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Junior Employment Lawyer | Doha
Employment & Pensions
Clyde & Co is one of very few firms
in the region that has a dedicated team of specialist employment and
incentives lawyers advising on the varied issues facing businesses on
a day to day basis. The team has native Arabic speakers and provides
specialist advice within the ambit of a large full service
international law firm.
The firm's specialist lawyers provide advice across all areas of
contentious and non-contentious employment law, with a focus on
providing commercially orientated advice and practical solutions.
The firm advises clients across the Middle East and Africa in
various sectors including construction, technology, hospitality,
retail and insurance, on compliance with employment and sponsorship
regulations. It acts for multinational clients, large family owned
businesses as well as Government owned and Government decreed
entities. In the region it advises on free zone regulations in various
countries and including the financial centre free zones in the UAE;
these being the ADGM and DIFC and the QFC in Qatar.
Equally, advice is provided on applicable quotas and regulations
for the employment of nationals, and employee arrangements, including
international secondments or assignments.
Clyde & Co advises local and foreign owned companies on the
implementation and structure of executive and all-employee incentive
arrangements as well as related employment, regulatory and corporate
The MEA Employment Team provides advice to clients across the
region, working with members of the Firm's network of offices and
third party providers, and regularly provides project management
support to clients on cross-border issues.
Advising the DIFC Authority on the
implementation of DIFC Law No. 2 of 2019, as amended (the DIFC
Employment Law), including drafting new sections of the law.
Working with a UAE free zone
authority to benchmark their existing labour and immigration rules
and practices against those of other regional free zones and
Advising a Qatar based regulator in
relation to HSE regulatory amendments post COVID 19 office working restrictions.
Advising the Dubai Multi Commodities
Centre on its employment regulations and preparing template
employment contracts and guidance documentation to be issued to its members.
Advising Bayer Middle East on
multi-jurisdictional advice regarding employer health and safety
obligations in the Middle East.
Advising multinational employers on
compliance with Nitiqat, their requirements to train Saudi
nationals, employ disabled Saudi nationals and plan strategically
for the development of the Saudi workforce.
Advising an international Qatar based
consultancy in relation to the termination of two employees'
employment and one consultancy agreement for breach of
confidentiality and use of employer knowhow and Intellectual
Advising McKinsey & Company
across 39 different jurisdictions regarding the recruitment process
to assess a candidate's suitability for an employment position.
Advising Thinkwell on the staffing
and immigration considerations associated with Australian Pavilion
at Expo2020 Dubai.
Advising Accenture Middle East on a
range of matters including, notably, the implications of Covid-19.
Advising and representing a
professional services firm in a claim brought in the DIFC for
discrimination and harassment.
Advising an international Qatar based
aviation specialist joint venture in relation to the actions which
it needed to undertake regarding the detention of its public
relations officer (PRO) and authorised immigration signatory for
visa trafficking; we also provided immigration support in the short
term whilst the PRO was being detained.
Conducting an internal investigation
on behalf of a multinational organisation following a whistleblowing
complaint regarding harassment and bullying behaviour by a senior
member of staff.
Representing a financial services
firm in the Saudi Courts in respect of a claim for breach of
contract and unlawful dismissal.
Advising a Qatar based international
Embassy in relation to employee termination for misuse of social
media, including advising in relation to the internal investigation,
documents to be drafted and circulated and subsequent cancellation
of visas and repatriation.
What the directories say
Clients appreciate that "the senior
lawyers have significant experience in the region, and are therefore
well versed in navigating any issue that arises. They understand the
policy behind the laws and offer practical insight."
A fellow practitioner enthused: "If
anyone asked me who the market leaders are, I'd say them."
Chambers & Partners 2021
Clients in this year's Legal 500,
referred to "The 'absolutely outstanding' Emma Higham focusses on
employment issues and 'goes above and beyond' for her clients,
providing 'in-depth knowledge of the law and practice in Qatar'."
Rebecca Ford has a strong presence in
the market and is acknowledged by commentators for her deep
understanding of employment matters in the UAE. She regularly handles
employment disputes in the DIFC and ADGM courts on behalf of financial
services and education clients. Peers acknowledge her as "an
excellent lawyer" who is "well respected in the market."
