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DLA Gulf partner in A&O comeback

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  • Come on folks...we're almost on to a 6th page of comments. Just a few more to go. We can do it!

    Btw-what's the record? I doubt we're near it yet but I bet you if we put our minds and vitriol to it, we can break the record. LET'S GO!!!!

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  • Anonymous @ 9:43 am. I'm amazed, given what has happened, that you were told you'd be doing 'deals on the front pages of the Wall Street Journal'. However, I have no doubt it was true. who told you such stuff?

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  • In response to Fake "Arab" and Delusional "Anonymous | 10-Mar-2010 4:55 pm"

    1. Having one attorney, Stuart Diana, in an office space of 11,000 square feet does not qualify;
    2. To fake arab, filing a couple of trademark applications does not qualify as "attracting big names".

    Clearly, the Doha office, which was meant for 40+ attorneys and once had over 10 attorneys is a complete failure. Yes, the office still has a skeleton crew presiding over until DLA can no longer make the next rent payment. However, this is not a functioning office. Sorry to burst your bubble.

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  • Where is DLA London in all of this? They 'manage' the Dubai office and approved the unjustifiable growth and the indefensible treatment of employees. London set the tone from the top and sanctioned these practices in the 'good' times and arbitrary firings when it became clear even to DLA's management that changes had to be made. DLA used 'sabbaticals' and part time schedules to defer redundancy costs, not to 'save jobs' as they say. Whatever DLA saved by deferring redundancy costs and cheating on statutory redundancy payments pales in comparison to the costs of the reputational damage they have and will continue to suffer if the market judges fairly.

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  • Shehzaad and the other lucky souls that voted with their feet must be rubbing their hands with glee and laughing their socks off at this. After all, the proof the pudding is in the eating...

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  • Andrew, I can sadly confirm that I was at DLA, and I would very much enjoy reading an attempt by DLA's world beating F&P dept. at defining "vaguely libelous" (sic). And we all know that all great COO's are made from BD people/former secretaries...

    p.s. The Lawyer should be pushing DLA for answers on the above... For example, Qatar is now all but a postbox office (albeit they can't shift the premises so it is an expensive postbox), and Abu Dhabi, like Dubai, is in the process of having floor space reduced by at least 50%.

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  • I am amazed at the discontent coming from current/former DLA staff. It's a proverbial BEEP storm. I think an earlier poster said it: don't the DLA lawyers putting these posts up realise that by bagging their firm, they are hurting their chances of getting alternative work?

    Two things are apparent: first, something happened at DLA under the management of Macnair and Monk and co which upset a lot of staff. Better firms like W&C have had their fair share of bagging recently, but the postings from DLA hint at something else. Second, the partners who cause this have obviously been pushed out - either for performance reasons (has anyone seen a DLA lawyer on the other side of any deals in the UAE lately?) or because of the public embarrassment all of this mess has caused more senior management in the US/UK. Maybe they have read all of these postings and said enough is enough. So they are shipping them off to the salt mines er..I mean Australia, to spend the rest of their days at an outpost ie it's their mess now.

    The real issues are: How is management responding to make DLA's workplace better for the staff that are left? Will they be able to attract new staff to the Gulf? It would be career suicide, so they will have to second lawyers from other offices. That assumes, of course, there is work for them to do. And what are DLA's clients saying about all of this? Are they jumping ship. Will DLA close down their offices as has been suggested? And finally, apart from the humour we all get by reading this material each Friday, does anyone really care?

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  • I just tried to call DLA in Dubai and the message said the number had been disconnected...!!!

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  • Firstly, thanks to my colleague who alerted me to this string of posts. I have a client who has been searching for a particular style of lawyer for many months. The lawyer that is required must: have a genuine understanding of how the commerical world works and how big law firms work; check the facts before commiting anything into writing; be able to make a distinction between objective and personal opinions; be balanced and exercise sensible judgment before acting and, above all else, have the personal fortitude to deal with issues in an appropriate manner and forum. Clearly there a number of ex-DLA employees writing posts here that fufil all these criteria. If you are looking for a job then please send me an email to growup@getalife.com

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  • DLA management drank the kool-aid and bought into the whole "build it and they will come" mentality of Dubai at its peak of hubris.

    It wasn't just the Projects group that overexpanded, the Islamic Finance group was similarly grown far beyond any reasonable expectation of workflow.

    It's good to see that some of those responsible for such hubris have been held accountable.

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