Our People

Samir Kantaria

Samir Kantaria

Partner & Regional Head of Employment

Office:
Dubai
Languages:
English

Samir has over 15 years of experience and his practice covers the full range of employment law issues, contentious and non-contentious. His experience includes regularly advising major blue chip, multinational and semi governmental companies in relation to their day to day employment queries as well as corporate support work for mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings and public listings.

Gordon Barr

Gordon Barr

Partner

Office:
Dubai
Languages:
English

Gordon has wide experience in advising upon a range of contentious and non-contentious matters. Gordon is a Part I and Part II Registered legal practitioner with a right of audience before the DIFC Courts and is also well versed in litigation before the Labour Courts.  Prior to joining Al Tamimi & Company, Gordon spent over 5 years in the UK within the Employment Law department at Dundas & Wilson CS LLP (now CMS Cameron McKenna LLP).  During this time Gordon successfully represented many clients at Employment Tribunals throughout the UK.

Ivor McGettigan

Ivor McGettigan

Partner

Office:
Abu Dhabi
Languages:
English

Ivor has had extensive experience in advising on employment law in the Middle East and prior, in Dublin. He has advised employers on all aspects of the employment relationship to include contracts of employment, drafting of policies, disciplinary proceedings, rationalisation programmes and termination agreements. He has particular experience in advising clients on disciplinary processes from the emergence of the issue to the implementation of the sanction.

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Ius Laboris

Ius Laboris, a global Alliance of leading employment, labour and pension law firms that provides companies employing an international workforce with first-class legal advice and support on all human resources issues.

We are passionate about all aspects of human resources law. From Mobility to Discrimination, and from Restructuring to Pensions, our local experts around the world provide deep market knowledge, wherever they are based.

We understand the challenges of managing an international workforce because that is our single focus. With more than 1,400 employment lawyers in 160 cities, we always bring a genuinely cross-border perspective.

Ius Laboris firms have a distinctive global way of thinking, and with our trained team of project managers on hand to coordinate our offering around the world, we deliver a seamless integrated service to suit your requirements, wherever you need us.

Ours is a passionate, entrepreneurial and collaborative global community. Our culture of friendship and specialisation enables us to navigate all aspects of employing a workforce across borders with ease.

Finally, and most importantly, we are all committed to excellence. With more ranked HR lawyers than our nearest rival (source Chambers Global Guide 2015), in more jurisdictions (source Legal 500, July 2015), Ius Laboris brings together more leading law firms than any other HR legal services organisation. That’s something we’re extremely proud of.

Our Firm

Over the years we have advised, and continue to support, government, government-owned entities, local, regional and international companies, banks and financial institutions along with both international and regional law firms.

Our core strength is our people and the diversity of their experience and local knowledge. Our reputation for excellence and regional experience extends beyond our network of offices in Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

As a firm, our ability to practice local law in each of these jurisdictions – and the ability of each of our licensed litigators to have rights of audience before local courts – is a unique strength that truly sets us apart from our competitors.

But more importantly, our strength comes from our clients’ trust that we will give them the quality of service that they deserve. It's our business to find creative and commercial legal solutions whilst focusing on making the law work for you.

Expertise

Our expertise spans all aspects of employment law in the public and private sectors, whether onshore or within the free zones, including:

  • Policies, procedures and contractual documentation
: Service agreements, employment contracts, secondment arrangements and employee handbooks, for all categories of staff, including directors and senior executives.
  • Corporate Support:
 Employment aspects of acquisitions and disposals (both share and business transactions), including due diligence and related reports.
  • Business Reorganisations:
 Redundancy programmes, changing terms and conditions, and transfer of employment.
  • Employee Relations Issues:
 Disciplinary, dismissal and grievance procedures, settlement negotiations and severance agreements.
  • Litigation Assistance
: Before the relevant labour authorities, labour courts and other courts, from termination and bonus claims, to protecting trade secrets, confidential information and business interests.

Our unrivalled understanding of the legal landscape in the Middle East and ability to provide superior client service is demonstrated through our appointment on some of the most high-profile and ground breaking deals and cases in the region.