This month we have a packed Law Update focusing on a sector that is a vital pillar for the region as it continues to push its economies to diversify. Education.
The Education sector has experienced, and overcome, its fair share of challenges. Today, across the region, it serves as an educational hub for nationals, residents, and a growing number of inbound international students.
The advances being made in the Education Sector are a result of Government initiatives being put in place to propel the sector to a global standard. This has piqued private sector interest and we are seeing more public private and international partnerships.
With Education being vital to the progress the region is making, we have a created an edition of Law Update that provides insights, commentary, and updates on the most pertinent developments within the sector. The articles come from a number of jurisdictions across the region and highlight key considerations and the latest legal trends taking shape.Read the full edition
Farha is a Senior Associate in the Employment & Incentives practice, based in our Riyadh office in Saudi Arabia and advises local and international clients, across a wide variety of sectors, on contentious and non-contentious employment related matters.
Farha is a UK qualified lawyer with over 10 years’ experience in private practice specialising in employment law in the UK, UAE and KSA with particular expertise in workplace equality & diversity.
Prior to joining Al Tamimi & Company, Farha worked as an Employee Relations Compliance Manager for faculty at New York University Abu Dhabi advising on crisis management, compliance investigations and ethics breaches and delivering training programs on positive employee relations and faculty development. Stakeholder management and risk analysis were key components of the role.
In addition to presenting legal seminars and case law updates to clients when in private practice, Farha also has extensive experience delivering labour law and organisational development training to large organisations in the UAE such as MOFA (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), ADIA (Abu Dhabi Investment Authority), Mubadala, ADNOC (Abu Dhabi National Oil Company) and ADGM (Abu Dhabi Global Markets) on Change Management, Employee Engagement, Effective Working & Workplace Diversity.
Farha regularly advises on day to day contentious employment matters including constructive discipline, grievances, probation, performance and absence management, family friendly rights, discrimination & harassment, communications monitoring & privacy, employment status, termination, post-termination restrictions, intellectual property, restructuring and redundancies and labour disputes,
Farha also has solid expertise in drafting employment, secondment, consultancy, novation, internship and severance agreements as well as workplace rules and policies and is experienced in conducting the employment due diligence in corporate transactions.
Farha’s KSA specific experience involves advising embassies on the retirement of staff, advising large manufacturing companies on Saudization requirements and the effect of recent legislation on Customer Services functions, advising companies on the approved use of e-signatures in employment transactions, WPS and GOSI compliance & advising foreign entities on the anti-concealment laws specific to KSA.
1996 – Legal Practice Course
1994 – LL.B. (Hons) Cardiff, University of Wales
1998 – England & Wales, Solicitor