Construction and Real Estate
The Kingdom of Bahrain has witnessed an unprecedented rate of construction activity in recent years due to land reclamation and infrastructure projects.
As the number of construction projects and related contracts has increased substantially, Bahrain in particular has witnessed an unprecedented construction boom.
Construction projects involve the drawing up of internationally recognised FIDIC agreements between the parties. At times, disputes arise either between contractors and owners/employers, or contractors and sub-contractors.
Our firm provides specialist contentious and non-contentious advice covering the local and international construction market. We are instructed on complex projects, acting for project sponsors, banks, financiers, investors, insurers, contractors and other participants.
As construction documentation needs to comply with the requirements of banks and financiers, our experience in construction and project finance translates into a unique ability to balance the interests of contractors, sponsors and financing institutions.
In construction claims, we have a team of specialists in local litigation, international arbitration and dispute resolution. We have extensive experience in all aspects of Bahrain Court and arbitration procedures and advocacy in all proceedings governed by international and local rules, as well as alternative dispute resolution techniques, such as local mediation and expert appointment.
The real estate boom has brought fresh challenges to the underlying legal framework. As the legislative process evolves, this presents property developers and investors with a confusing matrix of property ownership issues, since each real estate project has its own advantages and potential pitfalls.
The firm has advised on construction and property law issues for some of the major flagship property developments in Bahrain. We are therefore very familiar with developments in this evolving area of legal practice. Our experienced specialist property lawyers devise outcomes and draft documents that are creative and practical.
We advise on the following:
- Commonhold/Condominium and Mixed Use Schemes
- Financing & Securities
- Freehold Transactions
- Legislative & Regulatory Issues
- Long-term Leases – Residential & Commercial
- Real Estate Investment Funds
- Short-term Tenancies – Residential & Commercial
Our lawyers are regularly consulted about major property development projects in Bahrain, drawing on their international knowledge and experience. In addition, we advise on landlord and tenant issues in relation to retail, commercial and industrial premises. We assist with: pre-contractual negotiations, preparation of tenancy contracts and leases, as well as terminations and dispute resolution.