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Managing a regional workforce in the GCC

Clyde & Co LLP


This webinar will discuss the key changes affecting employers in the region, including recent changes in immigration law, government policies for workforce nationalisation and the developing legal framework regulating employment in the region. As well as giving a broad overview, detailed information on employee terms and conditions, and entitlements and considerations when terminating employment will be presented.


Sara Khoja

Sara Khoja joined the Dubai office in January 2008 establishing the employment team, prior to which she practised employment law in London for six years. She has a focus on multi-jurisdictional projects and advising employers within the insurance, infrastructure, TMT, hospitality, retail, healthcare, shipping, and aviation sectors. She works with the firm’s Japan desk to advise Japanese clients in the region and has an extensive Saudi Arabian employment practice, as well as a UAE and wider MENA practice. She is increasingly working with her clients to manage their operations in Africa.

Much of her work involves providing strategic advice to employers in the region, enabling them to adopt best practices, deal with global mobility issues (both inbound and outbound), and draft and adapt HR policies (both global and local) to enhance integration and manage employee relations.

Rebecca Ford

Rebecca Ford is a partner in the MENA employment team of Clyde & Co LLP, based in Dubai, and has worked in the Middle East since 2008.

She has particular expertise in employment disputes and has managed high-profile employment litigation for clients in the High Court of England and Wales in London, as well as the UAE and Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) courts. She is a registered practitioner of the DIFC Court. She also undertakes workplace investigations and advises on the employment aspects arising from multidisciplinary compliance issues.

She advises on all aspects of employment law and immigration issues arising from employment in the Middle East, in a variety of different sectors, with a particular focus on financial services, oil and gas, and education. She advises on issues arising across the employment cycle, including employment contracts and policies, employee relations and incentives, and termination issues and disputes.

Emma Higham

Emma Higham is an employment lawyer with over 16 years' experience.

Having been based in Qatar for more than 12 years, She incorporates her extensive knowledge of the local law when advising both local and international clients. She advises on a wide range of employment and immigration matters both in and outside the Qatar Financial Centre.

She joined Clyde & Co in October 2007, having previously worked for another international law firm for six years, both in London and Qatar. Prior to that she worked for Price Waterhouse for eight years in both audit and corporate recovery. She is admitted to practise as a solicitor in England and Wales.



Sara Khoja
Rebecca Ford
Emma Higham


26 September 2018
13:00 - 13:55 UTC
55 min