In furtherance of the Legal Affairs Department's objective to boost cooperation in training and professional development of advocates and legal consultants, His Excellency Dr Lowai Mohamed Belhoul, Director General of the Government of Dubai Legal Affairs Department, received a delegation from the Emirates Association for Lawyers and Legal Consultants headed by Zayed Al Shamsi, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Association.

During the meeting held at the Dubai Legal Professional Development Centre, Dr Belhoul highlighted the significance of improving cooperation and coordination with strategic partners with a view to exchanging expertise for the benefit of the legal profession in the Emirate of Dubai.

The delegation was briefed about the Centre's training courses, namely the CLPD Programme for advocates and legal consultants in Dubai.  His Excellency explained that the boom witnessed by the Emirate in various sectors under the directives of the visionary leadership of the Emirate has necessitated the development of legal industry.  Therefore, and in line with best international practices, the Legal Affairs Department introduced the CLPD Programme to ensure that legal consultants are aware of the necessary legal disciplines and latest practices with a view to raising the bar of legal services provided in the Emirate. 

Mr Zayed Al Shamsi discussed the goals and activities of the Association and expressed gratitude to the Department for its efforts and training courses, and in particular the CLPD Programme.   Furthermore, Mr Al Shamsi emphasized that the Association is interested in joining the Department in implementing this programme by accrediting the Association's training activities that meet the requirements of the CLPD.

On another note, Mr Al Shamsi raised the need for a mechanism to monitor the quality of legal training courses provided by private entities in the Emirate.

In this context, Dr Belhoul welcomed the accreditation of the Association as a training entity approved by the Department with regard to the Programme, and stressed that the participation of the Association in providing the CLPD will enrich the training activities and contribute to achieving the objectives of the Programme.

At the conclusion of the meeting, both sides underlined the importance of holding periodic meetings to strengthen their mutual cooperation and coordination with a view towards enhancing the  development of the legal profession, which will in turn reflect positively on the level of confidence in legal services provided in the Emirate.