DLA bulks up Dubai arbitration group with Norton Rose hire

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  • DLA certainly are going the right way about rebuilding their practice (and reputation) in the Middle East; they've made a few smart hires into projects and disputes and are offering the competitive kind of pricing to succeed in this market.


    Norton Rose meanwhile have suffered a lot of departures in the last few months. It'll be interesting to see how they cope with the loss of several key partners as well as this dent to their disputes practice.


    At first it was puzzling that they weren't too bothered about getting back into Saudi after their relationship with their sponsor disintegrated, but it's clear now that the recently-departed managing partners were more concerned with looking after themselves than safeguarding the firm's regional interests. Naturally.


    As for their own rebuilding, they must need to make a few smart acquisitions of their own. But if you were a lawyer, or indeed a client, why would you go to a firm down to its bare bones having been stripped of most of its assets?


    Their international reputation will certainly help but if they aren't careful their delusions of grandeur could well lead to them becoming the next Trowers. Unless they lean on the new Aussie tie-up to import people, in which case they could become the new DLA pre-2008, and we all know how that turned out.

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