Posted on February 24, 2019

International law firm, Pinsent Masons, held a seminar on the Benefits of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in Doha, where leading lawyers shared their expertise on how to avoid disputes from escalating into formal proceedings. This comes as a top priority for contractors in Qatar, who are understandably keen on avoiding the costly consequences of doing so.

Daniel Goodwin- Senior Associate at Pinsent Masons, Pamela McDonald- Associate at Pinsent Masons, and Joseph Lee- Lawyer at Pinsent Masons, spoke to an audience of 30 people including contractors, manufacturers employers and consultants. They each touched on the different forms of alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”) including mediation, expert determination and Dispute Avoidance Boards (DABs).

The topic was of importance to the attendees, due to the fact that often, contracts in Qatar contain a tiered dispute resolution provision, requiring parties to first attempt to amicably settle disputes, in which they must engage in one of these ADR methods.  Only if that fails, will the dispute be referred to arbitration or litigation. Commenting on the seminar, Senior Associate Daniel Goodwin said, “In the Middle East, opportunities and risk in the marketplace are offered in equal measure. As such, some disputes are inevitable; and this is where we come in and help with tactical dispute resolutions.”

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Pamela McDonalds, Associate at Pinsent Masons also commented, “ADR is a set of methods that allow the different parties of a dispute to reach a settlement, without the need for litigation. ADRs are now widely accepted and recognized internationally.” Joseph Lee, Lawyer at Pinsent Masons Qatar discussed, “While ADR techniques are widely accepted and used across the world, the methods may vary from country to country, depending on the legal framework of each. In this seminar, we will focus on the techniques that are mostly used in Qatar.”

As part of their values, Pinsent Masons assures consistency and innovation across all sectors and strive to continuously share knowledge through seminars, trainings and public courses. The seminar took place at The Qatar International Court and Dispute Resolution Centre (QICDRC), one of Qatar’s arbitral centres, which has overseen numerous disputes since its establishment and played a key role in the development of arbitration in Qatar. The QICDRC is a popular venue in Qatar for hosting arbitral hearings due to its world-class facilities.