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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the duties of the Government of Dubai Legal Affairs Department?

    • Receiving claims and complaints lodged against Government entities and seeking their amicable settlement through an experienced team of legal consultants.
    • Providing legal advice regarding the subject of the dispute and means of settling it, in accordance with applicable legal procedures.
    • Representing the Government and all Government entities in claims and disputes, filed by or against them, before the competent judicial authorities, reconciliation and arbitration committees and centers. For these purposes, the Department may retain whomsoever it deems appropriate in terms of expertise or competence to represent it in filing those disputes and claims.
    • Legally supervising all disputes and claims filed by legal consultants of government entities in the Emirate.
    • Drafting and reviewing contracts under which expenditures are incurred by government entities.
    • Compiling and maintaining an archive of all documents and records relating to contracts, agreements and memoranda of understanding executed between the Government or other Government entities and external entities.
  • 2. When was the Government of Dubai Legal Affairs Department established?

    • In 2008, and in line with the economic and developmental growth of the Emirate, which necessitated the development of the legal work and, to meet the evolving demands of the Emirate, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, enacted the decision to establish the Government of Dubai Legal Affairs Department to be one of the Government Departments residing under H.H. the Ruler’s Court, and appointed His Excellency Dr. Lowai Mohammed Belhoul to preside over it as the Director General.
    The Department was established with the aim of providing various legal services to the Government and Government entities in the Emirate of Dubai, as well as supervising and managing all legal matters required to meet the demands of the economic and social development within the Emirate in a robust legislative regulatory framework.
  • 3. What are the Department's Working Hours?

    7:30 AM-3:30PM 8:00 AM-4:00PM
  • 4. Where is the Government of Dubai Legal Affairs Department located?

    The Legal Affairs Department is situated in the 4th floor of H.H. the Ruler’s Court.
  • 5. How is the Advocacy and Legal Consultancy Profession regulated?

    Pursuant to its establishment law, the Department was delegated the powers to regulate the advocacy and legal consultancy profession in the Emirate of Dubai. The primary function of this regulation includes licensing advocacy and legal consultancy firms operating in the Emirate, in addition to registering individual advocates and legal consultants on a roll maintained by the Department. The Department's responsibility extends to qualifying members of the profession by offering professional training courses, programs and workshops in all areas of law.
  • 6. How can I apply for a vacancy at the Legal Affairs Department?

    You may visit the Vacancies Page at link
  • 7. How long does it take to apply on line?

    Generally, it would take 10 minutes to fill in some personal information, answer relating to your eligibility and upload your CV.
  • 8. What services does the Legal Affairs Department provide in relation to Advocates and the Advocacy profession?

    • Licensing of Advocacy Firms.
    • Renewal of an Advocacy Firm License.
    • Amendments to Advocacy Firm License Particulars.
    • Application for Initial Registration of Advocates.
    • Renewal of an Advocate’s Registration.
    • Amendments to an Advocate’s Registered Information.
  • 9. What services does the Legal Affairs Department provide in relation to Legal Consultants and te Legal Consultancy profession?

    • License Application to Establish a Branch of a Legal Consultancy Firm.
    • License Application for Sole Establishment Legal Consultancy Firm.
    • Renewal of a Legal Consultant Registration.
    • Amendments to Legal Consultancy Firm License Particulars.
    • Application for Initial Registration of Legal Consultants.
    • Renewal of a Legal Consultancy Firm License.
    • Amendments to a Legal Consultant’s Registered Information
  • 10. What is the Continuing Legal Professional Development Program?

    It is a program introduced to Legal Consultants, who are authorised to practice the legal profession through a licensed firm in the Emirate of Dubai. This is the result of the Department’s commitment to regulate the legal profession in the Emirate, by equipping Legal Consultants with the necessary skills to obtain excellence within the profession and bring them in line with global best practice and standards.
  • 11. To whom do the CLPD Regulations apply currently?

    . If you are a Legal Consultant registered on the Department’s roll in the category of practising Legal Consultants, then the CLPD Regulations apply to you. If you are a Legal Consultant registered on the Department’s roll in the non-practising category, then the CLPD Regulations do not apply to you. The CLPD Regulations do not apply to the Legal Consultants employed by government entities, agencies or companies and other entities which do not provide legal services to the public.
  • 12. How do I find out when the CLPD Programme courses are held?

