Who We Are

Meet your team

Sarah Malik

CEO & Founder

Sarah Malik is an award-winning lawyer who achieved Litigator of the Year (2022) at the first GCC Women in Law Awards and received an honourable mention as the Law Firm Leader of the Year category at the same awards. She set up SOL, a boutique legal practice in the UAE in 2018. SOL has since become a household name in the UAE and internationally and has been listed as a ‘Firm to Watch in Dispute Resolution’ by Legal 500 EMEA. Sarah is a published author of two legal texts, a visiting lecturer in law, an arbitrator, acts as Counsel in multi-jurisdictional disputes and is an international public speaker who trains governments and judiciaries worldwide. 

Sarah is also retained as personal advisor to UHNW, acts as external GC, and undertakes sports, fashion, and entertainment law.

SOL is testament to the fact that we are all capable of achieving anything. Never limit yourself and always deliver with integrity, honesty, and transparency. We are the kind of lawyers that tell you how it is, not always what you want to hear. Three and a half years on, we are delighted to continue to grow and establish worldwide partnerships. 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.’

Adam Rasul

Senior International Counsel

Adam Rasul is a well-renowned Solicitor-Advocate with extensive experience of criminal and sports law spanning over 18 years. He is the Founder of his own outstanding private law practice in the UK with a global reach and he was worked in some of the largest international law firms globally. He brings a wealth of experience and expertise.

Adam has over 18 years background in acting for clients both at a national and international level and has been involved in landmark, complex matters, with a particular emphasis on sophisticated fraud and high- level business crime. Adam’s expert advice is regularly sought in high-level criminal interviews by investigators from the Serious Fraud Office, HMRC, the police, and international agencies.

In addition, Adam acts as a Personal Legal Representative to a number of world-renowned sports celebrities, to preserve their interests in negotiations involving contracts with promoters, agents and commercial sponsors. He is frequently instructed by UHNW clients overseas to attend on urgent and serious matters that require immediate, strategic, specialist expertise with a carefully executed plan.

Adams track record of international success has earned him a reputation of excellence amongst his legal peers, his clients, and beyond. He is known for his calm, reassuring and personal approach to clients. The relationship of trust and confidence between Adam and his clients enables him to assist them through undoubtedly some of the most difficult and trying periods of their lives. He leaves no stone unturned in defending and protecting his clients’ interests.

“Prevention is better than cure. We fight to win”

Sarah Malik – “SOL is delighted to welcome Adam to the team. His stellar international background and reputation speak for itself and his work in the UAE continues to be at the highest level of excellence that he gives and expects. We are excited to begin ventures now.”

Nicola Rayment

Consultant Counsel

Prior to joining SOL International Ltd, Nicola worked in the Arbitration, Private Client/Real Estate and Corporate team of a leading international law firm in Dubai.

Nicola is a qualified UK Solicitor, specialised in corporate/commercial law. Her experience ranges across multiple sectors, from advising clients in the sports and entertainment industry, providing advice on Sponsorship, Advertising, Management, IP, TV and Media Rights agreements and setting up companies in the UAE to guiding her clients through the legal frameworks and contractual agreements in the technology sector and the Crypto space. Nicola also hosts seminars for clients and lawyers in the TechLaw space, providing guidance on Smart Contracts; Web3, the Metaverse and the law; and on NFTs.

She is also registered as a DIFC Wills Drafts(wo)man, assisting her clients residing in the UAE with their Estate Planning.

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 in law, degree in international business and passion for sports encouraged her to become a successful businesswoman.

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 be a part of the SOL family. It is empowering to see SOL’s success and to be part of it’s growth and journey.”

Saher Khan

Associate

Saher has been with SOL from the start – initially as an intern, paralegal, then a Trainee Solicitor, and now as an Associate. She provides legal advice to Clients, assists with undertaking legal research,  compiling first drafts of pleadings, attending Client conferences, analysing documentation, assistance in preparing court and arbitration documents including bundles, liaising with external parties, supervising legal assistants and paralegals, and business development. Saher graduated with a B.A.(Hons.) in Law from Middlesex University, Dubai and completed her LPC LLM from The University of Law. She has a background in employment law, international dispute resolution, company contracts, and private client work. She has extensive hands on practical experience of Client needs and having worked with the Firm’s private clients,  she has a good understanding of the nuances of Clients’ requirements and of discretion and confidentiality. She enjoys leading and organising legal events on behalf of the Firm and is heavily involved in the ADGM pro-bono scheme.

“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 Sivaram

Trainee

Swetha is currently a trainee and is pursuing the SQE route to qualification as a Solicitor in England and Wales. She brings a strong skillset in legal research, preparation of bundles, drafting notes, liaising with Clients, preparing seminars 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 firms. 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.”

Kiran Gokal

Trainee

Kiran is currently a  trainee at SOL. She graduated with a B.A. from The George Washington University in Washington, DC with a double concentration in Middle Eastern Studies and Security Policy and attended City Law School in London to undertake the GDL. Kiran conducts legal research, assists with drafting case summaries, is part of the wills team and,  is involved with the firm’s UNHW clients. She has interned in Dubai and internationally prior to joining the SOL Team and is enjoying her current role. 

“Working at SOL is unique, challanging, and rewarding. My learning curve has been steep, and because of that, I have grown and learned more than I thought I could. For anyone who thinks being a lawyer is a 9-5 desk job, I would encourage them to spend a day in our office and be proven otherwise. Sarah pushes me to be the best version of myself and I am excited to continue to work under her and grow at SOL.”

Testimonials

What People Say

"Sarah is the complete package – a formidable advocate, wise counsel, careful strategist and efficient planner."
Gary Born
Chair, International Arbitration and Litigation, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
"Sarah is the person to have fighting your corner. She has an unwavering determination to achieve the very best result for the client. She is a strategic thinker who has the rare qualities of being a great leader as well as a great listener."
Sharif Shivji
QC, 4 STONE BUILDINGS
"Sarah is our group external legal Counsel, she’s a formidable advocate with a keen commercial perspective and pragmatic approach, she has an eye for detail and is always thoroughly prepared, she’s both engaging and realistic and is tenacious in achieving first class results for all her clients."
Barry Harwood
Director International Business Development U.K. Residency Limited Harwood Law International
"Sarah is an outstanding lawyer with vast experience in representing UHNW clients and celebrities. She goes above and beyond for her clients. I would trust her (and her team) with anything on a personal and legal level. Once Sarah is instructed that is the first step. Leave her to do the rest, your matter WILL be solved positively and expeditiously."
Adam Rasul
CEO Holborn Adams
"Sarah is an outstanding legal practitioner with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the UK and the UAE. She is driven, passionate and committed to excellence in everything she does, from advising her clients to supporting legal education and training initiatives, as well as mentoring young professionals. I met Sarah in 2014 and, ever since, she has supported all my initiatives to constructively bridge academia with legal practice. Sarah is a visiting lecturer at Middlesex University Dubai and an inspiring role model for students and colleagues."
Dr Tenia Kyriazi
Head of Law and Politics Middlesex University, Dubai

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