Charles Russell expands Middle East presence with Qatar office

Charles Russell has opened its second Middle Eastern office in the Westbay district of the Qatari capital Doha.

The firm’s latest investment in the region follows the relocation of its Bahrain office into larger premises on 1 July 2013. It said the decision to open in Qatar was the result of feedback from existing clients and contacts in the country.

The new Doha office will focus on real estate development and construction work, in addition to offering corporate, communications and technology, dispute resolution, sports and private client services.

Bahrain office head Patrick Gearon said in a statement: “With the firm’s continuing expansion in the region, Qatar was the obvious choice for us. We maintain a long term commitment to the Middle East region built on our traditional values and first class delivery of legal services.”

The Qatar office is the firm’s sixth, adding to its UK bases in London, Cheltenham and Guildford, and its international outposts in Geneva and Manama.

In opening in Qatar, the firm is following in the footsteps of a number of firms. Addleshaw Goddard launched in Doha in July (28 May 2013), while Clifford Chance (24 January 2011), K&L Gates (9 September 2011) and Baker & McKenzie have also opened in the country in the past two years.

However construction boutique Fenwick Elliot has turned its back on Qatar, choosing to launch in Dubai instead (12 August 2013).

Charles Russell posted stable results for the 2012/13 financial year, with revenue increasing from £68.1m to £68.9m. Net profit increased by 8.4 per cent from £12.6m to £13.7m, while profit per equity partner rose by 11 per cent from £280,000 to £311,000.