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Helena Lousada

Helena Lousada

  • Legal Consultant
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  • Employment Department
Membership of Professional Bodies

Portuguese Bar Association

Admitted

Admitted as a Lawyer in 2002

Languages

  • English
  • Portuguese
  • French (basic)
  • German (basic)
  • Spanish
  • Arabic (basic)

Helena has a civil law background (in line with the UAE and majority of Middle East legal systems) with common law training and is qualified as a Lawyer since 2002.  

Prior to joining James Berry & Associates, Helena worked in-house and in private practice, specialising in employment/labour law, companies’ law, compliance, contracts and construction law.

Helena has experience with the UAE legal system, providing since 2015 legal support to several local companies.

Helena’s current practice is predominantly employment and labour law, at James Berry & Associates’ Employment Department, advising on both contentious and non-contentious matters. Her contentious work includes advising on arbitrary dismissal claims, preparing for DIFC employment litigation and assisting clients with disciplinary hearings. Helena’s non-contentious work includes drafting various HR policies, staff handbooks, settlements agreements, employment contracts and general advice on any employment matter.

Education

  • Portuguese Catholic University (Law Degree from the Faculty of Law)
  • University of Coimbra (Portugal) (Postgraduate Studies in Banking, Contracts, Stock Market and Insurance Law, at the Faculty of Law)
  • University of Aveiro (Portugal) (Lecturing stage of the Master degree in Management)
  • University of London (UK) (Course on "English Common Law: Structure and Principles")
  • University of Minnesota (USA) ("Human Resource Management: HR for People Managers" Specialization)

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