Filipino lawyer Atty. Barney Almazar is just one of the foot soldiers of the Constitution abroad. Aside from being a great lawyer, he is also actively holding and providing free legal aid to the Filipino community through the Philippine Consulate General in Dubai.
The director of the Gulf Law has been in the Middle East for seven years now, but the amount of people he had helped in the past is immense.
Be it problems on salaries, debt, bouncing cheques, divorce and annulment and amnesty issues, Almazar is always the trusted lawyer of Filipinos in the country.
One of his greatest achievements recently was assisting a Filipino mother and her three children to waive a total of AED 712,400 in overstaying fines. The amount in peso that he had waived is approximately Php 9,852,556.
And right after winning the case of a Filipino who had fallen into an investment scam, many expats were also given hope to get their investment restored.
Previously, he wrote legal advice on the ‘Sagot Ka ni Attorney’ column published in a Dubai-based weekly newspaper. To further help his ‘kabayans’, he developed a legal portal called ‘Ask Atty. Barney’ that answers legal inquiries–including legal, labor, financial, and even marital problems.
His very popular book ‘The Essential OFW Guide to UAE’ designed for new and long-time OFWs in the UAE who needs to know the local rules and regulations has 80,000 free copies distributed all across the seven emirates. The book was put together by Almazar and Grace Princesa, former Philippine ambassador to the UAE.
In 2015, the same year he published ‘The Essential OFW Guide to UAE’, he was also awarded as one of ‘The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM)’ for law and commended by the Philippine Senate for his contribution in protecting the interests of more than three million overseas Filipinos in the Middle East.
Almazar is not only protecting OFWs in the UAE, he is also one of the most sought lawyers by Filipinos across other GCC countries. To date, he has already assisted more than 40,000 OFWs in his monthly free legal aid clinic at the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi and the Philippine Consulate General in Dubai and the Northern Emirates since 2014.