • Naveen Thakur, Partner

Email: nthakur@zubipartners.com

English ability: Good Working Knowledge (speaking and reading)

Other languages: Hindi and Punjabi

Education background: LLM in Corporate Law from New York University School of Law (USA) – 2002 and LLB from the University of Delhi (India) – 1999

Background in practicing law: Admitted to practice as an Attorney-at Law in New York and as an Advocate in India. In addition to working in Bahrain, he has worked in major international law firms in Kuwait, Cayman Islands (Appleby) and Hong Kong (Baker and McKenzie).  Naveen has experience in a wide range of corporate matters, mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance transactions, Islamic finance, private equity, privatization matters and investment funds

Areas of practice: Investment funds, Islamic finance, corporate and commercial, private equity, mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance and project finance

  • Dareen Abdul Rahim, Senior Associate

Email: drahim@zubipartners.com

English ability: Fluent (speaking and reading)

Other languages: Arabic

Education background: Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Business Finance – University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA, Bachelor of Science (BS) in Economics – University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA, Juris Doctor (JD) – Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Background in practicing law: Admitted to practice as an Attorney-at-Law in California and has Advocacy License in Bahrain. She has experience in a wide range of corporate matters, mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance transactions, construction, contracts and employment disputes. Her undergraduate background in finance and economics has enabled her to better assist our banking clients and in this respect, she has advised on large-scale capital markets transactions such as IPOs and bond issues in addition to providing banks and investment firms with licensing, structuring, corporate governance and regulatory advice

Areas of practice: Corporate and commercial law, private, equity, mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance, capital markets, employment law, investment funds and contracts

 

 Ahmed Jasim and Associates Law Firm

Address: Villa 23, Al-Hashimi Compound, Jidhafs. PO BOX 1061
Telephone: (+973) 1722-3988
Fax: (+973) 1722-3984
Email: info@ahalf.co
Webpage: www.ahalf.co
Areas of practice: Civil law, administrative, military, commercial, criminal, legitimacy, labor, general negligence and tort, rentals,  real estate development, intellectual property, insurance and banking and debt collection.  In accordance with the Al-Riyadh treaty for judicial cooperation and execute judgments by the Bahraini Courts or by other states of the GCC, licensed to represent clients before the regional international arbitration chambers, legal translation is one of the services offered by our firm, as we translate all types of legal documents from contracts, research, studies, regulations, lawsuits, governmental papers, medical and engineering reports and general documents

 

Al Jabal Law Office

Address: Office 703, Road 1705, Diplomat Tower 7th Floor, Diplomatic Area, P.O. Box: 11455
Telephone: (+973) 1753-0400
Fax: (+973) 1753-2500
Email: info@aljaballaw.com
Web page: www.aljaballaw.com

 

  • Ali Al-Jabal

Email: info@aljaballaw.com

English ability: Fluent (speaking and reading)

Other languages: Arabic

Education background: Saydi Mohamed Bin Abdulla University, Fes, Morocco (BA), Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Ohio, USA (LL.M)

Background in practicing law: Mr. Ali Al Jabal has a comprehensive background in dealing with Intellectual Property Rights, Contracts, Labor Disputes and Trust and Equity, Commercial Disputes, Arbitration and Mediation

Areas of practice: Real estate, banking and finance, labor, corporate law, litigation, criminal law, maritime law, Islamic finance law and family law

 

Alayoobi Law Firm

Address: Office 22, Sabha Building 338, Road 1705, Diplomatic Area 317, P.O. Box 5313, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain
Telephone: (+973) 1722-4420
Fax: (+973) 1722-4464
Email: info@alayoobi.com
Webpage: www.alayoobi.com

 

  • Ali Alayoobi

Email: ali@alayoobi.com

English ability: Good Working Knowledge (speaking and reading)

Other languages: Arabic

Education background: Masters of Law, Kiev University

Background in practicing law: In practice since 1973, co-founder and several times president of the Bahrain Bar Society and Undersecretary of the Arab Lawyers Union

Areas of practice: Arbitration, banking, civil, commercial, corporate, criminal, employment, insurance, property (leases and ownership) and sharia

  • Abdulaziz Alayoobi

Email: abdulaziz@alayoobi.com

English ability: Good Working Knowledge (speaking and reading)

Other languages: Arabic

Education background: Masters of Law, Kiev University

Background in practicing law: In practice since 1988, in several reputable firms and corporations

Areas of practice: Arbitration, banking, civil, commercial, corporate, criminal, employment, insurance, property (leases and ownership) and sharia

  • Talal Alayoobi

Email: talal@alayoobi.com

English ability: Fluent (speaking and reading)

Other languages: Arabic

Education background: L.L.B (Bachelors of Law), Northumbria University, United Kingdom. Background in practicing law: Several years in 2 reputable law firms and an Intellectual Property Organization

Areas of practice: Arbitration, banking, civil, commercial, corporate, criminal, employment, insurance, intellectual property and property (leases and ownership)

 

Elham Ali Hassan and Associates (EAH Law)

Address: 12th Floor, Al Rossais Tower, Diplomatic Area, Kingdom of Bahrain
Telephone: (+973) 1753-3317
Fax: (+973) 1753-2262
Email: info@elhamlaw.com
Webpage: www.elhamlaw.com

 

  • Sara Jawahery

Email: s.jawahery@elhamlaw.com

English ability: Fluent (speaking and reading)

Other languages: Arabic

Education background: LLB Law with Honors, Licensed by the Ministry of Justice and Islamic Affairs and Waqf

Background in practicing law: Diverse background spanning over ten years that includes high-profile experience in regulatory compliance and crisis management and complex corporate investigations and restructuring. Sara’s practice provides mergers and acquisitions, securities and corporate transaction services to companies operating in Bahrain and internationally with deal sizes typically exceeding USD 100 million. In addition to managing transactional and advisory services, Sara regularly contributes to research development programs for international institutions, NGOs, and Fortune 500 companies looking to enter the GCC market

Areas of practice: Corporate and litigation.

