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Key labour law issues in the construction sector and the rise of contractor financed projects

Date : 13-08-2014

Time : 6:30 pm

Labour rights are becoming an increasingly important issue for construction and infrastructure employers operating in the region.  Our session shall highlight essential labour law issues that will impact on all employees working within the construction sector, from labourers to senior directors.  In addition, during the past 6 to 12 months we have seen a number of major ‘contractor financed’ projects come to the market, as well as a number of new PPP projects in the UAE.  We will briefly consider what this may mean for contractors working in the UAE and for the construction industry generally, including a high level analysis of the potential risks and opportunities in ‘contractor financed’ projects.

Speakers profile:

Luke Tapp, Senior Associate for Pinsent Masons LLP.  Luke leads the Dubai office employment practice and advises clients based in the UAE and Middle East on all areas employment law issues. Luke primarily assists clients in relation to UAE Labour Law and DIFC Employment Law matters. He regularly advises clients on contentious and non-contentious matters, such as assisting in the local transfer and secondment of employees, international placements, local immigration and visa sponsorship issues and senior executive terminations. Luke also assists clients in preparing contracts of employment and staff handbooks. 

William Marshall, Senior Associate for Pinsent Masons LLP.  William is a construction procurement lawyer with expertise in advising on major infrastructure and civil construction projects in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australia.  William primarily advises employers, main contractors, subcontractors and consultants is respect of contract drafting, negotiation and project delivery strategy.  He has a particular focus on airports projects however has advised in respect of a wide range of projects including roads, rail, power and water, downstream oil and gas, process plants and sports stadia as well as a range of retail, residential and hospitality projects.