Firms To Watch: Dispute resolution

Hamad Al Yafei Law Firm has a track record acting in construction and real estate related disputes for large Qatari companies and clients across the GCC region. The team advises on complex banking claims and has experience appearing in arbitrations. Hamad Al Yafei oversees the team. Mustafa Baysoni handles the enforcement of arbitral awards and settlements.

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Dispute resolution in Qatar

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

Al Tamimi & Company In Association with Adv. Mohammed Al Marri‘s dispute resolution practice, which is managed by Hani Al Naddaf, provides specialist services to clients in relation to litigation and arbitration. The team is notably active in large-scale construction disputes and contentious matters arising from projects. Other drivers of work include disputes arising from commercial agency and distribution agreements, intellectual property, syndicated loans and credit card fraud, among other matters. In 2020, Roy Georgiades represented BNP Paribas in litigation against UK-based company Carillion over a bank guarantee. Also recommended is Mohammad Al Marri. The team strengthened its construction arbitration offering by hiring Andrew Symms from DWF.

Practice head(s):

Hani Al Naddaf

Other key lawyers:

Roy Georgiades; Mohammad Al Marri; Andrew Symms

Testimonials

Roy Georgiades is highly knowledgeable in his area of expertise and his attention to details in your matters is extraordinary. Not only does he possess an excellent track record of successfully advising international and local clients in disputes, he is the “go to” person on all types of litigation matters in Qatar and on civil law. Rest assured you are in good hands with Roy Georgiades from Al Tamimi Qatar!’

The firm is a full service firm with high experience. The firm has lawyers who can represent clients in Qatar courts, eliminating the need for duplication or the briefing of alternative firms, which provides both costs and service benefits.’

Key clients

Qatari Diar

Siynohydro

Nestlé

United Technologies Company

Baker Hughes

SEB

Leonardo SpA

BNP Paribas

Standard Chartered Bank

Hitachi

HSBC Middle East

Swatch Group

Richemont

Jaidah Group

Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd

ABB AG

Aptec Distribution FZ LLC (UAE)

Kuehne + Nagel W.L.L (Qatar)

Rotana City Centre

Qatar Solar Technologies

COLLINS AEROSPACE

QDVC

AKTOR S.A

AL Rayyan F.C. (SPC)

Putzmeister Holding

Standard Chartered Bank (SCB)

Sultan Al-Abdulla & Partners

Sultan Al-Abdulla & Partners has a first-rate reputation for dispute resolution, with its team being equally skilled at representing clients in litigation and arbitration. On the litigation side, the group is notably strong in cases relating to infrastructure, projects and construction. It also excels in enforcing foreign judgments. Ashraf Feshawi is the head of litigation. Thomas Williams heads up the arbitration practice, which handles complex commercial disputes across the energy, oil and gas and banking sectors. Sultan Al-Abdulla remains a key contact.

Practice head(s):

Sultan Al-Abdulla; Thomas Williams; Ashraf Feshawi

Other key lawyers:

Ahmed Durrani; Umang Singh

Testimonials

‘The team is led by Thomas Williams who, as an individual, is a fantastic lawyer with a great balance between specific legal knowledge and ability to put forward arguments succinctly and persuasively.’

‘The firm is quick to provide any kind of legal support that is requested. Also, the affirmative response that is always received is a major takeaway.’

‘The representatives are attentive, innovative and up to date with the industry knowledge.’

‘The team is the leading local law firm in Qatar however has an international team so is able to offer local support with the quality traditionally expected from higher priced international firms. Sultan heads up the law firm and has an excellent reputation in the market and ensures this high level of service is maintained across the whole firm.’

‘Sultan Al-Abdulla is a leading local figure in the legal community and is definitely the ‘go-to’ person for all types of legal issues. We have been working with Sultan and using his firm since 2000 and would not go anywhere else.’

‘Thomas Williams heads up the arbitration/disputes team and is a warm and dynamic character who, having worked in the UK, brings the highest level of professionalism traditionally associated with international law firms.’

