DWS raids Patton Boggs for new Qatar office

Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) has snared two senior Patton Boggs lawyers for a launch in Qatar, as UK firms continue their assault on the Middle East.

Former Patton Boggs Qatar partner Leigh Hall and of counsel Safwan Moubaydeen will spearhead the firm’s seventh office in the Middle East, just three months after the firm announced its association with Saudi lawyer Wael Abdulrahman Alissa in June. DWS Middle East managing partner Neil Cuthbert said: “We ve been looking at launching in Qatar for the last two years. We do a lot of work with Middle Eastern companies and banks operating in Qatar, so it was the missing link in the region.”

With four years’ experience in Qatar, Parker will be managing partner of the office. He will oversee four associates.

Cuthbert is planning to ramp up all Middle East offices with hires that he hopes will be made as a result of the upcoming recruitment drive in Australia and New Zealand.

“It’s tough to recruit from London at the moment and there’s a lot of talent in Australia,” he said. “We’ll look to hire another 12 to 15 lawyers to be based across our Middle Eastern offices.”