Dispute resolution in Qatar

Al Tamimi & Company In Association with Adv. Mohammed Al Marri

Al Tamimi & Company In Association with Adv. Mohammed Al Marri has an experienced dispute resolution team based in Qatar. The team displays particular expertise in construction and large-scale project disputes. Practice head Hani Al Naddaf has a strong background acting for clients in contentious matters relating to commercial agencies, trade marks, construction and property. Roy Georgiades has been active in litigation concerning bank lending, debt recovery and employment. Mohammad Al Marri is another key name to note, with extensive experience in commercial and civil litigation.

Practice head(s):

Hani Al Naddaf; Roy Georgiades; Mohammad Al Marri

Key clients

SNC Lavalin

Synohyrdro

Nestlé

UTC

China Railway

SEB

FIFA

BNP Paribas

Standard Chartered Bank

Hitachi

Salam International

Etihad Airways

Swatch Group

Richemont

Jaidah Group

HSBC Middle East

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented BNP Paribas in a dispute with Carillion concerning a bank guarantee.
  • Acting for Standard Chartered Bank in a dispute with Imperial relating to a complicated facilities loan to numerous local companies.
  • Acting for HSBC Bank Middle East in a sophisticated tax case before the Court of Cassation.

Sultan Al-Abdulla & Partners

The 'long-established and well-respected' Sultan Al-Abdulla & Partners is regularly involved in high-profile Court of Cassation cases. Particular areas of strength for the team include construction, projects and infrastructure disputes. In addition to litigation, the practice has extensive experience in arbitration, with an emphasis on commercial, construction and public law cases. Founding and managing partner Sultan Al-Abdulla is a key point of contact. Ashraf Feshawi and Thomas Williams, who joined the firm in 2019 from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP, are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Sultan Al-Abdulla; Thomas Williams; Ashraf Feshawi

Testimonials

The litigation practice is very responsive and provides alternative solutions to the customer.’

Strong local experience with a tailored approach depending on the circumstances.’

Long-established and well-respected law firm in Qatar with vast experience and a dynamic and diverse team. Very flexible with their approach to dispute resolution. Definitely the number one firm in Qatar. Very familiar with disputes, the common issues faced and ways to approach them in dispute resolution.

Willing to look at litigation funding. Collaborates with international firms. Diverse team from many nationalities.’

Key clients

Kling Consult GmbH (Qatar Branch)

Qatar Investors Group

Industry Technology Qatar WLL

ETA Star Engineering and Contracting WLL

United Engineers Malaysia

Hawar Group

Olayan Financial Company

Darwish Engineering WLL

Qatar Building Company

Metito Overseas Qatar

Work highlights

  • Acted for a major real estate financing company in a dispute arising over a property sale agreement and filed a counterclaim for QAR 1.5bn, being the price of the property plus QAR 100m, as compensation, as was agreed in a settlement agreement.
  • Representing a major real estate developer in enforcement proceedings relating to an ad hoc arbitral award in the amount of QAR 92m issued in relation to a dispute over a major real estate development project in Qatar.
  • Representing an international planning, design and engineering firm before the Court of Appeal in a dispute with a public shareholding company over unfair termination and unpaid entitlements relating to the consultancy and design services performed by the client in a major construction project in Qatar.

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP has a well-established presence in the dispute resolution space and has deep sectoral expertise ranging from infrastructure and education to insurance and healthcare. The practice has significant experience in construction disputes, and is receiving an increasing number of mandates relating to debt recovery and shareholder disputes. Managing partner Laura Warren heads the disputes team and advises on international and domestic construction arbitration, mediation, expert determinations and proceedings in the local courts. Emma Higham handles employment disputes.