‘Mr. Sultan is a very senior lawyer with great experience.’

Key clients

Olayan Financial Company

Qatar Building Company

United Engineers Malaysia

Debbas Qatar WLL

Trans Gulf International Electro-Mechanical WLL

Al Darwish Engineering

First Qatar

Dukhan Bank

Hawar Group

Samsung C&T Corporation

Mohamed Abdulaziz Mohamed Ali Al Emadi

Reed Smith

Work highlights

  • Representing Olayan Financial Company in a dispute arising from a property sale agreement.
  • Representing a leading construction company in Qatar in a major real estate development project.
  • Representing a contractor in a construction dispute against a well-known construction company on the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre project.

Clyde & Co LLP

At Clyde & Co LLP, the dispute resolution team has considerable expertise in domestic and international arbitration, as well as litigation in the local courts in Qatar. Led by Doha-based managing partner Laura Warren, the group attracts a steady flow of multimillion-dollar mandates from large construction companies. In addition to having a strong reputation in the construction arena, the firm also has a notable profile in infrastructure and insurance disputes. Key contacts in the team include dual-qualified barrister and arbitrator Jonathan Parker, associate Christopher O’Brien (who advises on the enforcement of arbitral awards) and employment expert Emma Higham. The group also has a specialist debt recovery practice that offers pre-litigation advice to clients.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Parker

Other key lawyers:

Christopher O’Brien; Emma Higham

Testimonials

‘Jonathan Parker and Chris O’Brien – both very very cooperative and had good knowledge of the problem and process involved.’

DLA Piper

DLA Piper‘s practice in Qatar is part of a wider litigation, arbitration and investigations offering in the Middle East, which is led out of the Dubai office by Henry Quinlan. George Vlavianos, who is the managing partner in the Doha office, specialises in energy and construction sector disputes and regularly advises contractors on project-related issues. Mediation and ADR proceedings are also a specialty of the team. Legal director Hasan El-Shafiey acts for contractors, government entities and local clients on commercial arbitration matters.

Practice head(s):

George Vlavianos

Other key lawyers:

Hasan El-Shafiey; Mapanza Nkwilimba; Muhammad El Gawhary

Testimonials

‘DLA Piper has an extremely well-rounded and diverse practice with the ability to call on resources worldwide.’

‘The overall impression of the firm is positive. As main strengths I can record their capability to understand and summarize a huge amount of information in a relatively short time. They are able to formulate also commercial strategies and not only legal advice.’

‘I have dealt mainly with George Vlavianos and Mapanza Nkwilimba. George is very professional and highly prepared. He is able to analyze arguments quickly but deeply starting from the various elements provided and ending with a structured viable commercial/legal strategy.’

‘George Vlavianos is extremely good at managing arbitrations.’

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP is ‘very strong’ in energy and infrastructure disputes, and attracts a steady stream of new mandates in the construction arena. Doha office managing partner Jonathan Collier leads the group, which includes recently promoted partner Pamela McDonald. The team focuses on arbitrations in Qatar and in the GCC region. Clients include multinational contractors, regional engineering companies and government entities.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Collier

Other key lawyers:

Pamela McDonald; Joseph Lee

Testimonials

‘Well established in the region with experience in regional construction disputes.’

‘The Pinsent Masons team is outstanding. They are superb lawyers, have unrivalled dispute resolution experience in the region and are able to focus on their clients’ needs in a way which is commercial and pragmatic. In addition, they are very easy to work with.’

‘Pamela McDonald is superb. She is a brilliant lawyer, immensely hard working, fantastic with clients and an absolute delight to work with.’

‘Jonathan Collier is outstanding – he is exceptionally bright, a superb lawyer and an absolutely outstanding leader of a team who brings out the very best in all around him. He is very commercial, phenomenal with clients, has fantastic judgment and is an absolute pleasure to work with.’

