In a move to further enhance its real estate capabilities in the Middle East, global law firm Dentons has appointed senior lawyer Hazel Shakur Quinn (pictured) in the United Arab Emirates. Joining as a senior legal consultant, Quinn brings a wealth of experience and expertise in the field of real estate, having undergone training in the UK and establishing herself as a successful entrepreneur in the industry.
Prior to joining Dentons, Quinn served as a partner at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, where she amassed over 22 years of valuable experience advising a diverse range of clients. Her clientele included esteemed entities such as Middle East sovereign wealth funds, family offices, tech companies, major developers, investors, and international businesses. With her comprehensive understanding of the real estate landscape, she provided these clients with strategic and pragmatic solutions to navigate complex real estate challenges effectively.
Quinn’s involvement in the Middle East’s real estate sector extends beyond her legal career, as she co-founded one of the region’s prominent chartered surveying consultancies. Apart from her professional achievements, Quinn is also widely recognized for her advocacy of gender diversity within the legal industry.
Speaking after the announcement, Jon Nash, Middle East Managing Partner at Dentons said: “I’m very pleased to welcome Hazel to our expanding team in the Middle East. Hazel is a highly experienced senior lawyer and a leading real estate expert. She is known for her ability to develop strategies designed to get deals done and preserve commercial business relationships, and I look forward to seeing her bring her unique and commercially focused expertise to our Real Estate team in the region.”
Paul Jarvis, Dentons’ Chief Executive for the UK, Ireland and Middle East (UKIME) added: “Hazel’s extraordinary experience and leadership in the Middle East, and the global perspective she brings to the sector, will enhance our ability to advise clients on real estate matters across the UKIME region and beyond.”
Quinn’s arrival is part of the Middle East region’s desire to invest further in the regional real estate practice and she will work with senior associate Joe Carroll to grow the practice significantly in the near term.