DWS fast-tracks associates to boost Middle East

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  • This isn't just about the Middle East!

    This story, the leader and the comments all seem to have hardly noticed a crucial fact written further down, which is that the same deal also applies to associates willing to move to the firm's other foreign offices. Two years in the Middle East might be purgatory, but Paris? Moscow? Bring it on. Almaty could be interesting, too...

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  • Gays in the middle east: missed opportunity?



    Firms waste the opportunities presented by gay lawyers who don't have children and thus might be more prepared to move to the Middle East by not being more proactive in defending homosexuality and standing by their gay lawyers in the region.

    Homosexuality might be out-lawed under (readings of) Islam, but it is also against (traditional readings of) Christianity, yet gay people won rights in the West even when people here were a lot more Christian than they are today.

    Middle Eastern business needs Western law firms as much as Western law firms need Middle Eastern business - if law firms banded together they could promote equality effectively, but so far individual businesses are unwilling to do this because they fear they will simply lose business to their rivals.

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  • London, Paris, New York... Dubai?

    Dubai is the most liberal of all the middle eastern locales and even that is not a very pleasant place to live. The reason? It's a cultural wasteland that 20 years ago was a pile of sand-dunes. You can create a business park out of nothing, but you can't create a city.

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  • Tax free living and partnership in two years?

    Stop whining, lawyers - that would work for me.

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  • I agree

    I'm with the last poster and disagree with the one before: you might tell themselves that they couldn't possible leave London or Paris because of the culture, but unless you've been to an art gallery, a performance or a historical building in the last two months, you're just kidding yourself that you still do.

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  • Surrey v Dubai?

    As someone said to me when trying to make this decision: You have the rest of your life to live in London/Surrey British suburbia, what is two years adventure in another country?

    Now, if you have a family and kids etc then it's not that simple, but for single lawyers, or those without families, that was the best piece of advice. Not that Dubai really sounds that great...

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