Dubai, UAE

Pinsent Masons, which bolstered its Middle East presence late last year, has hired a pair of Middle East infrastructure and energy partners from Eversheds Sutherland, including the firm’s regional energy and infrastructure head Tim Armsby.

Armsby and Gurmeet Kaur will join Pinsents’ finance and projects practice in Dubai, with Armsby taking responsibility for leading the firm’s practice in the Middle East.

Armsby spent six years at Eversheds after joining the firm in 2012 from Trowers & Hamlins, where he worked for 12 years across London, Oman and Egypt. While based in Abu Dhabi, he held a number of management roles at Eversheds, including serving as Abu Dhabi managing partner.

Kaur, meanwhile, has spent just under five years as a partner with Eversheds in Dubai, having previously been a partner at DLA Piper for three years and UAE projects head at Wragge & Co for two years. She acts for public and private clients with a focus on infrastructure, energy and construction projects.

“Both Tim and Gurmeet will bring with them fantastic experience and we are very pleased they will be joining us. Their skills will further cement our position and develop our capability as leaders in the infrastructure and energy markets in the region and globally,” said Pinsents global group head of finance and projects Michael Watson. “This is a significant step for Pinsents in developing the platform and connecting our practices across the globe with new colleagues who are front and center of our strategy and directly relevant to the market and our clients.”

The latest hires come after Pinsents bolstered its Middle Eastern presence in December via an association with Saudi Arabian law firm Alsabhan & Alajaji.