Middle East kicks off talent scouting

The shortage of legal talent is quickly turning into a global crisis. Who would have thought such a thing just a few years ago? Along with all the wing-spreading going on in the Middle East, firms are on the hunt for lawyers to fill their new digs and are being forced to cast their fishing nets ever wider.

The decision of SJ Berwin real estate partner Tom O’Grady to up sticks and relocate to Dubai for DLA Piper is interesting, not least because he’s the first partner to quit the SJ Berwin partnership for some time. It marks a new practice in the Middle East for DLA Piper, and one that is sure to need some junior-level support to make it viable.

Clyde & Co is another that has moved to bolster its on-the-ground presence in Dubai, with the revelation that Taylor Wessing finance partner Ashley Painter is to move from London – the third such hire for the firm this year.

With the swathe of firms expected to launch across the region, and the ever-increasing workloads across all practice areas, firms are turning over every stone in the hunt for talent.Get the latest news and an irreverent commentary delivered to your desktop every Wednesday by subscribing to Lawyer News Weekly.

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