Middle East Newsletter - Issue 3, February 2011


Welcome to our Newsletter

Good morning and welcome to the third edition of our revitalised Middle East Newsletter. Please take the time to scan, or better still, dip in and out of it. The intention is that all readers should find something of use within. In this edition, Jenny Grainger writes about the UK Bribery Act, and the draconian penalties that may be incurred by any entity having a presence in the United Kingdom. Yasmin Khayal tells us about Reed Smith’s new pro bono initiative in the Middle East. Raya Abu Gulal’s piece concerns our Women’s Initiative Group, which comes out of Reed Smith’s Women’s Initiative Network (or “WINRS”), dedicated to more effectively attracting, engaging, developing and rewarding our women lawyers. Tim Gordon writes about the current situation involving Middle East IWPPs.

It is a reflection of the recent downturn that the disputes side of Reed Smith’s Middle East practice finds itself extremely busy, especially in the construction area. It therefore comes as no surprise that our most recent recruits, Tamra Ferguson (on secondment from our Falls Church office), Roberta Wertman (on a short term contract) and Alison Eslick work in that space. All of them are most welcome. That said, it is clear that matters are at least stabilising in Dubai, while Abu Dhabi pushes forward inexorably. As a result, there are a number of other recruits “in the pipeline” not only in the disputes, but also in the non-contentious areas of our practice. Watch this space.

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