OBLA opens invite to London seminar on Oman law

The Omani British Lawyers Association (OBLA) has released details of its annual autumn seminar.

The event will take place on Wednesday, November 30, sponsored and hosted by the Anglo-Omani Society, based in 34 Sackville Street, Mayfair, London.

This year' seminar welcomes Alastair Hirst and Philip Shepherd QC who will be discussing the historical development of law in Oman and other countries in the region.

It will cover recent legal developments in Oman such as the Civil Transactions Law (Oman "Civil Code"), and in UK contract law looking at the landmark case Patel v Mirza.

The evening will be chaired by Paul Sheridan, the Founding Chairman of OBLA and Senior Partner in Dentons' Muscat office. Paul first started working in Oman in 1983, returned in 2006, and has been living and working there for the past 10 years.

Alastair Hirst is a member of the English bar, and a lawyer-arabist with more than 35 years' experience in the practice of commercial law in the countries of the Arab Middle East region, notably in Oman. Since his retirement at the end of 2011 from full-time practice, his main focus of activity has been in assignments as commercial arbitrator, as expert witness in Oman or UAE law, or as legislative draftsman.

Philip Shepherd QC specializes in commercial litigation and arbitration often involving International aspects. His practice focuses on private international law, particularly aviation, conflicts of law, international jurisdiction disputes, product liability and cases involving the application of foreign laws. He chairs the Middle East Interest Group on the International Committee of the Bar Council.

The event starts at 5.30pm followed by drinks and nibbles. Places for this seminar are limited and will be allocated on a first response basis.

To reserve your place or for more information, please email: sarah.hall@dentons.com Entrance is free to OBLA members and membership can be taken up at the event. Non-members: £12 / £8 (students).