Employee Competition in the DIFC [24th October | 8.30-18.00]


Employee Departures - 2,000.00 AED
Wednesday 24 October 2018



Introduction to injunctions in the DIFC: Key Strategies and Tactics (9am to 10.30am)

•Basic legal framework

•Practical client care issues

•Pre-application tactics

•Making the application

•Resisting the application

•Preparing for a speedy trial



Recent Developments in Restrictive Covenants (10.30am-12pm)

•The Court’s approach to enforcing covenants

•Garden leave injunctions

•Injunction orders in practice 

•Damages claims after Morris-Garner v One Step (Supreme Court)


NETWORKING LUNCH - 12pm to 1pm


Conducting Commercial Confidentiality Claims in the DIFC (1pm – 2.30pm)

•Legal framework underpinning confidentiality litigation

•Tactics adopted by claimants

•Practical steps to be taken by defendants

•Confidentiality claims against third parties

•Responding to letters of claim and pre-litigation tactics

•Resisting confidentiality injunctions

•Protecting confidentiality of disclosable documents 

•Remedies in confidentiality claims


Team Moves in the DIFC – Threats, Opportunities and Pitfalls (2.30pm-4pm)

•Legal framework behind team move litigation

•Practical steps for gamekeepers when facing a raid

•Tactics adopted by team movers/poachers/financial backers/headhunters

•Financial services industry: pitfalls for parties and witnesses

•Legal representation issues including conflicts of interest 






Mohinderpal Sethi

Barrister and Head of Employment, Littleton Chambers

His expertise spans the full range of com¬mercial and employment disputes in the DIFC Court of First Instance and Court of Appeal. He appeared in the first ever DIFC injunction application. He has considerable experience of injunctions and speedy trials to enforce directors' and fiduciaries' duties, restrictive covenants, trade secrets and confidentiality, database rights, garden leave and economic torts (often involving team moves). 

His clients include investment banks, private equity firms, hedge funds, inter-dealer brokers, insurance brokers, senior executives and equity partners. He “frequently acts for some of the biggest clients in the financial services industry. He specialises in complex international business protection litigation in the context of restraint of trade and team moves. Very impressive, he is highly intelligent, quick, commercially astute and responsive to clients. He is very comfortable in dealing with clients and impresses them.” (Chambers & Partners 2017).

He is appointed by the UK Attorney-General as Counsel to the Crown (A Panel). He has represented a number of Middle East states (including the UAE government) under international law. "He is singled out for his high-profile work on state and diplomatic immunity and is widely viewed as an expert on cases involving these issues” (Chambers & Partners 2015). 


Shiraz Sethi

Regional Managing Partner and Head of Employment, DWF

Shiraz's practice covers both contentious and non-contentious employment matters. From a non-contentious perspective, he regularly advises on offer letters, employment, consultancy and secondment contracts; provides advice on immigration and visa requirements; medicals and certification of documents; and frequently reviews employee handbooks and company policies to ensure they are updated and in accordance with the local legislation. 

He also has extensive experience advising on terminations and the visa cancellation process, and specialises in running complex disciplinary procedures from commencement through to completion. 

He also works closely with local counsel filing claims with the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation and is a frequent user of the DIFC Courts Small Claims Tribunal and the DIFC Court of First Instance.


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

Employee Competition in the DIFC [24th October | 8.30-18.00]
24 October 2018

Employee Competition in the DIFC [24th October | 8.30-18.00]

In association with DWF, Littleton Chambers, Thomson Reuters

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