Dubai 電話 +971.4.312.1830 Fax +971.4.312.1801
Emirates Towers Offices//Office No. C, 10th Floor//PO Box 504903, Sheikh Zayed Rd.//Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Abu Dhabi 電話 +971.2.697.8800 Fax +971.2.697.8801
Abu Dhabi Global Market Square//Al Sila Tower, Level 21//P.O. Box 764620//Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Representing both the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and international entities regionally and internationally, Rebecca Kelly, managing partner of the Dubai office, counsels clients on arbitration, litigation, corporate and regulatory compliance, regulatory investigations, occupational safety and health, and white collar crime issues. Her clients include companies involved in the construction, infrastructure, finance, industrial, technology, transport, general trading, education, healthcare, and pharmaceutical sectors. Rebecca is a member of the firm’s crisis management practice and has been based in the UAE since 2005. She is a Solicitor of the High Court of Australia and a Registered Foreign Lawyer with the Law Society of England and Wales.
Rebecca’s practice focuses on resolving domestic UAE and international litigation, and international arbitration.
Rebecca manages complex cross-border arbitration, representing parties involved in arbitrations through the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC); the DIFC LCIA Arbitration Centre, a strategic partnership between the Dubai International Financial Centre and the London Court of International Arbitration; the Abu Dhabi Commercial Conciliation and Arbitration Centre (ADCCAC); and the International Court of Arbitration – International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).
Rebecca also advises public and private corporations on corporate governance and regulatory compliance. She counsels clients involved in regional and international criminal and quasi-criminal investigations and prosecutions. She also conducts fraud investigations, and files international criminal and civil proceedings to recover misappropriated assets worldwide. Rebecca advises companies on how to address and comply with anti–money laundering, anti-corruption, and bribery legislation. These include the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the UK Bribery Act 2010. She also advises clients on corporate governance, confidentiality, document retention, and employee and employer obligations.
Federal and local governments often seek Rebecca’s advice when drafting legislation across a range of legal issues. She routinely develops UAE regulatory compliance manuals for corporate clients that cover a range of jurisdiction-specific legal obligations. She also conducts internal training for the international boards of entities with a Middle East presence.
Actively involved in law reform in the region, Rebecca advises clients on Occupational Health and Safety (OSH) obligations and legal challenges in the UAE and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC ). She has one of the only dedicated OSH practices in the Middle East, and was appointed to the UAE’s Federal Ministry of Labour Technical Committee responsible for the development of the UAE building and construction sector’s OSH legislation.
In addition, she developed the UAE Online Legislation Library, which was acquired by Thomson Reuters (Westlaw) in 2010. The Online Legislation Library is the only compendium of all of the UAE’s, Qatar’s, and Saudi Arabia’s laws in English and Arabic.
Recognized, Top 100 Women in Investigations, Global Investigations Review (2021)
Recommended, Dispute Resolution: Arbitration and International Litigation, United Arab Emirates, The Legal 500 EMEA (2020)
Recommended, Compliance and Investigations, United Arab Emirates, The Legal 500 EMEA (2020)
Band 1, Corporate Investigations, United Arab Emirates, Chambers Global (2016–2022)
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Labor & Employment, Law360 (2017)
Licensed Advocate of Dubai International Financial Centre Court
Registered Foreign Lawyer of England and Wales
Solicitor of the High Court of Australia
Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland, Australia
Committee Member, Australian Business Council Dubai (Legal Member)
Member, Institution of Occupational Safety and Health
Member, International Bar Association’s Anti-Corruption Committee
Member, International Bar Association’s Environment, Health, and Safety Law Committee