International news network Al Jazeera has appointed Denton Wilde Sapte as its global legal counsel following a beauty parade in which the network saw at least five firms during a two-week UK tour.
Other firms that are currently completing transactions for the broadcaster will initially be retained.
In the past it has used both Wiggin and Steeles Law. However, it is understood that Al Jazeera is looking to centralise its legal processes and reduce the number of firms it outsources to.
The instruction is a coup for Dentons’ Doha office, which was set up in September last year in a wave of Middle East office openings, including associations established with firms in Riyadh and Amman.
The relationship with the new client is being led by managing partner of the Qatar office Leigh Hall, who considers the proximity to the broadcaster as having worked to his firm’s advantage.
“Our geographical placing takes us to the headquarters of Al Jazeera in Doha,” he said.
The firm had already undertaken work for Al Jazeera in the past. The relationship was established by Dentons of counsel Safwan Moubaydeen, who has contact with Al Jazeera going back seven years.
But given the global reach of the client, Dentons will bring other offices on board to cover a remit that includes corporate, dispute and employment matters.