Sarah achieved ‘Litigator of the Year’ (2022) at the first GCC Women in Law Awards and received an honourable mention as ‘Law Firm Leader of the Year’ category at the same awards. In March 2022, SOL was named by Legal 500 EMEA as ‘A Firm to Watch in Dispute Resolution: Arbitration and International Litigation’.
Sarah was finalist at the First Middle East Blockchain Awards 2022 for ‘Most Influential Woman in Blockchain and Crypto’ in November 2022.
Sarah has been featured in the special edition of the UAE Managing Partners Report for two consecutive years published by LexisNexis for International Women’s Day.
Sarah is appointed to various boards regionally and internationally which include Advisory Committee for the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC), the Advisory Board for ThoughtsLeaders4 FIRE: Middle East Summit 2023, the Advisory Board for Juris Centre for Excellence in Legal Education and Training at Middlesex University, Dubai, and the DIFC Court Users’ Committee.
In March 2022, she was appointed to advise female tech startups in investment-readiness for She Wins Arabia, a joint initiative between International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM).
Sarah is the external General Counsel for Dan Holdings since 2019, a multinational technologies firm founded in Dubai in 2018 that invests in blockchain, technology, and green energy startups and has developed blockchain-powered products and services, including Telechat, CoinsApp and BlockFinex.
In August 2022, Sarah was appointed as the External General Counsel for Pixelated Apes, the largest digital marketplace for crypto collectibles and non-fungible tokens (NFTs).
Sarah is well versed in negotiating multi-jurisdictional tech deals, SAFE Agreements, SAFT Agreements, and has advised a number of start-ups in the UAE. Sarah has a hands-on approach with the work she is involved in and is currently in communication with overseas regulators in respect of Crypto and Blockchain regulations.
Sarah is frequently invited to speak at conferences within the UAE, GCC and internationally including for ICC, CIArb and IBA.
In November 2023, Sarah will chair a panel for ThoughtsLeaders4 Middle East on ‘Metaverse Litigation: The New Age of Disputes in the Virtual World’.
In November 2023, Sarah will speak on ‘Litigating in and About the Metaverse’ at the IBA Conference 2023 in Paris.
In October 2023, Sarah is speaking on ‘AI and Tech in Disputes’ at the Inaugural Arbitration Day in Algiers.
Sarah spoke at the 7th International Arbitration Conference: A New Era of Dispute Resolution in Africa on the topic ‘Keeping up with the moving face of technology in Arbitration: The Metaverse, AI, Blockchain and Fintech’ in Kenya in July 2023.
In June 2023, Sarah spoke on ‘Exploring the intersection of women in Web3 and blockchain through the lens of business and law’ in an event hosted by Bin Sevan Advocates & Legal Consultants and LexisNexis.
In May 2023, SOL International Ltd co-hosted and moderated an event at London International Disputes Week (LIDW) 2023 on the topic ‘Bridging the gap: UK and UAE’. Sarah also wrote an article, published by Bond Solon on ‘ChatGPT and the Law: Navigating the Legal Implications of Artificial Intelligence” for LIDW 2023.
Sarah delivered a course as part of the DIFC Professional Development Series on ‘The Metaverse and NFTs Uncovered’ in May 2023 and spoke at CIArb Qatar Conference and AGM on ‘The Use of AI in Arbitration’ in May 2023.
Sarah published an article for the Bombay Stock Exchange Brokers Forum on ‘Emotional and Artificial Intelligence in the Legal Sphere within its Global Insights’ in May 2023 and on ‘Regulation of Virtual Assets Dubai Law No 4/2022’ for LexisNexis Middle East in April 2023.
In March 2023, SOL co-hosted a seminar on ‘ChatGPT and AI in Law’ in collaboration with the DIFC Academy and delivered a course with Disruptive Focus on ‘NFT as Digital Property and Real Assets’.
In November 2022, Sarah spoke at the IBA Young Lawyer Training at the University of Miami on ‘Metaverse: Law and Technology’ and spoke at the Young IBA on ‘The changing landscape in arbitration: new trends – how the metaverse fits into arbitration.’
In September 2022, SOL organised a webinar on ‘Smart Contracts, NFTs and the Metaverse: Use of Law in a New Virtual World’ in collaboration with 36 Commercial Chambers and LexisNexis.
Sarah spoke at the 6th ICC Africa Conference on International Arbitration in Lagos in June 2022 on ‘Metaverse and Arbitration’.
Sarah undertakes commercial work at the DIFC and ADGM Courts often with multi-jurisdictional issues.
In addition to practice, Sarah trains various academies, arbitral institutions, and judiciary worldwide including AIFC, ADJD and DIFC. Sarah is a visiting lecturer on the LLM at Middlesex University, Dubai.