Emily is a senior employment lawyer and a key member of the highly regarded Employment, Pensions & Incentives team at international law firm, Stephenson Harwood Middle East LLP. She advises international, regional and local employers across the entire lifecycle of the employment relationship providing tailored advice that is informed by her international experience and the application of her knowledge and understanding of the local business and cultural environment in the Middle East.
Emily is widely regarded as a leading employment practitioners and is ranked by one of the main legal directories, Chambers and Partners Global 2020, as 'Associate to Watch' on UAE employment law. She has 11 years’ experience advising clients, operating in various sectors, on employment-related legal issues ranging from recruitment to termination, including employee monitoring, data protection and privacy in the workplace, as well as the employment aspects of corporate transactions (mergers, acquisitions, outsourcings and IPOs). Emily is also an experienced employment litigator managing disputes under the UAE federal Labour Law and in the Dubai International Financial Centre (“DIFC”) courts.
Emily routinely advises companies with operations onshore in the UAE, in the various commercial free zone areas (such as in Jebel Ali Free Zone, Dubai Multi Commodities Centre, Dubai Airport Free Zone, Dubai South/Dubai Aviation City Corporation, TwoFour54, and Sharjah Airport Free Zone), and in the financial free zones, DIFC and Abu Dhabi Global Market.
Following her experience and reputation, she regularly provides training aimed at HR professionals on the UAE's employment laws. She also regularly delivers, on behalf of the DIFC Academy, official Continuing Legal Professional Development training to DIFC practitioners on the DIFC Employment Law.
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