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Specialist Guide to the

Global Leaders in Media Law Practice

Bahrain’s progress in digital transformation is expected to lead to a market ‘to top USD419 million by 2021’ according to lawyers citing a Fitch Solutions report.


The country has been advancing with smart cities, in keeping with its Economic Vision 2030, which is intended to drive growth in public and private sectors, as well as governmental institutions and organisations.


Other developments over the past year include a campaign launched by the Bahrain Journalists Association to revive efforts to pass a long-awaited press law.


Ahdeya Ahmed, President of the Bahrain Journalists Association, said: “Our online campaign

will continue to promote this call and all journalists are urged to join the campaign, so that we have a press law matching global changes in the field.


“We hope that this law will soon be passed to the legislative authorities, so that it will be issued before the Parliament term ends in May.”


Ms Ahmed added that an updated press law would help journalists work under specific regulations and would help the country protect itself from fake news.


TIER 1

Elham Ali Hassan & Associates focusses on internet, media and IP. The firm’s leading position is backed by an established portfolio that includes clients such as Bloomberg and Apple. Managing partner Essa Jawahery takes the lead on media and technology matters and works closely with founding partner Elham Ali Hassan.


Full-service firm Haya Rashed Al Khalifa has played a key role in the establishment of regulatory bodies and the formation of regulation. The team’s media focus is broad, ranging from advice on commercial contracts, information management compliance and data protection to e-business and IT security. Founding partner Haya Rashed Al Khalifa is widely respected by peers who note her experience as a permanent delegate to the United Nations.


Zu'bi & Partners provides ‘a high calibre technical service’, according to clients. Practitioners are also praised for being consistently comprehensive and commercially-focussed. Working with his team, senior partner Qays H. Zu’bi advised on radio and television sub-license agreements and assisted a major multi-national internet corporation on local regulatory matters. The firm also acts for an Arabic language news channel on a range of corporate matters.


TIER 2

Media work at ASAR - Al Ruwayeh & Partners is driven by the firm’s focus on IP. The local team has built a reputable practice known for copyright protection, licensing and brand management. Cyber crime is among core focus areas for the cross-jurisdictional practice, which operates in Bahrain and Kuwait.


Charles Russell Speechlys opened its Bahrain office in 2006 and has since become an established part of the country’s legal structure. Patrick Gearon manages the practice which is backed by the firm’s 30-year TMT worldwide focus. The office benefits from Mr Gearon’s specialisation in media, IP, litigation and dispute resolution.  


Hassan Radhi & Associates lawyers have established links with clients in neighbouring countries. Founding partner Hassan Ali Radhi has strong connections with international networks allowing for a multi-dimensional service that is primarily focussed on intellectual property.   


International managing partner Dominic O’Neil leads the Trowers & Hamlins Bahrain office. Based in the jurisdiction, his local knowledge is praised by peers who highlight the firm’s regional dedication. The practice is supported by an international network of lawyers and dedicated media sector divisions.


Peers describe Zeenat Al Mansoori & Associates as an influential practice with industry focus and skill. Present in the Bahraini market since 1989, the full-service firm has a multi-disciplinary approach. Founding partner Zeenat Al Mansoori manages the media and telecommunications division, which works closely with the IP, IT and e-commence practice groups.


TIER 3

Established in 1979, Norton Rose Fulbright has become a trusted brand say competitors. Head of the Middle East practice Patrick Bourke manages the firm’s Bahrain, Dubai and Abu Dhabi offices, specialising in dispute resolution and litigation. The firm’s full-service focus and international network make it a leading choice for clients.


BAHRAIN

TIER 1

Elham Ali Hassan & Associates

Haya Rashed Al Khalifa  

Zu’bi & Partners


TIER 2

ASAR - Al Ruwayeh & Partners

Charles Russell Speechlys

Hassan Radhi & Associates

Trowers & Hamlins

Zeenat Al Mansoori & Associates


TIER 3

Baker McKenzie

Norton Rose Fulbright

Taqi & Moh'd Ahmed



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