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          Shiraz Sethi

          Middle East Managing Partner

          Shiraz is highly rated for his contentious and non-contentious employment work and advises multinationals and local companies on all aspects of UAE Labour Law and DIFC Employment Law issues. He is recognised as “one to watch” by Chambers and Partners.

          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. 

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

          Shiraz 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.

          Shiraz works closely with the Dispute Resolution Authority (DRA) on a number of key initiatives including the drafting of the commentary on the DIFC Employment Law and the Certificate in Human Resource and Practice.

          Shiraz is also a leading contributor to the Academy of Law’s Pro Bono Programme and is an active committee member of the Annual Legal Gala. He also sits on the Learning and Development Board of the DRA.

          Shiraz is a leading lawyer in his field having received the accolade of Young Lawyer of the Year at the Annual Legal Gala 2015. Shiraz is also ranked in Chambers as an 'Associate to watch'. Clients say that Shiraz Sethi is "a good guy - well respected and really approachable”.

          Shiraz 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 commentary has subsequently been published. 

          Separately, the Chief Legal Officer at the DIFC Authority approached Shiraz to assist in the preparation and drafting of the new DIFC Employment Law, which is likely to come into force early 2018.