Partner and Head of Digital & Data (Tech | Media | Telecoms) in Saudi Arabia, Nick has been with Al Tamimi & Company for about 15 years, initially specialising in Intellectual Property, but for most of his time with the firm as a key member of the Technology, Media & Telecommunications team. Nick’s practice area includes technology transactions (including procurement, software licensing, consultancy services and outsourcing), information security, privacy and data protection, e-commerce, media production, marketing and advertising, technology and IP aspects of corporate and commercial transactions, and telecommunications. Nick is the author of the UAE chapter on Data Protection & Privacy, 3rd Edition (the Sweet & Maxwell International Series). He has also contributed to Proskauer on Privacy for both Saudi Arabia and the UAE. He is a certified information privacy professional / GDPR specialist (CIPP/E).

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Recent Experience

  • Various local governmental and semi-governmental entities on the application of government information security laws and regulations.
  • An investor in respect of telecommunications licensing aspects of a regional terrestrial cable project.
  • Various global corporates on local law data protection compliance, including breach notification obligations, across the Middle East.
  • Vendors of low-orbit satellite technology, on commercial and regulatory considerations in the Middle East.
  • A financial services institution on the outsourcing of its entire information technology department.
  • Global leaders in cloud services in respect of data protection and telecommunications regulatory considerations relating to the establishment of a regional internet data centre.
  • A MVNO in respect of the possible appeal of a decision of a telecoms regulatory authority.
  • Cybersecurity product vendor in respect of contractual and regulatory considerations relating to making its security tools available in the Middle East.
  • A robotics manufacturer on e-commerce and product related regulatory considerations relevant to the on-line sale of its products in the Middle East.
  • Various OTT platform providers on regulatory issues, content and editorial advice, and local content sourcing, for streaming services in the Middle East.
  • Media production houses on use of third party music and compositions; and preparing contracts for music licensing and synchronisation.
  • Game developers on game content issues, and gambling related considerations under local law.


  • English
  • Japanese


2000 – LLB, University of Otago

1997 – BA, University of Otago


2008 – Solicitor, Supreme Court of England and Wales

2005 – Legal Practitioner, Supreme Court of New South Wales

2001 – Barrister & Solicitor, High Court of New Zealand