Sarah Lawrence heads up the Labour & Employment team in the Middle East in addition to being the Dubai office deputy managing partner. Sarah is a UK qualified employment lawyer based in our Dubai office but covering the wider Middle East and, in particular, advising on labour law matters in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Sarah is described as “an exceptional lawyer” (Chambers Global) and “a real star” and "a trusted business advisor to her clients" (The Legal 500). Sarah advises multinational and regional clients on all aspects of labour law and employment and immigration issues both onshore and within the region's free zones. Sarah has particular experience of advising on workplace harassment issues and investigations, senior executive appointments and terminations, dealing with immigration matters for the recruitment and termination of employees, dealing with the labour law and employee relations aspects of corporate transactions, handling labour claims across the region and dealing with outsourcing and restructuring projects and cross-border employment issues. Her team is described as having “the right balance of local and international expertise, really understanding what businesses need and providing real commercial solutions rather than just legal text” (The Legal 500).
Sarah has been based in the UAE since 2013, advising both multinational and domestic clients on a full spectrum of employment law issues. Her expertise in cross-border issues, outsourcing and restructuring means she is a highly sought-after practitioner and has extensive experience advising clients across a range of sectors, including technology, professional services, media, finance, aerospace, defence and security, and real estate.