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        DWF Dubai launches employment practice following new partner hire

        International law firm DWF has launched a new employment practice in Dubai following the appointment of employment partner Shiraz Sethi as the business continues to grow its UAE presence.

        Date: 09/11/2017

        Shiraz joins DWF from Stephenson Harwood where he specialised in DIFC Employment Law and UAE Labour Law.

        His practice covers both contentious and non-contentious employment matters. 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. He also has extensive experience on advising on terminations and visa cancellations as well as running a disciplinary procedure from commencement to completion. Shiraz also assists on filing claims with the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation and is a frequent user of the DIFC Courts Small Claims Tribunal with rights of audience. 

        With Shiraz's wealth of experience, he has previously established and developed a credible employment practice single-handedly. He is a leading lawyer in his field having received the accolade of Young Lawyer of the Year at the Annual Legal Gala and, as a result, was commissioned by the Chief Justice of the DIFC Courts to draft the commentary on the DIFC Employment Law in conjunction with the Academy of Law and Lexis Nexis. This initiative has further led him to being asked by the Chief Legal Officer at the DIFC Authority to assist in the preparation and drafting of the new DIFC Employment Law, which will come into force in the near future. 

        Shiraz works closely with the Dispute Resolution Authority on a number of key initiatives including the Certificate in Human Resource and Practice, the DIFC’s pro bono programme and an active committee member of the Annual Legal Gala. He also sits on the Learning and Development Board of the DRA. Shiraz is also ranked in Chambers as an associate to watch. 

        Shiraz said: "DWF has a strong presence and reputation in the UAE and I believe this will give me an excellent platform and framework for building the employment practice in the UAE and beyond. The recent Saudi alliance the business has forged and its ever-growing footprint in the UAE has led DWF to becoming a strong player in the region, and I look forward to being a part of its continued evolution."

        DWF's Dubai office has seen a number of strategic hires this year, with the recent appointment of international arbitration partner Rabih Tabbara from K&L gates to its litigation team and former Clyde & Co corporate partner and International Head of Defence and Security Matthew Donovan and former Clyde & Co Abu Dhabi Head of Commercial Disputes James Fox.

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        Shiraz Sethi

        • Regional Manager Partner (DWF Middle East) // Co-Head of Employment

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