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New DIFC Employment Law – legal and HR implications

Al Tamimi & Company


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The new Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Employment Law, when implemented on 28 August 2019, will replace the existing employment law in its entirety.

This webinar will discuss the key impending changes that the new law will bring to those with businesses and staff in the DIFC, including 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
Senior 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, the 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


10 July 2019
11:00 - 11:55 UTC
55 min