DLA Piper breaks ties with Saudi firm

DLA Piper has severed its two-year-old Saudi alliance, leaving its office in the country in limbo.

The firm’s relationship with The Law Office of Abdulaziz Al-Fahad came to an end today (30 June), meaning DLA Piper will either have to find a new local partner or pull out of the country, as international law firms must be tied to a local sponsor in order to practise in Saudi Arabia.

DLA Piper regional managing partner David Church refused to confirm which course the firm would take.

A source close to the situation said the split was due to the two firms’ different views on how to conduct business, adding that DLA Piper is seeking a new partner in Saudi.

DLA Piper joined up with The Law Office of Abdulaziz Al-Fahad in March 2006 and over the past year has expanded aggressively in the Middle East, obtaining licences and posting lawyers to Abu Dhabi, Muscat and Doha.

Name lawyer Al-Fahad said his firm was considering its options, adding: “I’m in conversations with other international law firms.”