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International law firm, Trowers & Hamlins, has won in three categories at the inaugural Legal 500 MENA (Middle East and North Africa) Awards, held last week at the Mandarin Oriental in Dubai. The firm took the prizes for Bahrain Law Firm Of The Year, Dispute Resolution Rising Star of the Year, won by Senior Associate Raya Al Harthy, and Real Estate Lawyer of the Year, won by Partner Abdulhaq Mohammed.

The awards process is based on Legal 500’s independent research, with winners selected by a judging team who are highly experienced and draw on their in-depth knowledge of jurisdictions and practice areas. The awards celebrate the contribution of lawyers, barristers, law firms, sets and in-house legal departments and acknowledge their achievements across the MENA region. 

Bahrain Law Firm Of The Year:

Trowers has been active in Bahrain since 1959 and has had an office in the Kingdom for over two decades. The firm is acknowledged as market leaders, particularly in the areas of corporate, real estate and banking. Trowers is a leading advisor to financial institutions and investment houses in Bahrain and has deep experience of working with government agencies and government-owned entities.

Disputes Rising Star, Raya Al Harthy:

Raya has also been ranked as a "rising star" by Legal 500 since 2020 and has continuously appeared in the Legal 500 Private Practice Arbitration Powerlist - Middle East Region since 2021. She is highly experienced in both English and Arabic language ad hoc arbitrations, as well as appearing before the ICC. Raya has been named as one of the top ten dispute resolution lawyers in Oman by Business Today and is the only female lawyer on this list.

Real Estate Lawyer of The Year, Abdulhaq Mohammed:

Abdulhaq is a Real Estate and Infrastructure Partner who specialises in real estate development and investment, PPP and concession arrangements relating to urban and transport-related development, and strategic legal advice. He has held several senior management positions within the Firm, including sitting on the Management Board for six years from 2015, as well as being the Firm's International Managing Partner until August 2021. Abdulhaq has been listed as a leading individual by the major independent legal directories for over a decade and consistently receives exceptional market feedback for his work with clients.

Commenting on the awards success, Trowers' International Managing Partner, Jeremy Ingham said:

"Congratulations to all the team in our Bahrain office, Raya and Abdullhaq! To win in three categories was a brilliant achievement, both for the individuals who have been recognised, but also all our colleagues across our four regional offices, whose support is so important for our success."