I am a provisionally accepted Part II registrant, how do I notify the DIFC Courts of my first appearance?

Provisionally accepted registrants should contact the Academy of Law by telephone or e-mail to registration@draacademy.ae at least 7 business days in advance of their firstappearance at the DIFC Courts so that arrangements may be made for the Registrar, Deputy Registrar, or Assistant Registrar to be present.

Do I need to be registered with the Academy of Law to practice in arbitrations in the DIFC?

Registration with the Academy of Law is not required for participation in arbitrations that are not before the DIFC Courts.

Can I make payment for a Registration or Renewal with my firm’s credit facility with the DIFC Courts?

The Academy of Law does not accept payments made with a credit facility used with the DIFC Courts.

How may I confirm if a lawyer is registered with my firm under Part I or under Part II?

Our Register of Practitioners is available online. To view the current list of firms registered in Part I and practitioners registered in Part II, please click here. Please note that it may take 24-48 hours processing time for new registrants to appear on this list.

My registration has lapsed, how may I be added to the Register again?

Registrations that have lapsed must send an e-mail to registration@draacademy.ae requesting a new registration. The applicant will be subject to the initial registration fees.

Are there mandatory pro bono requirements?

Completion of pro bono hours is not necessary for registered practitioners, though encouraged by the Academy of Law through its Pro Bono Programme. More information about the programme can be found in the Pro Bono Programme section of our website.

Are there mandatory Continuing Professional Development (CPD) or Continuing Legal Education (CLE) requirements for registrants?

The Academy of Law Register of Practitioners does not require its registrants to complete any additional requirements. Registrants must complete only the requirements of their law society or bar.

Do Part I registered practitioners also require Part II registration to appear in DIFC Courts?

Yes, only Part II registration confers Rights of Audience to a practitioners. Part I lawyers can issue and conduct proceedings by inter alia (a) signing Statements of Truth; (b) corresponding with the Registry regarding a case or the progression of a case; and (c) corresponding with opposing lawyers.