Certificate in HR Law and Practice- 2019 [8th-9th April 2019]

The Academy of Law in collaboration with Stephenson Harwood Middle East LLP’s specialist employment team are delighted to bring you the Certificate in Human Resources Law and Practice for the third consecutive year. This course considers key employment issues that may arise throughout the employment life cycle. Special discount rates are available for HR practitioners and university students. Email us at events@draacademy.ae or call 04-4273390


HR Law and Practice- Module 1&2 [8th April | 9AM-5PM] - 1,750.00 AED
Monday 08 April 2019

The human resources function is a vital bridge between the workforce and the employing organisation. Central to the challenges facing today’s human resources practitioner is a solid understanding of legal framework underpinning day-to-day interactions with the employees. But that is only the first part of the equation, a delicate balance needs to be struck between compliance with the law, following best practice, and implementing practical management solutions that meet the business’ commercial goals.

Our experienced trainers, all practicing lawyers who advise companies across many sectors on HR issues, will provide you with a thorough understanding of the legal framework within which you are operating, and share with you their analytical insights and pragmatic solutions for meeting your daily challenges.

By the end of this course, you will be well-equipped to deal with tricky situations and play an effective human resources role that makes a valuable contribution to the overall commercial success of your organisation.

Module 1– Surveying the Landscape

  1. Introduction to UAE Labour Law
  2. 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

  1. Recruitment issues and background checks 
  2. Immigration and residency visas
  3. Contracts of employment, policies & 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 employees hired within the UAE and from abroad
  • To identify additional useful contract provisions and policies and potential drafting traps


HR Law and Practice- Module 3&4 [9th April | 9AM-5PM] - 1,750.00 AED
Tuesday 09 April 2019

Module 3– Big Brother is Watching

  1. Data protection and monitoring in the workplace
  2. Restrictive covenants and preventing/detecting competitive activity
  3. 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 of this module

Module 4– (Not so) Fond Farewells

  1. Dismissal provisions and payments– the law 
  2. Dismissal process– the practicalities; visa cancellations and transfers
  3. Governing law, jurisdictions 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

Q&A; Course certificate presentation 

Key Contacts

Kiersten is a Dubai–based partner and heads the Dubai employment team, which holds the honorary titles of the 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 advise to clients under both UAE and free-zone 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.

Emily is a senior employment lawyer in the firm’s international practice with experience advising employers, senior executives, and employees on labour law matters, as well as providing training to other qualified lawyers and the business community. 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 advise on cross-border employment matters for international clients, working closely with local counsel in various jurisdictions in the Middle East.

Ammar is a bilingual (Arabic-/English-speaking) Employment and Dispute Resolution lawyer. He recently joined the firm, having worked for nine years in the Dispute Resolution team in one of the largest local law firms in the UAE. Ammar advises multinational corporate and individual clients on daily employment law issues including employment contracts, commission and remuneration structures, cross-border arrangements, post-termination restrictions, settlement agreements, investigation panels and employees transfer. He has wide experience in contentious matters involving commercial, white collar crimes, Islamic finance, and employment disputes. He is an approved legal trainer for the Dubai Legal Affairs Department delivering continuing legal education and training to other law practitioners. Working with multinational clients and local authorities, he is not only able to understand international clients' business but to also combine this knowledge with local skills and expertise. 

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 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, focused 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’.

Greg is PRO Partner Group’s Business Development Manager. He 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.

Libbie is the Operations Manager and assists clients on everything, from the formation of the company to the onboarding of staff, making sure the 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 Government Liaison Officers, ensures all processes are completed in a timely manner. Libbie has BA (Hons) degree in Journalism.

Amine Antari is a Managing Director in the Business Intelligence and Investigations practice at Kroll and Head of the Dubai office. He has 15 years of experience working with multinational companies, financial institutions, and consulting firms in the Middle East, North Africa and North America. He has particular expertise in investigations, with a strong knowledge of international regulatory requirements (e.g., UK Bribery Act, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act) as well as obligations with monitorship and debarments. Over his career, Amine has assisted diverse financial institutions, governmental agencies, development organizations, and engineering companies with their fraud and corruption investigations, fraud and corruption risk assessments, and anti-money laundering initiatives. 

This course is not open to lawyers in private practice. However, the DIFC Academy of Law provides a separate CLPD-accredited employment law course designed specifically for lawyers in private practice.

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

Certificate in HR Law and Practice- 2019 [8th-9th April 2019]
08 April 2019

Certificate in HR Law and Practice- 2019 [8th-9th April 2019]

In association with Stephenson Harwood

Total - 1750 AED