Partner | Stephenson Harwood
Kiersten is a Dubai-based partner and heads the Dubai employment team, which holds the honorary titles of Academy of Law ‘Specialists in DIFC Employment Law’ and ‘Specialists in DIFC Data Protection Law’. She is a highly regarded member of the firm’s international elite-ranked employment team and is known for providing commercial, pragmatic solutions tailored to her clients’ needs. She has extensive experience advising on all aspects of the employment lifecycle, with particular expertise in high value litigation, restrictive covenants and protection of confidential information, the employment law aspects and implications of regulatory contraventions, remuneration arrangements and senior executive appointments and terminations.
Her work regularly involves matters spanning multiple jurisdictions, including parallel litigation or investigations. As well as providing operational and strategic advice to clients under both UAE and free zone-specific employment legislation (such as the DIFC), she regularly delivers bespoke training sessions to clients and the legal community, most recently on restrictive covenants, data privacy, and DIFC employment law.
Senior Associate | Stephenson Harwood
Emily is a senior employment lawyer in the firm’s international practice with experience advising employers, senior executives, and employees on labour law matters, as well as providing training to other qualified lawyers and the business community. She joined the Dubai office from the firm’s London team and her practice now entails advising on contentious and non-contentious employment matters in mainland UAE, various free zones and in the DIFC.
Emily works closely with local and international clients to understand their business and help to develop robust employment contracts, policies and procedures. Emily also advises on the employment aspects of corporate restructurings, re-organisations, M&A, and IPO transactions including due diligence reporting, contractual documentation, and the development of sensitive employee communications. Emily regularly co-ordinates advise on cross-border employment matters for international clients, working closely with local counsel in various jurisdictions in the Middle East.
Barrister | Littleton Chambers
Ed Kemp is ranked in tier 2 of the Legal 500 2018, among the top employment juniors in the United Kingdom. He is also highly ranked in Chambers & Partners and has been recognised in both directories for many years. He is noted for his international work and for a domestic practice which “has seen him in courts of all levels, up to the Supreme Court”
Ed is co-chair of the International Group at Littleton Chambers, a top tier employment and commercial Chambers in London. Over the last five years, Ed has appeared as counsel in a number of important cases in the DIFC Courts. In the UK, he regularly handles employment cases with an international element, frequently arising out of employment relationships located in the Middle East.
Ed is singled out for his exceptional legal ability having been described as “extremely intelligent”, “exceptionally talented” and “one to watch”.
Ed was educated in both English Law and French Law. He has an LLB from King’s College London and a Maîtrise en Droit from Université de Paris I (La Sorbonne). Ed then took an LLM from University College London which focused on employment, equality law and comparative law.
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