Hatim Sharif Zu’bi, Hon. G.B.E.
Name: Hatim Sharif Zu’bi, Hon. G.B.E.
Firm Name: Zu’bi Law Office
Jurisdiction: Bahrain
Practice Area: Construction Law

Telephone: +973 17 538600
Fax: +973 17 532342
Email: hszubi@zubipartners.com

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Professional Biography:

Hatim Sharif Zu’bi received an LL.B. Hons. Degree from University College, London in 1949 and was called as Barrister-at-Law by Lincoln’s Inn in 1950. He has been at various times Licensed Advocate & Legal Consultant in Jordan, Bahrain, U.A.E., Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia since 1971. From 1950 to 1954 he was Advocate for Ministry of Finance in Jeddah and Dammam, Saudi Arabia and from 1954 to 1955 he was Special Counsel to US Aid Mission, Jordan. In 1955-1965 and then again in 1969 he was Deputy Chairman of Cairo Amman Bank. From 1965 to 1969, he was Minister of National Economy, Minister of Finance and Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs and Jordan’s Governor at the World Bank. In 1971 he established his law practice in Abu Dhabi and Bahrain to cover the GCC countries, and from 1973 onwards established law offices in Abu Dhabi, Qatar and Oman.

In addition to being Hon. GBE, he holds several Western and Arab high decorations. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in England and has been a member of the ICC Court of International Arbitration and Editorial Advisory Board of the Construction Law Review. In 1971 he became the Chairman and Founder of Hatim S Zu’bi Law Office which for a while was practising as “Al Mahmood and Zu’bi” and now, following the merger, as Zu’bi & Partners, Attorneys & Legal Consultants, Bahrain (including Hatim S Zu’bi & Partners and Qays H. Zu’bi Law Office in Bahrain). He is married to Judge Hassana Hussami Zu’bi. His interests include horseback riding, tennis, motor-boating, philately, current affairs and political analysis.

Firm Description

The firm provides legal services across all leading sectors in Bahrain and beyond, including banking and finance, corporate, commercial, construction, energy, IT, communications, real estate, insurance, IP, to name just a few. The firm also acts for both corporate and high net worth individuals in many diverse areas, including litigation, arbitration, property, labour, trade and family law.

We are committed to providing our clients with the highest quality legal advice. In addition, we have an exceptional reputation for dealing with unconventional issues and providing innovative solutions specifically tailored to meet our clients’ legal, commercial and individual needs.

The breadth of expertise and success of the firm has been widely recognised by independent legal commentators and publications and is reflected in its client base of leaders in their fields, including both private and public institutions, government and quasi-government bodies, as well as high net worth individuals.

A diverse, multi-skilled team

Our lawyers are multicultural and multilingual, admitted to practice in many leading jurisdictions, with backgrounds in major international law firms and membership of local and international bar associations. They understand the local and international needs of our clients, and act not only as legal representatives but as trusted business advisors.

We foster an environment where people of all races, genders, religious affiliations and cultural heritage are encouraged and inspired to reach their potential. Half of our lawyers are women, and we have a good mix of local and non-Bahraini lawyers. As well as having many highly experienced Associates, we have historically nurtured local young lawyers, training them to international standards and giving them international exposure. More details can be found under our Partners and our Lawyers.

A global perspective

With clients from all over the world, it’s not just morally right to such diversity; it also makes excellent business sense.

We act as regional counsel for many foreign and local companies and represent clients across the globe from the Americas to Europe, as well as throughout the Middle East and Asia and Australia. You can see more details under our sectors.

We have also forged strategic relationships with leading regional and international law firms, specialist entities and bodies worldwide and regularly advise them on local law matters, including the issuance of legal opinions crucial to the closure of many deals. For further details, please see our business associates.