Norton Rose rebuilds in Dubai under new chief

Norton Rose rebuilds in Dubai under new chief” />Norton Rose is overhauling its troubled Middle East practice just months after losing several big-hitting lawyers.

Senior corporate finance partner Campbell Steedman will be taking over the helm as international managing partner from Graeme Muir on 1 May.

Muir, who was said to have been on sabbatical for the past few months, is leaving the firm to take up a consultancy role at one of Norton Rose’s clients.
Alongside Steedman will be a new chief operating officer for the Middle East region, Darren Stock, who joined from management consultants McKinsey in February.

The Dubai office will expand, with three senior associates being made up to partners: corporate finance partners Andrew Tarbuck and Jane Clayton and banking partner Anthony Pallett.

Together with partner Dominic Harvey, who is leading the banking practice from Bahrain, the moves will give the firm five partners based full time in the
region, who cover all of the firm’s core practice areas.

Norton Rose will also be bumping up its associate quota in the Middle East with five lateral hires from, among others, DLA Piper and Pinsent Masons. Three associates have been seconded to the team from the firm’s Paris and London offices.

Norton Rose’s Middle East practice was beset with troubles earlier this year after Ashurst poached the head of the region’s energy practice John Inglis and Herbert Smith secured the services of finance partners Nadim Khan and Zubair Mir.

Steedman said: “We’re at a stage now where we must build the practice to the
next stage, reflecting the increasing sophistication and competition in the United Arab Emirates legal market.”