Trowers pulls out of Riyadh as sole lawyer defects to alliance firm By Margaret Taylor 23 February 2012 15:28 17 December 2015 13:38 Sign in or register to continue reading. It's FREE Sign in Email Password Keep me logged in Forgot your password? Not registered? It's FREE! Register now Register with The Lawyer Anonymous 23 February 2012 at 16:01 Nice picture of Tom Jones to accompany this story. Reply Link Anonymous 23 February 2012 at 16:14 Perhaps it’s not unusual for international law firms to have trouble recruiting and retaining lawyers in Saudi? Reply Link Anonymous 23 February 2012 at 16:37 is he heading for the green, green grass of home? Reply Link Anonymous 23 February 2012 at 16:59 Why why why Abdullah? Reply Link Anonymouse 23 February 2012 at 17:09 I suppose we should clear up some of the factual inaccuracies in this story just for the sake of ensuring that the record is correct. It cannot be the case that Abbas Khan was frustrated at Trowers inability to redploy “another partner” to Riyadh because Trowers never had a partner in Riyadh to start with. Leroy Levy ran the show from Dubai and Adrian Creed from Abu Dhabi. Also hilarious that Mutawi thinks there are problems recruiting people into Riyadh. It only becomes a problem when you make the ones you have “redundant” to save the PEP of the magic 25. It would be nice if someone at Trowers told the truth. The Saudi association did not have the support of key partners in the Middle East, including Mutawi. The London partnership failed to heed warnings about the Saudi practice and the head of the international division had no interest in engaging with the Saudi practice whatsoever. The continual insistence from the leadership that this disaster is just a speed bump is nonsensical. Why would you be having discussions about recruitment into Saudi Arabia less than 12 months after the last redundancy exercise. How stupid does Trowers think people are. Reply Link Anonymous 24 February 2012 at 10:10 So Trowers is left with just Oman and UAE law capability for the Gulf? Looks like they have given up on the region. Reply Link Anon 24 February 2012 at 12:21 And there’s not much point to the Dubai office really, given how many lawyers it has lost over the past two years. What exactly are its areas of expertise? Reply Link Anonymous 24 February 2012 at 12:48 Trowers needs to merge with or get taken over by a decent US firm. Warning to all of the good law firms in Saudi Arabia. Make sure that you are keeping your productive people happy otherwise they will be gone.Lots of joker lawyers in Saudi Arabia who are unable to produce. Reply Link Anonymous 25 February 2012 at 07:00 Why not have a graduate scheme for Saudis, if it’s so difficult finding lawyers to go there? Surely Saudi lawyers won’t need much incentive to stay in their own country. Also, that will lead to fewer doomed alliances because you can set up your Saudi alliance with any of the Saudis you’ve trained (and molded to your liking ;)). It really isn’t rocket science. Reply Link Anonymous 27 February 2012 at 07:54 “a lot of our corporate clients are very focused on doing deals in Saudi Arabia.” Absolutely, and now they have to use a different law firm? Surely this firm must win prizes for its reverse business development policy. Reply Link The Septic Skeptic 27 February 2012 at 08:47 The story is old and tired, just like Trowers itself. The Saudi practice was brought to Trowers by Leroy and once Leroy was ousted, the practice followed soon after. Like someone said above, Trowers should just be honest and admit it never had any interest in a corporate practice in Saudi Arabia. Forget the rubbish about recruiting the right people and restarting again on the ground. Trowers is a projects firm and they should stick to what they do best. They don’t need a presence in Saudi Arabia for projects and they should just write the past 4 years off as experience gained. Too bad about those who were collateral damage, but that is to be expected as a lawyer in the Middle East nowadays. Reply Link Name Email Cancel reply Threaded commenting powered by interconnect/it code.