The Brief

Thomson Reuters has relaunched The Brief, a monthly magazine and website designed to provide legal professionals with the hard-hitting news and analysis they need to better understand the trends and business developments in the Middle East’s legal sector.

The Brief, a 40-50 page English language magazine acquired by Thomson Reuters last year, will feature key interviews and regular guest columns from top legal experts as well as special country reports and In-House Counsel spotlights. The Brief will also cover the legal opportunities and challenges faced across different sectors throughout the region, issues concerning Islamic finance and sharia law as well as identifying top M&A and private equity deals.

“Our goal is to make The Brief the publication legal professionals turn to in the Middle East. The Brief’s editorial team has exceptional knowledge of the region and will work closely with colleagues across Reuters to bring customers reliable and trustworthy news, along with authoritative and unbiased insight,” commented Andrew Goldner, managing director of ALB.

Heading up the The Brief is Shaheen Pasha, the magazine’s Middle East regional editor. Prior to joining The Brief, Pasha was Islamic finance correspondent for Reuters in Dubai. In addition Pasha was also assistant professor of journalism at the American University in Cairo, teaching online and print journalism and has worked at several major news outlets in the region. She has also worked as a banking and legal reporter for CNNMoney.com in New York.

Also in the new edition is the first monthly guest column by Diane Hamade, a UAE national, and prominent lawyer, legal consultant and founder of the International Advocate Legal Services in Dubai. Hamade, who is also legal consultant for international legal practice Herbert Smith in Dubai, previously set up the DIFC LCIA Arbitration Centre and worked as legal advisor for the Hawkamah Institute, DIFC.

The Brief is owned by Asian Legal Business (ALB), a Thomson Reuters business and a leading provider of print and online legal news and publisher of five monthly magazines, including The Brief, that cover Australia and New Zealand, China, North Asia, Southeast Asia and the Gulf.