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Helena Lousada

Helena Lousada

  • Legal Consultant |Employment Department
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Membership of Professional Bodies

Portuguese Bar Association

Admitted

Admitted as a Lawyer in 2002

Languages

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

When do you need an expert in Employment law? Before you realize it and before you start dealing with a situation yourself! We were delighted to work with Helena on a number of specific sensitive employment contractual issues. She was very professional, knowledgeable and efficient. Her solutions for the Company were precise, complete and economic. I would have no hesitation in referring her to other Companies or individuals who need advice or representation. 

Richard Smyth |MD Tea Trading International DMCC
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    13 Oct 2019

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  • New DIFC Employment Law – The Changes – Part 2

    10 Sep 2019

    New DIFC Employment Law – The Changes – Part 2

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  • New DIFC Employment Law – The Changes – Part 1

    08 Jul 2019

    New DIFC Employment Law – The Changes – Part 1

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  • New UAE visa system - Long-term UAE residency visas for expatriates in five new job categories

    09 May 2019

    The long-term residency visas for expatriates from five selected categories has come into force, enabling them to stay in the UAE for up to 10 years, implementing the UAE Cabinet Decision No. 56 for the year 2018. It allows long-term stay in the country to investors, real estate investors, entrepreneurs, talented people like doctors, researchers, innovators and outstanding students.

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  • It's now easier to sponsor your family in UAE

    02 Apr 2019

    It's now easier to sponsor your family in UAE

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  • Annual Leave – FAQs

    03 Mar 2019

    Annual Leave is a basic right of every employee protected by the UAE Labour Law. Full-time employees working in the UAE are entitled to leave and holidays as per laws in the country, which broadly include annual or recreation leave, sick leave and maternity leave.

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  • Notice Period - All you need to know

    03 Feb 2019

    Is notice period mandatory in all employment contracts?

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  • Multi-employer in the UAE - Working for two employers at one time

    28 Jan 2019

    Frequently asked questions (FAQ’s)

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  • Employees in the UAE (private sector) – Which rights are they entitled to?

    16 Dec 2018

    Federal Law No. 8, for 1980, on Regulation of Labour Relations - the UAE Labour Law - has given employees’ rights in relation to their employment including how they may be disciplined, dismissed, how their grievances are handled, wages, absence from work and sickness, holidays, work breaks and working hours, and maternity leave.

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  • 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.

    In terms of employment, her contentious work includes advising on arbitrary dismissal claims, 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.

    Helena is also knowledgeable in construction law and her experience comprises advising clients (developers, contractors and subcontractors) on all matters related with the execution of a project, from the tender stage until final completion, including contract drafting and negotiation, preparing and replying to claims and disputes.

     

    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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