Legal Announcements – Global research ranks Clyde & Co as leading UAE law firm

UAE Legal News – A guide to the world’s leading business lawyers has ranked Clyde & Co a leader among law firms in the UAE, the third such legal directory to do so over the past 12 months.

The Chambers Global guide is produced annually by UK based legal publisher Chambers and Partners after extensive independent research and interviews with lawyers and clients.

A points based analysis of the directory’s results ranks Clyde & Co in top place [1]. The 2008 edition also reveals Clyde & Co as having more leading lawyers than any other law firm in the UAE.

Top tier rankings are awarded to Clyde & Co for dispute resolution, intellectual property and real estate (including construction). The firm is highly recommended for its corporate and commercial practice where it is noted that the firm’s “proactive and solid team” is “fêted for its “professionalism, accuracy and punctuality”, while the banking & finance practice is noted for its “excellent regional pedigree”.

Accompanying commentary lauds the firm as having “an extremely good reputation in the region” and for winning “reassuringly solid client feedback”. The directory notes that Clyde & Co has “grown to be one of the largest international players in the Middle East”, with lawyers that “garner praise for their “professionalism and accuracy”, while “loyal clients pledge: “We will keep going back to them”. The directory also extols Clyde & Co as having “a lead in insurance, technology and franchising, while the firm’s historic dominance in shipping and transportation should not be overlooked”.

Within the past 12 months, the international legal directory ‘PLC Which Lawyer’ also listed Clyde & Co as the leading overall firm in the UAE, while another well known international legal directory, ‘Legal 500’, has ranked Clyde & Co as the leading law firm in the UAE for the third successive year.

UAE ‘Leading Lawyers’ at Clyde & Co as identified by Chambers Global 2008

Banking & Finance
• Jonathan Silver

• Jonathan Silver *
• Niall O’Toole
• Phil O’Riordan
• Simon Adams
• Anthony Garrod
• Abhi Jalan

* [Jonathan Silver is additionally named by Chambers Global as one of the leading corporate/commercial lawyers across the wider Middle East]

Dispute Resolution
• Brian Nash
• Chris Mills
• Alec Emmerson

Intellectual Property
• Rob Deans

Real Estate & Construction
• Michael Grose
• Alexis Waller

Additionally in the region, two lawyers from Clyde & Co’s recently opened office in Doha, Qatar are identified as leading lawyers in the rapidly developing Qatari market.

Corporate/Commercial (Qatar)
• David Salt
• Glenn O’Brien

[1] To be sent a comparative points-based analysis of the 2008 Chambers Global UAE rankings please contact Clinton Swan via email at [email protected]

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Notes to editors:
Middle East: Clyde & Co is the largest international law firm in the GCC with over 100 specialist lawyers and paralegals working as one team from offices in Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the UAE, and in Doha, Qatar.

The firm, which has been ranked as the top law firm in the UAE for the third successive year by the international legal directory ‘Legal 500’, is one of the few law firms in the region with a ‘full service’ capability and has particular strengths in aerospace, banking & finance, cross-border trade & investment, intellectual property, international arbitration, trade disputes, mergers & acquisitions, corporate & commercial law, shipping, insurance, media & telecommunications, energy, capital markets, real estate & construction, and technology.

International offices: Clyde & Co is a leading international law firm with over 1,100 employees worldwide. The firm has offices in Abu Dhabi, Caracas, Doha, Dubai, Guildford, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Moscow, Nantes, New York, Paris, Piraeus, Rio De Janeiro, Shanghai and Singapore and associate offices in Belgrade and St Petersburg. The firm also has an exclusive co-operation agreement with a major law office in Iraq.

For further information about Clyde & Co in the Middle East please contact
Clinton Swan – Business Development & Marketing Manager (Middle East Region)
Clyde & Co
Tel: +971 4 312 8568
[email protected]

For further international information about Clyde & Co please contact
Lisa Mercer – Head of Communications, London
Clyde & Co
Tel: +44 (0)20 7648 1981
[email protected]

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