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Qatar International Court Case Digest Launch with LexisNexis

Location: Pullman Hotel West Bay Doha, Ground Floor, Al Thuraya

We are excited to invite you to our upcoming event formally to launch our Case Digest, now in partnership with Lexis Nexis. This event will include discussions of the Court’s cases and key themes that have emerged recently, led by eminent lawyers who acted in those cases. Our Registrar, Umar Azmeh, will moderate the discussion.

Join us for a seminar which coincides with the publication of the second edition of our Case Digest with our esteemed panelists.


11:00 -11:15 Arrival of Guests

11:15 - 11:20 Opening Remarks

11:20 - 12:00 Panel Discussion

12:00 -12:15 Q&A

12:15 - 13:00 Networking


Umar Azmeh


Umar Azmeh was appointed Registrar in October 2022, and oversees the management of cases before the Qatar International Court and Dispute Resolution Centre. He is also a member of the senior management team and the Judicial Advisory Board.
Umar qualified both as a barrister and a solicitor. He was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2009 by Middle Temple, and practised as a barrister, gaining experience in criminal and civil law, latterly conducting civil litigation on behalf of various United Kingdom government departments. He qualified as a solicitor at Hogan Lovells International LLP in 2017, where he gained experience of commercial law, including high value commercial litigation. He subsequently worked at the Court of Appeal of England and Wales (Criminal Division) which entailed advising the senior judiciary on some of the most serious and significant cases in the jurisdiction including, among others, the Lord Chief Justice, President of the Queen’s Bench Division, and the Vice-President of the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division).
He most recently practised at BCL Solicitors LLP in London, a leading law firm where he specialised in advising and representing high net-worth individuals and corporates in regulatory investigations brought by domestic and international regulators. Umar is also an expert in UK sanctions law, and has worked on some of the most high-profile sanctions cases in the United Kingdom.
Umar holds an LL.B. degree from King’s College, University of London, and an M.Sc. degree from the University of Oxford (Worcester College), where he graduated first in his year. He is currently a DPhil in Law Candidate at the University of Oxford (St Anne’s College), and is a regular contributor to academic and practitioner publications. Umar is also a Visiting Lecturer at The City Law Schools (City, University of London), and is a Trustee of the Sentencing Academy, a research and engagement charitable incorporated organisation dedicated to developing expert and public understanding of sentencing in England and Wales.

Roscoe Banks

Associate General Counsel, Qatar Financial Centre Authority

Roscoe studied law in South Africa where he obtained his BA and LLB degrees. He completed his training contract at Webber Wentzel in Johannesburg, one of South Africa’s largest law firms, and was admitted as an Attorney of the High Court of South Africa in 1999.
Shortly after that, he moved to London and was admitted as a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales in 2000 while working in the Aircraft Finance team at Harbottle and Lewis, a boutique law firm in London’s West End.
In 2001 he joined Shell International in London as in-house counsel in the Downstream practice area.  He advised various Shell entities on a wide range of corporate and commercial matters including joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions and divestments. 
In 2011, he was seconded to Qatar Shell in Doha to advise on a petrochemicals joint venture with Qatar Energy returning to Shell’s London office in 2015.
In 2016, he returned to Qatar to join the Qatar Financial Centre Authority’s legal team where he currently serves as Associate General Counsel. 

Dr. Reem Al-Ansari

Founding Partner, Dr. Reem Al-Ansari Law Firm

Dr. Reem Al-Ansari is a faculty of law and certified cassation lawyer. She received her Master of laws from university of Michigan law school - Ann Arbor and earned her Doctorate degree from Georgetown Law Center - Washington. D.C, in international criminal law with focus area of AML\CTF\CT\AC.
As Faculty of QU Law school; during her term she also served as an associate dean for research and graduate studies. Dr. Al-Ansari professional experience started at the World Bank headquarter in the GAC unit. She further served as the director of the legal research and studies division at the Rule of law and anti-corruption Center- Doha, and the managing editor of an international double-blind journal (ROLACC journal). Dr AlAnsari also worked as president’s adviser at the admirative control transparency authority and Qatar charity as well. She also led the RDI Policy unit as Director of RDI Policy at QRDI.
Dr. Reem earned the prestigious EED award twice for her education excellence and further received a fellowship at CIRS – Georgetown Doha. In addition to this, she is a QLC Aluma.
Her publications were recognized in prominent journals and magazines, and she has recently published two books, the first; tackles anti-corruption while the second; examines white collar crimes.

Alex Whyatt

Partner, Eversheds Sutherland

Alexander is a partner in the construction and dispute management practice in our Doha office and is part of our Middle East construction team. Alex regularly acts for contractors, consultants, employers and funders in Qatar and the wider Middle East.

He is experienced in both contentious and non-contentious matters, and prides himself on his ability to support a client from the inception of a project, provide commercial and pragmatic advice at all stages of the project life-cycle, take a firm and reliable lead in commercial negotiations and mediations to push a project to completion, and provide thorough and cost effective solutions when arbitration or litigation is unavoidable.

Alex has substantial experience in preparing Qatari law advice on a range of issues, including assignment and novation, termination and suspension, contractual inception, debt recovery, liability periods, interest, prevention and delay. Alex combines a clear and succinct advisory style with a detailed understanding of the relevant industry issues.

In addition, Alex is experienced in the drafting, amendment and negotiation of construction documentation, including construction and development agreements, consultancy agreements, warranties, bonds and joint venture arrangements. He regularly acts on the 'front end' of projects in Qatar and the region. Alex also reviews and negotiates FIDIC, JCT, NEC, Ashghal and bespoke forms of building contracts, and RIBA, ACE, FIDIC and bespoke forms of consultancy appointments.

Examples of his experience include:

–    Arbitration: Acted for a ground-works contractor as claimant in a high value ICC arbitration regarding the termination of a contract for the construction of a leisure resort, including issues such as the quantification of works, the allocation of delay responsibility and concurrency, and liability for consequential losses.

–    QFC Courts: Acted for an international contractor on a claim against a bank in the QFC Courts, including complex issues of Qatari and QFC law, bad faith and fraud, and the quantification of consequential losses.

–    Claims advice: Acted for a European contractor on the Doha Metro in the preparation of claims, including strategic claims guidance, the preparation of a template form of claim
document, and detailed claims input.

    Contract interpretation: Acted for an international contractor on a hotel project, including detailed analysis of issues such as concurrency, force majeure, damages quantification, omissions and certifications.

–    Settlement: Drafted a bespoke and highly complicated settlement agreement in respect of a medical facility in Qatar, including extensive consultation with stakeholders, technical experts and commercial representatives, and the drafting of bespoke testing, hand-over and valuation mechanisms.

Alex was admitted to practice in England and Wales in 2010.  He attended Durham University
(2006), BSc, and then Oxford Brookes University (2007), LLB, Graduate Diploma in Law, and completed his LPC at Nottingham Law School (2008).




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