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DLA Gulf partner in A&O comeback

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  • Hmm… is Anonymous @ 8:35 is one of the few barely surviving members of said Aussie Mafia? Secondment to Phillips Fox is professional purgatory for Aussie mafiosi who have sinned. ‘Secondment’ to Oz was the cheap , face saving way to clear the Dubai office.

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  • Anonymous | 3-Mar-2010 8:35 am - Surely McNair and Co are the very epitome of "D grade talent"?

    Anonymous 3-Mar-2010 12:59 pm - As far as I know none of DLA's project contracts have ever been signed (or paid for) in the region as so they certainly weren't prepared by DLA.

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  • mcnair and monk are not the only ones being 'seconded'. others in dubai, abu dhabi and riyadh are also about to start long term 'secondments' back to their aussie homeland. watch this space.

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  • The insinuations of virtual criminality on the part of the Australians who helped build DLA Piper’s Dubai office are the only hyperbole I see in these comments. Aussie Mafia…Aussie Mafioso who have sinned? What did these guys do that was so evil? They had a couple amazing years thanks in large part to Nakheel and then got over-zealous in their hiring because of the faulty assumption that Nakheel would keep them well fed. Then came the shockwave at the end of 2008 which DLA fell victim to just like almost every other entity on this rock.
    So who’s piling on the hyperbole now? I can’t help but think that some of the vitriol we’re seeing in these comments comes from somewhere personal as opposed to objective analysis.

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  • I'm bewildered by Abdul Aziz Al-Yaqout's reference to DLA's middle east clients as I'm sure they haven't got any as evidenced by the firm's shockingly low average utilisation rate.

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  • I wonder what the future holds for DLA ME? They're operating in a competitive market with an inferior product and a battered reputation - who in their right mind would instruct them?

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  • AUSSIES, PLEASE NOTE THESE COMMENTS ARE NOT MADE AGAINST THE NATION OF OZ, THEY ARE MADE AGAINST A BUNCH OF NASTY PEOPLE WHO LOOKED AFTER THEMSELVES AND THEIR FRIENDS WHO HAPPENED TO COME FROM OZ. I THINK OZ IS A GREAT COUNTRY.

    I used to work at DLA and have to say that these so called "Aussie Magic Circle" lawyers at DLA are the same as mid market lawyers in London (ie below Silver Circle). They are nothing like lawyers from the Global Quartet (i.e. the real Magic Circle who are the best in every jurisdiction that they practice in: Freshfields, Clifford Chance, A&O and Linklaters) who I have also worked with.

    All the Mallesons crew know is the tiny legal market in Australia (20 million pop) and have no international experience (they may have sent a few emails to a law firm in Hong Kong). They may be good in Oz but not worldwide.


    They did not know how to approach Gulf problems because they were so used to the Malesons way of doing things in Oz. Dubai and Riyadh are not the same as Melbourne and Sydney!!

    There were many lawyers from elsewhere in the world that could have been recruited to DLA but only Aussies from Malesons and Minties were recruited because they are all friends with each other. In my opinion it should be the best person for the job regardless of race and nationality.

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  • Ignoring the obvious face-saving reorganisation which has/is taking place at DLA by their "seconding" the Aussie partners back to their homeland (and not before time IMHO), what is also apparent is that the exodus has started of those other unfortunate souls caught up in the mess.

    As a former client of DLA, I have seen a gradual depletion in the 'quality' on offer at DLA as their lawyers who have a choice have voted with their feet. From what I can see, there is now a disproportionate concentration of very average lawyers, and even more average partners.

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  • What does this say about Yaqout and DLA management that they are announcing that their ME finance practice is being run out of Australia by the exiled?

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  • The only thing it says about Yaqout is that he's doing what he can with the FUBAR situation he inherited.

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