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Rebecca Ford

Partner, Dubai

Rebecca is a partner in the MENA employment team of Clyde & Co LLP, based in Dubai and has worked in the Middle East since 2008.

Before joining Clyde & Co LLP in 2012, Rebecca was a partner in a large regional firm based in Dubai and prior to that was the head of the European, Asia and Australian employment team in a global financial institution based in London.

Rebecca advises on all aspects of employment law and immigration issues arising from employment in the Middle East, in a variety of different sectors.  She advises on issues arising across the employment cycle, from employment contracts and policies, employee relations and incentives, to termination issues and disputes. Rebecca also advises on the key challenges faced by employers in the modern work environment, including global mobility, working hours, use of social media, protection of confidential information, and alternative business, incentive and retention structures.

Rebecca has managed high profile employment litigation for clients in the High Court of England & Wales in London, as well as the UAE and DIFC courts and she is a registered practitioner of the DIFC Court.

Rebecca is described as a "leading lawyer in the employment area" by Chambers Global, 2014 and is listed in Who's Who Legal, Management Labour & Employment.

She is regularly asked to speak at industry events and has also been a guest lecturer on the Michigan State University (Dubai) MBA programme. She has contributed UAE chapters to PLC Labour and Employee Benefits multi-jurisdictional guide (2010), Employment and Labour Law, Global Legal Insights (First Edition), and Pensions & Retirement Plans 2013, Law Business Research and prepared the Rules of Procedure for the Review of Complaints by the Director of Employment Standards in the DIFC and also assisted the DIFC in drafting various amendments to the DIFC Employment Law.