Qatar International Court and Dispute Resolution Centre (QICDRC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd as the new QICDRC President following the swearing-in ceremony which took place yesterday morning in the presence of the Court CEO Faisal Al-Sahouti, the Registrar Christopher Grout, Justices Rashid Al-Bader QICDRC staff and members of the public.
Having previously served as Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales from 2013-2017, Lord Thomas has succeeded Lord Phillips, who served as QICDRC President from 2012-2018. Lord Phillips’ role has been instrumental in the development of the Qatar International Court, overseeing an increased caseload, implementing new IT strategies as well as presiding over an expanded jurisdiction following the enactment of the new arbitration law last year. Together, both Lord Thomas and Lord Phillips were in attendance of the third edition of the Qatar Law Forum, held under the patronage of His Highness the Amir last November.
QICDRC held a farewell dinner earlier this week in honour of Lord Phillips’ retirement as President and to welcome Lord Thomas to the QICDRC family. The dinner, which was attended by ambassadors, CEOs and members of the legal community was held at the Sheraton Doha. During the opening remarks, QICDRC CEO Mr. Faisal Al-Sahouti acknowledged the dedication and commitment of Lord Phillips to the growing success of the Qatar International Court. Alongside Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) CEO Yousuf Al-Jaida, Mr. Faisal Al-Sahouti later presented a parting gift to Lord Phillips as a means of thanks for his support and strong efforts throughout the years in Qatar.
During a speech made by Lord Phillips, he commented: “I hate to see the way the country has been blockaded. I am saddened yet at the same time it is wonderful to see the way that the citizens of this country have responded to that predicament. When I look into the future for this country I see looking a little further ahead with nothing but good prospects. The same is true for the Court. When the new law goes through, it’s going to revolutionise business of the Court and enhance the investment environment in the State of Qatar.”
Lord Phillips’ final act as President was to this week deliver a judgment in the Appellate Division of the Court, following which Professor Khawar Qureshi QC of McNair Chambers, Doha, gave a short valedictory address before the swearing-in ceremony of Lord Thomas.