SJ Berwin will open a second Middle East base in Riyadh following its merger with King & Wood Mallesons (KWM), which will go live on Friday (1 November).
Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) is to relocate disputes partner Caroline Kehoe from London to its United Arab Emirates (UAE) practice where she will be based in Dubai.
Clifford Chance has been replaced by Irwin Mitchell in a High Court battle that two Saudi princes are attempting to keep out of the public eye by alleging it will damage relations between London and Riyadh.
Norton Rose is considering offloading its Middle East offices to the legacy Fulbright & Jaworski arm of the firm when the UK and US outfits merge on 1 June.
As firms’ focus moves to Dubai, Simmons says Abu Dhabi base is secure