Decree No. 57 of 2009 appointed the DIFC Courts’ Registrar, Mark Beer, as the Registrar to the Special Tribunal. Mark joined the DIFC Courts in 2008 from MasterCard Worldwide, at which he was Regional Legal Counsel for South Asia, Middle East and Africa (SAMEA) handling legal and regulatory matters across that region, and was later promoted to Vice President, heading MasterCard’s Government Relations and Corporate Services across SAMEA.
Prior to MasterCard, Mark worked in the Corporate Finance team of Man Investments in Switzerland and prior to that in law firms in the UK and the UAE. As Registrar, Mark undertakes judicial functions and other duties prescribed in Decree No.57 of 2009 (amended by Decree No.11 of 2010) and is responsible for administering the Dubai World Tribunal office and staff.
Amna Sultan Al Owais
The DIFC Courts’ Deputy Registrar & SCT Registrar, Amna Al Owais, was appointed as Deputy Registrar to the Special Tribunal. Amna Sultan Al Owais joined the DIFC Courts in October 2006. Prior to joining the Courts’ team, she worked as a lawyer for Hadef Al Dhahiri & Associates in their litigation and commercial department. In her current role in the DIFC Courts, in addition to the Judicial functions provided by DIFC Courts Law No 10 of 2004, Amna is responsible for the corporate services of the DIFC Courts, the Pro Bono programme and the Small Claims Tribunal.
Amna obtained her Masters with Commendation in International Commercial Law from Kingston University, London and has been admitted to practice in the UAE, both at the local and federal Courts. Amna has also been appointed as an Advisory Board Member of the Access to Justice and Legal Aid Committee, and will serve from 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2015.
Senior Judicial Coordinator
Henna Yousaf joined the Registry in January 2010 as a Legal Assistant providing support on the operational establishment of the Tribunal, dealing with lodging of new claims and working towards the progression of cases. In her current role she now oversees the progression of cases and continues with her responsibilities of scheduling hearings, providing support to the Chairman and Tribunal Members and assisting the Registrar and Deputy Registrar in the day to day running of the Registry and Tribunal affairs.
Henna graduated from Middlesex University in London with a BA Degree in Business Studies and Human Resource Management. Her career started as a Legal Representative for a law firm in London which involved making visits to UK Immigration Department, prison/detention centres and Seaports to represent clients. She has worked for the Lord Chancellors Department of England & Wales providing support to the Children Litigation Division in ‘The Official Solicitors Office to the Supreme Court’ in London and as a Para Legal Assistant for a law firm in Dubai.
Case Progression Officer
Lema Hatim joined the Dubai World Tribunal and the DIFC Courts as a Case Progression Officer in July 2013, immediately following her internship with the DIFC Courts Registry. Prior to joining DIFC Courts she was working as a Paralegal with the dispute resolution team on a number of legal cases at Norton Rose (Middle East) LLP. Lema has completed her Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the American University of Sharjah. Lema has won awards at the Philip C Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition National Rounds held at the DIFC Courts for the Best Oralist, Best Overall Team and Best Memorial Award.