Pinsent Masons boosts financial services offering in Dubai with key new hire

25 Sep 2017 | 12:05 pm | 1 min. read

International law firm Pinsent Masons has further enhanced its financial services sector capability with the appointment of Tom Bicknell, who will lead the firm’s insurance and wealth management offering in Dubai.

Bicknell, who joins as a partner, was previously a legal director in the corporate insurance and financial services team at Clyde & Co in Dubai. He has worked as a corporate and financial services lawyer for over ten years and has a deep understanding of the financial services market in the region.

Bringing a wealth of experience in insurance regulation, products and distribution, Bicknell will provide new and existing insurance and wealth management clients with regulatory and product distribution advice in the region. His specialism includes advising insurers, reinsurers, coverholders, Lloyd's syndicates, brokers and third party administrators in respect of their business throughout the Middle East.  He also has extensive expertise in advising investment and pension product issuers, international financial institutions, wealth managers and financial advisers as well as online platform operators and fintech start-ups. 

Alexis Roberts, Head of Financial Services at Pinsent Masons, said:

“Dubai has become a principal hub for financial services companies looking to undertake business in the Middle East and internationally. Many of our clients have established a base in this sophisticated and growing market and Tom's arrival strengthens our global offering to new and existing clients looking to do business in the Middle East. Tom's experience will be of huge value to our clients as we reinforce our commitment to being a market leading firm in financial services."

Michael Watson, Head of the Finance & Projects Group at Pinsent Masons, adds:

"We are delighted Tom is joining our team in Dubai. He is joining one of the fastest growing teams in Pinsent Masons working alongside insurance, wealth management, funds, regulatory and financial product experts. His expertise will further increase our capability to advise clients on regulatory, product and distribution issues in the Middle East, and provide a market leading service to our clients."

Tom's arrival follows the appointed Mohammad Tbaishat late last year. Mohammad specialises in public and private M&A, strategic joint ventures and UAE regulatory work.

Key Contacts

Alexis Roberts

Alexis Roberts

Partner, Head of Financial services

View Profile
Michael Watson

Michael Watson

Partner, Head of Finance and Projects

View Profile

Latest press releases

Show me all press releases

Pinsent Masons and Open Data Institute explore next stage of data trusts

International law firm, Pinsent Masons, has joined the ODI’s Commercial Partnership Programme. The legal firm joins existing partners including, Arup, Co-op, Deutsche Bank, and Refinitiv: a peer group of forward-thinking organisations who share a common vision of a collaborative and open future.

Pinsent Masons appoints new partner to enhance property and real estate expertise in France

Pinsent Masons has hired real estate expert Denis Charles, as partner in its Paris office.

Increase in HMRC requests overseas for information on taxpayers

HMRC made 540 requests to overseas authorities for information on UK taxpayers last year, an increase of 24% on the previous year, as it intensifies its crackdown on hidden offshore assets, says Pinsent Masons, the international law firm.

People who viewed this press release also viewed

Show me all press releases

Increase in HMRC requests overseas for information on taxpayers

HMRC made 540 requests to overseas authorities for information on UK taxpayers last year, an increase of 24% on the previous year, as it intensifies its crackdown on hidden offshore assets, says Pinsent Masons, the international law firm.

Record revenue collected by HMRC investigations into biggest UK businesses

HMRC collected £9.8 billion in extra revenue through tax investigations into the UK’s 2,000 largest businesses last year, up 12% from £8.7 billion in 2017/18 (source HMRC), says Pinsent Masons, the international law firm.

Pinsent Masons wins Project Finance Deal of the Year award in Middle East

International law firm, Pinsent Masons, has been awarded the 'Deal of the Year for Project Finance' award at the International Financial Law Review (IFLR) Middle East Awards 2019.

For all media enquiries, including arranging an interview with one of our spokespeople, please contact the press office on

+44 (0)20 7418 8199 or 

Location contacts