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Cynthia Trench

May
11
2014
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Having spent her formative years in Hong Kong, CT completed her degree at the University of Hong Kong, and was admitted and qualified as a Solicitor in Hong Kong in 1986. Cynthia arrived in Dubai in 1989. Her first Language is English but she also speaks Cantonese and French.

Cynthia specialises in corporate and property law as well as private client. Her expertise is in respect of enabling Clients to be established in the Middle East expeditiously in a cost effective way. Furthermore, she has handled many mergers and acquisitions. In recent years, with the property boom and financial crisis, she has turned the Firm around by not only assisting Clients in restructuring Developers’ contracts or sales and purchases but also in disputes resolutions in property, construction and rental matters.

Cynthia obtained her Licence on 10 February 1996 from the Rulers Office of the Government of Dubai as the first female expatriate licensed Legal Consultant.

In 2004, she was awarded Best Service Provider by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum on behalf of his Establishment for young entrepreneurs.

Since 2008, Cynthia has spoken at many Seminars on the subject of Estate Planning in the UAE and Tax issues for UK expatriates and on the effect of Sharia Law on the assets of expatriates in general. Seminars were given at many different forums including HSBC Premier Clients, large corporations based in the UAE, Wealth Managers and Financial Institutions.

In February 2011, Cynthia organised a Symposium on Asset Protection and Estate Planning which was sponsored by Emirates Airlines in Dubai and the Chamber of Commerce in Abu Dhabi. This Symposium brought together international experts who shared their knowledge and expertise in relation to inheritance and estate planning issues impacting expatriates living in the UAE.

Since then she conducts workshops regularly several times a month to various Professional Institutions about the Inheritance issues arising in the UAE. Such Institutions include, STEP, Danish and Swedish Business Councils, Women in Insurance Group, Emirates Airlines, Flydubai and Etihad Airlines.

Cynthia is actively working with the Dubai Economic Council and the Chambers of Commerce in Dubai and Abu Dhabi to see whether the area of Inheritance laws and practice and procedure for Expatriates can be improved.

Recently she visited the DIFC Courts/ DFSA and requested their assistance to spearhead a campaign to have the procedures of probate for non-Muslims clarified. We continue to strive for the betterment of the expatriate community in this area.

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