Expanding companies need to obtain legal consultation for a variety of business decisions; disputes, future planning, marketing, employment, finance and most importantly, contracts. It is important to choose the right law firm for the job, so be sure to speak with as many firms as possible to be sure you are getting the correct advice to avoid disputes from going to the courts.
There have been some landmark developments in Dubai in terms of law and regulation in various sectors including civil, commercial, companies, intellectual property, immigration, maritime, industrial, banking and employment law. Dubai has its own judicial system, independent of the other emirates. There are three primary sources of UAE law, namely federal laws and decrees (applicable in all emirates), local laws (laws and regulations enacted by the individual emirates), and Sharia’h (Islamic law).
Dubai’s judicial system is known to implement justice in Dubai through precision and promptness in judicial procedures. Dubai’s courts comprise a Court of First Instance, a Court of Appeal and a Court of Cassation. Each of these courts have separate circuits namely:
The DIFC Courts are an independent common law judiciary based in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) with jurisdiction over civil and commercial disputes in or relating to the DIFC. For disputes involving companies based in DIFC, litigants on modest incomes can apply to get pro-bono (free legal advice) from a fund set up by the DIFC Courts. You will need to download the initial form from the DIFC Court's website.
In a bid to reduce the amount of litigation, Dubai Courts launched the Centre for Amicable Settlement of Disputes, mainly for SMEs and investors for claims of upto AED 20,000. The Centre aims for a fast and affordable resolution of disputes within one month with a mediator specializing in conflict resolution as well as qualified arbitrators. If a reconciliation is reached, it will be validated by all parties and approved by a judge, so that it becomes legally binding. In case there is no settlement, the dispute is referred to court. The Centre for Amicable Settlement of Disputes has been relocated from Dubai Courts to Entrepreneur Business Village, near the Clock Tower in Deira.
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