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2015 Annual Legal Gala Dinner expects record participation

Major UAE companies commit their support for this year’s Gala

The legal community’s event of the year – put on by lawyers for lawyers – is expected to be even bigger than ever this year, thanks to the support of some of the UAE’s largest and most well-known companies.

This year’s event takes place on Thursday, October 29, at the Madinat Jumeirah’s Johara Ballroom in Dubai and is expected to attract over 800 members of Dubai’s local and international legal community for an evening of awards and entertainment.

The evening celebrates the legal community’s collective achievements over the previous 12 months, with the winners of the coveted “Young Lawyer of the Year” and “Lawyer’s Lawyer of the Year” awards being voted upon live during the evening.

Sheila Shadmand, Chair of the Annual Legal Gala Dinner Committee, said: “The legal community looks forward to The Annual Legal Gala Dinner each year because it is one of the few times in the year when we legal practitioners sit together at the same tables rather than on opposing sides. This year’s event promises to be an evening of grace and glamour, where we can celebrate our collective achievements as a community with prestigious awards and spirited entertainment.”

The Annual Legal Gala Dinner, now in its fourth year, is being held under the auspices of the newly formed DIFC’s Academy of Law (AOL). The AOL was established in 2015 as an independent entity to provide quality ancillary services to the UAE legal community. Its core functions include training and regulating lawyers, publishing and disseminating information, hosting events for the legal community, and providing free legal advice for people in need as part of its Pro Bono Programme.

The Pro Bono Programme, the first initiative of its kind in the Middle East, is run by the AOL with the support of volunteer lawyers and law graduates. The Programme offers basic advice through to full case management and representation in proceedings on DIFC-related matters. Two clinics are held each month at the DIFC Courts where potential litigants are able to make appointments to meet with volunteers for legal advice.

The 2015 Annual Legal Gala Dinner is supported by Emirates Airline, the Official Airline and Headline Sponsor for this year’s Gala, and SAS Business Analytics, the Technology Sponsor for the Gala’s live voting software application.

Booking for the 2015 Annual Legal Gala Dinner is now open. Contact [email protected] for further information.