Tiger Woods, George W and the Sheikh

The UK’s law firms are focusing on the Middle East more and more, and today’s stories on www.thelawyer.com represent the celebrity end of the Middle East market.

Trowers & Hamlins has picked up what must be the most prestigious project (see story) in the region – the expansion of the Mosque of the Prophet in Saudi Arabia’s Holy City of Medina.

Trowers is advising the Saudi Binladin Group, which is owned by the Binladin family – famous for being very rich and having a somewhat… er… wayward son.

Denton Wilde Sapte scored a coup of its own with its work on Tiger Woods’ first golf course. The UK firm is advising Dubailand, which is owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum – famous for being very rich, ruling Dubai and maybe buying Liverpool FC.

The most curious part of this deal was the appearance of George W Bush’s favourite law firm Baker Botts, home to former US Secretary of State James Baker, which advised Tiger Woods on US Patriot Act issues. Maybe Tiger is part of Dubya’s cunning new plan for Middle East peace – swapping machine guns for sand wedges.