    You can know the course schedules by visiting the course schedule portal (calendar) on this website.
  • 13. . How do I pay for my training courses?

    Payments can be made for participation in Mandatory Activities online by purchasing credits or via bank transfer. As for Accredited Activities, please check with their provider.
  • 14. To whom the payment for attending a training activity is made?

    The CLPD registration payment fee is made to the CLPD Activity provider.
  • 15. Do I need to pay for the course before I can attend that course?

    Yes. You will not be allowed to attend a course without paying for that course in advance. If you are experiencing difficulty in using the online payment method, please contact one of the customer service agents on +971 4 3533337 or send an e-mail to Training.Development@legal.dubai.gov.ae.
  • 16. . Why do I need to participate in CLPD courses?

    . Completion of the CLPD requirements can improve your skill and working experience, which will in turn advance the level of legal services and ensure continued public confidence in the profession and its practitioners.
  • 17. What are the CLPD Mandatory Points?

    These are the eight (8) Points of the Mandatory training courses that cover core subjects and must be completed by a Legal Consultant during the filing period.
  • 18. Who is providing the Mandatory Courses?

    The Department has selected specific Advocacy and Legal Consultancy Firms located in Dubai as Accredited CLPD Course Providers to work alongside internationally recognised training companies to provide the Mandatory Courses. In selecting these Advocacy and Legal Consultancy Firms, the Department has relied on the unique experiences and knowledge of those firms. All of these courses will be provided by instructors experienced in the legal subject matter of each respective course, which will result in a CLPD Programme with a consistent standard of excellence.
  • 19. . I have to comply with CLPD obligations in my home jurisdiction; do I need to do it here also?

    Yes. Each Legal Consultant is required to complete the mandated CLPD Programme of the Department. However, if your home jurisdiction is recognised as a provider of CLPD in accordance with the curriculum approved by the Department, then you can get use of the courses attended in your home jurisdiction, that will be counted at a maximum of two (2) points towards your non-mandatory CLPD Accredited Points.
  • 20. If I have completed more CLPD courses than required in one filing period, can I carry the excess over to another filing period?

    Yes, you may carry over a maximum of two (2) points to count towards (non-mandatory) Accredited Points for the subsequent filing period.
  • 21. How can I enrol in Accredited [non-mandatory] CLPD courses?

    A Legal Consultant will be registered in the courses provided by CLPD course provided approved by the Department. The CLPD Affairs Committee of the Department will ensure compliance with certain requirements by course providers before they are granted accreditation. It is important for the Legal Consultant to check with the CLPD Activity provider is accredited by the Department. If a provider is not accredited, no CLPD Points will be given for that Legal Consultant. For a full list of accredited providers.
  • 22. What happens if the legal consultant failed to register / registered late?

    There is only a limited amount of CLPD courses in a given filing period. The Legal Consultant must register in such courses. Otherwise, his registration may be subject to non-renewal, which will consequently prevent him from practising the profession in the Emirate of Dubai.
  • 23. Can CLPD Requirements be amended?

    Yes, as per the corresponding procedures set by the Department. Amendments will be made on a case by case basis through the CLPD Affairs Committee.
  • 24. . Can a knowledge manager/legal consultancy firm manager block book sessions for his staff and allocate these later?

    Yes, this can be arranged through the web portal. (Register) For more details please call the Department on +971 4 3533337
  • 25. Who keeps a record of CLPD?

    Each Legal Consultant must maintain a complete record of all the CLPD courses he has undertaken in each filing period. The Legal Consultant must also complete, sign and file his CLPD Record with the Department within thirty (30) days from the lapse of the filing period, in accordance with the relevant procedures prescribed by the Department.
  • 26. What happens if the Legal Consultant failed to file his CLPD Record?

    If the Legal Consultant failed to file his CLPD Record, the CLPD Affairs Committee will send him a notice to that end. In the event of continued non-compliance, the Legal Consultant shall be subject to non-renewal of his Registration and the provisions prescribed for in the Executive Council Resolution No. (22) of 2011 Concerning Fees and Fines Prescribed for the Advocacy and Legal Consultancy Profession in the Emirate of Dubai.
  • 27. Will the Legal Consultant be able to file an application for renewal of registration to practise the profession if he has not completed CLPD Requirements within the filing period?

