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2017-07-03 06:37:07
Norton Rose partner Wilkinson joins Clyde & Co in UAE

Norton Rose Fulbright TMT partner Dino Wilkinson has joined Clyde & Co to boost firm’s Abu Dhabi office.

Wilkinson, who has been based in the UAE since 2010, is departing days after the confirmation of Norton Rose Fulbright and Chadbourne & Parke’s long-awaited merger.

Wilkinson’s departure from Norton Rose Fulbright comes after sources claimed that a lack of clarity in client conflicts caused Norton Rose’s merger with Chadbourne & Parke to be delayed.

Clyde & Co has moved to strengthen its presence in the Middle East in 2017, bringing in shipping partner Ian Chung in February and corporate partner Glenn Lovell from King Wood Mallesons (KWM) last month. The firm has also announced a new IP-focused office opening in Kuwait as a part of the Clyde IP Services brand.

The Lawyer reported that as part of its merger with Chadbourne, Norton Rose head of litigation Deirdre Walker would be leaving London as Middle East chief Patrick Bourke headed in the other direction. Head of dispute resolution for Europe, Middle East and Asia (EMEA) Peter Scott was understood to be replacing Walker.

Ahead of the announcement, Wilkinson said: “I am looking forward to matching my Iocal experience, ambition and enthusiasm with a firm that recognises the opportunity for technology in the UAE and the wider Middle East.”

“The strength of Clyde & Co’s offering in the region provides the perfect platform to complement and develop my practice.”

Wilkinson had been a partner with Norton Rose since being made up in 2011 and ,according to The Lawyer Market Intelligence (LMI), Clyde & Co has four TMT clients who he can expect to be working with.

Clyde & Co has over 45 partners in four offices across the UAE, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. The Abu Dhabi office alone has 18 fee-earners with focuses in insurance, infrastructure and natural resources.