Why are international law firms pulling out of Qatar?

The news that CC and HSF are shutting up shop in Doha has prompted questions about the market's future for international law firms


It has been a bad week for the international legal market in Qatar, with both Clifford Chance (CC) and Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) confirming they will shut up shop in Doha this year.

News that the UK top 10 duo is pulling out of the local market comes on the back of the 2015 exit by Latham & Watkins, which closed its Doha and Abu Dhabi bases around 18 months ago, leaving it with two Middle East outposts.

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