    No, the Legal Consultant will not be able to renew his Registration with the Department in the event he did not complete the CLPD Requirements within the filing period. The Legal Consultant will also be subject to the provision prescribed for in Executive Council Resolution No. 22 of 2011 concerning Fees and Fines for the Advocacy and Legal Consultancy Profession in the Emirate of Dubai.
  • 28. . What are the "focused" sessions?

    The "focus" sessions have been designed as a moderated discussion session to look in further detail into a specific element of the subject of a mandatory activities, the sessions are aimed at Legal Consultants who have extensive experience in the subject matter or who have already undertaken the relevant overview course.
  • 29. How long a CLPD Record must be kept?

    For purposes of audit to be conducted by the Department, each Legal Consultant is required to keep the CLPD Record and documentation for three (3) years after each filing period. The documentation you maintain should consist of the following: proof of registration for the CLPD Activity; and confirmation of your attendance by the CLPD Activity provider of e.g. a certificate of completion or attendance.
  • 30. Will the CLPD record be subject to audit?

    The Department may review CLPD Records at any time for a period of up to three (3) years after each filing period. The Department will give a Legal Consultant fifteen (15) calendar days from the notice of the audit, within which the Legal Consultant must produce all data and documentation evidencing completion of CLDP Requirements.
  • 31. What happens in the event of failure to comply with the Audit procedures or when it is established that a violation has been committed?

    If a Legal Consultant fails to comply with the audit requirements or, if an audit reveals that a Legal Consultant did not comply with the CLPD Requirements, the Legal Consultant will be subject to Executive Council Resolution No. (22) of 2011 Concerning Fees and Fines Prescribed for the Advocacy and Legal Consultancy.
  • 32. . Which penalties can be imposed on a Legal Consultant who fails to comply with the CLPD Requirements?

    1- financial fines; 2- Suspension from practising for a period of up to one (1) year; and 3- Striking off the roll. The Department shall have the right to not renew the registration of any Legal Consultant who does not comply with the CLPD requirements. A grievance against such penalties can be submitted as prescribed in Executive Council Resolution No. (22) of 2011 Concerning Fees and Fines Prescribed for the Advocacy and Legal Consultancy in the Emirate of Dubai, bylaws and resolutions issued by the Department.
  • 33. CLPD Requirements for New Legal Consultants

    Legal Consultants who do not have an academic degree in Law from the UAE, and who are registered on the Roll to practise the profession in the Emirate of Dubai for the first time, must - within twelve (12) months of their initial registration with the Department – obtain twenty four (24) CLPD Points and must pass any tests set by the Department. The Department will determine a commencement date for such requirements, based on the information which will be issued by the Department soon.
  • 34. What is the Government Entities Portal?

    The Government Entities Portal is an online platform facilitating cooperation between the Legal Affairs Department and applicant government entities, where concerned entities are able to view current cases and inactive cases (closed, archived, cancelled etc.). This portal is available in Arabic and English, including all tabs and content of each webpage.
    The Director of the government entity and the account user can both access the Government Entities Portal. The administrator of the Government Entities Portal creates user IDs for the Director of the government entity and the account user and enables their access to the website. The government entity Director will be able to view and manage all case details, and the entity's users will be able to access their registered cases, subject to being authorised to do so.
  • 35. What is the Legal Profession System?

    The Legal Profession System has been designed to provide smart services in order to meet clients' needs and correspond to the services provided to advocates and legal consultants by the Legal Affairs Department. Management of the applications submitted to the department, issuance of invoices and collection of payments can all be done electronically.
  • 36. What are the applicable service fees for licensing or renewing the license of an advocacy firm?

    The applicable fee for an advocacy firm license is AED 3,000 payable for each advocate and legal consultant registered with the firm at the time of establishment. The smart service shall allow applicants, following approval, to make payments of the fees through any smart device.
    Alternatively, applicants may, following approval, remit payment by visiting the Department in person.
  • 37. How to apply for initial registration of advocates/legal consultants.

