The Marsden Group has a long established and highly regarded Middle Eastern practice.  We enjoy excellent relationships with the leading international firms operating across the region and for over a decade we have been placing lawyers from around the world with these clients.  Lawyers who have training and experience with top firms in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, US, Canada and South Africa are typically in high demand.

The Marsden Group also places lawyers already located in the Middle East – either within the region or elsewhere internationally using our network of offices and relationships with the leading firms around the world.

We keep in touch with the lawyers we have placed into the Middle East over the years. Many have decided to stay in the region, building successful careers and enjoying a high standard of living – suitable for families as well as singles/young couples.

The Market

Locations such as Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman and Saudi Arabia offer a rich and diverse professional life and a culture suited to both family and single lifestyles. Dubai, a major financial hub of the Middle East and North Africa, has a very cosmopolitan feel, with the majority of its population made up of expatriates from all over the world.

Many of the world's leading law firms are active and committed to building their presence across the region. There are opportunities at both partner and associate level within leading UK and US law firms in areas such banking and finance, corporate, projects, oil and energy, property and construction, Islamic finance, commercial dispute resolution and TMT/IP. Standards are very high: at associate level an excellent academic record and experience with a well known international firm will be required, and partners will need to show a compelling business case. Lawyers with Arabic language skills are in particular demand though this is not essential, as English is the main language of business.


As with the other major markets, firms in the Middle East compete for top candidates and are very competitive on salary, which will be tax free. At a major international firm in the region, lawyers will earn at least the equivalent of a London salary. Local firms tend to pay less than the top international level. The top US firms in the region typically pay US-equivalent salaries. On top of these salaries, lawyers going to the Middle East can expect attractive bonuses and a competitive relocation package.


It is relatively easy to obtain work permits in the region and the employers facilitate the process. Permits also allow entry for your spouse and dependents.


Re-qualification is usually not a requirement but many lawyers will take the necessary exams to be admitted to practice in the UK or US.


The climate in the Middle East is warm most of the year and very hot in the summer months. Sand-skiing, sailing, golfing, water sports and other leisure activities are extremely popular, and the many restaurants and bars offer an exciting and diverse environment. The major cities in the Middle East are also major transport hubs making it very easy to travel to Europe, North America and Australasia.

Useful links

Gulf News
GN Properties 4U
GN Wheels 4U
AME Info
Dubai Government