Outer Temple pushes ahead with Middle East strategy

Outer Temple Chambers has recruited a Saudi-­qualified lawyer to practise as a barrister in the UK.

Ali Almihdar, who set up his own firm in Jeddah in 1976, has relinquished his position as head of Almihdar Law Firm (ALF) to become a door tenant at Outer Temple, although he will remain part of the Saudi firm.

Outer Temple’s head of strategic development, Richard Lissack QC, said Almihdar’s recruitment formed part of the set’s expansion strategy in the Middle East, which saw it open in Abu Dhabi last year (The Lawyer, 3 December 2007)).

Lissack added: “This is part of a coherent and costed strategy in preparation for the deregulation that’s coming in 2012.”

Almihdar will represent clients in commercial matters in the courts of England and Wales and will take instructions from ALF. He is a legal adviser to the British Consulate in Jeddah.