    • Applications shall be completed and submitted through the Legal Profession System without supporting documents.
    • Successful submission of application is confirmed through the system, sending an automated email/SMS with the case Ref. No.
    • The application is initially approved by the Department.
    • Contact is initiated with the advocate/legal consultant to confirm the interview appointment and send copies of the supporting documents.
    • The application is examined to ensure relevant requirements are met.
    • The Advocate/Legal Consultant is registered in the system and tan invoice for payment is generated.
    • The system generates the Advocate/Legal Consultant login credentials to make the payment.
    • The client visits the Department to:
    - Submit original documents.
    - Take the oath.
    - Receive the Card.
  • 38. How is the Advocate/Legal Consultant registration renewed?

    • The Legal Profession System sends an email/SMS reminder of the registration renewal date.
    • The Advocate/Legal Consultant then logs in to the Legal Profession System.
    • The Advocate/Legal Consultant chooses the smart registration renewal service.
    • The Advocate/Legal Consultant pays the amount due through the system.
    • The Advocate/Legal Consultant receives an SMS notification of successful registration renewal.
    • The Advocate/Legal Consultant receives the new registration card through Zajel or collects it in person from the Legal Affairs Department.
  • 39. How to amend the Advocate/Legal Consultant registration information (from employed to unemployed/voluntary retirement)?

    • Applications shall be completed and submitted through the Legal Profession System without supporting documents.
    • Successful submission of application is confirmed through the system, sending an automated email/SMS with the case Ref. No.
    • The system generates an email listing the required documents if any (supporting documents).
    • A notice is sent to the client stating that amendment is pending payment.
    • The application is reviewed by the Department.
    • The application is approved through the system.v • The employee in charge updates information on the system.
    • The advocate/legal consultant pays applicable fees.
    • The amendment is confirmed by email.
  • 4. How to amend the Advocate/Legal Consultant registration information (from employed to unemployed)?

    • Applications shall be completed and submitted through the Legal Profession System without supporting documents.
    • Successful submission of application is confirmed through the system, sending an automated email/SMS with the case Ref. No.
    • The system generates an email listing the required documents if any (supporting documents).
    • The application is reviewed by the Department.
    • The application is approved through the system.
    • The employee in charge updates information on the system.
    • The advocate/legal consultant pays applicable fees.
    • The registration card is sent through Zajel or collected in person.
  • 41. How to amend Advocate/Legal Consultant Registration information (amendment of Advocacy/Legal Consultancy firm)?

    • Applications shall be completed and submitted through the Legal Profession System without supporting documents.
    • Successful submission of application is confirmed through the system, sending an automated email/SMS with the case Ref. No.
    • The system generates an email listing the required documents if any (supporting documents).
    • The application is reviewed by the Department.
    • The application is approved through the system.
    • The employee in charge updates information on the system.
    • The advocate/legal consultant pays applicable fees.
    • The registration card is sent through Zajel or collected in person.
  • 42. How to amend Advocate registration information (for entitlement to appear before the court of cassation)?

    • Applications shall be completed and submitted through the Legal Profession System without supporting documents.
    • Successful submission of application is confirmed through the system, sending an automated email/SMS with the case Ref. No.
    • The system generates an email listing the required documents if any (supporting documents).
    • The application is reviewed by the Department.
    • The application is approved through the system.v • The employee in charge updates information on the system.
    • The advocate/legal consultant pays applicable fees.
    • The registration card is sent through Zajel or collected in person.
  • 43. Registration of sole establishment Advocacy/ Legal Consultancy firm- Initial approval.

    • Applications shall be completed and submitted through the Legal Profession System without supporting documents.
    • Successful submission of application is confirmed through the system, sending an automated email/SMS with the case Ref. No.
    • The system generates an email requesting the upload of supporting documents through a hyperlink.
    • The application is studied by the Department to ensure requirements are met.
    • The application is initially approved by the Department.
    • The system generates the firm's login credentials to allow the firm to make the respective payment.
    • A no-objection-certificate is submitted in person.
    • The firm logs in for licensing information to be updated by Tarkhees Authority.
    • The commercial license is sent through Zajel.
  • 44. Can users pay for the services provided by the Department electronically?

    • Yes, payments can be made through PayPal