Gorvinder Pannu is a Partner in our Middle East employment practice, based in Muscat. She is an experienced employment lawyer with more than 25 years of practice, including 17 years in the Middle East. She was awarded the Employment Lawyer of the Year Award by LexisNexis Women In Law Awards 2023. Gorvinder is the member of the global Employment Lawyers Alliance.

Quoted in Chambers Global 2022 and ranked as a Band 3 lawyer: "Gorvinder Pannu is an employment lawyer who is well regarded both within Oman and across the region. She is experienced in representing multinational clients in labour claims, with skill advising on the employment aspects of transactions.

Gorvinder specialises in contentious and non-contentious employment matters in Oman, UAE, and Qatar. She has also advised on employment issues relating to employment in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Jordan, Lebanon, and Egypt.

Gorvinder regularly advises multinational companies, blue chip companies and local companies across all sectors, in particular oil and gas, power and water, transportation, telecoms, education, and financial institutions, and delivers training sessions and workshops to clients on various employment topics. Gorvinder has particular expertise on union legislation and industrial action.

Gorvinder's recent experience includes:

  • advising employers on legislative Covid-19 restrictions in the work place, health and safety measures, alterations to work rotation cycles, drafting variations to contract terms and redundancies
  • advising Chinese State Grid on the employment aspects of its circa OMR 1 billion acquisition of 49% of the share capital of Oman Electricity Transmission Company, a part of the partial privatisation of the electricity sector in Oman
  • advising Raysut Cement Company SAOG on the employment aspects of it US$ 60 million acquisition of Sohar Cement Factory LLC
  • advising Weatherford Drilling International on the employment transfer aspects relating to the US$ 6 million disposal of its oil field drilling business in Oman to Shaleem Petroleum Company SAOC
  • advising the board of a major bank on the recruitment of the chief executive officer, dealing with external regulatory approvals for the appointment and drafting suite of employment documents

Gorvinder Pannu is well regarded for her practice in employment law, both within Oman and across the region.  She is experienced in representing multinational clients in labour claims, with skill advising on the employment aspects of transactions.  Clients say: "Her advice and ongoing support have been completely fantastic.  She's been able and excellent."

Chambers Global 2021

Quoted in as receiving "enthusiastic praise from clients for her concise and articulate advice," clients also note "she is responsive and always ensures that everyone is up to speed as events unfold." 

Chambers Global


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You can contact Gorvinder in our GCC offices:
  • +971 4350 6437 (Dubai)
  • +968 2495 0705 (Oman)
  • +974 4019 0300 (Qatar)