  • Elham Ali Hassan

Email: e.hassan@elhamlaw.com

English ability: Fluent (speaking and reading)

Other languages: Arabic

Education background: LLB University of Beirut, Licensed at the Supreme Court by the Ministry of Justice and Islamic Affairs and Waqf

Background in practicing law: Elham has been practicing law in Bahrain for the last 25 years and is acknowledged as one of the leading litigators and arbitrators at the forefront of legal developments. She advises and acts on behalf of multi-national organizations, institutions, agencies, and international law firms. Over the course of her career she has devoted substantial attention to solving problems involving shareholder, partnership and employment matters, contractual formation and interpretation, restraints of trade, insurance, intellectual property, land ownership controversies, franchises, financial transactions disputes, and the seizure of assets under maritime law. She has civil litigation experience at the pre-litigation, first instance, and appellate levels and criminal litigation experience

Areas of practice: Civil, commercial litigation, arbitration, contracts, employment law, insolvency law, property law, constitutional law, family affairs, human rights

  • Essa Jawahery

Email: e.jawahery@elhamlaw.com

English ability: Fluent (speaking and reading)

Other languages: Arabic

Education background: LLB Law with Honors, Licensed by the Ministry of Justice and Islamic Affairs and Waqf

Background in practicing law: Essa joined EAH Law in the year 2005; he is frequently named on the Best Lawyers and Who’s Who Legal list for Bahrain, both for his corporate and banking work. Chambers and Partners 2013 label him as ‘a rising star and excellent local lawyer’ in the corporate and finance fields

Areas of Practice: Acquisitions, business and commercial law, corporate finance, contracts, employment law, international law, companies law, Central Bank of Bahrain and Bahrain Stock Exchange regulations, intellectual property and telecommunications

 

Nayef Abu Sakran Firm

Address: Diera Tower Office 301 A
Telephone: (+971) 505-640-056 / (+971) 4229-6191
Fax: (+971) 4221-6158
Email: nascoint@hotmail.com, nasco@nascouae.com
Webpage: www.nascouae.com
Areas of practice: US tax filling for the US citizens living abroad, U.S. taxation matters unique to U.S. expatriates, intellectual property law –(Patents/Trademarks/Copyrights), immigration, company formation services

 

 

Taqi and Moh’d Ahmed

Address: Office No. 604, 6th Floor, Yateem Centre-I, Al Khalifa Avenue, Manama
Telephone: (+973) 1721-0212
Fax: (+973) 1721-3633
Email: taqimohd@batelco.com.bh

 

  • Mohamed Ahmed Abdulla

Email: mohd-ahmed@batelco.com.bh

English ability: Fluent (speaking and reading)

Other languages: Arabic

Education background: L.L.B

Background in practicing law: 36 Years of Experience

Areas of practice: Civil and criminal, banking, marine, insurance, arbitration, etc

 

Norton Rose Fulbright (Middle East) LLP

Address: 48th Floor, West Tower, Bahrain Financial Harbour, PO Box 20437, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain
Telephone: (+973) 1650-0200
Fax: (+973) 1650-0299
Email: joanne.emersontaqi@nortonrosefulbright.com
Webpage: www.nortonrosefulbright.com

 

  • Joanne Emerson Taqi – Partner and head of the Bahrain office

Email: joanne.emersontaqi@nortonrosefulbright.com

English ability: Fluent (speaking and reading)

Education background: Barrister and Solicitor and qualified in Australia

Areas of practice: Joanne Emerson Taqi is a partner in the infrastructure and construction team and specialises in non-contentious projects and construction in the real estate and infrastructure sectors

 

Hussain Al Nahash and Associates Law office

Address: Falcon Tower Building- 60, Suite 808, Diplomatic Area
Telephone: (+973) 1753-5376
Fax: (+973) 1753-0515
Email: info@nahashlaw.com
Webpage: http://www.nahashlaw.com/

 

  • Hussain Al Nahash and Mr. Mahmood Al Nahash

Email: hussain@nahashlaw.com, mahmood@nahashlaw.com

English ability: Fluent (speaking and reading)

Other languages: Arabic, English, Russian and Azerbaijani

Education background: Mr. Hussain Al Nahash: B. S in law, and Masters in International law from the University of Azerbaijan. Mr. Mahmood Al Nahash: B.S in law from the University of Jordan

Background in practicing law: Mr. Hussain Al Nahash has been practicing law since 1983 and Mr. Mahmood Al Nahash has been practicing law since 2006.

Areas of practice: General practice, sharia law, registration of trademarks, land registration and notarization section, agreements, public interest cases, corporate law, criminal law, labour cases, family law for foreigners and memorandums of association

 

Notary Seals: The only official signature that the consular section has on file is that of the advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The advisor authenticates local notary seals and then the consular officer authenticates the advisor’s signature.

Interpreter: Commercial interpreters and translating services are widely available.

Court Reporters: Arabic is the official language of Bahrain and court reporters record in Arabic. English translations of the court reporter’s record are non binding. Special arrangements for a court reporter’s services can be made through the Ministry of Justice and Islamic Affairs.