The Team

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nita_maru

Managing Partner and an English qualified solicitor, Nita Maru is a Member of The Law Society of England and Wales. She is also a full member of Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners (STEP), the worldwide professional association for practitioners dealing with family inheritance and succession planning). She holds a full legal consultancy license from the Government of Dubai Legal Affairs Department and The Rulers’ Court.

With over 15 years of experience in senior legal positions, Nita has authored numerous articles and essays on asset and wealth protection including recent articles on the new DIFC Wills and Probate Registry in ‘The National’ and ‘Gulf News’ newspapers. Her focus is on safeguarding families, children, and heirs under succession/inheritance laws in Sharia jurisdictions and helping with the administration of deceased’s’ estates. Having created a successful UAE and UK family/divorce law department, serving clients with a holistic approach to their circumstances, Nita also featured recently in the ‘Xpress’ newspaper on Divorce in the UAE. Over the years Nita has a well-established working relationship with both the Dubai and DIFC Courts. Her services are regularly recommended by consulates and embassies in the UAE. TWS Legal Consultants is also on the British Embassy’s list of recommended law firms.

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Mark Nierada is a dynamic and experienced private client and dispute resolution lawyer. He has been a member of the Law Society of England and Wales for over 30 years and is a full member of STEP. Mark frequently acts as multi-jurisdictional counsel to high net worth individuals, privately held companies, family enterprises and family offices focusing on asset protection, family and matrimonial disputes, family and business succession, exit planning (including immigration matters), legacy perpetuation, governance and trust and tax issues.

Mark is also experienced in advising on real estate investment, acquisition, structuring and due diligence and dispute resolution arising from real estate and commercial disputes. His strategic business partnering and market entry advice in the UAE make him an ideal fit for business and companies seeking sophisticated advice and planning in these areas. Mark’s areas of specialization also include the protection and preservation of assets pre-marriage, pre-divorce strategic planning and post-divorce recovery and damage limitation. Having practiced in the region for over 10 years Mark has established long-term relationships with banks, fiduciaries and other lawyers and professionals. His clients value his exceptional legal expertise, experience and knowledge.

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Nida Chaudhry is a Canadian qualified lawyer. She has extensive experience in family and divorce matters for both Muslim and non-Muslim expatriates, including matrimonial/ divorce under the UAE law, child custody issues, maintenance, financial settlements, and mediation. Her techniques in mediation are highly effective as she has mastered the skills of negotiating clients’ interests and carefully crafting successful mediation agreements.  Nida fully understands the complexity of family dynamics in Sharia jurisdictions and has a strong belief that the interests of children must be protected at all times. She has in depth knowledge of dealing with family/divorce matters through the local Dubai Courts and is well versed with their procedures and requirements. In addition, Nida’s practice area encompasses, Wills, administration of estates; corporate and commercial law, and real estate matters.

In corporate matters Nida has a vast range of experience in drafting corporate agreements, contracts, resolutions, company formation (both onshore and offshore) and business succession planning. Her calm, sensitive and honest approach enables her to achieve the best resolutions in often difficult circumstances and makes her popular with clients.

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Farakh Ahmad is a British qualified family law solicitor and a member of the Law Society of England and Wales. He has strong private client experience over a span of 8 years and is experienced in both contentious and non-contentious areas of law, specializing in Wills, Probate, and Family and Divorce matters.

Farakh prepares wills for both Muslims and non-Muslims within the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom and has administered numerous deceased estates within the UAE. Farakh is an expert in administrating estates from the beginning until completion both with Wills and when the deceased has died intestate. Farakh has extensive knowledge in dealing with matrimonial matters, custody issues, and financial settlements. Farakh advises on how to best proceed with an individual’s Matrimonial matter based on their specific circumstances and their legal rights both in their home country and the UAE. Farakh has vast experience in both amicable and non-amicable divorces and has a professional and sensitive approach with all clients. His attention to detail, hard work ethic and honest, calm approach allows Farakh to understand the client’s needs and concerns, building a friendly rapport and providing excellent results.

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Hasnain Khalid is an experienced commercial lawyer, specializing in corporate/commercial advisory and transactional matters. He has been a member of the Law Society of England and Wales for over thirteen years, having qualified with a leading West End firm in London. Hasnain has worked with several Legal 500 firms in England as well as a NY Wall Street firm, and his practice covers a broad area of commercial matters such as real estate, real estate finance, insolvency, mergers and acquisitions, projects and infrastructure, energy, oil and gas.

His clients include high net worth individuals and multinational companies in the pharmaceutical, oil/gas, hotel and leisure, construction, real estate and energy sectors.

His sound commercial and pragmatic advice has been essential to many small and medium size businesses as well as large public companies. Hasnain has practiced in the region since 2010 and has established relationship with various professional advisors and the financial sector. He is highly regarded by his clients who often regard him as an integral part of their business.

Hasnain’s particular specialization is working with small to medium size enterprises (SME’s) and can assist with matters such as drafting terms and conditions, franchises, company incorporations (onshore and off-shore), shareholders’ agreements, joint ventures.