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Guidelines for Registration of Legal Practitioners

DIFC Courts' Register of Legal Practitioners

The Register of Legal Practitioners is in two parts:

Part I: Law firms only

Part: Individual with rights of audience before the DIFC Courts

Entry on the DIFC Courts' Register of Legal Practitioners is governed DIFC Courts Order No. 1 of 2019 in Respect of Issuing and Conducting Proceedings, Rights of Audience and Registration in Part I and Part II of the DIFC Courts' Register of Legal Practitioners

Part I. Law firms only

Entry in Part I shall be in the name of a firm. The firm shall provide a list of practitioners employed by the firm and who are authorised to issue and conduct proceedings on behalf of the firm. Issuing and conducting proceedings involve practical steps which progress a case. Thus, only practitioners who are authorised by their firm (and listed as such under Part I) can issue and conduct proceedings by inter alia

Secretaries, court clerks and other individuals from a firm registered in Part I, who are not themselves authorised to issue and conduct proceedings in the name of the firm, may transmit documents to the DIFC Courts and that transmission (whether by email or delivering to the Registry) is not to be treated as issuing or conducting proceedings for the purposes of the Register of Legal Practitioners.

Part I registered legal practitioners may also conduct the following advocacy in the DIFC Courts:

Supporting documents required for Part I registration:

A firm can add up to seven (7) Lawyers under part I for no additional fees. Any extra addition is USD 100. There are no fees for removal of practitioners in Part I.

Part II. Individuals with rights of audience before the DIFC Courts

Entry in Part II can only be in the name of an individual. The applicant must provide a declaration as to whether:

and attach a schedule of their oral advocacy experience. The schedule should highlight the lawyer's experiences in oral advocacy and outline the current practice of the practitioners and a lists of (representative) cases and interlocutory motions and descriptions of the of the practitioner's involvement in each. The schedule will serve as a basis for the interview.

Part II practitioners with limited Rights of Audience may conduct the following advocacy in the DIFC Courts:

Part II lawyers with Full Rights of Audience may conduct all mentioned in point 2 plus the following advocacy in the DIFC Courts:

A practitioner who has at least 2 years' experience as an Advocate in Courts, Arbitration or Tribunals may be admitted to Part II and please before a Judge at any hearings on any matter other than a Court of First Instance trial, an appeal to the Court of Appeal, an application for injunction or an application to strike out a claim or a defence (including want of jurisdiction).

Individuals applying for registration in Part II - the procedure will be as follows:

An individual applying for registration in Part II of the Register should give the DIFC Courts not less than 7 days' notice of their intention to appear before a judge, so that the necessary arrangements can be made to ensure the presence of the Registrar, Deputy Registrar, Assistant Registrar or Senior Legal Officer. If it is not possible to give sufficient notice, or if no Registrar is available to attend the first hearing, the individual will need to seek permission of the hearing judge to proceed with the hearing in the absence of the Registrar, Deputy Registrar, Assistant Registrar or Senior Legal Officer, and the individual's registration in the Register shall remain provisional until the next hearing, at which the Registrar, Deputy Registrar, Assistant Registrar or Senior legal Officer shall attend and either: (i) confirm the applicant's registration as permanent; or (ii) refuse the registration.

Supporting documents required for Part II registration:

Renewal

Reminder emails are sent to registered practitioners before the date of expiry. Once application for renewal has been submitted successfully, you will receive an email receipt and in the body of that email will be a link to make an offline e-payment. Payment may also be made by cheque or cash in person at the DIFC Courts Offices during the working hours.

Addition or Removal of Lawyer(s) under part I

In order for a practitioner to be added or removed under the firm's Part I registration, kindly send a letter signed by the managing partner addressed to the DIFC Courts by e-mail to registration@difccourts.ae requesting same.

For additions of Practitioners, the following documents must be provided:

Lapses in Registration

If a part I or Part II practitioner does not renew their registration (including the payment) before the expiry date, their registration will be suspended. The firm or practitioner will need to pay the full registration fee in order to re-register.

The Mandatory Code of Conduct

All practitioners should abide by the DIFC Courts' Mandatory and Supplementary Code of Conduct for Legal Practitioners in the DIFC Courts

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