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Sharq Law Firm | Qatar | 25 Nov 2015

Joint ventures in Qatar

Qatar is one of the economic hotspots of the Middle East and is continuously building world-class infrastructure to support its expanding economy. Joint ventures are governed by the provisions of the Commercial Companies Law and are not necessarily required to be registered and incorporated. Unincorporated joint ventures can operate within the state once they comply with relevant laws and......
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LALIVE | Qatar | 2 Nov 2015

Decennial liability in construction contracts – recommendations for risk management

Decennial liability is a significant potential liability that many construction professionals fail to evaluate properly. It stems from mandatory provisions of law that impose strict liability on contractors and design professionals for a 10-year period following delivery of the works. These provisions govern the scope of decennial liability and its allocation among contractors, architects and......
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LALIVE | Qatar | 22 Sep 2014

Passing the risk of loss or damage – subcontractor's liability

No specific statute governs the construction industry in Qatar. The principles set out in the Qatari Civil Law provide some guidance where the subcontract is drafted on a back-to-back basis and the risks assumed by the contractor under the main contract are passed down to the subcontractor.
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LALIVE | Qatar | 21 Oct 2013

Ensuring health and safety standards in construction projects

Following the announcement that Qatar will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, a surge in activity in the construction and infrastructure sectors is expected. The Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee has announced that the workers' charter for health and safety prepared in anticipation of the World Cup construction boom is the first step towards a comprehensive strategy on workers' safety, health, security......
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LALIVE | Qatar | 10 Jun 2013

Key liability aspects and liquidated damages in construction contracts in Qatar

As part of the freedom of contract principle recognised by Qatari law, the parties to a construction contract can agree to include a clause providing for the payment of monetary compensation or liquidated damages in the event of a specified event or default. Despite the freedom of contract principle, a Qatari court can also adjust liquidated damages under certain circumstances.
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LALIVE | Qatar | 12 Mar 2013

Financing construction projects: key legal issues

While Qatar recognises many of the mechanisms used in construction project financing, there is likely to be some uncertainty as to the effectiveness of those mechanisms. In addition, there is no long set of precedents either in commerce or before the courts. Therefore, any construction project financier ought to be cautious, but optimistic, in approaching the Qatar market.
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LALIVE | Qatar | 10 Dec 2012

Dealing with subcontractor disputes

Over the next decade, the construction sector in Qatar will continue to witness a boom in major infrastructure projects, both in preparation for the 2022 football World Cup and in other fields. Many voluminous and rather complex construction contracts have already been concluded or will be concluded in the near future – which means a substantial increase in complex construction disputes.
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Clyde & Co LLP | Qatar | 26 Nov 2012

Investment opportunities for GCC citizens

While other economies continue to be battered by economic crises, Qatar's economy is undergoing a phase of unparalleled development and expansion. As a result, the states of the Gulf Cooperate Council are likely to have an increased appetite for investment in Qatar.
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Clyde & Co LLP | Qatar | 5 Nov 2012

Trade secret protection

Trade secrets in Qatar are protected under the Law on the Protection of Secrets of Trade. The law provides that legal title to a trade secret belongs to the individual or legal entity. It imposes a duty on the legal owner to exercise reasonable efforts to safeguard the trade secret. A breach of this duty may subject the owner to financial penalties and/or imprisonment.
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Clyde & Co LLP | Qatar | 12 Jul 2012

New law on commercial advertising comes into force

Recently, the Advertising Law was promulgated, setting out new requirements in relation to the control and placement of advertisements. A violation of certain provisions of the Advertising Law may be subject to a fine of up to QR20,000. Furthermore, a court may also order the removal of the advertisement and require the restoration of the property on which the advertisement was placed at the......
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