Professional Profile

Sarah Malik is a well - regarded lawyer whose 22-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 founding SOL International Ltd, she practiced as a Barrister at a leading set of Chambers in London, worked as employed Counsel at a prominent 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. Sarah is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and accepts appointments to sit as an arbitrator.

Sarah undertakes International Commercial Arbitrations as Counsel (DIAC, ADCCAC, DIFC-LCIA, ICC) and practices commercial litigation at the DIFC and ADGM Courts. She is regularly instructed to present training seminars on behalf of and in conjunction with SIAC, DIFC, ADGM, DIAC, AIAC, RICS, ADJD and EYPS.

As well as practicing law, Sarah has authored various articles on litigation and arbitration. 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 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.

Sarah was interviewed in 2019 by CIArb Global on International Women’s Day ( ).


Dubai, UAE


United Kingdom

Proficient Language(s)


Main Profession


Current Ocupation

SOL International Ltd.
CEO and International Disputes Counsel

Gender Identity


Date of Birth

June 26, 1978

Employer and/or Professional Affiliation(s)

Employer - SQL International Ltd
Professional Affiliations - ClArb, SIAC, RICS, AIAC, Middlesex University Dubai, ADGM, DIFC, Lexis Nexis,

Bar admissions

UK Bar Council (1999)

Degrees / Certificates / Education

BVC - BPP Law School

Professional Training

Chartered Institute of Arbitrators - Fellowship

Relevant memberships in professional organizations

Fellow of the ClArb
Member of the SIAC Middle East Users Council

Arbitral institutes that they are listed as an arbitrator with


Number of arbitration disputes they were counsel to


Highest value of arbitration dispute they were counsel to

USD 600,000,000

Jurisdictions they have experience in

United Kingdom
United Arab Emirates

Applicable jurisdictional laws to arbitration that they have experience in


Value of arbitrator liability insurance