As some countries open up and economies gradually rebound, there are still prolonged business issues and market trends accelerated by the pandemic that will continue to affect companies across all industries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

In this vlog series, our MENA team of practice area specialists provide a quick roundup of the latest legal and commercial developments in the region as well as insights to emerging challenges and opportunities, to guide you as you shape your organization's business resilience and strategy in the medium and long term.

 

 

Latest Episode: Common issues faced by employers in recent employment cases
Dubai associate Maye Ismail talks about the common issues faced by employers in their recent employment litigation cases, including data theft, payment of termination benefits, and mobility of employees between related entities. She also discusses how the courts interpret the provisions of the Labour Law and how they apply to these cases and related claims filed against employers.

 

 

 

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Dispute Resolution

 

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Ep 1 - Recent Court Trends on Arbitration Proceedings
Dubai counsel Sally Kotb discusses some of the key issues commonly arising in arbitration proceedings in the UAE, particularly the issues of capacity, conditions precedent, and signature of arbitration awards. Sally also shares some of the recent court judgments that would impact a party's position to challenge arbitration awards, as well as some best practice tips to minimize risks of having the awards nullified in the future.

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Ep 2 - DIFC Courts' Expansive Approach to Jurisdiction
Dubai senior associate Andrew Massey discusses the scenarios where the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Courts take jurisdiction over claims. Andrew also talks about how the DIFC Courts have adopted an expansive approach to jurisdiction over disputes and how it has introduced the necessary and proper party jurisdiction into DIFC law to help resolve multiparty and multijurisdictional disputes.

Construction

 

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Ep 1 - Performance Guarantees at the Center of Construction Disputes
Dubai associate Terrick McCallum talks about the use of performance guarantees in construction projects and how COVID-19 has resulted to an increased number of unsubstantiated and bad faith calls for payment in construction disputes. Terrick also provides some practical remedies and key considerations in the event a party is unable to avoid a call being made on its performance guarantee.

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Ep 2 - The Use of Asset Tracing Services in Construction Disputes
Dubai senior associate Malcolm Jezewski talks about the use of asset tracing services in construction disputes and how such services are used to inform the wider legal strategy going into such disputes.


 
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