BLP opens five-strong Abu Dhabi office

Berwin Leighton Paisner has begun a push on the Middle East, opening an office in Abu Dhabi focusing on hotel and leisure work. The office will be staffed by one partner and four associates ­transferred from London. Partner John Sipling of the hotels and leisure practice will head the office, joined by four associates from the firm’s business and technology, corporate tax, engineering and construction and real estate groups. They will be supported
by 20 lawyers based in London who handle Gulf-related work.
First reported on 11 September