DLA Piper has moved into permanent offices in Abu Dhabi, having opened in the city earlier in the year. The Abu Dhabi team comprises eight lawyers and four partners. It is set to rise to five when real estate partner Duncan Pickering relocates from the London office in September. Office managing partner Stephen Webb said: “We now have a strong construction and project finance team in place and we’re replicating this in other areas, including real estate and corporate.” The office, in Al Bateen, is DLA Piper’s second in the United Arab Emirates. The other is a 14-partner outlet in Dubai. Chief executive Nigel Knowles has pledged to expand the firm’s presence in the Gulf.