Amna Al Owais is currently the Chief Registrar of the DIFC Courts and oversees operations and quality management, supervising the Courts’ Judicial Officers and Registry personnel, as well as the delivery of a comprehensive suite of court public services.
In addition to her role as Chief Registrar of the DIFC Courts, Amna is also Registrar of the Special Tribunal Related to Dubai World, Chairwoman of the DIFC Courts’ Users’ Committee, Chairwoman of the DIFC Courts’ In-House Counsel Committee, and a member of the Consulting Council for the University of Sharjah College of Law. In 2014, Amna was appointed to the Advisory Board of the International Bar Association’s Access to Justice and Legal Aid Committee.
In 2014, Amna was selected to join the Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Leadership Development (MBRCLD) – the Young Leaders category, and furthermore in 2018 after the relaunch of the MBRCLD, under the Dubai Executive Office and after an extensive selection process, Amna was selected to join the first batch of the MBRCLD Impactful Leaders Programme. Amna successfully graduated in December 2018.
She also spearheaded the establishment of the DIFC Courts’ Pro Bono Programme, launched in 2009, which is the first scheme of its kind in the Middle East.
In 2019, Amna was invited to join the Dubai Future Councils, a new initiative launched by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashed Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the Dubai Future Foundation.
Launched in 2019 by His Highness Sheikh Nahayan Al Nahayan, Minister of Tolerance, Amna was also selected by the University Leadership Council and Université Paris II to be in the first cohort of the International Business Law LLM and graduated summa cum laude in 2020. In September 2019, Amna was also appointed to the College of Law Advisory Board of the University of Dubai.
Amna has also successfully completed the magnificent Director Development Programme for Corporate Governance (4 modules) provided by the prestigious Hawkamah Institute in 2019.
Previous to her employment at the DIFC Courts, Amna practiced as a lawyer in the litigation department with Hadef Al Dhahiri & Associates, now known as Hadef & Partners. Amna holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Law from the University of Sharjah and obtained a Masters (LLM) with Commendation in International Commercial Law from Kingston University, London.
Reem Al Shihhe joined the DIFC Courts in January 2011 as the Head of Human Resources and Business Excellence.
In 2014, Reem became the Chief Operating Officer, overseeing all the operational departments of the DIFC Courts. Following her success in 2015, Reem graduated from the Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Leadership Development – the Young Leaders category.
In 2016, Reem became the ICCE Representative for the DIFC Courts and Member of the Executive Committee following the DIFC Courts proudly becoming a member of the International Consortium for Court Excellence (ICCE). Since then the DIFC Courts and Reem have been working actively to assist judiciaries across the world to adopt the International Framework for Court Excellence.
Launched in 2019 by His Highness Sheikh Nahayan Al Nahayan, UAE Minister of Tolerance, Reem was also selected by the University Leadership Council and Université Paris II to be in the first cohort of the International Business Law (LLM) and graduated summa cum laude in 2020.
Nour Hineidi was appointed as Registrar of the DIFC Courts in November 2020. Before that, she served as the Deputy Registrar of the DIFC Courts. She started that role in February 2018.
Nour’s main role is to oversee the functioning of the DIFC Court Registry. Nour also presides, as Registrar, over a large number of procedural hearings and applications and is responsible for overseeing the case management function of the Court Registry. Nour is an accredited mediator and sits from time to time as a mediator and a Small Claims Tribunal judge.
Prior to joining the Courts, Nour spent time in private practice working in the disputes teams of large international commercial firms in Dubai and Australia. She has over twelve years’ legal experience in Australia and the Middle East, with her expertise concentrated in international commercial arbitration and litigation across a broad range of sectors.
Ayesha joined the DIFC Courts in the role of case progression officer in March 2015 and was promoted to the role of Assistant Registrar in 2018. In 2019, Ayesha was appointed as the Deputy Registrar of the Small Claims Tribunal and in 2020 Ayesha was appointed Deputy Registrar of the DIFC Courts.
