Biography

Prior to joining Al Tamimi in January 2018, Passant was a legal consultant at the Ministry of Health in Kuwait, where she was acting as representative for several legal cases.

Passant is an experienced bi-lingual litigator.  She is able to handle all legal procedures including preparing and reviewing commercial documents and written pleadings, as well as drafting and reviewing claim writs and memorandums.

In her work, she has acted as a representative for several Protection and Indemnity Clubs (P&I CLUB),  involved in a wide range of P&I related work along with all related services such as cargo claims handling and settlements, personal injury claims, fixed object damage claims, collision liability claims, arresting vessels, pollution liability claims, assisting marine agent enquires in all legal obstacles occurring at the ports, advising on charter party issues such as drafting, interpretation, disputes and resolutions and general legal assistance.  Passant prides herself by closely following up on her own cases as well as closely following other marine cases in the courts.

Passant also has vast experience in all aviation aspects, in particular, the claim which relate to the passenger, such as, the cancelation and delay of the flight, loss of luggage and other cargo claims.

In addition, she has been involved in numerous, mediated and litigated disputes on behalf of insurance companies, (re) insurers/underwriters and brokers, with regard further consultation on product liability, public liability, workers compensation, professional indemnity and health insurance requirements, Reviewing, advising on and amending Takaful policies in relation to various types of insurance including medical group and group family protection plans and professional indemnity. Advising global reinsurers on insurance claims, negotiating settlements and representation in litigation. In general handling all claims and advice on all aspects of the Kuwait insurance industry.

In general, she covers all phrases of litigation including trials and appeals before tribunals and first instance courts, preparing the courts documents including memoranda, evidence files, research and drafting of legal opinion in respect of Maritime, Insurance and Aviation industry.

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Recent Experience

Paralegal & Local trainer at Al Tamimi & Company (Jan 2021 till present):

  • Analyze records and disciplinary files and make recommendations to the attorney as to the disposition of files.
  • Performs legal research including statutory and case law and drafts forms, research memoranda, proposed rules, orders and other documents.
  • Summarizing cases and preparing reports for attorneys.
  • Conducting research, investigating facts and developing legal arguments
  • Drafting legal documents such as contracts and memorandums before the court of first Instance and court of appeal.
  • Preparing and filing documents with courts
  • Organizing and archiving the documents related to completed and ongoing cases
  • Keeping track of changes in legal framework and providing timely updates on these changes
  • Attending expert session, discuss the matter with the expert and reported to the client with the outcome of the expert session.
  • Preparing briefs, wills, contracts, real estate closing statements, pleadings, appeals, and other legal documents.
  • Investigating facts and laws of cases and searching public records and other resources to prepare cases and determine causes of action.
  • Interviewing clients and passing on relevant information.
  • Researching cases and any pertinent legal information needed.
  • Presenting applications to Judges.
  • Helping Lawyers prepare for court cases, including opening and closing arguments and aiding in court pleadings or motions.
  • Other tasks as determined by experience level;
  • Strong organizational skills;
  • Report directly to firm partner(s);
  • Interviewing clients; on boarding clients; case management;
  • Effectively monitor and move forward an independent caseload;
  • Communicating with clients and overseeing case to resolution;
  • Will perform other duties and responsibilities as needed;
  • Draft court pleadings, legal memos, and correspondence.

Legal Assistant & Local trainer at Al Tamimi & Company (Dec 2018-Till Jan 2021)

  • Responsible for providing secretarial, clerical and administrative support in order to ensure that services are provided in an effective and efficient manner.
  • Perform tasks as Lawyers first point of contact with people from inside and outside the Firm;
  • Provide a high level of client service at all times; project and maintain a positive image.
  •  Receive, screen and respond appropriately to telephone calls, inquiries and requests on behalf of assigned Lawyers as directed by them; take accurate messages and follow up as requested by Lawyer in order to ensure client enquiries are dealt with promptly and professionally.
  •  Deal with Lawyers incoming email, faxes and post as appropriate.
  • Liaise with clients and other staff in compliance with Lawyer.
  • Organize and manage Lawyers schedule, review schedule with Lawyer on a daily basis, make and confirm appointments on their behalf and keep Lawyer informed of daily agenda.
  • Liaise with Administration Coordinator in regards to Lawyers travel and accommodation arrangements.
  • Take dictation for assigned Lawyer, perform typing and transcription of documentation as required.
  • Compose and type letters, memos, correspondence and reports as requested by Lawyers.
  • Maintain and update assigned Partners files to deal efficiently with paper flow and organization and storage of paper work, documents and computer-based information.
  • Participate in the billing process.
  • Perform other work-related tasks as required.

Legal Researcher at Ministry of Health Kuwait (1 August 2013- Dec 2018)

  •  Investigate complaints presented by patients against Doctors and/or Nursing Authority.
  •  Investigate complaints of employees against each other.
  •  Investigate staff delays and work attendance interruptions.
  •  Preparation of legal opinion memos and applying disciplinary actions for employees.
  •  Investigate and question doctors with medical and professional errors.
  •  Investigation into financial irregularities.
  •  In-Charge of HR functions such as attendance, leaves ….etc.

Trainee Lawyer at Ahmed Naqeeb Law Firm (June 2011 – December 2012)

  • Draft and review different types of contracts
  • Conduct legal research to provide legal advice to all functions in relation to all corporate, civil, commercial and labor law queries that may raise to support other functions, as necessary.
  • Administrative duties: Organize and track files from cases documents and make them available and easily accessible to the legal department.

Language(s)

  • Arabic
  • English

Education

  • Diploma in International Trade Law, 2013, Ain Shams University.
  • Diploma in Private Law, 2012, Ain Shams University.

(The two Diplomas equivalent to Master’s Degree)

  • Course in petroleum contracts, 2012, Faculty of Law, Ain Shams University.
  • Bachelor Degree in Law (May 2011): Ain Shams University
  • Course in Forensics, 2011, Faculty of Law, Ain Shams University.

Admission

  • Member of the International Arbitration Organization.
  • 2011 – Bar in Egypt

Practice(s)