Legal market overview
Lawyers long present in Qatar may be worried that the legal market is reaching saturation point, but that has not stopped two new foreign firms from moving into the country: in May 2013, Addleshaw Goddard LLP launched in Doha, followed by Charles Russell LLP in August.
Construction and infrastructure continues to attract new entrants to Qatar in the lead-up to the country’s hosting of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. A significant spin-off in dispute resolution is also expected as contracts turn sour. In addition, the state’s abundant oil and gas reserves guarantee a steady stream of project finance and outbound investment.
Among the international firms already in the market, Allen & Overy LLP and Latham & Watkins LLP are leading names and Simmons & Simmons Middle East LLP has been present on the ground for a decade. Competition in the domestic legal market has also increased as Sultan Al-Abdulla & Partners’ growing presence suggests it will soon join the upper echelons of the market alongside local heavyweights Al Tamimi & Company in association with Al Marri, Arab Law Bureau, Law Offices of Gebran Majdalany, and Hassan A Alkhater Law Office.
Sharq Law Firm
Sharq Law Firm was established in December 2014 by Rashid Al Saad Al Kuwari, the senior partner.
Sharq Law Firm is committed to driving innovation and delivering value to its clients. It fosters a firm-wide culture of focus on clients’ needs, responding to their concerns and finding specific actionable solutions to their business challenges.
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