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You might be an ultra-high net worth individual or a commercial business. Looking for legal advice in buying and selling property or tax and personal wealth. Corporate transactions or immigration. Litigation or family law.

Whatever your needs, our award-winning Middle East desk offers expert guidance. Practical advice. A bespoke and holistic approach. And a long-standing, trusted partnership that supports all your legal requirements.

We’re in the heart of London. But we’re a team of Arabic speakers that know the Middle East and North Africa region intimately. We visit regularly to meet clients and host events. We understand and respect the cultural and religious sensitivities. We work with other specialists including embassies, wealth managers, tax advisors, family offices, property agents, brokers and private banks to offer a diverse range of services, including Sharia estate and succession planning, and Sharia compliant property finance. And we share our knowledge and work across borders. So, you can be sure that we’ll deal with your legal matters smoothly. And in your best interest. Including any surrounding issues associated with your global estate.

We are renowned internationally for representing established families across the Middle East, Gulf States and beyond, looking after their UK and cross-border matters. We understand that every transaction and legal matter has its own complexities and pride ourselves on offering a clear, precise and tailor-made approach.

Our fully integrated legal services include:

Residential and Commercial Property
Our highly experienced real estate team can help you with every aspect of buying and selling residential, new build and commercial properties, including property management. We’re used to working with businesses, developers and landlords in the high-end property, retail and hotel sectors. So we’ll give you the highest quality legal advice with excellent response times.
Immigration
Whether you’re an individual moving to the UK or a business looking to invest here, we’ll help you on all UK immigration matters, with specialist advice on:

  • Sponsor Licence – licence applications, compliance advice and assistance, licence revocations
  • Business immigration – as Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 5 visas.
  • Private immigration – Tier 4 student visa, Tier 5 visa, entry clearance, indefinite leave to remain and passport applications.
  • Global Immigration – International work permits
Corporate & Commercial
We work with a variety of highly structured corporate entities. So, we specialise in forming a company, succession planning, and setting out directors’ and shareholders’ rights and liabilities.
Litigation & Disputes
We’re experts in many litigation areas, including breach of contract, intellectual property disputes, insolvency and asset recovery.
Matrimonial & Family
We advise both international and UK clients on family law matters. These include divorce, child custody, pre and post nuptial agreements and civil partnerships.
Islamic / Sharia-compliant financing for property transactions
We represent a range of private banks and borrowers in relation to Sharia compliant property finance.
Tax and accountancy
We offer comprehensive advice on all UK taxes. This includes inheritance tax, capital gains tax, SDLT, income tax, corporation tax and VAT. Our in-house accountant can also help you file your tax returns.
Private wealth and estate planning
We structure wills, lasting power of attorney and estate planning for estates and families across different jurisdictions. Our aim is to grow, protect and transfer your wealth by developing the right strategies to meet your needs.
Islamic / Sharia-compliant estate planning & wills
Mamuna, the Head of our Middle East Desk, is an experienced private wealth and tax lawyer and an eminent advisor for affluent Middle Eastern clients. She works closely with professional intermediaries to offer a niche service of Sharia estate and succession planning.
We are also the proud founders of The Next Generation Middle East initiative in the UK, which supports and encourages the next generation of Middle Eastern students, professionals and promising entrepreneurs.
Shinead Wilson

Mamuna Farooq

Head of Middle East desk

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You may have assets in Spain or Latin America. Or be looking to invest in the UK. Our experts in London and local partners offer professional advice. To cover all your commercial, investment, private wealth and family matters.

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