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Omar Ensaff Technology & Construction

Omar Ensaff joined No5 Chambers in June 2004. Before joining chambers he was the Judicial Assistant to the Vice-Chancellor and Lord Justice Buxton at the Civil Division of the Court of Appeal. 

Since joining chambers Omar has developed a general commercial practice which includes a significant amount work in the construction and technology fields both in the High Court and in the County Court. In particular, he is the only junior of around the 10 to 15 year call mark in the Midlands with a significant technology and construction practice.

LEGAL DIRECTORY RECOMMENDATIONS;

Omar has been listed continuously in Chambers UK for Construction matters since 2012:

- Listed in 2015 Chambers UK for construction expertise in the Midlands: 

“Advises a wide range of clients, from homeowners to national contractors, on a variety of construction disputes. He regularly appears in cases before the TCC in Birmingham.
Strengths: ‘He's excellent; clients like him because he's practical, commercial and speaks in language that they can understand.’ ‘For construction disputes he is brilliant as he's very thorough, very detailed.’”

- Listed in 2014 Chambers UK for construction expertise in the Midlands: 

“Omar Ensaff is highly regarded in construction matters by both peers and instructing solicitors. He regularly represents builders, contractors and subcontractors, while he also has experience in handling insolvency and general commercial disputes. "He has impressed me because he is extremely user-friendly and explains matters simply to clients in what is potentially a complex area of law." He is always prompt and reliable, and goes out of his way above and beyond to deal with matters even when on annual leave on the other side of the world."”

- Listed in 2013 Chambers UK for construction expertise in the Midlands: 

“Great things are predicted for Omar Ensaff of No5 Chambers, who impresses the market with the tenacity he brings to his work. He is "very talented, a good advocate and a fine cross-examiner, who is intellectually very able."

-    Listed in 2012 Chambers UK for construction expertise in the Midlands:

“Omar Ensaff is noted as a junior of high calibre”

Listed in the current Legal 500, 2015 for the Midlands Construction matters: ‘Practises above his call in construction matters.’

- Listed in Legal 500, 2014 for construction expertise in the Midlands: ‘An effective construction specialist and strong litigator.’

- Listed in Legal 500, 2013  : “Omar Ensaff is ‘analytical’ and ‘inspires confidence’”  and that he is “tremendously knowledgeable”

Previous editions of the Legal 500 have stated that Omar Ensaff is recommended for construction matters and that he “has the ability to provide robust advice and to handle potentially difficult clients’ in construction matters”.

EXPERIENCE

-    Regularly appears in the Technology and Construction Court.

-    Familiar with construction industry standard terms.

-    Experienced in a wide range of building and engineering disputes, including: those concerned with residential development, commercial premises development, civil engineering projects (including bridges and motorways), HVAC matters, electrical and mechanical matters, manufacturing machinery issues, and many other cases which have a building, engineering or any type of technical subject matter. 

-    Familiar with adjudication – including the enforcement of adjudicators’ decisions. 

-    Experienced in Part 8 claims regarding jurisdiction of adjudicators and declarations in respect of the same. 

-    Extensive trial experience in matters concerned with building disputes. Trial length varies from one day to fourteen days.

-    Experienced in information technology disputes, including those concerned with web-site development and the provision of computer hardware and software. 

-    Familiar with the type of issues that are frequently encountered in construction cases; for instance, delay and disruption, liquidated damages, extensions of time, quantum meruit claims, defect claims, variations/additional work etc.

-    Experienced in professional negligence cases, including, valuers’, surveyors’, architects’, engineers’ and contract administrators’ negligence. 

-    Has detailed knowledge of insolvency procedures and how they impact upon companies and businesses in the building and engineering industry. 

-    Unlike others who specialise solely in the construction field, Omar has significant experience in general commercial litigation and insolvency matters (and is listed in the directories for the same). These are crucial in being able to give rounded commercial advice to clients involved in construction disputes.

Omar accepts direct professional access and public access in appropriate cases.

QUALIFICATIONS

LLB (London School of Economics)
Cardiff High School

MEMBERSHIPS

TECBAR
MCCBA

RECOMMENDATIONS

- Listed in 2015 Chambers UK for construction expertise in the Midlands: 

“Advises a wide range of clients, from homeowners to national contractors, on a variety of construction disputes. He regularly appears in cases before the TCC in Birmingham.
Strengths: ‘He's excellent; clients like him because he's practical, commercial and speaks in language that they can understand.’ ‘For construction disputes he is brilliant as he's very thorough, very detailed.’”

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-Listed in 2014 Chambers UK for construction expertise in the Midlands: 

“Omar Ensaff is highly regarded in construction matters by both peers and instructing solicitors. He regularly represents builders, contractors and subcontractors, while he also has experience in handling insolvency and general commercial disputes. "He has impressed me because he is extremely user-friendly and explains matters simply to clients in what is potentially a complex area of law." He is always prompt and reliable, and goes out of his way above and beyond to deal with matters even when on annual leave on the other side of the world."

- Listed in 2013 Chambers UK for construction expertise in the Midlands: “Great things are predicted for Omar Ensaff of No5 Chambers, who impresses the market with the tenacity he brings to his work. He is "very talented, a good advocate and a fine cross-examiner, who is intellectually very able."

- Listed in 2012 Chambers UK for construction expertise in the Midlands: “Omar Ensaff is noted as a junior of high calibre”

- Listed in the current Legal 500, 2015 for the Midlands Construction matters: ‘Practises above his call in construction matters.’

- Listed in Legal 500 2014 for construction expertise in the Midlands: ‘An effective construction specialist and strong litigator.’

- Listed in Legal 500 2013 : “Omar Ensaff is ‘analytical’ and ‘inspires confidence"  and that he is “tremendously knowledgeable”

Previous editions of the Legal 500 have stated that Omar Ensaff is recommended for construction matters and that he “has the ability to provide robust advice and to handle potentially difficult clients’ in construction matters”.

NOTABLE CASES

Omar has experience of adjudications, arbitrations and trials. Below is just a sample of the cases he has been involved in.

Saint Gobain v CA Blackwell and Tencate: Multi-party Birmingham TCC claim regarding the design and construction of access roads at a wind farm. Settled at mediation.

Heran v Jaswal: Birmingham TCC Claim. Final account / defects claim. Settled just before 5 day trial.

Paragon v Construction Industry Training Board: Appeal against training board regarding an assessment to levy

Trustees of Sidh Baba Balak Nath Ji Society v Magnum Security: Muti day trial regarding a CCTV installation contract at a temple

“X” Local Authority (name cannot be disclosed) Advising local authority regarding the delay in the construction of a railway bridge

Blair v Danesh: £300, 000 claim which was an unusual case, as it involved allegations of undue influence regarding a building project and project management contract. Culminated in a 14 day trial. 

Onny v Thomson: A five day trial acting for developer in respect of his final account. Counterclaim by homeowner for defects.

Aceramais Holding Limited v Hadleigh Partnership Limited [2009] EWHC 1664 (TCC) Defending Part 8 claim concerned with declaratory relief in respect of an ongoing adjudication (3 day trial).

Hadleigh Partnership Limited v Aceramais Acting for builder in enforcing an award of £800 000 against a BVI company developer, including obtaining a freezing injunction.

X v Y [2008] (names cannot be disclosed) Acted for one of Britain’s largest private house builder in arbitration involving issues of misrepresentation, non-reliance clauses, breach of contract and limitation of liability issues.

Multiple cases between homeowners and builders

Multiple adjudications acting for employer, main contractor or subcontractor etc.