Jumeirah panel invited to Dubai get-together

Dubai-based Jumeirah Group is following in the footsteps of major UK ­corporates such as BT and Sainsbury’s by bringing together its panel firms for a conference.

The real estate developer, whose portfolio includes ­luxury assets such as the Burj Al Arab hotel, is organising a two-day conference in Dubai later this year for its newly formed panel.

As reported on The Lawyer.com (15 July), the company has lined up a ­roster of 12 firms to handle its external legal needs.

According to chief legal officer Robert Swade, the conference has been arranged to enable the firms to hear from key stakeholders within the business.

Commenting on the panel selection process, Swade said: “We asked each of our panel appointees to enter into service-level agreements, the main aim of which was to structure the relationship between the legal department and the panel law firms as one of partnership.”

The conference initiative follows on from the launch of ;Sainsbury’s’ ;legal ­community, as revealed by The Lawyer (7 April). The supermarket giant took the unusual step of bringing together its 11 advisers for a one-day conference to give them a better understanding of its business.

Firms on Jumeirah’s two-tier panel that will take part in the conference comprise Clifford Chance, Clyde & Co, DLA Piper, Mayer Brown, Pinsent ;Masons ;and ­Simmons & Simmons, all of which sit on the company’s main global roster.

In addition, Swade has retained six further firms to offer advice on specialist jurisdictions and sectors. These are Al Tamimi, Heller Ehrman, Herbert Smith, Penningtons, Perkins Coie and Rouse & Co.