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Leading UAE law firm, Hadef & Partners, announces two Partner appointments in its Dubai office. Tim Watkins and Melissa Quai Currie have been promoted, effective from 1 January 2015.
Hadef & Partners continually strive to seek feedback from our contacts and clients in order to develop and refine our knowledge and delivery of service. As part of this we conduct a detailed survey of the Dubai Real Estate market every 2 years to help identify issues and trends in the market as well as provide a useful opportunity for market feedback from stakeholders.
Tim Watkins, Senior Legal Consultant in the Corporate team considers the concerns and challenges that businesses face when considering M&A activity in the Middle East. 
Partner Walid Azzam and Associate, Karim Mahmoud in our Dispute Resolution team discuss the legislation and position of bribery in the UAE and the UAE’s efforts to reduce corruption.
Valeria Lysenko, Partner in Hadef & Partners Banking & Finance department, considers what the new federal procurement and warehouse regulations mean for companies contracting with the federal government and federal government entities in the UAE. 
The Oath magazine recently published an article by Maha Bin Hendi, Associate in our Commercial team on the challenges music artists and performers face in the absence of regulatory bodies to protect and distribute their royalty. 
DIFC Law No 3 of 2012 ("DIFC Employment Amendment Law") came into force on 23 December 2012. Jamie Liddington, Senior Associate in our Employment team, explores the impact of the penalty payment introduced under Article 18(2) and the likely interpretation and application of Article 18(2) when the DIFC Court of First Instance has its first opportunity to consider the new provision (possibly in the first half of 2015)
James Farn, Head of Banking & Finance at Hadef & Partners in Abu Dhabi recently contributed this article to the The Oath magazine where he discusses the key issues and trends affecting financial restructuring of Government-related entities (GRE’s) in the UAE.
Leading UAE law firm, Hadef & Partners’ partner Omar Al Heloo has been voted Young Lawyer of the Year by an audience of 570 legal peers at the third annual DIFC Court Users Committee Lawyers Gala Dinner in aid of the Courts’ Pro Bono Programme and Clinic. 
Competition is rife among certain businesses/sectors within the DIFC to the extent that poaching of staff is likely to become a big issue as the market continues to recover from the 2008 global financial crisis. The concerns facing businesses are not just the loss of talented staff and the investment (both time and money) made towards the development of those staff but also the fact that, when they leave, they take with them confidential information and “client connections”. Jamie Liddington (Senior Associate) considers the steps which employers ought to take to mitigate any potential harm and to protect their business in the event of staff defections to competitors. 
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