Contact details

Shiraz Sethi

T: +971 4 407 3924 M: +971 56 775 4260 Email Shiraz | Vcard Office: Dubai

Awards

DIFC Courts Young Lawyer of the Year 2015

Runner-up - DIFC Courts Young Lawyer of the Year 2014

Shiraz Sethi Associate

Contact details

Shiraz Sethi

Shiraz Sethi
Associate

T: +971 4 407 3924 M: +971 56 775 4260 Email Shiraz | Vcard Office: Dubai

Shiraz is a dispute resolution lawyer specialising primarily in employment disputes within the DIFC. He also regularly advises his clients on all UAE labour law matters. Shiraz's expertise also covers regulatory matters and advising clients on insolvency issues within the DIFC. He regularly deals with matters before the DIFC Courts.
  • Profile
  • Services

Shiraz regularly advises high net worth individuals, banks, hotel chains, telecom groups and insurance companies on their employment related issues and cross border matters. He is also the go-to person for all aspects of regional and international employment disputes, regularly advising clients within the UAE and the GCC.

Shiraz has advised the Dubai arm of Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP on the first winding up of an international law firm through the DIFC Courts and was nominated for Dispute Resolution Deal of the Year in 2013 at the Corporate Counsel Middle East Awards.

Shiraz was the lead associate in advising the ex-managing director of Leeds United Football Club in relation to the on-going claims that have been brought against him in Dubai and specifically in the DIFC, in addition to other jurisdictions.

Shiraz arranged and moderated an interactive employment seminar in partnership with the Dubai International Financial Centre Authority (DIFCA), to discuss the key challenges between DIFC employment law and UAE labour law.  Shiraz also sits on the DIFC Courts Education sub-committee and regularly offers his specialist expertise to organise the DIFC Courts Advocacy Course. Shiraz is also a member of the DIFC Courts Pro Bono Initiative and regularly advises on this.

  • Employment
  • Regulatory litigation

Advising our client on alleged restrictive covenant breaches in relation to his employment contract with Injazat Capital Limited based out of the DIFC and his Leeds United Football Club contract. Our client was in prison due to allegations of fraud by his employer. Our client had to disclose information regarding his employment, which his employer alleges were confidential in nature and should not have been disclosed.

Due to an internal re-organisation, we advised our client on all matters relating to the termination / proposed redundancy of multiple employees and advising on settlement agreements offered to their employees and the legal requirements for settlements under the DIFC Employment law. 

Advising senior management of the DIFC based financial services firm on their non-payment of salaries for over 6 months and assisting on implementing strategy. Issuing an application for the provisional liquidator to be appointed due to risk of dissipation of assets and not being able to pay debts. Advising on liquidation processes in the DIFC and preferential creditors classification.

Cross-border advice given to the bank relating to the DIFC rules on secondment on behalf of a GCC  national. Meetings with the DIFC Government Service Office and drafting and reviewing the secondment agreement in accordance with the rules.

Advising the ex-CEO of an investment company based in Abu Dhabi of her non-payment of salary claim, notice period, end of service benefits and additional commissions owed to her and advising on counter claims filed against her. Advising on the pursuance of a permission to appeal based on the CFI decision.

Advising the DIFC entity of MMG on a cross-border employment dispute against one of its employees based out of the KSA office. Liaising and seeking local Saudi advice from counsel and advising clients on appropriate termination provisions.

Advising a financial services firm in the DIFC on various employment disputes and specifically advising the company on a claim filed against them within the DIFC Courts by the CEO of a corporate entity.

Advising the recruitment agency based out of the UK (but with a branch office in the DIFC) on two senior executive’s claims filed against the company in the DIFC Courts for unfair dismissal and non-payment of salary / non-payment of end of service gratuity.

More: Employment

Advising a CEO of a company based out of the DIFC on a regulatory notice issued by the DFSA and attending the compulsory interview before the regulator.

Advising a compliance officer of a company based in the DIFC on a regulatory notice issued by the DFSA in respect of attending a compulsory interview before the regulator.

Assisting a director of a bank based out of the DIFC on the strategy to adopt pursuant to receiving a regulatory notice from the DFSA.

Advising on regulatory aspects of a claim and arranging a meeting with the DFSA to discuss the matter in further detail and seek clarification of the position.

More: Regulatory litigation

Awards

DIFC Courts Young Lawyer of the Year 2015

Runner-up - DIFC Courts Young Lawyer of the Year 2014

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