Regional Managing Partner, Co-Head of Employment, DWF
Shiraz Sethi co-heads the DWF employment practice, handling both contentious and non-contentious labour matters. He is praised by one source in Chambers and Partners as a practitioner who “delivers his advice in a simple, fast and effective way.” Another commented: “He is remarkably well versed in the DIFC employment laws, “commenting in particular on his “in-depth knowledge and detailed understanding.” He spearheads a team which has won a number of accolades and this year has been ranked in Legal 500 as a recognized employment practice.
Shiraz regularly advises his clients on the entire gamut of employment documentation: offer letters, employment, consultancy and secondment contracts; employee handbooks and company policies to ensure they are updated and in accordance with the local legislation. He also has extensive experience advising on terminations, end of service gratuity calculations and the visa cancellation process, and specialises in running complex disciplinary procedures from commencement through to completion. Shiraz also works closely with local counsel filing claims with the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation and is a frequent user of the DIFC Courts Small Claims Tribunal and the DIFC Court of First Instance.
Shiraz has been involved in a number of key initiatives throughout his career. He was mandated by the Chief Justice of the DIFC Courts to draft the commentary of the DIFC Employment Law which was subsequently published by Lexis Nexis. Moreover Shiraz was exclusively mandated to review the existing employment law within the DIFC and undertake an overhaul to the existing legislation. Shiraz has also been involved in the implementation of the DIFC Employee Workplace Savings Scheme and was part of an executive committee responsible for drafting various guidelines and directives for certain free zone authorities around Covid-19.
Shiraz is an active member of the DIFC pro bono clinic and has recently set up the first pro bono labour law clinic covering both onshore and DIFC matters.