Peter Gray, a former partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Dubai who was suspended from the firm in 2015 for his role in a dispute with a Djibouti businessman, is merging his small firm with an outfit from the United Arab Emirates.
Kingsgrove Partners, a firm started by Gray following his exit from Gibson Dunn two years ago, has agreed to combine with Dubai-based Mohammed Al-Dahbashi Advocates. The new firm, to be called Al Dahbashi Gray (ADG), will be headquartered in Dubai and co-led by Mohammed Al Dahbashi, the founder of his namesake firm, and Gray, who will also be based in Dubai.
ADG’s focus will include anti-money laundering and compliance, construction, criminal law, family law, government regulation and labor and employment. The new firm consists of 15 lawyers, including three partners. ADG has already launched a representative office in London that will work with other partner firms and lawyers.
The new London base is headed by litigation partner Natalie Flooks, who has experience in employment, intellectual property and sports and media law. Flooks has been acting as practice manager at Kingsgrove for the past year, according to her profile on professional networking website LinkedIn.
Gray left Gibson Dunn’s London office in April 2015. His departure came two months after the U.K.’s High Court ruled that he had deliberately misled the court with incorrectly dated evidence in a case involving the Republic of Djibouti and one of the small African nation’s wealthiest citizens, Abdourahman Boreh.
Boreh had been convicted of terrorism for his involvement in a grenade attack that occurred on Djibouti’s Nougaprix supermarket in March 2009, in part because of evidence that Gray submitted. Boreh’s conviction was later overturned and his assets unfrozen after dating errors involving transcripts of phone conversations emerged. Gibson Dunn was subsequently ordered to pay $1.3 million in attorney fees to Boreh.
In April 2016, Gray sued Gibson Dunn in Dubai for unfair dismissal. He is seeking costs totaling $456,793.79 for his legal fees, outstanding pay and other expenses. In addition, Gray is seeking unspecified sums for damages and interest as a result of Gibson Dunn’s alleged “negligence.”
The litigation is ongoing.