Trowers pulls out of Riyadh as sole lawyer defects to alliance firm

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  • Nice picture of Tom Jones to accompany this story.

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  • Perhaps it's not unusual for international law firms to have trouble recruiting and retaining lawyers in Saudi?

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  • is he heading for the green, green grass of home?

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  • Why why why Abdullah?

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  • I suppose we should clear up some of the factual inaccuracies in this story just for the sake of ensuring that the record is correct.
    It cannot be the case that Abbas Khan was frustrated at Trowers inability to redploy "another partner" to Riyadh because Trowers never had a partner in Riyadh to start with. Leroy Levy ran the show from Dubai and Adrian Creed from Abu Dhabi.
    Also hilarious that Mutawi thinks there are problems recruiting people into Riyadh. It only becomes a problem when you make the ones you have "redundant" to save the PEP of the magic 25.
    It would be nice if someone at Trowers told the truth. The Saudi association did not have the support of key partners in the Middle East, including Mutawi. The London partnership failed to heed warnings about the Saudi practice and the head of the international division had no interest in engaging with the Saudi practice whatsoever.
    The continual insistence from the leadership that this disaster is just a speed bump is nonsensical. Why would you be having discussions about recruitment into Saudi Arabia less than 12 months after the last redundancy exercise. How stupid does Trowers think people are.

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  • So Trowers is left with just Oman and UAE law capability for the Gulf? Looks like they have given up on the region.

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  • And there's not much point to the Dubai office really, given how many lawyers it has lost over the past two years. What exactly are its areas of expertise?

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  • Trowers needs to merge with or get taken over by a decent US firm. Warning to all of the good law firms in Saudi Arabia. Make sure that you are keeping your productive people happy otherwise they will be gone.Lots of joker lawyers in Saudi Arabia who are unable to produce.

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  • Why not have a graduate scheme for Saudis, if it's so difficult finding lawyers to go there? Surely Saudi lawyers won't need much incentive to stay in their own country. Also, that will lead to fewer doomed alliances because you can set up your Saudi alliance with any of the Saudis you've trained (and molded to your liking ;)). It really isn't rocket science.

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  • “a lot of our corporate clients are very focused on doing deals in Saudi Arabia.” Absolutely, and now they have to use a different law firm? Surely this firm must win prizes for its reverse business development policy.

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