Sunita Singh-Dalal

Of Counsel  |  Stephenson Harwood
JURISDICTION

United Arab Emirates, Africa, India, United Kingdom, Middle East

TOP SPECIALISMS

Estates: Planning

Family Governance

Q&A

Why did you become a lawyer?

I was deeply inspired by my Late Grandfather, who was also originally a lawyer and who wanted me to follow his path and join Indian politics. I therefore knew that my profession would similarly empower me to bring about positive change and truly make a difference to the lives of others.

What advice would you give a trainee just starting out?

Learn as much as you possibly can and stay focussed, push the boundaries, ask questions with confidence. Never be intimidated to share ideas and knowledge; you bring a fresh perspective with you, so don't underestimate the value of that! Invest in this phase wholeheartedly so as to ensure that you create you a solid foundation for your future.

Did you have a mentor who supported you in your early career? What was the most valuable thing they taught you?

My Late Grandfather was my mentor in my early years. He taught me the importance of excellence and giving back to society positively, so as to leave a legacy to inspire others to do the same.

What do you think will be the most significant trend in your practice over the next 12 months?

The post Pandemic awareness amongst clients in the Middle East, Africa & SW Asia of the absolute necessity of protecting and preserving ancestral wealth, addressing family governance and succession of family businesses inclusively, segregating portfolios of assets (using formal structures), all being undertaken in an impactful and sustainable manner, whilst complying with principles of Sharia' Law (where relevant), is a trend that is on a consistent and steady trajectory.

What do you do when you're not working? Any hobbies?

Spending time with my sons, cooking, entertaining, travelling & horse riding.

What song will never fail to get you on the dance floor?

Volare.