Simon Ward

Partner, Muscat Managing Partner

Ward, Simon

With 12 years of experience in the Middle East, Simon Ward is one of Oman's and the regions’s most sought-after dispute resolution lawyers, having achieved successes before the Omani courts, domestic and international arbitral tribunals in construction disputes and high quantum commercial disputes.

Litigation in the Omani Courts

Simon Ward is one of Oman’s leading litigators and advocates, known for his commercial acumen. He is also managing partner of the firm’s Muscat office. His litigation experience spans a wide range of fields, including commercial, construction, engineering, regulatory, health and safety, environment, and employment, both in Oman and overseas.

As an advocate, Mr. Ward has appeared before both the Omani courts and arbitral tribunals. He has acted as arbitrator and lead counsel before the Omani courts and in domestic and international arbitrations, including under the auspices of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA).

Commercial Arbitration

His arbitration experience encompasses most major institutions including ICC, LCIA, Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC), Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), American Arbitration Association (AAA), Gulf Cooperation Council Commercial Arbitration Centre (GCCAC) and ad hoc arbitration, litigation and dispute resolution. He has substantial experience in Omani and United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) ad hoc arbitrations, as well as in general dispute resolution before Omani Courts. He was appointed to the Oman Court of Appeal Roll of Arbitrators in 2011 and is registered as an arbitrator with the DIFC/LCIA.

Omani Law

Given his deep knowledge of Omani law and procedure, Mr. Ward is often instructed to advise on a broad range of issues within the Omani jurisdication. He is called on by insurers, airlines, shipping companies, petrochemical companies, engineers and manufacturers and major employers to advise on issues facing their specific industries.

Languages

English

Japanese

With 12 years of experience in the Middle East, Simon Ward is one of Oman's and the regions’s most sought-after dispute resolution lawyers, having achieved successes before the Omani courts, domestic and international arbitral tribunals in construction disputes and high quantum commercial disputes.

Clients praise him as "an experienced, capable and pragmatic lawyer."

Chambers Global 2020 Oman - Dispute Resolution

Chambers 2020 Global Rosette Simon Ward

Clients commend Simon Ward for his ability to "provide a cool, measured response" and the way in which he "seeks to help us avoid disputes."

Chambers Global 2018

"He truly understands the local arbitration field. He is a leading foreign lawyer."

Chambers Global 2017

"Pragmatic and no-nonsense approach, which demystifies the legal process."

Chambers Global 2016

Interviewees appreciate that he is "very focused on delivering what the client requires."

Chambers Global 2015