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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.
Ranking and editorials
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 is advancing its media laws as
digital media connectivity in the country surpasses that of neighbouring regions.
According to research, ‘Qatar has one of the highest internet use rates of any country in the world, approaching saturation at 95 percent.’
The study was published in October 2018 by Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) and examined media behaviour across established and new digital media platforms in seven jurisdictions.
The countries assessed were Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Lebanon, Jordan, Tunisia, and Egypt.
Everette E. Dennis, CEO of NU-Q, commented: “With the goal of understanding the communication ecosystem in the region better, NU-Q launched the first of five Media Use in the Middle East studies in 2013. Now with this rare longitudinal study moving into its sixth year, we are able to evaluate
lessons learned comprehensively and understand the value of both relative stability and media shifts – whether incremental or more significant.”
In September 2018, the government approved a draft law that is aimed at modernising media law. Prime Minister and Interior Minister H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, approved legislation that regulates publications, publishing and media activity.
The new law will govern film production, radio and television broadcasting, advertising, media services and public relations, among other related areas. The government expects the new law to support freedom of opinion and expression, as well as freedom of the press and media.