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Shiraz Sethi

Middle East Managing Partner // Co-Head of Employment, Dubai

Shiraz Sethi co-heads the DWF employment practice, handling both contentious and non-contentious labour matters.
+971 (0)4 524 5636

+971 56 775 4260

Shiraz Sethi | Middle East Managing Partner | DWF


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 recognised 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. 


Shiraz was commissioned by the Chief Justice of the DIFC Courts to draft the commentary on the DIFC Employment Law in conjunction with the Academy of Law and Lexis Nexis. This commentary has subsequently been published. 

Separately, the Chief Legal Officer at the DIFC Authority approached Shiraz to assist in the preparation and drafting of the new DIFC Employment Law, which is likely to come into force early 2018.


Shiraz works closely with the Dispute Resolution Authority (DRA) on a number of key initiatives including the drafting of the commentary on the DIFC Employment Law and the Certificate in Human Resource and Practice.

Shiraz is also a leading contributor to the Academy of Law’s Pro Bono Programme and is an active committee member of the Annual Legal Gala. He also sits on the Learning and Development Board of the DRA.

Recent cases

Corinth Pipeworks S.A. v Barclays Bank PLC v (1) Afras Limited (2) Radhakrishnan Nanda Kumar [2010] DIFC CFI 024

Aida Dagher v Capital Investment International (CII-UAE) Ltd [2011] DIFC CFI 013

Raul Silva v United Investment Bank Limited [2014] DIFC CA 004

CFI 006/2015 (1) Bilal Subhani (2) Ritjana Ceveli (3) Paulo Miguel Henriques v Fedora Holdings

GFH Capital Limited v David Lawrence Haigh [2014] DIFC CFI 020


Shiraz is a leading lawyer in his field having received the accolade of Young Lawyer of the Year at the Annual Legal Gala 2015. Shiraz is also ranked in Chambers as an 'Associate to watch'. Clients say that Shiraz Sethi is "a good guy - well respected and really approachable”.

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