DLA bulks up Dubai arbitration group with Norton Rose hire

DLA Piper has hired a Norton Rose arbitration of counsel into its Dubai partnership

Henry Quinlan, who was made of counsel at Norton Rose in May 2011, began at DLA Piper on 2 October.

Quinlan has advised on a range of arbitrations in London, at the International Chamber of Commerce and at the International Centre for Dispute Resolution, as well as in the Dubai International Arbitration Centre.

According to the firm, arbitration in the Middle East has risen in popularity since the global financial crisis, particularly in construction and real estate, while the fallout from the Arab Spring is also expected to breed disputes over state contracts.

In a statement, DLA Piper’s Middle East head of litigation and regulation Jim Delkousis said: “The global financial crisis worked as a catalyst for the use of arbitration to resolve issues in the Middle East; it’s a method that’s clearly here to stay.”

Norton Rose earlier this year announced that it was undergoing a “root and branch” review of its Middle East practice, as four partners defected to rival firms (8 August 2011).

DLA Piper’s global dispute resolution practice contains around 1400 specialists.

In a statement Norton Rose deputy managing partner Tim Marsden said: “This move sees Henry going from of counsel to partner; it’s a good opportunity for him and we wish him well.

“In the Middle East, our dispute resolution team remains busy, and is led by Dubai based partner Patrick Bourke supported by of counsel Adam Vause. We can also confirm that Oli Charlesworth, a banking partner in our Abu Dhabi office, retired from the partnership at the end of September to join Akin Gump.”