Dome Advisory

Islamic Finance Lawyers & Shariah Scholars

Dome Advisory is a unique Islamic finance and Shariah advisory firm led by English lawyers and Shariah scholars. We offer a full range of Islamic finance and Shariah advisory services including legal documentation, structuring and Shariah opinions.

What makes us unique?

Dome Advisory is a leading Islamic finance and Shariah advisory firm headquartered in the City of London which is directed by individuals who are both English qualified lawyers and Shariah scholars. This enables us to advise in both English and Arabic, taking into account both the legal and regulatory regime and the Shariah underpinnings. We regularly support law firms who require Islamic finance experts to help them advise their clients.

Our services include:

  • Product Structuring
  • Drafting products and contracts
  • Shariah supervision
  • Shariah opinions
  • Islamic finance training
  • Subject matter advice in litigation
  • Expert witness


We advise on a range of practice areas including banking, capital markets, investments and insurance.

Sheikh Salman Badr Al-Hasan

Sheikh Salman is Partner at Dome Advisory and Chief Legal Officer and Head of Shariah at Primary Finance (primary-finance.com). He is a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England & Wales and a Shari’ah scholar with over 15 years of experience in advising on Islamic finance transactions, including working as an Associate at Simmons & Simmons. Sheikh Salman is an AAOIFI certified Shari’ah Advisor and auditor.

Sheikh Salman studied law at the London School of Economics and Shari’ah at Al-Azhar University. He is passionate about teaching the Arabic language and is a founder of the Arabica Institute (arabicainstitute.com).

Some of Sheikh Salman’s recent work includes:

  • Advising the Bank of England on its Shari’ah compliant wakala based deposit facility.
  • Advising Duff & Phelps (liquidators), Harneys (off-shore law firm), and Thomas Lowe QC (counsel) on trial and appeal in the AHAB v SIFCO 5 litigation in the Cayman Islands.
  • Advising Thomson Reuters and drafting Islamic financial legal documentation for a range of financial products.

Sheikh Bilal Khan MBA

Sheikh Bilal is a Partner at Dome Advisory and Partner & Global Head of Islamic Finance at the City of London-based international law firm McCarthy Denning. He serves as Chief Islamic Finance Officer at the Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) and sits as the only Shariah and English law arbitrator along with senior British judges and Queens Counsel at the AIFC International Arbitration Centre. He is a member of the AIFC Advisory Council on Islamic Finance and a member of the AIFC Central Shari’ah Advisory Board.
Sheikh Bilal is an award-winning Shariah Scholar and a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England & Wales. He trained and qualified at a top five ‘Magic Circle’ English law firm in the City of London. He is a special adviser to numerous presidents’ and prime ministers’ offices. 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.

Some of our recent work

  • Advising the Bank of England on its Shari’ah compliant wakala based deposit facility

 

  • Advising Trowers and Hamlins on a murabaha facility for the National Bank of Kuwait.

 

  • Advising Duff & Phelps (liquidators), Harneys (off-shore law firm), and Thomas Lowe QC (counsel) on trial and appeal in the AHAB v SIFCO 5 litigation in the Cayman Islands. Advice related to Islamic finance transactions, Islamic law, Saudi law, Saudi business custom/culture and Arabic documents and financial statements.

 

  • Advising Twinza Oil Limited, an Australian upstream oil company on the issuance of a Shariah compliant convertible corporate debt instrument for a GCC investor based on the principles of convertible Sukuk al-Musharaka and Musahama.
  • Advising Akin Gump regarding the Shariah compliance of an oil Production Sharing Agreement between SOMA Oil & Gas and the Government of the Federal Republic of Somalia.

 

  • Advising SAH Global in relation to its pioneering chain of Proton Therapy cancer treatment projects in the Middle East and Europe with a total value of U$450m.

 

  • Advising the UK Financial Ombudsman Service on dealing with customer complaints relating to Islamic financial institutions and products.

 

  • Advising Thomson Reuters and drafting Islamic financial legal documentation for a range of financial products

 

  • