Doing legal business in Qatar

The State of Qatar is one of the richest countries in the Arabian Gulf. Its national income comes primarily from oil and natural gas exports.

Revenues from the oil and natural gas sectors amount to 60% of Qatar’s gross domestic product, but it’s seeking to diversify the private sector and develop a ‘knowledge economy’.

Practising in Qatar

Only lawyers registered with the Ministry of Justice in Qatar can:

  • appear in Qatari courts and tribunals
  • give legal opinions
  • draft contracts

Foreign lawyers cannot operate as principals or owners of legal practices in Qatar. However, they can be employed by registered Qatari lawyers.

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