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New DIFC Employment Law – legal and HR implications

Al Tamimi & Company


The new Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Employment Law, when implemented, will replace the existing employment law in its entirety.

Although consultation on the proposed new law ended on 22 March 2018, the DIFC has been carefully considering the extensive consultation feedback it received and is currently working on an updated draft law.

Once the new law is implemented, Al Tamimi’s employment team will host this webinar to discuss the key changes that the new law brings to those with businesses and staff within the DIFC; in particular, the webinar will provide an overview of the critical HR and legal implications.


Gordon Barr
Partner, Employment and Incentives

Gordon Barr has worked in the Middle East for several years and has wide experience in advising on contentious and non-contentious employment matters. He is a Part I and Part II registered legal practitioner with rights of audience before the DIFC courts and is well versed in litigation before the UAE labour courts. A key part of his practice involves advising clients in the banking and financial services sector, including compensation and benefit advice.

Before joining Al Tamimi & Company, he spent a number of years in the employment law department of a leading UK firm. During this time he acted for a wide range of blue-chip clients, including corporate clients before UK employment tribunals.

He is a ranked lawyer with Chambers and Partners, which cites him as a “practitioner who ‘has been a household name in the market for quite some time’”.

Anna Marshall
Associate, Employment and Incentives

Anna Marshall is an Australian qualified lawyer in Al Tamimi’s employment and incentives team. She advises international and local clients on all aspects of UAE employment law, including employment contracts, employee policies and handbooks, entitlements and benefits, termination, dismissals, settlement agreements, employee claims and disputes, and employment-related immigration and visa issues. She advises on the UAE Labour Law, Civil Service Law and the employment laws and regulations applicable in the DIFC and the Abu Dhabi Global Market.

Before joining the firm’s employment and incentives team, she spent two years working in the commercial advisory team, gaining valuable experience in contractual drafting and general commercial advisory work in a UAE context. Before moving to the United Arab Emirates, she was in-house counsel for the Australian federal government, specialising in both commercial and employment law matters.


Gordon Barr
Anna Marshall


20 March 2019
11:00 - 11:55 UTC
55 min