Claudia El Hage
Claudia joined the firm in 1992 and was member of the team until 2005.
Claudia is a legal consultant, litigator, arbitrator and legal expert on Civil Law. She works in civil, corporate and commercial cases and transactions as well as business criminal cases and regulatory investigations.
She works mostly in construction, contracting, engineering consultancy, property, and real estate, corporate, banking, and M&A. She advises international and local firms on their projects with a focus on the MENA region as well as Europe and all legal aspects pertaining thereto. She has advised and represented clients in litigation, ADR, compliance, regulatory investigations and setting aside recourses in relation to disputes and transactions of various nature. She also acts in various jurisdictions in international and domestic arbitration. Claudia also advises on all aspects of corporate and commercial matters. Her international law practice provides essential legal counsel to many international, regional, and local commercial companies and corporations.
Claudia is recognized by her clients, colleagues and peers as “a go-to lawyer”, “the full package”, “an audacious litigator who is utterly charming and decisive”; "Claudia has impressed us at so many levels: she orchestrates arbitration hearings and pleads impeccably, she draws remarkable strategies for the cases and she manages her teams very efficiently." "She's very, very good - very capable and very cooperative." She is a brilliant and fearless trilingual lawyer, who provides outstanding service in English, French and Arabic. She has also assembled around her a talented and hard-working team of excellent lawyers”. “She provides excellent advice and service.’ “She has a distinguished track record in international arbitration, with considerable experience in construction and financial services disputes”.
Claudia is ranked in the Legal500 Powerlist, Chambers & Partners, Who’s Who Legal - Global Leader, Lexis Nexis Client’s Choice Award and Women in Law Awards in Dispute Resolution, International Arbitration and Construction categories for several consecutive years.
Claudia is the author and co-author of many publications pertaining to international arbitration and litigation (GAR – Lexology - Lexis Nexis - International Journal of Arab Arbitration) and she is often invited as a speaker in various institutional and university conferences and webinars.
On a more personal note, Claudia is involved in various caritative and community initiatives and animal welfare support. she is member of the Board of Trustees of the Lebanese School in Qatar.
Claudia is a role model for all of us, in dedication and achievement.
Her memberships include: the Beirut Bar Association, the International Bar Association, the Foreign Lawyers Admission Committee in Qatar, Qatar International Court (QICDRC) as well as in ICC Beirut and Qatar.
She has obtained her law degree and a Masters degree in private law from Saint Joseph University and a certificate from Harvard University on Leadership and Negotiation.
Claudia is an Arabic, English and French speaker.
- “Digital Health Qatar 2021” chapter published in Lexology;
- “Construction in Qatar” 2020, 2021 & 2022 chapter published in Lexology;
- "Arbitration 2021 Qatar" published in Lexis Nexis
- “Qatari courts position in respect of Arbitration” published by QICCA in 2021;
- “Challenging and Enforcing Arbitration Awards in Qatar” published in Global Arbitration Review (GAR) in 2019 and 2020;
- “Commercial Arbitration 2021 Qatar” published in GAR