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December 17, 2018

UAE Salary Guide 2019 - Legal

“There is an increase in banking, compliance and regulatory, legal positions in the region while there is a limited local talent supply.”

UAE Salary Guide 2019 - Legal
Cooper Fitch Dubai
Cooper Fitch Dubai
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Legal firms are in need of real estate litigation and arbitration lawyers.

Commercial legal disputes are on the rise in the Emirates; there are constant efforts to put an effective dispute resolution method in place. To ensure the prevalence of qualified UAE lawyers, the Ministry of Justice, in collaboration with the DIFC Academy of Law, has secured an ‘Authorised Body’ status for lawyers practising in the Emirates, which enables them to qualify as solicitors in England and Wales.

High demand for corporate lawyers is putting pressure on the region’s talent supply.

There is an increase in banking, compliance and regulatory and legal positions in the region while there is a limited local talent supply. A significant number of private practice firms are looking to the United Kingdom and the United States to relocate talent where there is no qualification shortage or limitations internationally.

Bilingual and Western-educated lawyers earn the highest salaries.

We are seeing an increase for paralegals and senior associates, particularly on the corporate side and an increase in legal firms seeking Capital Markets, M & A and PPP transactions experts at the associate and senior associate levels. Bilingual and Western-educated lawyers who can manage internal and external relationships and drive business growth are demanding premium salaries.

Professionals in the UAE are expressing concerns regarding intrinsic appreciation in the workplace.

We see many industry organisations allowing more flexibility and mobility regarding the work environment and office hours. Private practice offices have been developed to match the standards of international firms. The legal marketplace is very competitive, and employers are always keen on retaining their employees, especially partners who drive growth and lead teams.

Legal firms are to increase their hiring by 10 to 15 per cent.

Partner and team movements to other organisations will continue to be a challenge within the private practice in 2019. High performing partners and teams will continue to be on the radar for firms practising in the Emirates.  Employers need to focus on the development of their team and create a collaborative work environment. Strong bonus pools, flexible working arrangements and exciting projects are the key drivers that help retain top-tier candidates. Retention of candidates will be even more important in 2019-2020 with the arrival of Expo 2020 and Vision 2021. The public sector and governmental entities are strongly aligned with Vision 2021 especially when it comes to capital markets and construction. 

ROLE

 

MIN

MAX

 

PRIVATE PRACTICE

Legal Secretary

15,000

20,000

 

REGIONAL FIRMS

Paralegal

16,000

25,000

 

 

Newly Qualified

20,000

35,000

 

 

Associate

30,000

50,000

 

 

Senior Associate

40,000

70,000

 

 

Counsel

50,000

85,000

 

 

Partner

70,000

120,000+

 

PRIVATE PRACTICE

Legal Secretary

18,000

25,000

 

US & UK FIRMS

Paralegal

18,000

30,000

 

 

Newly Qualified

30,000

45,000

 

 

Associate

30,000

50,000

 

 

Senior Associate

50,000

75,000

 

 

Counsel

75,000

100,000

 

 

Partner

80,000

200,000+

 

   IN HOUSE

Legal Secretary

 15,000

20,000

 

Paralegal

 15,000

24,000

 

Junior Legal Counsel/Advisor

 25,000

40,000

 

Counsel

45,000

65,000

 

General Counsel

 50,000

80,000

 

Director

 50,000

120,000+

Monthly salaries in UAE Dirhams (AED). Salaries provided are exclusive of any bonus, guaranteed or otherwise. 

Please click here to view the full salary guide for this sector.

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