The Legal 500

Life after Covid: the new employment landscape in the Gulf

3 November 2021, 2.30pm Dubai/10.30am UK

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Life after Covid: the new employment landscape in the Gulf


Join The Legal 500 and Dentons on 3 November 2021 for our webinar Life after Covid: the new employment landscape in the Gulf. Among other topics, our expert panel will look at how the pandemic has changed workplace policies and procedures and how to conduct investigations in the post-covid world. We will also look to analyse the Gulf’s employment landscape going forward.

This practical and wide-ranging discussion is a must for any Gulf-based lawyers who want to get their head around the new normal in employment law.


Shiraz Sethi

Senior legal consultant, Dubai, Dentons
Shiraz Sethi is the regional head of labour and employment at Dentons in the Middle East. He has been praised by one source in Chambers and Partners as a practitioner who ‘delivers his advice in a simple, fast and effective way’ whilst another commented on being ‘… remarkably well-versed in the DIFC Employment Law’ showcasing his ‘… in-depth knowledge and understanding’.

His practice focuses on both contentious and non-contentious employment matters across the mainland and freezones across the UAE. Shiraz specialises in complex workplace investigations and team moves.  Shiraz boasts a stellar roster of local and multi-national clients across key sectors including the likes of Emerging Markets Property Group, Ekar, Delivery Hero, MTN, Aon, Cisco and Novartis.

Shiraz has also spearheaded a number of key initiatives in the region and was hand-picked to draft the new legislative amendments to the DIFC Employment Law. He was subsequently chosen to be part of a working committee which assisted with the drafting and implementation of the DIFC Presidential Directive and was exclusively mandated to draft the DMCC Guidelines relating to Covid-19. He has also worked with the DIFC on the introduction of the DIFC Employee Workplace Savings Scheme and has recently advised the DIFC on its proposed changes to the DIFC Employment Law. Shiraz is also a long-standing representative of the DIFC Courts pro bono initiative.

Andrew Cheung

Partner, Dentons
Andrew Cheung heads Dentons’ commercial disputes and arbitration practice in Dubai and leads the compliance and regulatory investigations practice in the Middle East. His team manages a diverse range of commercial disputes matters, from the small to the complex. His regulatory team leads complex multi-jurisdictional investigations and compliance matters. On the compliance and investigations side, Andrew and his team assist clients across a diverse range of industries, sectors and countries (from financial services to manufacturing, hospitality, property, energy, chemicals, technology and transport in Europe, UK, Asia, Canada, South America, Africa, US and, of course, the Middle East) conducting large scale, cross-border regulatory investigations and risk-based compliance programmes.

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