Kiersten is a Dubai–based partner and heads the Middle East Employment, Pensions and Incentives team. She is one of the most pre-eminent employment law advisors in the UAE and is ranked as a 'Leading Individual' for UAE Employment by Chambers Global and Legal 500. Kiersten is a sought-after adviser, speaker and author on all aspects of the employment lifecycle and has particular expertise in high value litigation (she is a registered DIFC Courts practitioner), restrictive covenants and protection of confidential information (an area in which she is a published author), senior executive recruitment/termination and the employment law aspects and implications of regulatory contraventions. Kiersten has also been instrumental in the team's expansion into the provision of pensions and end of service gratuity/employee workplace savings solutions, data protection and privacy and employee incentives (including bonus and profit share arrangements). Her work regularly involves matters spanning multiple jurisdictions, including parallel litigation or investigations. As noted in Chambers Global, Kiersten is 'lauded for her 'in-depth knowledge of the legal concept, not just local but also international'' having advised internationally for over two decades on complex contentious and non-contentious employment matters arising under English employment legislation and, since assuming responsibility for the Middle East team, on matters arising under the UAE and freezone-specific legislation, including the DIFC Employment Law.
Emily is a senior employment lawyer in the firm's international practice with over 12 years' experience of advising employers, senior executives, and employees. Her practice covers employment-related matters spanning the work lifecycle (including data protection and employee incentives) in the DIFC, and other parts of the UAE. Emily regularly co-ordinates advice on cross-border employment matters for international client working alongside local counsel across EMEA. She also advises on the employment aspects of corporate restructuring, M&A, and IPO transactions including due diligence reporting, contractual documentation, and sensitive employee communications. Emily is ranked as an “Associate to Watch” for UAE Employment by Chambers Global 2021 and is listed as a recommended lawyer for UAE Employment by Legal 500 EMEA 2021.
Laura is a highly experienced associate in the international employment team and has a decade of experience advising employers and senior executives on all aspects of employment law including providing operational and strategic advice, to managing high profile disputes and sensitive employee-related investigations. Laura routinely works in conjunction with local counsel on cross-border matters to provide seamless advice to market-leading clients based in the UAE (including the DIFC) and the UK, across a range of sectors including retail, luxury goods, financial services, sport and life sciences. Laura also works closely with data protection, regulatory and immigration specialists and advises on the employee aspects of corporate and real estate transactions and outsourcing arrangements. Laura delivers bespoke training to senior managers and HR teams, and hosts events for HR professionals to educate and share experiences. Laura is also listed as a recommended lawyer for UAE Employment by Legal 500 EMEA 2021.
Ed is consistently ranked in tier 1 of the Legal 500 UK and is listed as one of the top ten leading employment juniors at the London Bar. He was nominated for Employment Junior of the Year in the Legal 500 Awards 2020. He is also ranked in tier 1 as a leading junior for commercial disputes in the Middle East in the 2021 edition of the Legal 500 EMEA guide. He is one of only two lawyers and the only junior in the category of Expertise Based Abroad for DIFC and ADGM employment litigation in the United Arab Emirates in Chambers Global 2021. Ed has a broad employment, commercial and equality law practice. Ed is particularly sought after for challenging cases raising novel points of law and sensitive factual disputes requiring creative thinking and flexible advocacy skills. He brings to bear a broad depth of experience across a number of areas of law including commercial, professional negligence and human rights. Ed has also been noted for his “cross-disciplinary expertise” and his “international” practice (Chambers & Partners 2020), he regularly works on such cases in the highest UK courts including the Supreme Court. He is noted in the Chambers Global Guide 2020 as a “strong DIFC practitioner who receives widespread acknowledgement for his abilities in arbitrations”. Over the years, Ed has appeared in the many of the leading employment cases before the DIFC Court of First Instance and the Court of Appeal. Ed co-authored the commentary on the DIFC Employment Law recently published by LexisNexis Middle East.
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