Requirements to obtain approval from Legal Affairs Department in setting up a Legal Consultancy or Law Firm in Dubai

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To set up a Legal Consultancy or Law Firm in UAE, the Legal Affairs Department approval is a mandatory requirement for all Dubai jurisdictions. The UAE government approves the license only for applicants who can prove their knowledge and expertise…

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To set up a Legal Consultancy or Law Firm in UAE, the Legal Affairs Department approval is a mandatory requirement for all Dubai jurisdictions. The UAE government approves the license only for applicants who can prove their knowledge and expertise to advise on UAE laws and regulations.

Under Article 9(e) of the Department’s Bylaw, 236 of 2015 non-UAE nationals applying for a legal consultancy firm license must evidence 10 consecutive years of legal experience and offer to provide unique legal services which are not already provided by existing legal consultancy firms despite its significance or there is a demand for such service in the Emirate of Dubai.

What are the requirements?

For Sole Establishment Legal Consultancy Firm License

  1. Bachelors Degree in Law certified by Ministry of Higher Education (Legalized if obtained outside UAE);
  2. Letter(s) of legal experience issued from the entities where the experience was acquired evidencing ten (10) years of legal experience; and 
  3. Professional Business Plan detailing the unique legal service or demand for legal service including any evidence in support.

For Legal Consultant Registration

1. Valid Passport;
2. Valid Emirates Identity Card;
3. CV;
4. Legalised evidence of professional legal qualification, OR legalized academic qualification in law and legal experience letter(s) issued from entity/ entities where the legal experience was obtained; and
5.  Recently taken Passport size photo (in professional attire and be against a white background within a reasonable distance)

A bond of AED 1 million would be required, should you decide to open a Lawyers and Advocates office to assume the defense in the cases filed with courts. 

In addition to the license fees, which depend on the jurisdiction and office, staffing requirements, a license from Legal Affairs Department fee shall be AED 3,000 and the registration fee as a legal consultant shall be AED 2,000.

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