Who We Are
Meet your team
CEO & Founder
Sarah Malik is an experienced and well- regarded lawyer whose 20 year career to date has spanned internationally. Prior to founding SOL International Ltd, she practiced as a Barrister at a leading set of Chambers in London, worked as employed Counsel at a leading UK law firm and headed the Advocacy and Investigations team of an International law firm in Dubai. She is a member of the SIAC Users Council in the Middle East and is appointed on the Lagos Panel of Arbitration Neutrals. She is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and accepts appointments to sit as an arbitrator. Sarah is known as a straight talking, no nonsense lawyer who fights her clients corner hard and her approach and commitment has resulted in a loyal client following. She is dedicated to the work she undertakes and is recommended as an excellent advocate by those who work with her.
Sarah also has a network of trusted lawyers in London, full rights to appear at all court levels in England and Wales and is an Associate member of a London Chambers.
‘Always challenge yourself, never be complacent. Have your clients back and always tell them straight what they need to hear. One team. Deliver what you promise, be consistent and work with mutual trust and respect for your client. Two and a half years on we are delighted to grow from strength and strength. The name SOL is special and will always serve as a reminder of why we all do what we do, our motivation and driving force and what truly matters: family. SOL stands for Sarah Omar Lina. Those of you who know me know that first and foremost I am blessed to be mother to Omar and Lina. All that I do I do for them.’
Nicola is a qualified UK Solicitor, specialised in corporate/commercial and sports law. Prior to joining SOL International LTD, she has worked in the Arbitration, Real Estate and Corporate team of a leading International law firm in Dubai With her background in law and international business, Nicola also acts as consultant for an international sports management agency, focusing on sports law and athlete management. Her knowledge and passion in law, international business and sports encouraged her to become a corporate/sports lawyer and a successful business woman. Nicola is dedicated to understanding her client’s needs and creating long-term strategic partnerships. Her experience in both the business and legal world enables her to find creative and unique ways to assist her clients.
“The way to grow is to combine your skill and your passion and to be part of a team that allows you to be fearless and accept no limits. Sarah and I have not only worked together in the legal field for many years, she has also become part of my family and I am proud to now be a part of the SOL family. I am excited to work together with Sarah and her team and it is empowering to see SOL’s success and to be part of its growth.”
Saher has been with SOL from the start. Initially as an intern, then a paralegal, and now as a Trainee Solicitor, she assists with undertaking legal research, compiling first drafts of documents, attending Client conferences, analysing documentation, assistance in preparing court documents, bundles, exhibits, liaising with external parties, and business development. Saher graduated with a B.A.(Hons.) in Law from Middlesex University, Dubai and is currently pursuing her LPC LLM from University of Law. She has a background in employment law, company, trusts and tort. She has extensive hands on practical experience of Client needs and having worked with the Firms private clients, she has a good understanding of the nuances of Clients requirements and of discretion and confidentiality. Saher will undertake seats in arbitration/litigation, employment law, private client and corporate law.
“Working at SOL has been amazing. Sarah has helped push me out of my comfort zone and has encouraged me and inspired me to become much more confident. Working here helps me to bridge the gap between my academic background and practical real-life experience in law. I am enjoying putting the theory into practice”.
Swetha is currently a paralegal and brings a strong skillset in legal research, preparation of bundles, drafting notes, liaising with Clients and business development. Having graduated with a BBA (Hons) in Law she has developed a particular interest in dispute resolution along with intellectual property law and company law. Prior to working with SOL International Ltd, Swetha has interned in the UAE and in India , under well reputed advocates and firm. As someone who thrives on challenging work and a constant drive to excel she is well suited to the ethos of SOL.
“Setting foot into the legal field as a Paralegal with SOL is the perfect avenue to learn and polish my skills. The team and the journey of SOL is inspiring and Sarah is wonderful mentor who always strives to bring out the best in me.”
Ajitha is a graduate in B.A.(Hons.) in Accounting & Finance and assists with all finance & accounts related to SOL. Her role involves liaison between SOL & external providers in respect of VAT, audit, accounts, invoicing & financial management.
In addition, she is also currently pursuing her ACCA qualification.
“I enjoy the dynamic varied workload putting into practice my accounting background for the benefit of a legal discipline and thereby greatly enhancing my skillset.”
What People Say
“Sarah is the complete package – a formidable advocate, wise counsel, careful strategist and efficient planner.”
Chair, International Arbitration and Litigation, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
“I have had the honor of working with Sarah on several complex and highly demanding litigation and arbitration-related projects where time was of the essence. She is an excellent advocate, passionate about her client’s interests and very results driven. Apart from her first class professional qualifications, she is above all a woman of integrity and a pleasure to deal with.”
Partner, Law House
“I have worked with Sarah both in London and Dubai and am delighted to see that she has now established her own firm. She is a first class lawyer, client focused, energetic and user-friendly.”
“Sarah Malik has been the first lawyer who supported me in the early weeks of the launch of Middlesex University Dubai’s LLB in 2014 and she has been a strategic partner of the Law and Politics Department ever since. Last year Sarah was appointed as visiting faculty to teach employment law, arbitration and legal ethics at the UG and PG level. Students have been very engaged and satisfied by her teaching, particularly enjoying her extensive professional experience integrated in her teaching. She is dedicated to every project she is undertaking and she is always keen to develop innovative collaborations and partnerships.”
Dr Tenia Kyriazi
Head of Law and Politics Middlesex University, Dubai