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The Manama office opened in 2006 and we have since grown to become one of the largest international law firms in the Kingdom.

We are located in the iconic Bahrain World Trade Centre from where we offer advice on banking (including Islamic finance), corporate and commercial matters, litigation and dispute resolution, real estate and construction, as well as providing advice to private individuals.

Our expertise in the region is recognised by the leading legal directories which rank us for Banking & Finance, Corporate and M&A, Dispute Resolution, Real Estate & Construction and Project Finance. Our partners and staff are active throughout the wider region, and liaise closely with our teams in our Doha and Dubai offices.  

Litigation & Dispute Resolution in Manama

No one likes disputes. At best they are a distraction, at worst they can undermine businesses, relationships and reputations.

At Charles Russell Speechlys, we are committed to managing and resolving your disputes as swiftly as possible. Our experienced, partner-led teams work closely with you to fully understand the issues you are facing.

We focus our energies on achieving the best possible outcome for you and your organisation using the most appropriate dispute resolution techniques. We work with governments, regulators, sovereign wealth funds, multinational corporations, major companies and family businesses.

Our team has experts across a range of industries from media to medicine, telecoms to trusts, manufacturing to insurance and property to professional negligence.

We work throughout the Middle East on banking and corporate litigation, arbitrations and negotiations – handling some of the most complex, sensitive and high value claims in the region. 

We have experience of: 

  • Mediation: a confidential, quick and costeffective process involving an appointed neutral third party. Our team includes accredited mediators.
  • Arbitration: with arbitration centres in Cairo, Dubai, Qatar and Bahrain there is a growing trend towards arbitration. Our team includes members of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
  • Adjudication: a streamlined process leading to an enforceable decision from an expert. Our team includes accredited adjudicators.
  • Litigation: when litigation is necessary we act with commitment and tenacity.

We have developed strong links with local counsel in a wide range of jurisdictions and are committed to providing a personal, cost-effective service.

Our expertise covers a variety of industries, including:

  • technology
  • energy and natural resources
  • sports
  • banking and finance
  • real estate and construction
  • aviation, and
  • telecommunications.

Our team was shortlisted for the 'Litigation & Dispute Resolution Team of the Year' Award at the Oath Middle East Awards 2015; we were the only Bahrain-based legal team to be included on the shortlist.

For more information, please contact Patrick Gearon.

Real Estate & Construction in Manama

When you work with our Real Estate & Construction team you work with a group of experts who believe in cutting through the red tape and making things happen.

We know that real estate and construction matters can often involve complex legal issues, which is why we are committed to a jargon-free, practical approach.

We have an 'on-the-ground' Real Estate & Construction practice that serves the region from our Doha and Manama offices.

We believe in working proactively with our clients to understand their legal requirements and objectives and achieve their goals. We pride ourselves on providing practical, commercial and innovative advice which adds value and provides our clients with a competitive advantage.

We deliver a comprehensive range of property and construction related services both locally and regionally to a range of clients including occupiers, corporates, major investors, developers, contractors, consultants, charities, government entities and high-profile families and individuals across the Middle East.

In addition, we have extensive experience of advising our clients (both corporates and individuals) in relation to investing in both commercial and residential property in the UK.

As part of this service, we can assist our clients in relation to all connected matters such as corporate structuring and tax advice.

We have particular expertise in the following areas:

  • real estate
  • urban development and regeneration
  • acquisitions and disposals
  • investment and property management
  • property finance
  • leisure and hospitality
  • real estate investment trusts
  • construction
  • drafting and negotiating construction and engineering contracts
  • advising on procurement and tendering strategies
  • project and consultancy agreements, and
  • insolvency and dispute resolution.
  • matters

Our team was shortlisted for the 'Real Estate & Construction Team of the Year' Award at the Oath Middle East Awards 2015; we were the only Bahrain-based legal team to be included on the shortlist.

For more information, please contact Simon Green.

