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DLA Gulf partner in A&O comeback

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  • Andrew, I think your last post is case in point to the other posts on here - i.e. that a whole load of Aussies working for Aussies were promoted well before their years... much to the detriment of the rest of the practice.

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  • ...fair play to Shezhaad for cutting his losses and rejoining a decent shop. At least he'll get to do some deals at A&O as their F&P practice has some clients and some work to do.

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  • Former DLA employee, I think your posts show what a worthless platform anonymous vaguely libelous comments really are. If you are going to head onto the internet and and start spreading misinformation, at least do it under your own name.

    For the record, as to your last post before this one, Damian's "former secretary" who became COO was never Damian's secretary, she was the head of BD for the projects group.

    Were you even at DLA?

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  • Due to the recession a lot of lawyers have lost their jobs and now a lot of law firms do not have any work. A lot of lawyers are a bit disgruntled. We all know this but DLA is unique because:
    (1) They treated their staff like trash
    (2) They thought they were the biggest and best but were below average
    (3) They talk rubbish to everyone at their interviews (I was told that I would be working on deals on the front pages of the Wall Street Journal - yeah right!!!)
    (4) Their so called amazing lawyers from Mallesons were indecisive poor problem solvers
    (5) There was a huge amount of favouritism towards friends and buddies from Mallesons - there was no meritocracy. The best people were not in the best positions.
    (6) They knew nothing about the culture of the Gulf and thought that the Mallesons way of doing things was the only way.

    All law firms have problems and can be unpleasant places to work but DLA in Dubai was at another level and this is why so many people write into Roll on Friday, the Lawyer and other websites. It is because they were so badly treated and lied to without any justification.

    People have a right to air their views and make comments - something DLA would never allow you to do unless you were an Aussie from Mallesons.

    I do not want people to lose their jobs but I know that DLA Dubai will get smaller throughout the year. I hope the lawyers who lose their jobs find work quickly but DLA will probably close like they did in Doha.

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  • I'm surprised that no one's mentioned the loud, obnoxious Sheilas or the fact that the DLA Aussie lawyers had (and still have) a complete lack of dress sense (which was/is ground enough in itself to pack them off to Aussieland!).

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  • Anonymous @ 9:43 am, contrary to what you stated, Doha office is up and running and has already attracted big names. I hope I didnt freak you out even more than you already are. Get yourself out of this chat room and deal with your misery.

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  • It's kind of hard to take anything you write seriously when one of your assertions is so easily proven false. All it takes is a quick trip to dlapiper.com to see that DLA still has a Doha office. Give Stuart Diana a call.

    Unbelievable. So many blatant lies.

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  • - have you read the chamber's article?
    - three heads of finance ME in two years.
    - head of office, becomes head of corporate, becomes head of bd india
    - fourth head of riyad office in two years
    - head of kuwait leaves within one year
    - head of corporate leaves to oz within two years
    - head of projects leaves in three years
    - partners find jobs as associates
    - one key employee previously wanted for murder

    facts people facts..........

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  • As Anonymous @ 9:43 am says, there will almost certainly be further job cuts at DLA Middle East in coming months. I wonder if the likes of "Arab" and "Anonymous @4.55pm" will be quite such staunch supporters of DLA then if the axe should fall on them.

    In my view, the management (in particular David Church) should take the lion's share of responsibility for the unhappy situation DLA now finds itself in for allowing the "Aussie Mafia" to run the business into the ground.

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  • The argument that DLA and its employees were victims of the recession must fail on the basis that the firm was STILL hiring after Nakheel’s problems were well known. Obviously the lawyers who were on staff at the time were concerned and asked questions. They were met with disingenuous explanations as to how the firm was going to approach the decline in work. Soon after, they were offered reduced hours (but please still work a full week) and sabbaticals. The definition of a sabbatical is a little different in the DLA world. It means: “we don’t have the guts to fire you now but do come back in 6 months when the situation is worse and it will be easier for us”.

    The expected 2010 growth rates for most Gulf nations are still 3 to 6 times higher than most countries. All other firms in the region have work – why not DLA? Ohhhh, let’s just blame the recession again!

    Where there is smoke there is fire. Currently, the DLA Piper Dubai office consists of a few Australian BFF of McNair & Co (with no departmental heads) rattling around. However, they do stride around the office clenching documents with purpose– just don’t stroll into the old portion of the office as that is being sub-let. The balance are seconded (AKA made redundant) in Australia. Again disingenuous, they are simply trying to take advantage of the last ounce of benefit that the DLA network might provide – a return to Australia. It might work.

    There are countless ways in which to bend the many facts and examples to paint a picture however, just pause and look at what has happened sequentially. Most importantly in this whole saga - if only the lawyers could have got on with planning the balance of their careers instead of treading in a pool of deception and favouritism. The hires continued not because there was any realistic prospect of work for the existing staff (forget the incoming staff) but because of promises made and ego.

    I look forward to current DLA staff picking on small and immaterial aspects of this post towards the deluded notion that you are a) safe and b) doing the right thing for you career – in between football training sessions of course.

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