Sara Khoja receives high praise from
commentators, who say: "She is someone you want on your
side," noting that she is "really fantastic" and
"put us at ease during a stressful time." She is also known
for her "deep-rooted knowledge of the region, its laws and
regulatory bodies," while also being "very responsive and
commercial." Her practice encompasses workplace investigations
and defending employers against claims for unfair dismissal, as well
as providing support on the employment implications of major M&A transactions.
We are looking for a Junior Associate to join our busy Regional
Middle East and Africa, Employment Group. The role will be based in
Doha with a requirement to travel as necessary across the region and,
in particular to our offices in Dubai and KSA. The role will have a
regional remit and cover contentious and non-contentious matters. The
ideal candidate will have a strong employment background, gained
within a large-scale international or regional top tier firm. Whilst
the primary business language of the practice is English, Arabic
language skills would be a plus.
Instructing and liaising with
correspondent law firms across the region;
Providing advice and support to
clients on a full range of employment issues, including recruitment
and sponsorship procedures, remuneration and benefits packages,
grievance and disciplinary procedures and issues arising on the
termination of employment;
Supporting the corporate department
with employment issues arising out of transactions, such as
undertaking employment due diligence, drafting warranties and
indemnities in agreements and the transfer of employees;
Drafting and amending employment
contracts, employee handbooks, policies and procedures and other
Interacting directly with local and
international clients from a wide range of sectors;
Advising clients on employment
disputes and drafting settlement agreements;
Advising clients on immigration matters;
Contributing to the employment
practice's know how and precedents system;
Supporting a wide range of business
Essential Skills & Experience
The ideal candidate will have:
Have attained a degree certificate(s)
from a reputed institution, achieving a minimum grade of 2:1 or equivalent;
At least 2 years of
post-qualification experience or equivalent;
Training and experience gained with
either a well-recognised international or regional top tier law firm
or a reputable Employment boutique;
Have worked extensively on
employment-related matters. Regional experience would be an
advantage. In the absence of regional experience, the candidate must
demonstrate a genuine desire and commitment to working and being
based in the Middle East;
Strong drafting skills with a keen
attention to detail;
Experience in carrying out detailed
and methodical legal research using available resources;
Demonstrates an ability to interact
confidently with clients and develop business pro-actively;
Have a mature and flexible
personality and is able to work well within a team;
Be self-motivated and possesses a
very pro-active attitude towards completing jobs and developing business;
Has a genuine commitment to building
a career with Clyde & Co in the Middle East.
Clyde & Co
Clyde & Co is a dynamic, rapidly
expanding global law firm, focused on providing legal services to
clients across our core sectors of insurance, transport, energy
infrastructure, and trade. Since 1933, the firm has come to reflect
the increasingly diverse and global face of business. Through our
international network, we advise businesses that are at the heart of
worldwide commerce and trade, as well as helping organisations who
wish to enter and grow in new and emerging markets.
With over 2,500 legal professionals operating from more than 50
offices and associated offices on six continents, we advise
corporations, financial institutions, private individuals, and
governments across a wide range of contentious and transactional matters.
We are proud that our firm has been
recognised around the world for its innovative approach to law,
client-focused approach, and broad expertise. We have been named
Insurance Firm of the Year in multiple regions over the past several
years. For a full list of our most recent awards, please see our
Clyde & Co, MEA
With over 30 years' experience in the
region and the largest presence of any international law firm, we
pride ourselves on being able to help clients recognise and overcome
the challenges of doing business in the Middle East.
Our more than 40 partners and 150 legal
professionals work from four offices located across the region. Our
Dubai office acts as a central hub for our regional operations that
include offices in Abu Dhabi in the UAE, Doha in Qatar and Riyadh in
Saudi Arabia. Our large regional presence enables us to support our
clients across the full spectrum of their corporate and commercial
needs throughout the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) and wider Levant.
Our deep sector knowledge covers
insurance, energy, transport, infrastructure, marine and trade as well
as aviation, education, defence, finance, healthcare, hospitality and technology.