Blow for foreign law firms from Qatari lawyers
The Qatari Lawyers' Association has voted against renewing rules which allow a system of dual licensing to foreign law firms.
Allen & Overy, White & Case and Clyde & Co are among the international practices which have bases there. But at its AGM, the Assocation unanimously voted against a draft law which would replace the existing permissions. The current law was introduced in 2006. The present rules let foreign firms to be licensed by the Qatar Financial Centre and also by the Ministry of Justice to perform exceptional work outside the Financial Centre.
However, lawyer Yusuf Al Zaman says that misuse is going on. ‘We, therefore, want this dual licensing system for rival foreign law firms to end,’ he said. Source: The Peninsula Qatar
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