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Layoffs in Dubai, Too: DLA Piper Axes 8

Posted Apr 3, 2009 12:10 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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In the midst of a stunning series of major law firm layoffs in the United States and United Kingdom because of the dismal economy, the Middle East has been seen as a relatively booming practice area ripe for expansion.

But there is a slowdown in legal work there, too, says DLA Piper, which is laying off eight associates in its Dubai office, reports Legal Week. That amounts to about 8 percent of the firm's associate roster there.

The "redundancies" are primarily in the office's corporate and finance and projects-related practice areas, DLA Piper says.

The layoffs follow earlier attorney cuts in the firm's U.S., U.K. and Asian offices, as well as a partnership restructuring.

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ABAJournal.com: "BigLaw Firms Converge on Dubai: Jones Day Launches, CC Amps Up"

ABAJournal.com: "DLA Piper Will Cut Pay for Most Partners by 11.5 Percent"

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