How to Contract with a Free Zone Company or vice versa

Many businesses have opened up in the various free zones dotted around the UAE. Whilst the advantages of a free zone company are pretty well-known, 100% foreign ownership/full repatriation of profits etc., one of the anomalies is that free-zone companies are, often, prohibited from carrying on a business with persons (including companies) resident in the […]


I. Introduction to Franchising
In basic terms, a franchise is a licence, or permission to use the name and products of an existing business as well as the trademark. The party that grants the franchise is known as a franchisor and the party taking the franchise is known as a franchisee.
Once the franchisor grants the franchise […]

Companies and their Memoranda

UPCOMING DEADLINE: 30 June, 2017- Companies and their MemorandaIf you do not amend your company’s documents by the end of 30 June, 2017, your local Limited Liability Company could be dissolved or substantial fines could be imposed.If you own or partly own shares in a LLC, then it is important that you have your Memorandum […]

Where UAE contract law differs from abroad

Often when companies are doing business in the UAE; and, in particular, wishing to draft a contract, there is a temptation to go online and find a document to copy and paste. Many documents online originate from either the United States or the England, or countries following a similar legal system- the common law system.
However, […]

Start-ups Basics: Protecting Your Idea

Many IT companies start with an idea- some of them are good, some not so good. After the basic idea, it is often the case the people behind the idea, the tech guys, will start going around pitching the idea or the concept to potential investors- these could friends/family, incubators, banks, private equity groups, venture […]

Marriages are falling apart within months, says Divorce Clinic

70 per cent of incompatible couples are unable to resolve differences.Dubai: Divorce is no longer the last resort for incompatible couples as they are increasingly considering it as an option within months of their marriage, according to the Dubai Divorce Legal Clinic at TWS Legal Consultants.Nita Maru, managing partner at TWS Legal Consultants who established […]

Non-Muslims with assets in RAK may now include them in Dubai wills

A digital platform will be launched on Sunday allowing non-Muslims with assets in the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah to include these items in their Dubai-registered will.Dubai International Financial Centre Wills & Probate Registry (DIFC WPR) has extended its coverage to RAK, said Nita Maru, a solicitor and managing partner of TWS Legal Consultants, who […]

Frequently asked questions on wills in the UAE

More than 2,000 UAE residents have now registered their will with Dubai International Financial Centre’s Wills and Probate Registry. The registry was set up in May 2015 to help non-Muslims ensure that their assets in Dubai bypass Sharia Law and are handed to the beneficiaries of their choosing.
But while the registry offers peace of mind […]

Ask the expert: Rules and rights for mums-to-be

The issue of maternity leave and the rights of pregnant women is always of significant importance to parents and those intending to start a family, as illustrated by the letter in 7DAYS last week from the woman who said her boss told her not to get pregnant for five years.International Labour Standards, issued by the […]

UAE inheritance laws – your questions answered

As if expat life were not fraught enough with challenges and complications, families of those who invest in properties here face further complications in the sad event that the property owner passes away without a will.
Nita Maru, a Solicitor and Managing Partner of TWS Legal Consultants, here shares some legal advice regarding the issue.How different […]