The QFC Regulatory Tribunal is a specialist appeals body, established pursuant to the Law of the Qatar Financial Centre, designed to hear complaints raised by individuals and corporate bodies against decisions of the QFC Authority, Regulatory Authority and other QFC Institutions.
The Regulatory Tribunal, which is made up of international legal and judicial regulatory law experts, is a wholly independent body.
The Regulatory Tribunal is serviced by a Registry team, headed by the Registrar, which is responsible for the case management of appeals that come before the Regulatory Tribunal. The Registrar and his team of expert case managers and support staff are available to assist Regulatory Tribunal-users who have queries in relation to commencing an appeal, or who are seeking assistance as to the practices and procedures to be adopted before the Regulatory Tribunal.
The jurisdiction of the Regulatory Tribunal is set out in Article 8(2)(c) of the QFC Law (as amended) which provides that:
“The Regulatory Tribunal shall have the jurisdiction to hear Appeals raised by individuals and corporate bodies against decisions of The QFC Authority, The Regulatory Authority, other QFC institutions, and other entities over whose disputes jurisdiction given to the Regulatory Tribunal by law.”
In addition, Article 14 of Law No 15 of 2021 empowers the Regulatory Tribunal to hear appeals relating to a decision to revoke or suspend the licenses of registered companies operating within the Qatar Free Zones.
The judges of the QFC Regulatory Tribunal are appointed to the Regulatory Tribunal based upon their legal and judicial expertise in the resolution of regulatory disputes. They come from a variety of civil and common law jurisdictions. The judges of the Regulatory Tribunal observe a Judicial Code of Conduct, the guiding principles of which are independence, impartiality, integrity and propriety.