TRIBUNAL

The QFC Regulatory Tribunal is a specialist appeals body, established pursuant to the Law of the Qatar Financial Centre, designed to hear complaints raised by individuals and corporate bodies against decisions of the QFC Authority, Regulatory Authority and other QFC Institutions. The Regulatory Tribunal, which is made up of international legal and judicial regulatory law experts, is a wholly independent body.
The Tribunal is serviced by a Registry, headed by the Registrar, which is responsible for the case management of appeals that come before the Tribunal. The Registrar and his team of expert case managers and support staff are available to assist Tribunal-users who have queries in relation to commencing an appeal, or who are seeking assistance as to the practices and procedures to be adopted before the Tribunal.

Our People

The judges of the QFC Regulatory Tribunal are appointed to the Tribunal based upon their legal and judicial expertise in the resolution of regulatory disputes. They come from a variety of common law and civil jurisdictions. The judges of the Tribunal observe a Judicial Code of Conduct , the guiding principles of which are independence, impartiality, integrity and propriety.

Chairman
The Rt. Hon Sir David Keene

English

Sir Keene has been Chairman of the QFC Regulatory Tribunal since 2013. Prior to that, he served as Deputy President of the Qatar International Court.
Sir Keene became a High Court Judge, Queens Bench Division, in England and Wales in 1994, in which capacity he sat also in the Administrative Court and the Employment Appeal Tribunal. In 2000, he was appointed to the Court of Appeal, from which he retired in 2009. He is a member of the England and Wales Queen's Counsel Selection Panel and Associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

From 2003 to 2007 he was Chairman of the Judicial Studies Board, responsible for the training of judges and magistrates in England and Wales. He was for some years the UK Chairman of the Franco-British Judicial co-operation committee. In addition he holds an Honorary LL.D from Brunel University, is an Honorary Fellow at Balliol College, University of Oxford, and is an Honorary Fellow of the Society of Advanced Legal Studies in London, where he was formerly a member of the Board.

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Judges
Professor Francois Gianviti

French

Professor Gianviti has been a judge of the QFC Regulatory Tribunal since 2011.
Professor Gianviti was the Director of the Legal Department at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, USA, from January 1986 and General Counsel since 1987, until his retirement in December 2004. He has since been advising the IMF in various consultancies. From 1967 to 1969, Justice Gianviti was Lecturer in Law, first at the Nancy School of Law, and subsequently at the Caen School of Law. In 1968, he was admitted to the Paris Bar. In 1969, he obtained the agrégation de droit privé et science criminelle of French universities and was appointed Professor of Law at the University of Besançon.

From 1970 through 1974, he was seconded to the International Monetary Fund Legal Department, as Counsellor, and later, Senior Counsellor. In 1974, Justice Gianviti became Professor of Law at the University of Paris XII. He was Dean of the School of Law from 1979 through 1985. He is a member of the Monetary Committee of the International Law Association. He has received decorations as a Chevalier des Palmes Académiques (France) and a Chevalier dans l'Ordre National du Mérite (France).

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Laurence Li

Chinese

Laurence Li has been a judge of the QFC Regulatory Tribunal since 2011.
Laurence Li was formerly Director of Corporate Finance at the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) in charge of the regulation of listed companies and listing applications and legislation relating to corporate finance. He was also responsible for cooperation with the China Securities Regulatory Commission on listing-related matters. He has also practised US corporate tax law in New York with the international law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. He studied at both Harvard and Yale Universities. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Asian Institute of International Financial Law at Hong Kong University and is a member of the Administrative Appeals and Town Planning Boards at the Government of the HKSAR.

He now practises law in Hong Kong as a barrister. His work relates mainly to finance, banking, commercial, company, and securities laws. He regularly advises financial institutions, investors, listed companies, directors, regulators, and shareholders in a range of compliance and contentious matters. He deals with the main law enforcement agencies, the Securities and Futures Appeals Tribunal, and the Listing Committee of the Stock Exchange. He is a fluent Putonghua speaker and often acts in Mainland China-related disputes.

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Edwin Glasgow CBE QC

English

Edwin Glasgow QC has been a judge of the QFC Regulatory Tribunal since 2015.
Edwin Glasgow QC has extensive experience in commercial and general litigation, as counsel, arbitrator and mediator. In addition to his UK practice he has been involved in commercial cases in USA, Hong Kong, Africa, Australia and the Caribbean; professional negligence in Singapore and USA; and Human Rights cases in a number of jurisdictions including Malaysia and Africa.
With more than 40 years of legal experience, Edwin Glasgow has served as a judge on several prestigious panels and lectured on law and advocacy around the world. He is renowned for his advocacy and forensic skills but also as a popular and approachable arbitrator and outstandingly successful mediator.

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Gopal Subramanium

Indian

Gopal Subramanium has been a supplementary judge of the QFC Regulatory Tribunal since 2015.
Gopal Subramanium is a Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court of India. In 1993, he was designated as Senior Counsel suo motu by the Supreme Court of India before becoming Additional Solicitor General of India in 2005 through 2009 whereby he was made Solicitor General of India- a post he held until 2014. From 2010-2011 he was Chairman of the Bar Council of India

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Registrar
Christopher Grout

English

Christopher Grout has been Registrar of the QFC Regulatory Tribunal and Qatar International Court since 2012. Christopher Grout was Called to the Bar of England and Wales by the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple in 2007. From 2007 to 2009 he worked for the Ministry of Justice at the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) in the Royal Courts of Justice, London. In 2009, he joined 15 New Bridge Street, the Chambers of David Aaronberg QC, where he specialised as a criminal defence barrister appearing in the Magistrates Courts, Youth Courts, Crown Court, High Court and Court of Appeal.

He holds an LL.B degree from the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and is a member of the Criminal Bar Association, Extradition Lawyers Association and the Ecclesiastical Law Society, having written for the Ecclesiastical Law Journal. He has a keen interest in the development of legal education and has lectured widely whilst in the United Kingdom and Qatar.

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Judicial Alumni
Sir William Blair
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Michael Thomas CMG QC
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Professor Nisuke Ando
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Iain Milligan QC
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