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UK law firm picks Dubai for Gulf launch

Fenwick Elliott to open office in UAE in early 2014 after 24% revenue rise in last financial year

UK law firm picks Dubai for Gulf launch

British law firm Fenwick Elliott has chosen Dubai over Doha as the location of its first Middle Eastern office.

The company, which specialises in energy and construction, will launch in early 2014, according to a report in the Lawyer.

The associate office will be opened in conjunction with Ibrahim Law Firm, recently launched by former Freshfields Dubai senior associate Heba Osman and Ahmed Ibrahim.

Fenwick Elliott managing partner Simon Tolson told the Lawyer that the firm had chosen Dubai due to the presence of South Korean and Australian clients in the UAE. It had originally planned to launch in Doha, after plans to open an office in Dubai in 2009 fell through due to the credit crunch.  

“We are doing quite a lot of work in Doha but we have come to the conclusion that the best business hub for all of our international work would be Dubai,” Tolson said.

Fenwick Elliott’s revenues rose by 24 percent in 2012/13 to $18.4m, following a 4 percent drop in the previous year. 

The firm already has extensive experience in the region, having acted for contractors in disputes arising over projects like the Palm Jumeirah, Dubai World Central and the Doha Expressway.