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DLA Gulf partner in A&O comeback

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  • The main problem with Aussie mafia was that it was an "old boys" club which meant that people were promoted way beyond their station (and capabilities) - this resulted in some absurd appointments including making a 2/3 PQE lawyer partner!!

    No wonder there are serious questions being raised about DLA's quality (especially at partner level) and place in the market.

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  • This really raises serious qustions about the management decisions of DLA - How could they let the so called "Aussie Mafia situation" continue unchecked for so long? They should have nipped the sitution in the bud long ago by firing these partners rather than "seconding' back to Oz. I'd have also thought the Phillips Fox is taking a big risk in terms of their reputation own by employing these "damaged goods" - Word travels fast.

    I think this situation has done DLA ME irreparable damage and, as previously commented, who in their right mind would instruct DLA ME again!!

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  • The so-called "Aussie Mafia" situation was working splendidly right up until Nakeel stopped working. At that point, DLA was stuck with them because they have termination provisions that require a one-year salary buyout. For some of those guys, that means a cash payment of as much as $1 Million. So it's actually cheaper to second them.

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  • Let's examine DLA Middle East...

    No more finance practice, there supposed "head of corporate" is back full time in Oz chasing 'roos so no corporate practice, no projects work.... An international firm in the Gulf with no corporate or finance practice makes no sense at all. What is left? Trademark applications? ha ha.

    I guess the rumors of DLA Middle East closing down to 7-8 lawyers and becoming a "rep office" by the end of June 2010 are true. What doesn't DLA save its expenses for the next three months and close down now.

    The problem with DLA's reputation is that at this point they would never be able to recruit a partner in the Gulf with a book of business, which is what they need since they have none.

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  • I am not Australian I am not English; I am an Arab who worked with DLA. The racist comments here are idiotic and beyond belief. What exactly is the aussi mafia? It's incredibly ignorant to assume that just because Australians ran DLA for a period of time, you blame them for being made redundant. It is unacceptable that on every opportunity you losers come up, bring your pain and bring all your hate. If you are still writing at this point, maybe you should accept that you have been fired, and work through it emotionally. Just to bring everyone up to date, DLA ME is doing fine. They are hiring and things are getting back to normal. Thank God.

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  • Arab @ 12:57 must be working at DLA's Planet Mars office. I work for DLA in the Middle East, on Planet Earth. Things are horrid here. There is no work. Management is inept. The best of the Dubai and Abu Dhabi offices did vote with their feet and the unlucky young souls who remain work with the leftover D grade talent under threat of redundancy. Yes quality has declined. The comment about DLA hiring from Arab @ 12:57 is a good example of the quality level. He or she has given the recently made redundant good reason to consider arbitrary dismissal claims. Well done. Does DLA bill clients for such legal mastery?

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  • Dear 'Arab' at 12:57
    'It is unacceptable that on every opportunity you losers come up, bring your pain and bring all your hate''
    Nice.
    Perhaps you should consider that the reason all these 'losers' come on here bringing their 'hate' and 'pain' is because what was genuinely unacceptable was the manner in which the majority of them were treated when they lost their jobs.
    Perhaps DLA should be 'thanking' their HR staff for that and whoever else was involved in deciding how to handle the process.
    And frankly lots of lawyers in the Gulf were made redundant (hamdulillah I wasn't one of them) but clearly those firms managed to handle that process in a manner which did not create so much 'hate' and 'pain' and vitriolic opinion in those who were made redundant.
    That, in and of itself, probably says more about the firm and its management than anything else which could possibly be published about them.
    That aside who on earth do you think you are to tell people on a open comments page that it's 'unacceptable' for them to express their opinion and views on the firm?

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  • In response to "Arab":
    This comment is clearly made up. I was a former junior consultant in the Dubai office and am Arab. I can tell you that the Aussies were extremely anti-Arab in all phases.
    Also, how can you say they are hiring and everything is fine. This is a bald-faced lie. They were at 120 lawyers in 2008, cut down to 65, then to 35 and by June to 7 or 8 survivors. How is this fine!! Who are you kidding?

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  • To "Arab", I was never made redundant. I am working at a decent international law firm and earning more than I would at DLA.
    I left DLA because (1) I hated the culture (2) my career was suffering (3) poor quality work (4) useless supervision (5) bad reputation of DLA (6) everything said at the interview was a lie (7) incompetence and inefficiency of senior lawyers.
    Pretty good reasons, don't you think?!!

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  • Clearly forced out, as was predicted last year and their notice periods are probably about to expire. The secondment is a cover up for them trying to get any job they can in the network and DLA letting them tell a secondment story to avoid the embarrassment of failure.

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