The International Chamber of Commerce Qatar (ICC Qatar), in collaboration with Crowell & Moring, organised an interactive workshop titled ‘Two Critical Ways to Improve Your Readiness for Arbitration’, which aims to help companies ensure arbitration readiness prior to hiring outside counsel.
The participants were provided with top tips on how to improve their arbitration readiness from three of Crowell’s attorneys, Werner Eyskens, partner; and Evelien Van Espen, associate, of the firm’s Brussels office, and Tarek Saad, senior counsel at Crowell’s Doha office.
In a statement, ICC Qatar said the workshop reviewed the best practices in commercial disputes and the advantages offered by Arbitration as a way to settle commercial disputes, including technical efficiency, speed, confidentiality, and simplicity of procedures.
“Our aim of organising this event is to spread the culture of arbitration in the Qatari business community as one of the alternative means to resolve commercial disputes,” ICC Qatar stated.
Charbel Maakaron, managing partner of Crowell Doha and chairman of ICC Qatar’s Arbitration and ADR Commission, said: “This was a timely workshop as the State of Qatar continues to see a significant increase in the use of arbitration clauses in contracts and in the number of arbitrations.
“As part of our vision for ICC Qatar, we remain keen to actively promote arbitration and to maintain a strong base of experienced legal professionals. Hosting such workshops enables the Crowell team to provide members of the local legal community with the necessary knowledge and tips to ensure that they are well equipped in times of dispute.”
As arbitrations typically involve a much different procedure and sequence of events than Qatar court proceedings, the workshop focused particularly on document disclosure and witness evidence as the most important elements of an arbitration.
Eyskens said, “The advantages are the perceived status of arbitration as an independent forum, the possibility of selecting the languages of proceedings and to designate specialised arbitrators, the confidentiality of the proceedings, their controlled document production process, and the opportunity for parties to put forward their own specialists.”
ICC Qatar, Crowell & Moring host a workshop on ‘Two Critical Ways to Improve your Readiness for Arbitration’
ICC Qatar, Crowell & Moring host arbitration workshop
Experts during the workshop titled ‘Two Critical Ways to Improve Your Readiness for Arbitration’.