Trowers names new UAE chief for embattled Middle East practice

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  • Mutawi is a smart man and understands the Gulf.

    Other partners represent the heart of Trowers' problems in the region.

    Local clients have become more sophisticated and want more than overpaid, quasi-colonial drinking buddies as their lawyers.

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  • Is this the news that is supposed to act as a circuit-breaker after 6 months of negative headlines?

    Trowers is, I suppose, at least attempting to address one of the key problems they have - a silo mentality across the MENA offices. But it cannot be seen other than as a vote of no confidence in the current non-senior equity RMPs. What role for them now? Or perhaps it is time for Andrew and Nick to join the other redundant Trowers' lawyers in greener pastures.

    And I really do wonder when Amison will address the Saudi situation. The local partner has been given notice and there is a single associate with no support manning the phone in Riyadh. Surely it is time to come clean and admit that the Saudi practice has gone and only the Trowers' carpetbaggers from Bahrain, Dubai and London will be seen near Saudi deals.

    Yesterday's firm clinging on to past glories.

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  • The first sensible move that Trowers has made in a long time. Yet adding another partner is not going to solve any problems unless Mutawi has enough authority to clear out the dead wood. Good luck to him - he will need it.

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  • Agree completely with Anon 1:45 pm. Unless AM can push out several obsolete Gulf partners, the numbers simply won't add up for Trowers.

    In Dubai they've just lost one of their last Corporate associates.

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  • AM is a great choice. He will make a difference but he has a massive challenge ahead of him; morale, recruiting loyal associates, convincing the clients that JB, NW and AR are not running the show, he is! Good luck to him.

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  • Any form of leadership would be progress

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  • Why on earth would Trowers want to recruit "loyal associates" when it has just sacked a whole bunch of them.

    A lot of associates came out of last year's international conference in a positive frame of mind regarding their futures at Trowers. Many have since been sacrificed at the altar of PEP.

    It would be rank hypocrisy for Trowers to now say it is short-staffed and needs to recruit - but wait, that is what Amison did say in another article on The Lawyer. Silly me.

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  • I do hope they can work things out. Us associates have had enough of the explicit and implicit bullying.

    Cut backs, salaries now 20% lower than market and very low morale. As soon as something better comes along, we'll all be off. Some partners are on fantasy island - "we're doing great"/"we have such history" blah blah! Honestly, wake up and smell the dates and coffee.

    Bullying can go so far. As Stalin use to say, freedom of course everybody has freedom. All were just damn scared to say anything.

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  • Why has this story disappeared from the News section?

    Can it be that Trowers can't take some honest criticism or do they think that we should all be nice and quiet and let them treat people like statistics?

    Sorry lads. What goes around comes around.

    And as for Mutawi, I would say that his antics are likely to see Trowers before the Employment Tribunal when it is time for trainee retention, unless they are planning on 100% retention in an effort to boost their depleted offices.

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  • One third of the staff in of our office have resigned this year alone. Scared I am abandoned on a sinking ship.

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