- Keynote address
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- Course certificate presentation to attendees
Associate- Stephenson Harwood
Emily is a senior employment lawyer in the firm's international practice with experience advising employers, senior executives, and employees on labour law matters. She joined the Dubai office from the firm's London team and her practice now entails advising on contentious and non-contentious employment matters in mainland UAE, various free zones, and in the DIFC. She works closely with local and international clients to understand their business and help to develop robust employment contracts, policies and procedures. Emily also advises on the employment aspects of corporate restructurings, re-organisations, M&A, and IPO transactions including due diligence reporting, contractual documentation, and the development of sensitive employee communications. Emily regularly co-ordinates advice on cross-border employment matters for international clients, working closely with local counsel in various jurisdictions in the Middle East. Emily regularly delivers employment law training to other qualified lawyers, business audiences, and clients as well as providing training to other qualified lawyers and the business community.
Partner- Stephenson Harwood
Kiersten is a Dubai-based partner and heads the Dubai employment team, which holds the honorary titles of Academy of Law 'Specialists in DIFC Employment Law' and 'Specialists in DIFC Data Protection Law'.. She is a highly regarded member of the firm's international elite-ranked employment team and is known for providing commercial, pragmatic solutions tailored to her clients' needs. She has extensive experience advising on all aspects of the employment lifecycle, with particular expertise in high value litigation, restrictive covenants and protection of confidential information, the employment law aspects and implications of regulatory contraventions, remuneration arrangements and senior executive appointments and terminations. Her work regularly involves matters spanning multiple jurisdictions, including parallel litigation or investigations. As well as providing operational and strategic advice to clients under both UAE and freezone-specific employment legislation (such as the DIFC), she regularly delivers bespoke training sessions to clients and the legal community, most recently on restrictive covenants, data privacy, and DIFC employment law.
Partner- Stephenson Harwood
Anne is a London-based partner and oversees the development of the Middle East employment law practice. She co-authored the UK comparative commentary for the DIFC Academy's Employment Law Commentary commissioned by the DIFC Courts Chief Justice. Anne combines over two decades of experience in multiple sectors with a fresh and innovative attitude to problem-solving for her clients. She acts for clients both in the UK and based in or with interests in the Middle East, and spends considerable time working with our clients and team in Dubai. Her clients range from multinational conglomerates with tens of thousands of staff, through SMEs, start-ups and charities to HNW domestic households with one or two employees and senior executives. She gives tailored hands-on advice, focussed on clear strategies and smooth outcomes, not process for its own sake. She is ranked as a leading employment specialist in the two leading directories to the legal profession. Chambers 2018 notes she "offers practical solutions and clearly describes the associated risks.", and a US client recently described her work as "a breath of fresh air in managing our operations".
Barrister- Littleton Chambers
Ed has been ranked as a leading junior in employment law in both Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500 for many years. Ed is noted for a practice which “has seen him in courts of all levels, up to the Supreme Court”. Ed is particularly sought after for international employment cases. Ed has litigated some of the latest cases on territorial reach in the UK (see: Green v. SIG Trading UKEAT/0282/16/DA) and he has appeared in some of the leading employment cases in the DIFC Courts of the last few years (see, for example: Pierre Eric Lys v. Elseco, CFI012/2014 and BGC Brokers v. Abourahim CFI027/2013, the latter having been listed as one of the top three most notable cases in the DIFC CFI in 2015 in the Court’s Annual Review). Ed was educated in both English Law and French Law. He has an LLB from King’s College London and a Maîtrise en Droit from Université de Paris I (La Sorbonne). Ed’s LLM from University College London focussed on employment and comparative law.
Operations Manager- PRO Partner Group
Libbie Burtinshaw assists clients from the formation of the company to the onboarding of staff, making sure your business is compliant with UAE laws and regulations. Libbie controls the regulatory processes from the outset and, with the assistance of our able team of Goverment Liaison Officers, ensures all processes are completed in a timely manner. Libbie has a BA Hons degree in Journalism.
Business Development Manager- PRO Partner Group
Greg Hastings joined the company in 2016 and brings a wealth of experience assisting SME and MNC companies in establishing and protecting their business operations in the UAE. Having worked with a range of foreign businesses in the Middle East and Africa over the past 10 years, Greg understands the importance of providing clients with accurate and timely information to support their business goals.
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