Certificate in Human Resource Law and Practice

(Register now with revised pricing) The DIFC Academy of Law and Stephenson Harwood Middle East LLP's specialist employment team are delighted to bring you, for the second consecutive year, the Certificate in Human Resources Law and Practice. The programme considers key employment issues that may arise throughout the employment lifecycle.


Module 1- Surveying the landscape - 800.00 AED
Tuesday 20 March 2018


- Introduction to UAE Labour Law

- Introduction to DIFC/free zone employment law

Learning Objectives:

 - To differentiate between the civil and common law jurisdictions and legal systems within the UAE and the main applicable employment laws in them

- To describe the key provisions of the main employment laws at federal level, and in the UAE’s financial, and other, free zone areas

Module 2- New beginnings - 800.00 AED
Tuesday 03 April 2018


- Recruitment issues and background checks

- Immigration and residency visas

- Contracts of employment, policies and procedures

Learning Objectives:

- To identify the legal risks involved in the recruitment process and examine the steps employers may take to mitigate those risks

- To explain the visa requirements for employment in the UAE and the procedures involved in sponsoring employee hired within the UAE and from abroad

- To identify the different types of employment contracts and describe the basic particulars of employment required to be given to employees

- To identify additional useful contract provisions and policies and potential drafting traps

Module 3- Big brother is watching - 800.00 AED
Tuesday 17 April 2018


- Data protection and monitoring in the workplace

- Restrictive covenants and preventing/detecting competitive activity

- Gathering evidence of employee wrongdoing

 Learning Objectives:

- To describe the obligations of employers under data protection and privacy laws in the UAE when accessing and processing employee data throughout the employment relationship

- To recognise the different types of post-termination restrictions commonly imposed on employees in contracts of employment 

- To describe the law concerning post-termination restrictions and to identify the general principles applied by courts in enforcing such restrictions

- To assess and discuss the impact of social media on the topics in this module 

Module 4- (Not so) Fond farewells - 800.00 AED
Tuesday 01 May 2018


- Dismissal provisions and payments– the law

- Dismissal process – the practicalities

- Visa cancellations and transfers

- Governing law, jurisdiction and other international matters

 Learning Objectives:

- To describe the obligations of employers and employees when terminating employment. 

- To examine the impact of governing law and jurisdiction and the potential for claims to arise in overseas jurisdictions on termination  

Hot Topics and Burning Issues- Awarding Ceremony - 0.00 AED
Tuesday 08 May 2018


- Keynote address

- Panel Q&A

- Course certificate presentation to attendees 


Key Contacts

Emily Aryeetey

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.

Kiersten Lucas

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. 

Anne Pritam

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".   

Ed Kemp

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.

Libbie Burtinshaw

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.

Greg Hastings

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.


For further information or to request for an assistance, please contact events@draacademy.ae or call 04-4273390 

Certificate in Human Resource Law and Practice
20 March 2018

Certificate in Human Resource Law and Practice

2 CLPD Accredited
Total - 800 AED