Catherine Workman_ Geraldine Kelm

Pinsent Masons Unveils Vario in the Middle East 

Pinsent Masons Vario has unveiled its presence in the Middle East, launching its flexible services business from the firm’s Dubai office. This expansion marks a strategic move to enhance the firm’s professional and legal services offerings in the region. 

As part of this initiative, senior legal counsel Britta Spachtholz will relocate to Dubai to engage with clients across the Middle East, demonstrating Pinsent Masons’ commitment to further establishing its presence in the region. 

The launch of Pinsent Masons’ Abu Dhabi representative office and its regulatory approval in Saudi Arabia precedes this move, underscoring the firm’s dedication to the Middle East market. 

Catherine Workman, Partner and Head of Middle East at Pinsent Masons in Dubai (pictured left), commented on the launch, emphasizing the growing demand for innovative legal and professional services in the region. She highlighted the importance of expanding Vario into the UAE as part of the firm’s efforts to meet evolving client needs and strengthen its position in the legal services sector. 

Vario Flexible Services, which matches clients with experienced flexible lawyers to support specific projects and address capacity issues in busy in-house legal teams, will offer a valuable resource for legal talent in the UAE while enhancing Pinsent Masons’ service offerings. 

Geraldine Kelm, Partner and Head of Flexible Services for Pinsent Masons Vario (pictured right) expressed excitement about the opportunities presented by the UAE market for Vario’s flexible services. She noted the increasing demand for innovative solutions to improve efficiency and manage workloads across in-house legal teams, underscoring the firm’s commitment to providing sophisticated and innovative legal services in the region. 

The Middle East launch follows Vario’s expansion into Ireland and its establishment across various global locations.