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 | Outer Temple Chambers
Ranked as a “leading junior” in UK Employment Law, Peter Linstead does: commercial work, often relating to the termination of employment, including employee competition injunctions; all areas of mainstream employment and discrimination, at tribunal and appellate level; workplace stress and harassment claims in the civil courts; litigation in the Dubai International Financial Centre courts (DIFC).
He has extensive experience in the EAT and Employment Tribunal, dealing in particular with TUPE, Equal Pay and Discrimination, and often appears against QCs. He has appeared un-led in the Court of Appeal on a range of matters including public sector equal pay, race discrimination and costs. He is also the Editor of the Tolley’s Employment Law Service section on ‘Absence from Work’.
Peter Linstead’s international practice focuses on the Courts of the DIFC and he is currently instructed in a range of cases in that jurisdiction. He has expertise in the DIFC’s Court Rules and Employment Law and has recently been involved in drafting aspects of DIFC primary legislation. He also advises in the Isle of Man jurisdiction. He is the author of a book on Employee Competition, due to be published in October 2019.
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