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Theresa Abrefa

Principal - Employment & Commercial

Theresa is an English qualified lawyer with over 25 years’ experience, 20 of which years have been spent in the Middle East.

Prior to joining Support Legal, Theresa acted as General Counsel for an Abu Dhabi Government owned commercial entity with a diverse portfolio of businesses where she was responsible for advising the businesses on a wide range of legal matters from commercial contracts to acquisitions and joint ventures, but with a specific focus on employment matters. 

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Experience

EMPLOYMENT

 

  • Strategic legal advice to management and HR on employee relations and contentious and non-contentious employment law issues predominantly based on UAE labour law (for both UAE nationals and expatriate employees).

 

  • Managing redundancies, corporate restructuring, termination of employment, Employer/Employee disputes.

 

  • Advising generally on UAE labour law issues on employee/consultancy terms and conditions, staff handbooks, company policies and procedures acting for both individuals and companies.

 

  • Drafting employment regulations, advising on employee related issues acting for both individuals and companies.

 

  • organizing and presenting legal workshops on use of templates, contracts, and training (confidentiality /use of social media) for employees.

 

  • Managing internal legal newsletters with relevant developments in the law and market.

 

CORPORATE AND COMMERCIAL

 

  • Managing the legal aspects on a tender for the provision of emergency response and managed services for an oil provider in the UAE valued at AED 4 billion.

 

  • Managing the legal aspects on contract for the provision of emergency response and managed services for an Oil Industry Zone in the UAE valued at AED 200 million.

 

  • Managing the legal aspects on a contract with a Federal entity for the provision of mandatory firefighting training in Abu Dhabi valued at AED 105 million.

 

  • Managing the legal aspects on a contract for the provision of emergency response and equipment for a nuclear power entity in the UAE valued at AED 20 million.

 

  • Managing the legal aspects on a contract for a UAE airport for providing training and building facility for mockup of aircraft wing – Contract value AED 12.5 million.

 

  • Managing the legal aspects on contracts for the provision for the manufacture and assembly of aerospace structures for an aerospace company in the UAE valued at AED 11 million.

 

  • Managing the legal aspects on a contract for an industrial park for the provision of emergency response and training services in the UAE valued at AED 10 million.

Previously

  • General Counsel – Tawazun Safety, Security and Disaster Management City LLC (Jaheziya), Abu Dhabi

  • Legal Manager – Gems Education, Dubai

  • Senior Lawyer – Dubai Healthcare City, Dubai

  • Associate and Manager – Berrymans Lace Mawer (now BLM), Dubai

Credentials

ADMISSIONS AND QUALIFICATIONS​​

  • England & Wales

EDUCATION

  • Common Professional Examination, Huddersfield University,1992

  • Law Society Finals, The College of Law, Store Street, London, 1993

  • BA (Hons) in Social Policy, Newcastle University, 1991

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