‘What makes Pinsent Mason stand out is their desire to fully understand the technicalities and details of the matter in question and to allocate suitably experienced and capable personnel to suit the challenge. They achieve this by utilising resources from different offices who have the most relevant credentials/experience and where applicable can advise on and identify suitable industry experts to assist. Their billing is transparent and competitive, in particular when engaged on large projects.’

Work highlights

  • Representing a Japanese EPC contractor, listed on the TSE, in respect of two ICC arbitrations arising out of the Umm Al Houl Independent Power and Water Plant known as Facility D, located in Qatar Economic Zone 3, south of the capital city of Doha. The disputes arise from the EPC of the desalination plant using reverse osmosis technology.
  • Representing a major Japanese contractor in relation to a $157m ICC arbitration; against a Qatari construction company (the client’s subcontractor) in relation to the Doha Metro Project.

Sharq Law Firm

Sharq Law Firm’s litigation department is ‘consistently excellent’, according to clients, and it is highlighted for its strengths in handling construction, real estate and energy related disputes. The group has extensive experience of handling cases before the Court of Appeal and Court of Cessation in Qatar. Practice head Abdelraouf Elbekei is recommended for arbitrations. Hassan Al Marzouqi and Rashid Al Saad are also key individuals.

Practice head(s):

Abdelraouf ElBekei

Other key lawyers:

Rashid Al Saad; Hassan Al Marzouqi; Abdulla Al Hadhri

Testimonials

‘The quality of work has been consistently excellent.’

‘Their entire team, led by Rashid Al-Saad, was extremely dedicated and strived hard to provide results that were beyond satisfactory.’

‘Sharq are easy to work with, they have preeminent knowledge of Qatar market and law, and are really exceptionally talented lawyers when it comes to thinking about the strategy of a case.’

‘Their team manages communications ensuring clarity and coordination are achieved so that we were constantly updated. Their tracking of complex issues and ability to raise the red flag against any potential legal landmines made us comfortable during the implementation phase. Highly recommended.’

‘Each member of the team carries Mr Rashid Al Saad’s principles. They are all well mannered and professionals. The team were all well oriented with the cases and prepared when meeting the clients.’

‘We have been working with Rashid and his team at Sharq law firm up till this date in representing us and providing us with the needed legal services. It is a great chance to express their quality of their work and performance.’

‘They are always up to date with changing legal frameworks and are known for providing the best possible solutions to any given problem without compromising their quality of work. I have been extremely impressed with the work ethic exhibited by the firm for an arbitration matter.’

Key clients

United Development Company QPSC

Uber Technologies Inc

Qatar Navigation QPSC

Hamad Bin Khalid Trading & Contracting WLL

Mazaya Qatar Real Estate Company QPSC

Tadmur Trading WLL

IMAR Trading & Contracting Co.

Quortuba Real Estate Investment

Grenada

ASCO

Black Cat Engineering & Construction W.L.L.

The Film House

Qatar Railways Company

Work highlights

  • Representing the claimant, Shapoorji Pallonji, before the Court of First instance against Qatar University
  • Representing Mazaya Qatar Real Estate Development QPSC, a major publicly listed developer in Qatar, in a real estate dispute concerning the construction of the Sidra Medical Compound.

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP is notably strong in acting for the Qatari government and developers in construction disputes, including FIDIC matters and cases arising from large infrastructure projects. The firm is also highlighted for its excellent arbitration offering. Michael Turrini in Dubai has over 16 years of experience in large construction disputes and arbitrations. The practice in Doha is led by Payvand Vahdat. Counsel Verena Gross is also a name to note.

Practice head(s):

Payvand Vahdat

Other key lawyers:

Verena Gross

Testimonials

‘White and Case Doha has an excellent arbitration practice which can draw upon extensive partner expertise in Dubai and London.’

‘Verena Gross (Counsel) is highly meticulous in her approach to tasks and advice. Payvand Vahdat (Partner) is very engaging and is highly approachable.’

‘A rock solid team with strong construction sector knowledge and experience. It works on some of the largest and most complex and high value disputes. Able to mobilise large teams.’

