Qatar’s Financial Centre has announced a new policy on providing legal services in the Centre for new applicants. It comes into force immediately. It sets out the conditions to new applicants looking to provide legal services in or from the Centre. Under the new guidance, international law firms can be licensed in the Centre if they are ranked by Legal 500, Chambers and Partners, or a similar reputable ranking acceptable to the Centre’s Authority, the firm will conduct most of its operations from Qatar and at least 51% of the entity’s activities in the Centre are attributed to activities undertaken in Qatar. In addition, the firm will have to have at least three full-time lawyers on the ground whose individual salaries are at least 15,000 Riyals each and the firm will occupy an office with a minimum of eight square metres per person. Exemptions may be made at the Centre’s Authority’s discretion. Firms which have a strategically important substantial contract with the Government or subcontracts, where the Government is not a party will not be exempt.