Posted on October 07, 2013

Addleshaw Goddard, the international law firm with branches in the Gulf region, the Far East and the United Kingdom, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Qatar University (Q-U) to establish highly sought-after legal internships and to be part of Qatar University's continuing legal education programme.

At the high-profile event to mark the opening of their Doha office, attended by dignitaries, industry leaders and Doha's elite, Dr Hassan Okour, dean of Qatar University's College of Law and Monica Burch, Addleshaw Goddard Senior Partner, signed the agreement.

"Addleshaw Goddard's long term relationships are important to us in terms of our clients and the communities where we practice. We are committed to the Emir's vision for the country as set out in the Qatar National Vision 2030 and seek to support the human development pillar through founding these internships," said Monica Burch, Addleshaw Goddard Senior Partner. "It therefore gives us great pleasure, on the opening reception for our Doha office, to also sign a memorandum of understanding with the College of Law at Qatar University."

The agreement with the College of Law in Qatar University will give law students an opportunity to participate in an internship programme that enables them to work in Addleshaw Goddard's offices. It gives students experience and training with a long established, leading law firm with cross border experience.  The continuing legal education programme at Qatar University College of Law will enable students and professionals to gain a greater commercial and practical insight into the law.

Hussein Damirji - Head of Qatar Office

Dean Okour said, "Qatar University's College of Law consistently strives to establish relationships with legal institutions both private and public. We always look for pioneering lawyers to enrich the teaching experience and give students the chance to learn about law from the perspective of those who practice it. The establishment of Addleshaw Goddard here in Doha, a law firm at the forefront of the field, will doubtless help us achieve our aims of placing our students with leading organisations that can help prepare them for the legal world."

Addleshaw Goddard offers specialist expertise in Construction, Projects, Corporate, Finance, Arbitration, Renewable Energy, Private Wealth Management and Litigation in the Gulf region with branches in Doha, Dubai and Muscat. They have been active in the region for many years and recently opened an office in Doha with staff who have local experience, are multi-lingual and offer conventional and Shari'ah-compliant experience in financing transactions throughout the GCC, Africa and Europe.

Hussein Damirji, Head of Qatar Office, opened the ceremony by welcoming the many colleagues and associates attending the event from across commerce, construction, education, politics and law. He spoke about his excitement for the future of Qatar and his pride in Addleshaw Goddard's sincere dedication to building roots in the country. He said, "We have no desire to fly in and boast about our expertise and experience. We genuinely listen to the needs of clients and build a relationship, indeed in many cases, a friendship with them. I am honoured that our lawyers are all long standing residents of Qatar, lawyers at the top of the field who believe in our vision and are happy in Qatar. Addleshaw Goddard are dedicated to being part of the exciting future of Qatar which we all, Qataris and non-Qataris, are building together."

Monica Burch - Addleshaw Goddard

Damirji, formerly a partner at US law firm Patton Boggs, specialises in corporate, commercial and family office (high net worth) investments. Previously described as "Iraq's most high profile business lawyer," he is joined by fellow partner, banking and finance expert Martin Brown, whose reputation and market knowledge singles him out as a go-to-lawyer for high-profile matters in the region. Both are supported by a team of first-rate associates.

Opening an office in Qatar is the latest in a number of strategic investments made by Addleshaw Goddard to deliver a high quality, borderless client service around the globe, whether through its own offices or far-reaching firm network. The firm first opened an office in the GCC region in September 2012 with the launch of its Dubai office, the second office in the region opened in Oman in January 2013.