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Our People

Michael Bowes KC

Michael is a Director of OTI and has responsibility for governance matters. He is a distinguished KC (Bar of England & Wales) who, as a barrister, specialises in business crime, financial regulatory work and civil fraud. He has been recognised as an expert in civil and criminal “cross-over” work, acting for corporate clients and senior managers in global investigations and for the SFO, FCA, CMA and Lloyd’s of London.

Dr Ali Almihdar

Dr Ali Almihdar is also a Director of OTI. He is a barrister (England & Wales) with much experience of legal practice in the Middle East, and a former Legal Adviser to the Saudi Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources. He splits his professional time equally between Saudi Arabia and London. His work covers the full spectrum of commercial legal practice from advice to drafting, arbitrations to advocacy.

He has offered Saudi legal advice and services over a wide range of subjects including advising clients in negotiation of contracts, formation of Saudi Companies, foreign capital investment licences for temporary or continuing commercial activities in the Kingdom, shipping, intellectual property matters, agency and distributorship, Sharia finance, construction projects, arbitration, litigation before courts and tribunals, labour law matters, private client, succession and general Saudi corporate legal advice. Dr Almihdar is also the Director of Almihdar Law Firm in Jeddah, KSA (an entity not regulated by the UK’s Solicitors Regulation Authority but by Saudi law).

Hema Parmar (Principal Solicitor & HOLP)

Hema is a UK qualified solicitor, registered with the SRA since September 1997. Prior to joining OTI she specialised in public law, social care law and education. She led an in-house legal team at a major London local authority for several years and advised on highly contentious proposals and judicial review challenges. Hema is our compliance officer, Head of Legal Practice and is the principal point of contact for clients.

Denise Austin (Deputy Finance Manager)

Denise is the Deputy Finance Manager dealing with bank reconciliation, purchase ledger, payment and barristers’ levy invoices.