Masons targets Iraq with Dubai launch

Masons is set to open an office in Dubai two months after announcing an alliance with an Iraqi firm.

Masons hopes that its first Middle East office can buoy a fading international practice, which has been hit hard by the Asian financial crisis.

Clyde & Co dominates the Dubai legal market with the largest office in the Middle East. Other firms in Dubai include Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance, Denton Wilde Sapte and Norton Rose.

Dubai has become a focus for international attention because of the expansion of its banking community, which is capitalising on the Islamic finance explosion. Masons, however, hopes that Dubai’s proximity to Iraq and Kuwait will help it grab a slice of the expected reconstruction and projects work should peace be secured.