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Trowers & Hamlins' United Arab Emirates (UAE) resident partner Nick Hills has quit the firm's Dubai office to return to London.
Hills founded the firm's Oman office in 1980, which he managed until 1985. He then became Trowers' managing partner until 1990.
Hills says: "I have returned to the UK after eight years in the UAE to assume a senior and proactive role in the coordination of our growing Middle East practice.
"I have asked for more room on the business development/client side and to allow younger partners the fun of management.
"I am stuffed with management after nearly 20 continuous years of it."
His decision leaves two partners in Trowers' Dubai office, which is run alongside a second practice in Abu Dhabi.
Hills says he remains on the firm's international committee and will be working closely with the head of international development, Martin Amison, in London.
Hills says: "My particular role and priority is our work for major international oil companies and I am focusing on the upstream clients whom we look after across the region.
"The UAE is now managed as a single unit by Adrian Creed and the two offices are run as one unit under him as UAE managing partner."
Trowers & Hamlins held its eighth annual Middle East lawyers conference in Dubai earlier this month, attended by its associated Cairo firm Nour Law and affiliated Scottish firm Ledingham Chalmers, which cooperates with Trowers & Hamlins in Azerbaijan and Turkey.