DWF > Doha, Qatar > Firm Profile

Suite A, 23rd Floor
Tornado Tower, Majlis Al Taawon St
PO Box 9417

Qatar > Projects, real estate and construction Tier 2

At DWF, the team advises developers, contractors and government agencies on all aspects of projects, including feasibility, delivery strategy, procurement and dispute resolution. It also handles the drafting and negotiation of contracts, including the FIDIC suite of contracts. The group, which is led by managing partner Kirk Durrant, handles matters across the Middle East and Asia. Its work spans the energy, infrastructure and construction sectors. Senior associate Elena Mytnik-Gonta is a name to note at the firm.

Practice head(s):

Kirk Durrant

Other key lawyers:

Our Qatar office is located in West Bay, the business capital of Doha, since 2018.

Our Qatar office is home to Arabic and Western construction law specialists who have been practising in the Europe, the Middle East and Asia (EMEA) region for over a decade and have worked across a range of sectors.

As a result, we have a deep understanding of the EMEA market.  Our Doha-based team regularly do work in many jurisdictions, including England and Wales, France, Venezuela, Pakistan, Australia, Russia, Poland and various US states.

Our team provide a coherent and integrated service both in relation to project and procurement documentation and resolution of disputes. The team has established itself as market leader in the preparation and negotiation of standard form contracts including the FIDIC suite of contracts (with members of the team regularly presenting at international FIDIC events), and has particular expertise in the PPP space across a number of business sectors.

The team is currently advising the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in connection with the PPP delivery of a 20-ton/day Bio-Methane plant in Karachi, Pakistan. The plant operator is expected to execute the project pursuant to a FIDIC Gold Book. Among the most important outcomes for ADB is to ensure sustainability, positive impact on the environment and tangible benefit to the local community. Our team is assisting ADB to ensure that the right strategic and legal structure is put in place to achieve these imperatives.

Kirk Durrant photo Kirk DurrantManaging Partner (Qatar)

Email: enquiries@dwf.law Website: www.dwfgroup.com Tel: 0333 320 2220

The firm: DWF is a listed legal business with an award-winning reputation for client service excellence, effective operational management and innovation. The company became the first main market premium listed legal business on the London Stock Exchange in March 2019. DWF has been named by the Financial Times as one of Europe’s most innovative legal businesses and has been independently recognised for its quality of legal advice, service delivery and responsiveness.

DWF’s strategy is to offer clients an integrated legal management approach through three streamlined and efficient global divisions of Legal Advisory, Mindcrest and Connected Services.

Legal Advisory is DWF’s traditional law firm arm. The division provides commercial intelligence and deep sectoral experience to deliver premium legal advice to clients.

Mindcrest is an established and well-known brand that provides outsourced and process-led legal services through which DWF standardises, systematises, scales, and optimises legal work.

Connected Services is DWF’s collection of products and business services that enhance the Group’s legal offerings. The division complements the Legal Advisory and Mindcrest teams through the provision of non-legal services such as claims management, costs and regulatory consulting.

Together, the three divisions support DWF’s single Integrated Legal Management approach through which DWF seamlessly combines any number of these services to deliver bespoke solutions to its clients with efficiency, price certainty and transparency. This approach enables DWF to offer solutions that combine traditional law firm services with new, modern legal and business services relevant to today’s companies, and the challenges and opportunities they face.

DWF employs over 4,000 people across 30 key locations and has steadily grown its international presence in response to client demand.

In 2019 and 2020, DWF expanded its international footprint by opening a new office in Warsaw, Poland and acquired Mindcrest Inc. to establish offices in Chicago and New York, USA, and Pune, India. DWF also acquired RCD in Spain and now has offices in Barcelona, Madrid and Valencia, Spain as part of its strategic growth plans.

DWF was the first UK legal business to achieve the ‘Disability Confident’ accreditation, which highlights the firm as an inclusive recruiter of disabled talent, and is a Top 30 Employer for Working Families. The business also has its own charitable enterprise, the DWF Foundation, a registered charity aimed at providing funds and support to local charities and programmes focused on education, employability, health and wellbeing and homelessness.

Practice area contacts
Legal advisory: Paul Rimmer
Mindcrest: Mark Qualter
Connected services: Jason Ford
Public sector: Jonathan Branton
Energy: Slava Kiryushin
Financial services: Robbie Constance
Retail, food and hospitality: Dominic Watkins
Technology: Stewart Room
Transport: Jonathan Moss
Insurance: Claire Bowler
Real estate: Melanie Williams

International offices: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Qatar, Poland, Spain, UAE, USA

*Hong Kong, *USA, *Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, *Singapore, *Turkey, *South Africa, *Portugal,
* Associations

Chairman: Jonathan Bloomer
Managing partner and DWF Group CEO: Sir Nigel Knowles
Number of UK partners: c. 230
Number of qualified lawyers in the UK: c. 905

UK offices
Belfast: 42 Queen Street, BT1 6HL
Tel: 028 9023 0230 Fax: 028 9024 4644

Birmingham: One Snowhill, Snow Hill Queensway, B4 6GA
Tel: 0333 320 2220 Fax: 0333 320 4440

Bristol: DWF, Redcliff Quay, 120 Redcliff Street, Bristol, BS1 6HU
Tel: 0333 320 2220 Fax: 0333 320 4440

Edinburgh: No. 2 Lochrin Square, 96 Fountainbridge, EH3 9QA
Tel: 0333 320 2220 Fax: 0333 320 4440

Glasgow: 103 Waterloo Street, Glasgow, G2 7BW
Tel: 0141 228 8000 Fax: 0141 228 8310

Leeds: Bridgewater Place, Water Lane, LS11 5DY
Tel: 0333 320 2220 Fax: 0333 320 4440

Liverpool: 5 St Paul’s Square, Old Hall Street, L3 9AE
Tel: 0333 320 2220 Fax: 0333 320 4440

London: 20 Fenchurch Street, EC3M 3AG
Tel: 0333 320 2220 Fax: 0333 320 4440

Manchester: 1 Scott Place, 2 Hardman Street, M3 3AA
Tel: 0333 320 2220 Fax: 0333 320 4440

Newcastle: 2nd Floor Central Square South, Orchard Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3AZ
Tel: 0333 320 2220 Fax: 0333 320 4440