Burden of Proof Gala Dinner: Social Media Pictures

The Academy of Law annual gala dinner for 2016 was well attended. A huge thank you to the team that made it possible, a hearty congratulations to award and raffle winners, and a special note to our sponsors for once again supporting the UAE's legal community. Here are some of the images we've harvested from social networks. Thank you for taking them!   burden-14     @SHLegal via Twitter burden-1     @Global_Advocacy via Twitter burden-4   The Team at Lexix Nexis via Instagram burden-9   The DRA's Kimberly Cutler and DIFC Courts' Lema Hatim, via Instagram burden-13   Zareen Malik from DIFC Wills and Probate Registry, via Instagram burden-12   From @SarahM_pino on twitter burden-7 Jasamin Fichte, Managing Partner - Fichte & Co, and Natasha Batson, Associate - Herbert Smith Freehills, via Instagram burden-15 Hana Al Khatib and Sharon Lakhan from Global Associates, via Instagram burden-8 Harris, Pooja, Nicole and Julian from headline sponsor BPP University. Via Instagram burden-11   From @xxivbarristers on Twitter burden-2   From @tomurquhart on Twitter burden-5   From jasaminfichte on Instagram burden-16   The unveiling of the new Porsche Panamera. Picture via porschealnabooda on Instagram screenshot_2016-10-23-15-55-56   Us! Thank you all for coming. See you next year! burden-10  

AOL New Fee Structure part II Individuals

The Academy of Law is contemplating launching a new fee structure for registrations and renewals of Part II practitioners, occurring or due on or after 1 June 2017. The Academy of Law would be interested in any comments or feedback from practitioners as it seeks additional ways to serve the legal community. Please click here for more information about the new fee structure and registrations with the Academy of Law.

The AOL and Lexis Nexis in association with Stephenson Harwood Middle East LLP bring you the first in a series of Seminars and workshops on Human Resource Law & Practice.

Seminars and workshops on Human Resource Law & Practice. PDF

The Award winners of the Annual Legal Gala 2016

1. Lawyers’ Lawyer of the Year: Keith Hutchison, Partner at Clyde & Co

2. Young Lawyer of the Year: Janine Mallis, Associate at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

3. Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year: Mike Wakefield, Head of KM and Pro Bono Counsel at DLA Piper Middle East LLP.

4. Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year: James Berry & Associates Legal Consultants.

5. Legal Education Law Firm of the Year: Stephenson Harwood Middle East LLP.

DIFC Employment Law Seminar on September 27, 2016 to informing individuals in need about their rights on Employment Law

To enable greater accessibility to justice, the Academy of Law’s Pro Bono Program is hosting a Seminar on DIFC Employment Law on September 27, 2016. This event is aimed at informing individuals in need, of their employment rights in the DIFC area of Dubai. View Flyer

The Academy of Law is contemplating launching a new fee structure

The Academy of Law is contemplating launching a new fee structure for all registrations/renewals occurring or due on or after November 1, 2016. Read More

REMINDER - Legal Consultants who are registered with the Dubai Legal Affairs Department (LAD) and the Academy of Law (DIFC Courts)

This is to remind you of the LAD’ CLPD requirement for all legal consultants registered with both the LAD and the DIFC Courts to attend the Mandatory training course on Introduction to the DIFC Courts and Code of Conduct. This applies to legal consultants registered with the DIFC Courts in both Part I and Part II. 


To clarify, this requirement only applies to legal consultants registered with the LAD and the DIFC Courts. Therefore, this does not apply to ALL legal consultants working in the DIFC, only those registered with the DIFC Courts (in either Part I or Part II). This requirement also does not apply to non-legal consultants registered in Part I with the Courts, such as paralegals or office administrators.


There are several legal consultants who still need to attend this course and the Academy of Law is therefore planning to host more opportunities before the deadline of 31 October 2016. If you represent a firm with DIFC Courts Part I registrants who are also LAD registered, or you are a Part II DIFC Courts registered consultant yourself also registered with the LAD, and you have yet to attend the Mandatory course covering and Introduction to the DIFC Courts and the Code of Conduct then please let us know the number of people you need to send to this course by replying to