This article from Legal Business, triggered by the news that Lawyers On Demand are breaking into the region with a new Dubai office, speaks to the growing demand for professional services in the region. This is a continuing trend where firms are building or consolidating in and around Dubai.
Having seen this trend first hand, A&M has recently added forensic technology experts to Dubai to build a local team of resources dedicated to the area's specific needs, including a full suite of Dispute and Investigation services.
Some law firms which have faced increasing difficulties in strictly conservative neighbouring Arab states, such as Abu Dhabi, have relocated to Dubai. Latham & Watkins, Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF), Simmons & Simmons and Hogan Lovells are among firms which have consolidated their UAE presence in Dubai. Recent US firms to set up in Dubai include Mayer Brown, with its new Dubai office in June 2016, and Shearman & Sterling, which has operated in Dubai since 2015. Covington opened its Dubai office in June this year, with the addition of Chadbourne & Parke’s project finance team. Winston & Strawn opened a Dubai arm in November 2015.