Sheikh Bilal Khan MBA

Sheikh Bilal is Co-Chairman & Partner of London-based Dome Advisory and Partner & Global Head of Islamic Finance at the City of London-based international law firm McCarthy Denning. He also serves as Panel Member of Arbitrators at the International Arbitration Centre within the Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) and as Member of the AIFC Advisory Council on Islamic Finance. Sheikh Bilal is uniquely positioned as both an award-winning international Shariah Scholar and a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England & Wales after training and qualifying as an English lawyer from a ‘Magic Circle’ top five English law firm in the City of London and he holds an up-to-date SRA Practising Certificate. He is a special adviser to numerous presidents’ offices and prime ministers’ offices as well as serving on several multi-lateral, government and quasi-government boards in a special advisory capacity. His Islamic finance and Shariah law expertise covers the full spectrum of financial services including banking, projects, finance, capital markets, investment funds, insurance and related laws and regulations. 

Sheikh Bilal has long-standing Shariah and legal experience in Islamic finance where he is involved in transactions, advisory work and all forms of dispute resolution including serving as an approved international arbitrator adjudicating in high profile commercial legal disputes. He sits as the only Shariah and English law arbitrator along with senior British judges and Queens Counsel at the AIFC International Arbitration Centre. He has been recognised and bestowed with honours and awards such as Zaki Badawi Shariah Scholar of the Year, Takaful Shariah Scholar of the Year, Religious Advocate of the Year, recipient of Sharia100 and Islamica500 as well as being made Freeman of the City of London in 2014 and a Member of the Worshipful Company of International Bankers.

Sheikh Bilal has recently served in numerous high profile posts as Vice Chairman of the Mosaic International Leadership Program of the UK Prince’s Trust, as Senior Adviser to the British All Party Parliamentary Group on Islamic Finance, as UK Catalyst at the UK Government’s Department for Trade & Investment, as Special Adviser on the Infrastructure Advisory Board of the Lord Mayor of the City of London and as Special Adviser on the Board of the Middle East Association, which was created by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

Sheikh Bilal was recently invited to feature in the television series ‘Secrets of Success’ as part of 20 London-based personalities which is now showing on British Airways In-flight ( He memorised the Holy Qur’an at the young age of 11 and had the honour of studying at Darul Uloom Karachi with many great scholars including Justice (R) Mufti Taqi Usmani from whom he has special permission of transmission in all classical Islamic and Arabic sciences. He holds an MBA (Legal Services), M.A. in Islamic Banking, Finance & Management and LL.B (Hons) from British universities with proficiency in English, Arabic and Urdu. Sheikh Bilal is known for public speaking at international conferences, lecturing at leading British and international universities and contributing in various electronic and press media.

Recent speaking engagements:

  • 2nd Legal Forum of the British Kazakh Society, London 2019 (panellist)
  • 1st Legal Forum of the British Kazakh Society, London 2018 (panellist)
  • 2nd Law Conference of the Astana International Financial Centre, Astana 2018 (chairperson)
  • Astana Islamic Economy Forum of the Astana International Financial Centre, Astana 2018 (chairperson)
  • 1st Law Conference of the Astana International Financial Centre, Astana 2018 (panellist) 
  • International Conference: Private Investor Middle East, London 2017 (keynote speaker)
  • Islamic Countries Finance Summit, Istanbul 2017 (keynote speaker)
  • IFN Saudi Arabia Forum, Riyadh 2017 (Advisory Board Member)
  • MLE Connect, London 2017 (chairperson)
  • Islamica500 Global Gathering, Muslim Lifestyle Show, London 2017 (panellist)
  • Turkey-UK Islamic Finance Summit, Istanbul 2017 (chairperson)
  • UK-Turkey Islamic Finance Summit, London 2017 (chairperson)
  • Frontier Exchange: Islamic Enterprises Roadshow, London 2016 (chairperson) 
  • IFC-ISRA Islamic Finance Forum, London 2016 (panellist)
  • Opportunity Arabia XIII: UK-Saudi Forum, London 2016 (panellist)
  • Sub-Saharan Africa Islamic Finance Convention, Uganda 2016 (panellist)
  • Islamic Banking & Investment: Asia & Middle East Congress, Singapore 2016 (panellist)
  • 3rd Mediterranean Islamic Finance Forum, Barcelona, Spain 2015 (chairperson)
  • Islamic Finance and Law Conference, Ireland 2015 (chairperson)
  • DRI International Dispute Resolution Conference, Zurich 2015 (keynote speaker)
  • Middle East Congress, London 2015 (chairperson)
  • International Real Estate Forum, London 2014 (panellist)
  • EU Islamic Finance and Banking Summit, London 2014 (chairperson)
  • The Lord Mayor of the City of London Lecture, Mansion House London 2014 (panellist)
  • Kazakhstan Islamic Finance Conference, Kazakhstan 2014 (panellist)
  • Global Economic Forum, International Festival for Business, Liverpool 2014 (chairperson) 
  • Abu Dhabi Investment Forum, London 2014 (panellist)
  • 13th Euromoney Islamic Finance Summit, London 2014 (chairperson)
  • 20th World Islamic Banking Conference, Bahrain 2013 (chairperson)
  • GCC-Britain Expo, London 2013 (panellist)
  • World Islamic Economic Forum, London 2013 (panellist)
  • UKTI British Business Pavilion, London 2013 (panellist)
  • Securities Commission Malaysia-OCIS Roundtable, Oxford 2011 and 2013 (speaker)
  • Sukuk Summit, London 2011, 2014 and 2015 (chairperson and panellist)
  • Middle East Takaful Forum, Bahrain 2013 (chairperson)
  • Africa Debt Capital Markets Summit, London 2013 (panellist)
  • IFN Europe Forum, London 2010, 2011 and 2013 (panellist)
  • 9th World Congress of INSOL International, The Hague, Netherlands 2013 (panellist)
  • Middle East Islamic Finance & Investments Conference, Dubai 2012 and 2013 (panellist)
  • World Takaful Conference, Dubai 2012 and 2013 (panellist)
  • Oman Islamic Banking and Finance Conference, Oman 2012 and 2013 (speaker)
  • Euromoney Islamic Finance Summit, London 2012 and 2013 (chairperson)
  • International Takaful Summit, Cairo 2013 (chairperson)
  • International Takaful Summit, London 2010, 2011 and 2012 (speaker/chairperson)
  • Annual World Islamic Funds and Financial Markets Conference, Bahrain 2012 (panellist)
  • Annual Middle East & Africa Insurance Summit, Dubai 2012 (chairperson)
  • LexisNexis Butterworths Islamic Finance Conference, London 2012 (speaker)
  • International Islamic Banking and Finance Summit, London 2012 (chairperson)
  • World Islamic Finance Conference, London 2012 (adviser, speaker and panellist)
  • 6th Asian Takaful Conference, Singapore 2011 (speaker)
  • London Stock Exchange Conference 2011 (speaker)
  • IFN Asia Forum, Kuala Lumpur 2011 (panellist)
  • Ernst & Young Islamic Funds Conference, Luxembourg 2011 (panellist)
  • Financial Institutions Insurance Conference, London 2011 (chairperson)
  • International Real Estate Forum 2011, London (chairperson)

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