Categories:Middle East

PEP drop at DLA Piper after Middle East woes

  • Print
  • Comments (28)

Readers' comments (28)

  • Magic circle partners look down their noses at DLA Piper in much the same way that British motorcycle makers looked down their noses at the Japanese in the 1950s.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • Im currently at DLA and simply don't recognise or understand a lot of the negative comments on here.
    The sense of energy, dynamism, passion and sheer momentum at DLA is unlike anything I have ever experienced elsewhere (i'm ex MC).
    DLA is a place where teamwork really does mean something, everyone is pulling together to build a truly great firm. I genuinely love going to work every day, I love the people and I love the amazing work that the firm is now doing.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • Sterling work by the DLA Marketing team there.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • Pass the sick bag!!!!!

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • We know of many DLA partners on the look out for other jobs (many others have left in the last 12 months) and therefore suspect the cobblers around investment in IT etc is nonsense and not convincing its own partners. There will be a quiet exit for many on the back of these PEP figures.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • WOW! DLA Piper is the undoubtedly the most pathetic law firm in the Middle East. Their partners are incompetent and working there was the most painful experience of my life. The Dubai office, they recently sub leased half their office space to a hotel company, and the sell within the firm was that "this was good for business as it means a potential client next door". Who the hell were they kidding? Damien McNairs profile on the DLA Website continues to insist that he supports the Middle East team, however he hasn’t actually done any noteworthy deals in the last 2 years.
    The best story of my time at DLA was Tony Holland (now DLA Phillips Fox CEO) story at end of year meeting last year, where he suggested that its hard for him to develop clients in the middle east as there are no footpaths for him to walk on, his exact words were " In Melbourne I would always leave my office at lunch and walk up and down the street, id always meet someone [who gave him an update on a deal or discussed future work]". Obviously with such great BD skills and the lack of footpaths in Dubai, it was inevitable that the firms "top tier" finance practice was doomed.
    I see a lot of criticism of DLA's Dubai office, but just up the road in Abu Dhabi, [This story comes from my very well placed sources in Abu Dhabi] that Stephen Webb and his colleagues from Mallesons were repeating the successes of "Dubai" all over again. Abu Dhabi was never seriously affected by the GFC, nonetheless Mr Webb and his constant "high level" management techniques have ensured that the office is in chaos, having NO Arabic speaking lawyers.
    Im glad ive left DLA Piper, im still in Dubai and working in house for a client, rest assured no work is coming DLA’s way. Despite schmoozing calls from desperate partners.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • I agree completely with Anonymous | 14-Jul-2010 5:07 pm.
    Re Anonymous | 14-Jul-2010 11:49 am - I don't think you'll be quite as sychophantic when DLA , true to form, rip you off in one way or an other.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • Good grief Anonymous at 5:07pm. You are clearly still very angry. I think you really need to let DLA go and move on with your life. DLA is a really good firm. Dubai did not work out - so what. DLA was not the only firm affected by the downturn and there were many redundancies across Dubai. Don't take it so personally.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • There are an awful lot of very bitter and twisted people on here. Why don't you stop bitching and just get over it. Move on. Get a life.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • These comments can be categorised into the "DLA is the future camp" and "DLA is plain rubbish".
    As incongruous as it may seem, these views are reconcileable if you take DLA as operating at the low end of the market, where, despite their marketing banter, their partners are best placed to operate on account of being mediocre.
    It's a gross over generalisation to say all DLA partners are mediocre, but mediocrity is a benign view taking account of the negativity and hilarity DLA partners often draw from other firms - noone believes the spin.
    As for DLA's Middle East operations, no comment is needed

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

View results 10 per page | 20 per page | 50 per page

Have your say

Mandatory Required Fields

Mandatory

Comments that are in breach or potential breach of our terms and conditions in particular clause 8, may not be published or, if published, may subsequently be taken down. In addition we may remove any comment where a complaint is made in respect of it. These actions are at our sole discretion.

  • Print
  • Comments (28)