Al Sulaiti Law Firm

At Al Sulaiti Law Firm, Mubarak Al Sulaiti heads the practice. He is skilled in handling international arbitration work relating to real estate, construction and infrastructure projects. The group also has a specialist mediation practice.

Practice head(s):

Mubarak Abdullah Al Sulaiti

Other key lawyers:

Hossam Tantawy; Mathieu R. Faupin; Vincenzo Bosisio; Mohab Tantawy; Amr Hossam

Key clients

Samsung C&T Engineering & Construction (E&C) Group

Qatar National Bank (QNB)

Qatar Energy

Msheireb Properties

Aamal

Mowasalat

Jacobs Qatar

Tadmur Holding

Talabat

Carriage

The Group

Panasonic

Just Real Estate

Shail Holding Group

Power International Holding

Qterminals

Mannai Corporation QPSC

KPMG Qata

Al-Ansari & Associates

Al-Ansari & Associates' dispute resolution group, which is jointly led by Salman Al-Ansari and Hossam Farooq, is noted for its strong capabilities in administrative and regulatory cases, as well as its international arbitration expertise in areas such as insurance and insolvency. Litigator Hossam Khamis, who is dual-qualified to practise in Qatar and Egypt, acts for international oil and gas companies, and multinational companies operating in other industries, as well as government entities.

Practice head(s):

Salman Al-Ansari; Hossam Farooq

Other key lawyers:

Hossam Khamis

Testimonials

‘Knowledge and experience in dispute resolution both locally and internationally.’

‘The individuals at Al Ansari take keen interest in the matters alloted to them and is quite rare nowadays with law firms.’

Key clients

GHD Group Pty Ltd

Voltas Limited (Qatar)

Hill International

Al Jazeera Media Network

GWC (Gulf Warehousing Company QPSC)

Work highlights

  • Represented Australian engineering and architecture firm, GHD, in a complex multimillion construction arbitration claim before the International Chamber of Commerce.
  • Represented Voltas Limited (Qatar) in a complex multimillion construction arbitration claim before the International Chamber of Commerce. The matter concerned an EMP (environment management plan) dispute relating to one of the largest hospitals in Qatar.

Essa Al Sulaiti Law Firm

At Essa Al Sulaiti Law Firm, the disputes practice has experience handling international arbitration work for a steady stream of corporate clients and foreign businesses. Managing partner Essa Mohammed Al Sulaiti is recommended for construction disputes while Ricardo Cid handles non-payment issues related to real estate and construction.

Practice head(s):

Essa Al Sulaiti; Ricardo Cid; AbdelRaouf Mohd Gharibeh

Testimonials

‘Experts in their field. Communication is very good and the team is always eager to discuss and understand the core issues.’

‘The following stood out in their approach 1) Able to manage both institutional arbitration as well as Qatari Courts 2) Good grasp on Qatari Law 3) Able to understand the dispute and provide advice on a variety of matters 4) Good mix of experienced and young professionals 5) Reasonable billing.’

Ricardo – Very quick in grasping the subject. Ability to listen to our matters and provide clear directions. Non-complicated and easy to work with.

Ricardo is a very well prepared lawyer, always prompt to provide legal advices on various grounds (construction, companies establishment, financial, taxes, etc.) and well versed in Qatari Law.’

They are real professionals in their field and always ready to discuss & suggest alternative options to resolve the problem and extending extra support & help. Never hesitate to go an extra mile to satisfy the client’s requirements. Flexibility is a part of team’s specialty.

