Nita Maru is a dynamic UK qualified solicitor and is the Founding/Managing Partner of TWS Legal Consultants – an established proactive law firm offering private client and corporate services in Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai. Her firm’s mission, quite simply, is to provide peace of mind to their clients and protection for their families and assets.
She is a member of the Law Society of England & Wales and the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners (STEP), the worldwide professional association for practitioners dealing with family inheritance and succession planning. Nita holds a full legal consultancy licence from the Government of Dubai Legal Affairs Department and the Ruler’s Court in Dubai and she is registered with the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts’ Register of Legal Practitioners.
With over 20 years of experience in senior legal positions, Nita has authored numerous articles on family, asset and wealth protection for expats in the UAE including recent articles on the new DIFC Wills in ‘The National’ and ‘Gulf News’ newspapers. Nita also featured in the ‘Xpress’ newspaper on Divorce in the UAE. She is privileged to be the exclusive UAE representative for a chapter within The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Family Law 2019 – https://iclg.com/practice-areas/family-laws-and-regulations/united-arab-emirates
Having been part of the UAE legal sector for over a decade, Nita has forged excellent and long standing working relationship with both the Dubai Civil Courts, Personal Status Courts 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.
Nita is well-known for her personal yet professional approach to resolving problems and ensuring her clients are in safe hands and fully supported. She has a passion for safeguarding families, children, and heirs in respect of succession/inheritance laws in Sharia jurisdictions and has extensive experience with the administration of deceased’s’ estates in the UAE. Her deep-rooted passion for family comes from her own role as a mother of three – she understands, first-hand, the importance of protecting one’s children and ensuring their rights, wealth, and guardianship is preserved and protected. Nita has established a successful and thriving UAE and UK family/divorce law department and prides herself on providing clients with a holistic approach in addressing their requirements. Her natural sense of empathy is conveyed through her client dealings in every respect. She understands the need to consider all factors and to approach family matters both practically, but more importantly, sensitively.
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.
Farakh Ahmad is a UK 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.
Zoravar Perhar is an Indian qualified corporate lawyer with vast experience in corporate governance, risk and compliance. He is an expert in company formation/restructuring in the UAE (onshore, free zone) and in offshore jurisdictions such as the British Virgin Islands, St. Kitts and Nevis, the Cayman Islands, the Bahamas. His hands on approach can guide you effectively through the entire company formation process until issuance of the trade license. He is adept at drafting and vetting all company formation documents such as Memorandum and Articles of Association, Resolutions for Share Transfer and Change of Directors .
His practice areas encompass employment law as well as private client matters such as Wills, Administration of Deceased Estates, Family/ Divorce matters, Contracts, Real Estate and Gifting of Property. He also has experience in family law matters as practiced in India and proceedings in divorce matters processed in India and the UAE simultaneously.
Mariam Darr is a UK qualified Solicitor Advocate, called to the Bar by Inner Temple in 2008. She specialises in family, divorce and separation matters and can assist both non-Muslim and Muslim clients with issuing divorce proceedings in the UK and under the Sharia law jurisdiction in the UAE.
Mariam advises on all aspects relating to children matters including maintenance, residence and contact orders. She is experienced in dealing with financial disputes upon breakdown of marriage including cases where there is substantial income and capital, business and assets with an international dimension. She further advises on applying for variation of maintenance orders and consent orders. Mariam is also adept at drafting pre and post nuptial agreements.
Mariam is a member of Resolution and adheres to the Resolution Code of Practice. She is committed to helping clients deal with their divorce in a non-adversarial manner and as constructively as possible, whilst also ensuring the best interests of any children of the family are kept at the forefront of considerations.
Mariam can assist non-Muslim and Muslim clients with family law matters in the UK and in the UAE and advises fully on arrangements relating to finances, assets and children matters. She can also assist with the preparation of wills, succession planning and inheritance issues in the UK and the UAE and is instructed in probates cases for investment properties in the UAE by clients not residing in the region.