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CC, DLA and Simmons lose out as Jumeirah revamps legal panel

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  • I'll bet CC etc are sharing a big collective sigh of relief for escaping the nonsense of the Jumeirah panel.

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  • Just an observation, but Jumeirah neither have the quality of work nor the budget to sustain or warrant a panel of international law firms.

    BTW - the conference that was organised for Jumeirah's original legal panel was cancelled (by Jumeirah). The Lawyer ought to check its facts! So much for them getting closer to their panel firms etc.

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  • If a firm wants off a panel, there are two ways to go about it:

    1) Wait to get kicked off; or

    2) Take yourself off.

    Seems like option 2 is much easier. Why would these firms wait to get kicked off if they wanted off so badly? Did they have a gun to their heads?

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  • Because the firms had to go through the motions and play the game for wider political and PR reasons.

    Jumeirah, though a commercial non-entity, is still a Dubai government company.

    Fairly obvious, Captain Obvious....

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  • That's utter nonsense. There are plenty of graceful ways to remove oneself from a panel that you no longer find profitable or worthwhile. If you handle it correctly and professionally, nobody would blame you. Clifford Chance won't feel much pain being removed from this panel but you can't tell me DLA Piper sees it as a blessing in disguise.

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  • Heh at Jumeirah for calling a CC partner some years ago to complain that their secondee wasn't wearing a tie. It's been a joke at CC ever since.

    Meanwhile, Jumeirah still struggles to open hotels...but that's apparently not a problem as long as its people are immaculately turned out!

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  • The secondee in question has fared well since then, while the smartly dressed buffoons have not really moved their business forward.

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  • Field Marshall Common Sense - are you a Jumeirah clown in disguise? DLA will miss having Jumeirah as a client about as much as they miss having Nakheel as a client... At least Nakheel was actually worth a few bob as a client, notwithstanding they went bankrupt and didn't pay their bills lol.
    Anonymous from Sep 16 @ 3.09pm is 100% on the money.
    BTW, Simmons and CC are still high fiving each other following the news.

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  • The comments are rather revealing. I in fact worked as a 'member' of the Jumeriah legal team around this time and I have to say, it was an entirely regrettable experience. Regrettable because the 'team' (and I use that term loosely), driven by ineffectual 'leadership' (again, I also use that term loosely) was more about rhetoric than substance. The head of legal clearly didn't understand the market, or his team, and his side-kick (an on odious lickspittle of an individual) was embarrassingly and cringe-worthingly trite. They rarely outsourced work, so why on earth they had the number of firms on the panel that they did is anyones guess. Quite frankly - if you weren't selected, then you were the lucky ones - believe me!

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