Saad is a senior associate at the Litigation Department in Al Tamimi & Company, Bahrain office.
He is a qualified Bahraini (bilingual) lawyer before the courts in Bahrain as well as the Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution (BCDR) and he is a qualified sole mediator. He has assisted clients in litigation and generally in dispute resolution matters and has acted on a number of occasions as corporate legal counsel for key clients. Saad also advises and represents high profile clients in various fields such as: commercial, civil, criminal and labour disputes and acted for a range of corporate and investment banking clients. Saad also acted as counsel in a number of arbitration disputes before GCC Commercial Arbitration Centre and the BCDR. Before joining Al Tamimi, Saad was at Haya Rashid Al Khalifa Law Firm.
- A major international food and beverage manufacturer, the client is currently expanding its existing presence in Bahrain by way of the construction of a new multi-million dollar state of the art factory. Saad successfully defended the client against various cases brought before the Court of Urgent Matters in Bahrain seeking to injunct the project securities and defending against various claims alleged by sub-contactors.
- Business Trading, the client formerly entered into a contractual relationship with the opponent in relation to a construction project in Bahrain and decided to resolve the dispute through arbitration. An award was issued against the client. Saad along with the litigation team developed several grounds to set aside the award based on the in-depth knowledge of local laws and public policy in Bahrain.
- Luxury cars manufacturer, this lawsuit is related to the termination of a dealership agreement with the local dealer. The dealer, filed a case against our client regarding the termination and claiming for compensation. Saad successfully defended the client and obtained two favourable judgments from the courts of first and second instance.
- Mediation: Our client, a UAE based company, approached us to issue a legal notice against its local distributor in Bahrain in relation to outstanding amounts. As a qualified sole mediator, Saad offered the client to mediate this potential dispute, subject to the local distributor’s consent. The local distributor agreed to this approach during the first introductory meeting. Saad professionally facilitated several meetings and conference calls between the two parties during two months. Based on that Saad was able to discover and understand the parties’ positions and underlying key issues. Reaching to an acknowledgment of each party’s opposite concerns was the difficult part. Nevertheless, Saad continued and assisted with identifying common ground which helped reaching to a final amicable settlement with no course of action and an opportunity for future business. Resolving disputes through mediation isn’t popular yet in this region compared to western countries. Saad saw an opportunity and offered to employ his mediation skills. Alternatively, such dispute can take 1-2 years in the ordinary litigation route. This matter represents Al Tamimi Bahrain first mediation service.
- A prominent UAE based Investment Company, Saad in coordination with the litigation team in our Abu Dhabi office successfully defended the client in an investment dispute before the Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution (BCDR). It also represents a successful cross-border exercise for Al Tamimi’s regional offices.
- The Ministry of Housing (Bahrain government), Saad led the litigation team who assisted the Ministry in obtaining a favourable judgment for the Ministry against a local bank to enforce a performance bond. Representing a government entity requires in-depth knowledge of the administrative laws and regulations in addition to the commercial aspect pertaining to the dispute.
- The Ministry of Housing (Bahrain government), was a member of the litigation and corporate commercial teams in this unprecedented course of action in Bahrain. Al Tamimi developed several grounds to set aside a decision issued by an adjudicator in the UK in determining his own jurisdiction in relation to developing over 2,000 housing units in Bahrain. This action involved a comparative approach in respect of arbitration, litigation and adjudication under the laws of Bahrain and establishing the jurisdiction of the High Civil Court beyond the scope of the agreed arbitration clause.
- A foreign international bank based in Bahrain, a criminal complaint concerns three employees of the client. Said employees were allegedly convicted for allowing a transfer by a customer of an amount which was under an alleged attachment order. In this criminal case, Saad worked closely with the Financial Crime Department at Al Tamimi and successfully obtained a favourable judgment from the Criminal High Court of Appeal.
- Al Tamimi is currently representing the client (along with its employees) at the High Criminal Court of Bahrain challenging the judgment issued by the court of first instance. The judgment issued was not based on “beyond reasonable doubt”; therefore the Al Tamimi team have set a priority to challenge the judgment to defend the client and its employees and is currently awaiting the Court’s decision.
- GIBCA Limited, a UAE based company, the client is a shareholder in a Bahrain investment company. Saad assisted the client in a criminal action against the Bahraini company’s board of directors in respect of mismanagement, breach of trust and conflict of interest. The client noted from the company’s financial report the deterioration in its capital.
- Eskan Bank BSC (c), was a member of the team who advised on a US$106,000,000 Bahrain Property Musharaka Trust initiated by Eskan Bank. The Musharaka Trust was a breakthrough structure in Bahrain and was a first of its kind for the purpose of developing affordable housing in order to satisfy the national demand;
- Awal Bank BSC (c) (Under Administration), managed by the External Administrator of Awal Bank, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, was a member of the advisory team who assisted in retrieving the assets and advised on insolvency litigation.
- Bahrain Airport Company SPC, a company owned by Mumtalakat Holdings, manages Bahrain International Airport, was the lead lawyer on advising on various legal aspects such as aviation, regulatory matters, leasing and taxes;
- Bahrain Bay Development BSC (c), a waterfront project located north of Manama on a land area of 450,000 sq m, advised on real estate matters and managed land sale agreements worth BD14,500,000;
- APM Terminals Bahrain BSC (c), a Bahraini company licensed to operate the sea ports of Bahrain under a 25 year concession agreement, advised on regulatory matters including the Customs Law;
- Employment: Saad advised multinational and local companies on various employment issues including but not limited to: drafting and reviewing of bilingual individual and collective employment contracts, transfer of employees, health and safety standards, HR policies, disciplinary policies, social insurance, trade unions, strikes, redundancy, non-competition, compensation for work injuries, settlement agreements and termination. Recently, Saad chaired an investigation committee upon a nomination by one of our clients in Bahrain. Saad led the investigation until the issuance of the report and recommendations.
2010 –LLB (Hons), Kingdom University Bahrain
2012 – Qualified sole mediator at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators UK & Bahrain
2010 – Practicing Lawyer in Bahrain