Practice head(s):

Laura Warren

Other key lawyers:

Emma Higham

Key clients

Consortium of GCC insurers and international reinsurers

Orbital Education

QTerminals

Work highlights

  • Advising a consortium of GCC insurers and international reinsurers on a series of subrogated recovery actions through local Qatari court proceedings to recover property and business interruption losses paid out to commercial tenants of the Villaggio Mall in Doha, following a fire which resulted in the deaths of 19 people in May 2012.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP is particularly active in litigation and arbitration, often acting for clients involved in construction, infrastructure and energy projects. Jonathan Collier has a strong background in arbitration and regularly acts for clients on the supply side in the infrastructure and energy sectors. Senior associate Pamela McDonald is noted for her specialism in arbitration and associate Joseph Lee is experienced in contentious matters in the energy and infrastructure spaces.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Collier

Other key lawyers:

Pamela McDonald; Joseph Lee

Sharq Law Firm

Sharq Law Firm has broad experience in litigation and arbitration, as well as in pre-dispute negotiations, project claim management, settlement negotiations, mediation and other forms of intermediate and alternative dispute resolution. The team has particular expertise in the construction, infrastructure, energy and real estate sectors. Founding and senior partner Rashid Al Saad Al Kuwari has a strong background in dispute resolution. Abdelraouf Elbekei, a former Qatari Supreme Court judge, heads the litigation and arbitration team. Hassan Al Marzouqi is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Rashid Al Saad Al Kuwari; Abdelraouf El Bekei; Hassan Al Marzouqi

Work highlights

  • Representing the claimant, a Qatari contractor, in a QAR 500m ICC arbitration in Doha covering EoT, disruption, acceleration and delay-related costs.
  • Representing the defendant, a publicly listed developer, before the Court of First Instance and subsequently the Court of Appeal in a dispute relating to the construction of a large residential compound in Doha.
  • Representing the claimant, a real estate company, in a QICCA arbitration in Doha regarding the construction and management of a major commercial development.

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP has extensive experience representing clients in high-profile disputes concerning major infrastructure projects, and has experience acting for the government and for developers. Michael Turrini heads the practice and is highly active in construction-related litigation and arbitration. Payvand Vahdat also has experience in construction disputes.

Practice head(s):

Michael Turrini

Other key lawyers:

Payvand Vahdat

Key clients

Qatar Investment Authority

Qatar Petroleum

QatarGas

Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy

Qatari Diar

Qatar Cool

Katara Hospitality

Amwal LLC

Qatar Aluminium Limited (Qatalum)

Al Sulaiti Law Firm

Al Sulaiti Law Firm's team is often retained by multinational corporates and local players to handle a range of high-value work. Of particular note is the team's expertise in regulatory issues, with projects, real estate and engineering disputes also areas of strength. International arbitration is a key pillar of the firm and the team benefits from the presence of  Mubarak Al Sulaiti , a certified arbitrator in Qatar. Hussam Tantawy is another key name.

Practice head(s):

Mubarak bin Abdullah Al Sulaiti; Hussam Tantawy

Other key lawyers:

Vincenzo Bosisio

Testimonials

The team has strong knowledge and experience; collaborative approach, ongoing support; strong experience, welcoming, allow enough time for meetings, always available and ready to help and provide the necessary support.
Good knowledge and practice of procedures in front of local courts.

Key clients

Qatar Petroleum

Qatar National Bank

Mowasalat

Msheireb Properties

Lusail Holding

The Group

Samsung C&T Corporation

Hyundai

FEBO S.P.A.

Power International Holding

Tadmur Holding WLL

Mannai Corporation Q.P.S.C.

S’hail Holding Group Yes

Aamal Company Q.P.S.C.

Talabat QFC LLC

Carriage

Elan Qatar W.L.L

Al Khaliji Bank

Jacobs

Vinci Construction (QDVC).

