Dentons boosts Middle East with dual raid

Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) is continuing to bulk up in the Middle East by adding two lateral hires to its Oman office, including its second in-houser from a major energy company in as many weeks.

DWS dipped into BG Group for energy lawyer Victoria Dugdale just two weeks after adding GE Energy in-houser Ibrahim Elsadig to the firm’s main Dubai office.

Joining Dugdale is projects specialist Andrew Bailey, who DWS lured from Trowers & Hamlin’s Abu Dhabi office.

Their arrival follows the news that DWS’ four offices in the Gulf posted a massive 63 per cent rise at the half-year stage, as first reported on, 8 November.

The firm is investing much in the region, where it has 80 lawyers and four offices. It planned to double the size of its seven-lawyer Abu Dhabi office by January 2007 and added two partners to Oman earlier this year.

The Oman office will have 20 lawyers once Dugdale and Bailey arrive this month.

Meanwhile, Bailey’s move to DWS is a blow to Trowers’ Abu Dhabi office, which is left with only eight fee-earners.

Trowers was unavailable for comment.