Construction, Engineering & Projects in Manama

We have significant experience advising on a diverse range of projects in the Middle East region. The team advises on all aspects of the construction process, ranging from project strategy, contract drafting and negotiation to dispute avoidance and resolution through litigation and by arbitration.

Our expertise includes real estate and development, regeneration, infrastructure and utilities, leisure, residential, industrial and commercial, education and healthcare, both in the private and public sectors.

We deliver a comprehensive range of property and construction related services both locally and regionally to a range of clients including occupiers, corporates, major investors, developers, contractors, consultants, charities, government entities and high-profile families and individuals across the Middle East. The team is experienced in drafting all forms of construction and engineering contracts including FIDIC, NEC and JCT.

Our full-service approach ensures that our client’s priorities are identified, and an appropriate strategy adopted to achieve them. Our aim is to provide a personable and highly responsive specialist service to long-standing clients in the region.

For more information, please contact Paula Boast.

Corporate & Commercial in Manama

We have extensive experience of advising businesses doing business throughout the Gulf region and we advise a diverse range of clients on a wide variety of commercial matters. Our experience comes from working in-house, as well as in private practice, with many of the team having undertaken a secondment to our client’s commercial teams during their career.

The team aim to help clients identify opportunities and strategic advantages; assess risks; exploit opportunities; and minimise the consequences of any downside.

We are able to respond quickly to client needs with commercially driven, market leading legal advice. The team has access to support from our teams in the UK where required and also advise on inbound UK deals for Middle Eastern clients.

The range of our work varies from large scale joint venture, managed service and outsourcing agreements, IT contracts, supply chain logistics and procurement through to sponsorship, merchandising, distribution, property management and marketing and advertising. We provide tailored solutions, which may include supporting your in-house team behind the scenes, providing online reviews and reports, through to full deal structure planning, leading negotiations on your behalf and advising on implementation and operational issues.

For more information, please contact Patrick Gearon.

Banking & Finance in Manama

Bahrain and the wider Middle East is home to a thriving commercial market, involving both locally based businesses as well as international corporates. Growing corporate and commercial activity requires funding and we work with banks and financial institutions to understand the challenges they face and develop strategies tailored to our clients’ commercial needs.

The world’s financial markets have undergone considerable change in recent years and our clients need us to understand their business and industry in order to help them to respond to this. Our industry focus means that we have a greater understanding of the commercial drivers that affect our clients' business, allowing us to deliver more commercial and practical solutions.

We advise a range of international and regional financial institutions, sector regulators, listed and unlisted businesses on a wide range of banking and finance matters. We also represent high net worth individual investors and have a clear understanding of the often sensitive relationship between an individual’s private and corporate affairs.

Our team advises on some of the most complex and innovative transactions in the region and our expertise includes acquisition and bid finance, structured finance, secured lending, trade and asset finance.

We work closely with your in-house staff to ensure that transactions proceed quickly and effectively, with the minimum of delay. 

For more information, please contact Patrick Gearon.

Intellectual Property in Manama

A business’s intellectual property is a valuable asset which should be managed, protected and commercially exploited.

Our team looks after some of the region’s most well-known brands and handles franchising and licensing transactions, and the registration and protection of patents, copyright, designs and trademarks,. Our substantial international practice means we often work with leading intellectual property specialists around the world across all our areas of specialism, which include patents, trademarks, designs and copyright. Access to our UK based teams also enables us to advise businesses seeking to protect their interests in the UK and the rest of Europe.

Our clients are able to count on us to give practical, innovative and business-minded solutions whatever the situation, whether it be the giving of strategic advice or involving a transaction or a dispute. We are lawyers who see opportunity where others see only obstacles and are committed to understanding our clients’ businesses and contributing to their success.

We deal robustly with intellectual property disputes and assist clients in a range of approaches (including alternative dispute resolution) to resolve contentious matters, whilst remaining alert to their commercial considerations, and the complexities that arise especially when the dispute has a multi-jurisdictional dimension.

For more information, please contact Patrick Gearon.

Manama office