Paola Kattar has over 19 years’ experience in construction and law (8 years as practicing lawyer and 11 years as construction contracts manager and senior claims consultant).
Graduated from law school in 2000, accomplished practice training in 2003 and called to the Bar of Beirut in the same year. Relocated to Qatar in 2008 with Hill International Project Management Group as Contracts Manager and obtained a wealth of construction and project management experience. Example of her achievements is the Shemoukh twin Towers, a landmark on the C-Ring road near La Cigale Hotel.
Transferred to Hill International Claims Group (currently HKA) in 2014 as Managing Consultant and promoted to Senior Consultant in 2017. Handled construction contracts and claims preparation and management until June 2019 when she joined KEO International Consultants (KEO) as a Legal Manager. In addition to several commissions for claim preparation, she represented HKA client, Samsung C & T, during their contract as the main contractor on Lusail major project packages; the CP05B Construction of Roads, Utility Tunnels and Connections and the CP07 Hub Offices, where she gained the client’s satisfaction for managing the day to day contracts, risks and claims and advising on dispute avoidance strategies.
Since June 2019, she exercises the day to day contractual and legal services for KEO’s internal divisions, liaises with Authorities and external consultants, while managing, preparing and analysing contracts, procedures and claims for KEO’s clients. Successfully negotiated and closed out two major contracts with two different Design and Build Contractors for KEO design division on two major developments in Qatar. Prepared a claim assessment report for a KEO major Client related to a major development in Qatar. Managed the preparation of a cost claim against a major public authority client. Advised and continues to advise and follow up on debts recovery and dispute avoidance.
Paola works fluently in English, Arabic and French and represents employers, consultants, contractors and subcontractors on major construction developments in and around the GCC. She provides advisory support on all procurement, contractual, procedural, strategic, and management aspects of a project and within her company. Possesses a combined expertise in law and construction with excellent communication skills and facility to translate project facts and technical data into proper contractual information used in dispute avoidance and risk management; In dispute and arbitration, she is a perfect link between technical site personnel and legal counsels.
Paola is a natural leader and decision maker and possesses strong interpersonal and organizational skills. She is meticulous, hardworking and results-oriented.