As part of its efforts to develop the legal profession in the Emirate of Dubai, the Department's Consultative Committee of Advocacy and Legal Consultancy Professions Affairs held its first meeting in the Dubai Legal Professional Development Centre. 

The Director General of the Government of Dubai Legal Affairs Department, HE Dr. Lowai Belhoul, stressed the importance of this meeting as it reflects the Department's commitment to communicate and consult with advocates and legal consultants about the Department's plans and programmes to develop the legal profession in the Emirate of Dubai. HE Dr. Belhoul also noted that the Committee was set up to review comments and suggestions of practitioners, identify and address obstacles and challenges faced by the legal profession, and create an appropriate environment for legal practitioners. The purpose is to keep abreast with developments seen by the Emirate in all areas, in line with Dubai Strategic Plan 2021.

The meeting discussed legislation regulating the legal profession in the Emirate, bylaws and resolutions concerning registration of practitioners and licensing law firms, in addition to statistics related to the advocacy and legal consultancy profession in the Emirate.

The meeting also discussed key ongoing projects and programmes of the Department, including issuing the Code of Professional Conduct Bylaw, launching the Continuing Legal Professional Development (CLPD) Programme in the Emirate. The CLPD Programme, which fosters a culture of continuing learning in line with developments of all legal disciplines, aims to raise the bar of legal services in the Emirate, attain the highest level of public confidence and boost Dubai's standing as a global hub for providing legal services in accordance with the best international practices.

The attendees further reviewed the key challenges facing practitioners including provision of legal services by unauthorised persons, effective measures for addressing them and ways to improve the professional performance of new entrants. The Department received comments and suggestions of the Committee members, with a view to analysing and taking the necessary action for advancing legal work and legal services in Dubai.