Simmons cites market turbulence as it trims Abu Dhabi and Dubai

Simmons & Simmons has made lawyers and support staff in its Abu Dhabi and Dubai offices redundant in response to what it terms “ongoing market conditions in the Middle East”.

The firm’s Doha office and affiliated office in Jeddah will not be affected by the cuts, which were first reported by RollonFriday. Simmons would not comment on how many roles had been affected by the redundancies.

According to the firm’s website, Simmons has 13 fee-earners across Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Simmons said: “Due to ongoing market conditions in the Middle East, we, in common with a number of other international law firms, have reviewed the needs of our clients and our business in the region.

“A small number of lawyers and business services staff have been affected in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. We’ve offered affected people roles in other offices where feasible and, where not, we’ll support them in finding new roles.

“Our Doha office and affiliated office in Saudi Arabia are unaffected by the review.”