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Specialist Guide to the
Global Leaders in Media Law Practice
The media team at Al Tamimi & Company works with clients from publishing and broadcasting sectors on film and television distribution throughout the region, including via OTT services. Lawyers advise on content production, copyright assignment, financing and local production incentives. The firm also assists with content regulation and compliance connected with digital advertising and sponsorships.
Sultan Al-Abdulla & Partners demonstrates a dedication to the sports industry with an independent dedicated practice group. Lawyers are experienced in preparing and negotiating agreements for hosting, marketing, sponsorship and broadcasting. The firm also has an intellectual property division that specialises in litigation.
Al-Ansari & Associates focusses on digital media. The firm’s core practice groups include TMT and IP with advice ranging from copyright protection and unfair competition to media sector convergence. Lawyers also advise on related technology and telecommunications matters of local and international significance.
Dentons has extensive involvement in entertainment and sports sector cases. In representative work the team advised OSN on its bid for media rights to international cricket matches, organised by the International Cricket Council (ICC), for the entire Middle East and North Africa region for the period 2015-2023. The deal led by managing partner Safwan Moubaydeen covers 18 ICC tournaments.
Eversheds Sutherland specialises in commercial and corporate matters including joint ventures and acquisitions. Managing partner Dani Kabbani works closely with Elaine Woollard who advises on TMT-related commercial contracts and on the impact of Qatari law on international supply contracts.
Peers describe Hassan A Alkhater Law Office as an established part of the country’s legal structure. The full-service practice is managed by founding partner Hassan Al Khater who is noted for his extensive litigation experience.
Swiss firm Lalive provides advisory and dispute resolution services to national sports committees, international sports federations, athletes and professional agents. The media team advises on sporting bans, commercial contracts and media rights. Lawyers are also experienced arbitrators and counsel before the Court of Arbitration for Sport, headquartered in Lausanne.
Al Tamimi & Company
Sultan Al-Abdulla & Partners
Al-Ansari & Associates
Hassan Al-Khater Law Offices
Norton Rose Fulbright
Sharq Law Firm
Arab Law Bureau
Law Offices of Gebran Majdalany
RANKING AND EDITORIALS
Qatar has implemented a new law published in January 2020 that includes ‘false news’ amid the country’s technical advance and legislative changes.
The cabinet approved the draft media law on press, publications, publishing and arts during a meeting held in November last year, which was chaired by Prime Minister HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al Thani.
Qatar News Agency (QNA) commented on the law, stating: ‘It comes within the context of updating legislation, keeping pace with technical and technological developments in the field of the press, publications, media activities and the arts, and supporting freedom of opinion and expression and freedom of the press and media in Qatar.’
In an earlier report, QNA commented that Qatar ‘affirmed its keenness to support and develop the freedom of media, based on the political and social awareness of its people and its recognition of the right of its citizens to know the full truth.’
It added that the ‘State consolidated the citizens’ right to free and constructive media in a manner that distinguishes the truth from rumours and false and fabricated news.’
In May last year, Amir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, issued a law on the establishment of the country’s Media City.
Under the law, the Media City will have an independent budget dedicated to developing media activity in the country.It aims to strengthen the county’s regional position as a location to attract international media companies.
The law offers licensed companies in the Media City tax exemptions for 20 years and gives them the freedom to hire employees and import supplies without registration.
The preparation of the draft law is intended to achieve a high level of national transparency and integrity, as well as protect public funds. The charter is expected to promote conduct codes and public-service ethics among officials in the country.
Artificial intelligence is among other areas of Qatar’s national strategy reviewed by the cabinet.