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Eversheds Sutherland

Employment

2 ranked lawyersBand 3United Arab EmiratesGlobal 2021 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Known for its particularly strong understanding of immigration matters. Retained by prominent local organisations as well as large multinational companies to advise on cross-border mandates, coordinating well with offices across the Eversheds network, as well as with other law firms throughout the Middle East. Offers extensive sector expertise in finance, TMT and education. Has a wide-ranging offering, encompassing contentious and non-contentious employment matters onshore as well as in the DIFC and ADGM.

Strengths

Commentators note that "Eversheds always deliver punctually" and "their advice can always be relied upon as considered and comprehensive."

Further sources say the team is "extremely knowledgeable, and excellent at explaining complexities."

Notable practitioners

Abu Dhabi managing partner Geraldine Ahern is a "consummate professional who combines accuracy with pragmatism." Clients also highlight the "sensitivity in her approach to client care." She is deeply involved in cross-border employment and immigration issues alongside her broader expertise in commercial contract work. She is well versed in representing clients from the technology and education sectors.

Commentators praise Sarah Anderson for providing "a consistently high standard of advice," remarking that she is "super supportive, very insightful and responsive." She has an impressive understanding of DIFC and ADGM processes, and is often mandated on contentious employment matters. She has further expertise relating to DIFC pensions regulations.

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Overview

Our practice covers areas as diverse as business expansion, crisis management, culture change, dispute resolution (contentious and non-contentious), redundancy, review of employment arrangements and reward strategy. Our knowledge of international best practice and familiarity with local employment practices and customs means we are ideally placed to serve our clients, and the fact that several of our team members have worked in-house gives us valuable insight into the commercial realities our clients face. 

We maintain excellent contacts with the relevant authorities to ensure our advice is always in line with current custom and practice. As an example, we frequently liaise with the Department of Immigration in relation to visa and immigration formalities and advise on strategic immigration structures. Maintaining good relationships with the Free Zone Authorities, Ministry of Labor and Department of Immigration means we are aware of how they work, what they expect and how to get the best results for our clients.

We have a team of over 100 lawyers in seven offices across five countries in the UAE (Abu Dhabi and Dubai), Jordan (Amman), Qatar (Doha), Saudi Arabia (Riyadh; Mohammed AlDhabaan & Partners in association with Eversheds Sutherland), and in the Kurdistan region of Iraq (Baghdad and Erbil). Our lawyers are qualified to practice in Middle Eastern jurisdictions, England and Wales, and the US.

Employment Department

Eversheds Sutherland

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Unit 803, 8th Floor, Emaar Square

Building 6, Burj Khalifa

P.O Box 74980

Dubai

Dubai

United Arab Emirates

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United Arab Emirates

Employment


Geraldine Ahern
Band 3
Sarah Anderson
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