She currently oversees case progression at the DIFC Courts, as well as sitting as a judge and mediator with the Small Claims tribunal (SCT). Ayesha also hears applications in the Court of First Instance, Court of Appeal and the Enforcement Department. Ayesha also oversees the day-to-day function of the DIFC Courts Wills Service.
Ayesha holds a bachelor’s degree in Law and Political Science from University of Saint Joseph Dubai and studied there on a scholarship from the Edad Leadership Programme. She is also qualified to appear before the local and federal courts in the UAE.
Delvin joined the DIFC Courts in the role of Senior Legal Officer and the Pro Bono Programme Leader in March 2016 and she was promoted to the role of Assistant Registrar in 2020.
She currently oversees the progression of the Registration of Practitioners and the Code of Conduct. Delvin also presides, as the Assistant Registrar, over a number of Court of First Instance(CFI) applications and sits as a Small Claims Tribunal (SCT) Judge and Mediator.
Delvin is a qualified Dutch lawyer and has over ten (10) years of legal experience in The Netherlands, as well as the Middle East.
Hayley joined the DIFC Courts in October 2013 and served the position of Registrar’s Associate, working with the Registrar and Deputy Registrar, before moving into the Small Claims Tribunal as Case Progression Officer in early 2017. Hayley’s main roles involve managing the cases and liaising with the parties to progress the cases in the SCT. Prior to moving to Dubai, she worked as a clerk to The Hon. Justice Eder at the Royal Courts of Justice in the UK and served as a caseworker for the Crown Prosecution Service. She has completed her law degree (LLB) from the University of Southampton.
Abdalla joined the DIFC Courts as an Enforcement Case Progression Officer and Bailiff in February 2018. Prior to joining the Courts, Abdalla worked for the Ajman Freezone Authority. Abdalla is responsible for the progression of all enforcement and probate cases within the Registry.
Ayman joined the DIFC Courts in October 2019. Before transitioning into law, he completed an undergraduate degree in film at the University of the Arts London followed by a master’s degree in film and philosophy at King’s College London. He has worked in a variety of roles across film and television and the British Film Institute has archived a documentary that he wrote and directed in its national archive. More recently, Ayman completed a law conversion course at the University of Law, passing with distinction. He has shadowed some of England’s most highly-regarded barristers and he was awarded an Advocacy Scholarship for the Bar course at BPP University’s London Law School.
Maitha joined the DIFC Courts as a Case Progression Officer in April 2019. She is responsible in the day to day management of claims and applications in the Court of First Instance and Court of Appeal. She is also responsible for the progression of the probate cases within the registry. Maitha holds a Bachelor of Law from the University of Sharjah, and a Master’s Degree in Public International Law from Queen Mary University of London.
Alanood AlRiyami joined the DIFC Courts as Case Progression Officer in March 2021. She is responsible in the day to day management of claims and applications in the Small Claims Tribunal (SCT). Alanood holds a Bachelor of Law from the United Arab Emirates University.
Shahla joined the DIFC Courts in September 2021 as a Case Progression Officer. She is responsible for the day to day management of claims and applications in the Court of First Instance and the Court of Appeal. Shahla’s Bachelor of Arts’ degrees are in Psychology and in Criminal Justice while her Master’s degree is in Criminal Justice from the University of Colorado Denver, United States.
Nilofer joined the DIFC Courts in September 2014 in the role of Customer Support Officer. In 2015, she was appointed Department Coordinator for the Academy of Law before eventually joining the Wills Service in 2016. Currently, in her role as the Compliance Officer, Nilofer is responsible for the review of DIFC Courts' Wills and for conducting registration appointments. Nilofer holds an HBA degree in English, History, and Anthropology from the University of Toronto.
Shahin joined the DIFC Courts as Registry Administrator in January 2011. Shahin is responsible for the day to day organization of the registry, filings and assisting in the administration of the Case Management System. Shahin also provides support to the Registrars and Case Progression Officers on all administrative matters to assist in the smooth running of the Registry.
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