Key clients

WJ Groundwater

Abdul Aziz & Zafir Company

Minnitz Doha

Cardoso Racing SL

Arab Host Services

Morenike Adebola Christiana Nwandu

Planet Medical Center

Syed Meesam Ali

Adbulla Mohammed Al Attiyah

Brew Café

TabiBoba Café

Attibass

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s dispute resolution practice is now led by ‘excellent‘ legal director Alexander Whyatt, following the retirement of former head Richard Ward. Whyatt handles a steady stream of domestic and international construction disputes for clients operating in the industry in Qatar and across the Middle East. His experience includes arbitration (ICC, LCIA, QICCA), Qatar court litigation, expert determination and mediation. Elsewhere, other key contacts at the firm include managing partner Dani Kabbani and Dubai-based partner Shalagh Massingham.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Whyatt

Other key lawyers:

Dani Kabbani

Testimonials

‘Alex Whyatt is a clever and hard-working lawyer. He produces excellent written work and is an engaging and effective advocate.’

Key clients

Qatar Foundation

Sidra Medicine

Qatar Free Zones Authority

China Gezhouba Group

Yuanda Aluminium Industry Engineering Company

Qatar Navigation (Milaha)

Mowasalat

United Bank Limited

Work highlights

  • Close project support to Sidra Medicine’s in-house legal team, including assistance with contentious disputes and contract negotiations.
  • Close project assistance to Qatar Free Zones Authority in contentious and noncontentious matters.
  • Representation of Qatar Foundation in respect of a large industrial dispute.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP has strengthened its dispute resolution offering with the partner-level promotions of Elizabeth Wilson and Mark Grasso, both of whom have considerable experience of handling projects and construction-related disputes in Qatar, as well as high-value commercial arbitrations. The practice is led out of the London office by James Bremen, who is regularly instructed by various contractors and developers. In Doha, recently-promoted of counsel Paul Bradley handles matters arising from major infrastructure projects. Senior associate Brittney Nash advises private Qatari companies and government entities on high-value construction disputes.

Practice head(s):

James Bremen

Other key lawyers:

Elizabeth Wilson; Mark Grasso; Paul Bradley; Brittney Nash

Testimonials

‘James Bremen is an exceptional trial lawyer. He has one of the sharpest legal minds in the business and has consistently delivered results for us. Also a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development

Qatar Solar Technologies

Al Jaber Engineering Company

Qatar Railways Company

Work highlights

  • Advising 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.

Rashed Al Marri Law Office in Association with Claudia el Hage Law Offices

Rashed R. Al Marri Law Office in Association with Claudia el Hage has a strong track record acting for local and international clients in court litigation, as well as domestic and international arbitration proceedings. Claudia El Hage has extensive litigation, arbitration and ADR experience in relation to areas such as construction and corporate/M&A, among others. Myriam Eid, who leads the firm’s arbitation and ADR practice, is a well-known name among clients in the construction and engineering industries. Regulatory investigations and compliance-related matters are led by Amale El Baba.

Practice head(s):

Claudia El Hage; Myriam Eid; Amale El Baba

Other key lawyers:

Helene Loutfi

Testimonials

‘A unique and reliable firm, very competent and industry (construction)-focused.’

‘It’s all about Claudia. She is at the heart of this practice, always available, happy to assist, extremely knowledgeable in her area and amongst the very few ladies who’ve made it through this very competitive MENA legal market.’

‘They have a strong local litigation practice yet can go toe to toe with international firms in international arbitrations. this makes them unique as only very few local firms can claim to do so.’

‘They are bilingual and trilingual, and from diverse backgrounds, which gives them flexibility and a broader perspective, especially where multiple laws and jurisdictions are at play. Claudia is a leading member in the legal society and is respected for her abilities.’

‘A great team that keeps the client “in the loop” with regular updates on how matters are progressing.’

‘Claudia El Hage has significant experience in Qatar. She is always available for consultations with the client to provide legal advice and guidance on how to proceed.’

‘We as a company have a very long and trusted collaboration with Claudia El Hage. We can always count on her expertise to provide valuable legal advice and support.’

‘The firm has very strong credentials in litigation in general and arbitration, in particular. They are the best in the construction industry. There is very strong teamwork whereby the skills of each individual is used to achieve the best outcome for the client! The clients can count on very strong research and analytical skills , and can count that every legal possible argument is used for their best interest!’