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PEP drop at DLA Piper after Middle East woes

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  • It seems as night follows day, as soon as there's an article mentioning the DLA in the Middle East, the knives, the bleating and the whining come out.
    Move on. If you can't - seek professional help.
    It is particularly disappointing to read comments made anonymously about individuals at the firm. Surely if these people are worthy of criticism, you should have no problem in putting your name to the criticism levelled against these people?
    Declaration of interest - yes, I used to work at DLA in Dubai

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  • For all the comments which suggest that people who complain about DLA "get a life and come out of the shadows", please stop. DLA (Middle East) was operated as a cowboy outfit (i mean look at the article which we are commenting on, there is a huge drop in profits and the Middle East operations are to blame!!!). As for the stealth element, the only people who acted dishonestly and in the shadows were the partners and HR at the aptly named DLA Sniper. As for those valiant defenders of the DLA brand, im assuming you are only defending them because you were apart of the Mallesons clique or your hoping that your next employer, should they ever read these posts get the "other side".

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  • Interesting that DLA's revenue peaked at GBP20million. Even at this level, DLA were seriously underperforming the market, with the established firms achieving double that in 2008/9. If DLA's headcount figures at the time were to be believed they had more partners and lawyers than any of these other firms making it doubtful there has ever been a profit, despite all the DLA generated hype at the time.

    It will take DLA a long time to catch any serious competitors at that rate even if the inevitable interest in the firm's very public train smash eventually subsides. And if you want to avoid the kind of adverse comments posted here, treat your people properly; criticising them for airing their greivances after the event does not help at all

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  • Dear Nathan,

    Is it really you. You should be the one to know that in Dubai one must act anonymously.

    I really wonder if Abdul Aziz has read the Dubai Code of Conduct? Are the Business Development activities conducted by him allowed in Dubai?

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  • How anyone can read the article and make the "unstoppable" comment in the previous post defies imagination!

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  • Dear ex DLA,

    Yes it is really me.

    My comments about spekaing openly are directed to the criticism of people who are no longer in Dubai, which I think are the majority of people named in the various posts.

    As you have wisely noted, there are certain legal issues with putting your name to criticism of people in Dubai that a prudent person should take heed of.

    Unfortunately Abdul Aziz was appointed after I left, so I cannot comment on what he is doing/has done.

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  • The comments section on The Lawyer.com: You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We must be cautious.

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  • One more thing, not only did they screw us lawyers but the support staff as well. Secretaries, drivers, office assistants. DLA is a joke. Hope the partners feel ashamed of what they have done.

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