Eversheds is set to follow the magic circle into Abu Dhabi by this spring.
The firm has applied for a licence to open an office in the United Arab Emirates’ capital.
Corporate partner Christopher Jobson, the firm’s Qatar chief, will be relocated to Abu Dhabi once Eversheds has been given the go-ahead. He will head a team of up to six lawyers, including another partner.
Alan Jenkins, Eversheds chair, said the firm wanted to complement its Qatar office, which was unveiled in November 2006. The firm expects the office will offer mainly transactional legal services in the corporate and banking arena.
Jenkins said: “Our Qatar office has been a great success, but what we’ve found is that you can’t realistically service the Gulf from a hub. You need lawyers on the ground.”
He added that he hoped to open the office by this spring.
The launch comes just three weeks after Clifford Chance announced its intention to move into Abu Dhabi (The Lawyer, 4 February).