OHL International

HKA Global

China Gezhouba Group Company Limited

Bukshisha Building & Construction Co

Apparel Qatar WLL

Foure Lagadec

Engie

Burhan International

Just Real Estate

INSO

Work highlights

  • Represented a prominent client in characterising the legal nature of the financing and lending agreement executed between them and the Commercial Bank of Qatar from commercial to personal funding. The team succeeded in obtaining a court ruling that reduced the claimed amount to QAR200m by removing nearly QAR1.5bn.
  • Represented Samsung C&T in obtaining a court ruling that established the principle of legal centres for persons working under the umbrella of the public sector or government agencies if they were established in the form of a legal person who is private law and that the contracts concluded with them, in this case, are subject to private law.
  • Managed disputes filed by sub-contractors against the main contractor and the employer, Msheireb Properties, including financial and engineering claims and precautionary garnishments on project bank guarantees.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper has an impressive presence in the Middle East in relation to litigation, arbitration and mediation, especially for construction cases. Henry Quinlan (Dubai) heads the regional practice which is skilled in handling disputes relating to design, engineering, construction and infrastructure, in addition to sanctions and compliance issues. In 2020 the practice made a number of new hires from Simmons & Simmons Middle East including partner George Vlavianos who is based in Doha and co-heads the practice with Quinlin. Vlavianos has extensive experience of disputes and international arbitration in the construction, energy and natural resources sectors. Also of note is Hasan El-Shafiey for his regional and international arbitration and cross-border litigation expertise.

Dr. Ghada M. Darwish Karbon Law Firm

Dr. Ghada M. Darwish Karbon Law Firm handles both litigation and alternative dispute resolution. The team has significant experience acting in arbitration under ICC and AFA rules. Key areas of strength for the firm include construction and energy disputes. Managing partner Ghada M. Darwish Karbon has a strong background in disputes and arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Ghada M. Darwish Karbon

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has a wide dispute resolution offering that covers arbitration, mediation and litigation. Richard Ward leads the team and is particularly experienced in construction and engineering disputes. Shalagh Massingham, who is based in Dubai, also has a strong contentious practice, with a particular focus on construction arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Dani Kabbani; Richard Ward

Other key lawyers:

Shalagh Massingham

Key clients

Investment House

QInvest

The First Investor

Baladna

Yara Nederland B.V.

Sheikh Mohamed Fahed M Al Thani

Credit Suisse

SNC-Lavalin

Gulf Agency Company

Doha Bank

Inchcape Shipping Company

American Bureau of Shipping

International Protection & Indemnity Clubs

Skema SpA

Bouygues Batiment International

Qatar Financial Centre (QFC)

Mather & Company Limited

Pentair

Wartsila Corporation

Aspire Zone

Public Works Authority of Qatar

Ministry of Transport

Ministry of Finance in Qatar

Ministry of Health in Qatar

Law Office of Hassan A al-Khater

Law Office of Hassan A al-Khater primarily handles proceedings in the Qatari civil courts (up to and including the Court of Cassation), as well as domestic and international arbitrations, including under ICC and LCIA rules. The team focuses on multiple sectors but is notably prominent in disputes concerning banking, construction and employment. Name partner Hassan Al Khater is noted.

K&L Gates

K&L Gates represents a number of international companies, particularly in the construction and engineering sectors. The practice handles international and domestic arbitration and litigation. Additional sectors of strength include oil and gas, and banking and finance. Matthew Walker, who is based in the Doha and London offices, heads the construction and dispute resolution practices.

Practice head(s):

Amjad Hussain; Matthew Walker

Key clients

Al Jazeera

Barwa Real Estate QPSC

Credit Suisse

Masraf Al Rayan QPSC

Mowasalat

M’sheireb

Ooredoo QPSC

Qatar Financial Centre Authority

Qatar Free Zones Authority

Qatar Media City

United Development Company QPSC

Free Zones Authority

Iberdrola QSTP

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP represents the full range of players in the construction industry, from contractors and subcontractors to engineers, lenders and investors, in contentious matters. Based in London and Doha, the team regularly acts for the state and state-owned entities in disputes involving oil and gas, social infrastructure and other construction projects. London-based James Bremen is a key name to note and has extensive experience in construction-related disputes.

Practice head(s):

James Bremen

Other key lawyers:

Mark Grasso; Elizabeth Wilson; Paul Bradley; Brittney Nash

Key clients

Qatar Petroleum

Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development

Al Jaber Group

Qatar Solar Technologies

Qatar Railways Company

Work highlights

  • Acting for Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development in relation to two ICC arbitrations concerning the design and construction of the Sidra Hospital in Doha, Qatar.