Nick O’Connell

Partner, Head of Digital & Data - Saudi Arabia


Nick has been with Al Tamimi & Company for about ten years, initially specialising in intellectual property, but for most of his time with the firm as a key member of the Technology, Media and Telecommunications team. Nick’s practice area includes technology transactions (including procurement, software licensing, consultancy services and outsourcing), technology and intellectual property aspects of corporate and commercial transactions, privacy and data protection, e-commerce, media and advertising, and telecommunications. Nick is the author for the UAE chapter of Data Protection & Privacy, 3rd Edition (the Sweet & Maxwell International Series).

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Recent Experience

  • An international telecommunications company in respect of local law considerations relating to the proposed launch of a mobile app for third party remittance and mobile top-up services;
  • A major financial services provider in respect of regional data protection compliance;
  • Various international healthcare and education sector technology providers in respect of local government procurement requirements, and associated contractual negotiations;
  • Global internet data centre providers in respect of the regional regulatory environment for the establishment and operation of data centres and cloud computing operations;
  • A global social media platform operator in respect of regional content regulation and risks associated with the proposed roll-out of a curated content offering;
  • An oil & gas sector technology provider in respect of a dispute involving rights in software code developed in the course of a project;
  • A number of local banks with regard to a variety of operational technology agreements, including data hosting, software licences, annual maintenance agreements, mobile device applications, prepaid card systems, security and communications.


  • 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


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