The Qatar International Court and Dispute Resolution Centre Pro Bono Service enables individuals who fall within the ambit of the Service to receive legal advice, assistance and representation at no cost.
The term ‘pro bono’ comes from the Latin phrase pro bono publico meaning ‘for the public good’. In the legal context, this generally means the provision of free legal advice and/or representation to those who cannot afford to pay for it and where public means of funding are not available.
At the QICDRC, pro bono legal advice and representation is provided by lawyers who volunteer their time and expertise to assist individuals with limited financial means in regard to civil and commercial disputes, regulatory appeals or other legal issues that fall within the jurisdiction of the Qatar International Court or QFC Regulatory Tribunal.
Those who are seeking pro bono assistance should refer to the QICDRC Pro Bono Service Guidelines and complete the Application for Pro Bono Legal Assistance. In particular, those who are seeking pro bono assistance must note that, under the Service, lawyers can only provide advice and representation in relation to matters which fall within the jurisdiction of the Qatar International Court or QFC Regulatory Tribunal. Also, the Service is only open to those who genuinely cannot afford to instruct a lawyer and so, as part of the Application process, applicants will be required to disclose information about their financial position and provide evidence in support.
For Law Firms and Lawyers
Volunteering with the QICDRC Pro Bono Service is beneficial not only to those who are in need of legal support but also to the legal professional as a whole. Providing advice and representation in relation to disputes which fall within the jurisdiction of either the Qatar International Court or the QFC Regulatory Tribunal can be both a challenging and rewarding experience which has a positive impact on both the professional development of individual lawyers and their firm’s relationship with the QFC community and those who interact with it. If you are interested in volunteering with the Service please send an email to ProBono@qicdrc.gov.qa.
The QICDRC is grateful to those law firms and chambers currently volunteering with the service:
Al Marri & El Hage Law Office
Badri and Salim El Meouchi Law Firm
Clyde & Co
McNair Chambers LLC
Sultan Al-Abdulla & Partners
We are also grateful to the College of Law at Hamad Bin Khalifa University whose students, with the kind permission of the Dean of the College of Law, are available to provide research support to our volunteer lawyers where required.