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.
Dispute resolution in Qatar
Hani Al Naddaf; Roy Georgiades; Mohammad Al Marri
Standard Chartered Bank
HSBC Middle East
- 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.
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.
Sultan Al-Abdulla; Thomas Williams; Ashraf Feshawi
‘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.’
Kling Consult GmbH (Qatar Branch)
Qatar Investors Group
Industry Technology Qatar WLL
ETA Star Engineering and Contracting WLL
United Engineers Malaysia
Olayan Financial Company
Darwish Engineering WLL
Qatar Building Company
Metito Overseas Qatar
- 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.
Other key lawyers:
Consortium of GCC insurers and international reinsurers
- 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.
Other key lawyers:
Pamela McDonald; Joseph Lee
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.
Rashid Al Saad Al Kuwari; Abdelraouf El Bekei; Hassan Al Marzouqi
- 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 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.
Other key lawyers:
Qatar Investment Authority
Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy
Qatar Aluminium Limited (Qatalum)
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.
Mubarak bin Abdullah Al Sulaiti; Hussam Tantawy
Other key lawyers:
Qatar National Bank
Samsung C&T Corporation
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
Elan Qatar W.L.L
Al Khaliji Bank
Vinci Construction (QDVC).
China Gezhouba Group Company Limited
Bukshisha Building & Construction Co
Apparel Qatar WLL
Just Real Estate
- 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 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 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.
Ghada M. Darwish Karbon
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.
Dani Kabbani; Richard Ward
Other key lawyers:
The First Investor
Yara Nederland B.V.
Sheikh Mohamed Fahed M Al Thani
Gulf Agency Company
Inchcape Shipping Company
American Bureau of Shipping
International Protection & Indemnity Clubs
Bouygues Batiment International
Qatar Financial Centre (QFC)
Mather & Company Limited
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 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.
Amjad Hussain; Matthew Walker
Barwa Real Estate QPSC
Masraf Al Rayan QPSC
Qatar Financial Centre Authority
Qatar Free Zones Authority
Qatar Media City
United Development Company QPSC
Free Zones Authority
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.
Other key lawyers:
Mark Grasso; Elizabeth Wilson; Paul Bradley; Brittney Nash
Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development
Al Jaber Group
Qatar Solar Technologies
Qatar Railways Company
- 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.