Habib Saeed is a UK-qualified employment lawyer based in the Dubai office.

    He deals with a wide range of employment issues on a daily basis, dedicated to resolving client issues in the workplace. Habib acts for multinational and regional clients in the UAE on all aspects of labour law, employment and immigration issues both onshore and within the region’s free zones, including the Dubai International Financial Centre and Abu Dhabi Global Market.

    Habib has experience in handling labour law claims across the UAE, drafting and negotiating settlement agreements, senior executive terminations, advising on employment aspects of corporate transactions and dealing with immigration matters for the recruitment and termination of employees. Habib specialises in data protection with a particular focus on employee data issues and advises on the impact of GDPR for HR, subject access requests, privacy notices and data protection policies.

    Habib spent six months on secondment with the in-house legal team of one of the world’s largest investor-owned electric utility service providers, where a business manager stated, Habib “always acts in a quick yet very well-considered manner. Advice is provided clearly and with total professionalism and accuracy.”

    More recently, Habib spent three months on secondment with a leading British renewable energy group, lending an extra edge to the commerciality of his advice.

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    • Advising an aerospace company and leading manufacturer on various employment issues across the Middle East, including day-to-day HR and immigration issues, local entitlements and benefits.
    • Assisting an international medical products and technologies company with the drafting of a DIFC employment contract for its workforce.
    • Advising a global payment processor and financial services provider on managing staff exits in the UAE by way of settlement agreement and redundancy.
    • Advising on a number of national tenders during his time on secondment with an energy company.
    • Regularly advising on queries in relation to organisational restructuring, disciplinary, grievances and investigations.
    • Defending labour law matters for numerous clients in the UAE, both onshore and in the region’s free zones, including those involving arbitrary dismissal, unpaid benefits and breaches of contract.
    • Advising on insourcing and outsourcing issues within a procurement context.
    • Delivering training sessions to various clients on compliance with GDPR for HR.

    Education

    • Nottingham Trent University, LL.B., First Class Honours, 2013

    Admissions

    • England and Wales, 2017

    Languages

    • English
    • Urdu
    • Hindi
    • Punjabi

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    • Author, “Future supply market arrangements call for evidence response – Reforming the ‘Supplier Hub’ model”, LexisPSL, 25 September 2018.

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