Sara is a partner at Clyde & Co's Dubai office. She qualified in England and Wales in 2002 and specialises in employment law. Sara joined the Dubai office in 2008, establishing the employment practice and is bilingual in Arabic and English. She provides employment advice for the Middle East region, in particular the Arabian Gulf Cooperation Council member states.
She has worked with multinational clients in a variety of sectors but with a primary focus on the hospitality, energy, the technology media and telecommunications, the professional services and the insurance sectors. Sara provides advice on all aspects of employment law, including recruitment, termination, terms and conditions of employment (benefits, bonuses, and remuneration), and the application of quotas and training requirements for the employment of nationals in various AGCC countries.
Sara also has a particular focus on multi-jurisdictional projects across the Middle East, Africa and Asia (including covering restructures, sales of a business as a going concern and employee status issues) as well as issues arising out of employee mobilization/international assignments and including the territorial reach of UK employment law.
Sara regularly presents at seminars and workshops as part of Clyde and Co's regular client programme; and at external events organized by various business councils and HR consultancy firms. She has written for a number of publications, including the New Law Journal, Asian Counsel, Solicitors Journal, and Personnel Today. She is also regularly quoted in publications such as the National, Gulf News, Gulf Business, Arabian Business, and Emirates 24/7.
She has contributed UAE chapters to the International Labour and Employment Compliance Handbook (published by Kluwer Law International and the IBA); Corporate Immigration (published by the Oxford University Press) and Compensating Mobile Executives (published by Taxmann).
Clyde & Co's first office in the Middle East was established in 1989, following many years of regional client involvement. Today Clyde & Co is the largest international law firm in the GCC with over 150 specialist lawyers and paralegals, operating as one unit across offices in Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the UAE, Doha in Qatar and via an associated office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Our Middle Eastern offices provide advice to corporate clients from all over the world, as well as to regional corporates and governments, on their operations throughout the Middle East and Indian subcontinent. Our approach in the region is based on a successful formula which combines in-depth local expertise and know-how with international law firm standards. Consequently, through independent research and assessment, industry analysts have endorsed Clyde & Co as the pre-eminent law firm in the region:
Selected as the "Most Responsive International Firm" by Asian Counsel 2010
"Strength in depth demonstrates the firm's credibility and in core markets" – Chambers Global 2010
"A 'highly efficient and dedicated approach' to serving clients." - Chambers Global 2009
Firm Practice Areas
- Banking & Finance / Financial Services
- Capital Markets
- Construction, Projects & Infrastructure
- Debt Recovery
- Dispute Resolution
- Employment & Labour Law
- Establishment, Agency & Franchising
- Foreign Direct Investment (FDI)
- Hotels & Hospitality
- Insolvency & Restructuring
- Intellectual Property (IP)
- Mergers & Acquisitions
- Real Estate & Property
- Shipping & Transportation
- Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT)
These services are underpinned by outstanding in-house translation and government liaison teams.