CEO and International Disputes Counsel
Sarah Malik is an experienced and well - regarded lawyer whose 21-year career to date has spanned internationally. Sarah founded SOL International Ltd in the UAE in August 2018 which went on to be awarded Emerging Law Firm of the Year 2019 and Recognised Leaders in Dispute Resolution in 2019.
Prior to establishing SOL, Sarah practiced as a Barrister at a leading set of Chambers in London, worked as employed Counsel at a top UK law firm and headed the Advocacy and Investigations team of an International law firm in Dubai. Her core practice areas are Dispute Resolution, Private Wealth and Employment Law.
Sarah is a member of the SIAC Users Council in the Middle East and is appointed on the Lagos Panel of Arbitration Neutrals. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and accepts appointments to sit as an arbitrator. Sarah undertakes international commercial arbitrations (DIAC, ADCCAC, DIFC-LCIA, ICC) and practices commercial and employment litigation in the DIFC and ADGM Courts.
She is regularly instructed to presents training seminars on behalf of and in conjunction with SIAC, DIFC, ADGM, DIAC and RICS.
As well as practicing law, Sarah has authored various articles on litigation, arbitration and employment. At the end of 2019 she authored a Guide to GCC Arbitration, published by Lexis Nexis and in 2018, she authored the UAE Chapter on Arbitration in the International Comparative Legal Guide.
Sarah is often invited to speak at Dispute Resolution, Employment and Leadership conferences in the UAE, GCC and internationally. In addition, she is a Visiting lecturer on the LLM course at Middlesex University, Dubai, where she teaches International Commercial Litigation and Arbitration and DIFC Employment Law & UAE Labor Law.
Legal Director/ Co-Head of Employment
Thenji has extensive experience working in employment law advising blue chip, multinational, regional, local and private clients from all industry sectors. She advises on complex employment issues, which include global mobility of employees, cross-jurisdictional matters including temporary assignment, secondment, cross border engagement.
She has particular expertise in advising on all HR issues including recruitment, termination, employment disputes, corporate reorganisation, mergers and acquisitions, terms and conditions, company policies and procedures.
Thenji works closely with the employment local litigation counsel to file employment claims at the Dubai Courts via the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation and she is a legal practitioner registered with the DIFC Courts.
She is a visiting employment law lecturer at the University of Middlesex (Dubai) and an active volunteer lawyer with the pro-bono scheme at the Dubai International Finance Centre Courts and DMCC Free Zone Mediation Centre. She also provides specialist employment law updates and HR Seminars from time to time.
With over 25 years' international experience, John has led Employment teams both in private practice and in-house.
In the region since 2013, John provides day-to-day employment advice to a wide sector of employer's from international businesses to SMEs. He has a particular interest in the protection of business interests, restructuring, M&A corporate support and regulatory matters. His experience also includes wider areas of compliance, professional conduct, and business fraud (including sanctions and related investigations).
Prior to joining Support Legal, John’s experience included working for one of the largest local law firms and as global Employment Counsel for the region’s largest media company.
John is a member of the Employment & Immigration Committee of the Inter Pacific Bar Association and a regular speaker at their conferences. He has previously written and presented the Employment Law course for a College in the UK. He is a Judicial Officer for World Rugby and deputy chair of Asia Rugby Judiciary Committee.
For further information or to request for an assistance, please contact ACADEMY@difc.ae Select