Recent economic growth within regional African markets has seen an increase in demand for legal professionals based in the Middle East.
More specifically, this has been particularly noticeable across areas in transport, telecommunications and banking.
Regions in high demand
There has been high demand for legal skills across Africa. There is heightened demand in Morocco, Egypt, Libya, Algeria and Rwanda, as well as Botswana and Malawi in South Africa.
There has been a steady increase in the availability of roles at the local level, with professional holding experience and language skills in African regions in the highest demand.
There has been a large number of Dubai and Abu Dhabi based firms extending their operations to meet demand to capitalise on the growing commercial opportunities.
Overall, expansions have continued to receive a warm response in the market, given the shortages of legal skills in some regions. This influx of legal support has been vital to reduce transportation costs and essential in facilitating further growth.
Firms have continuously shown commitment towards their African presence in order to support clients in navigating investment opportunities within the market. We expect this will provide further knowledge share between Africa and Middle Eastern parties, enabling stronger and more consistent working relationships for the future.
There has been a steady increase in the availability of roles at the local level, with professional holding experience and language skills in African regions in the highest demand. Globally, these trends have been mirrored across UK and European firms, with a recent conference in London attracting 60 firms working across Africa with the scope to redevelop their relationships in these locations.
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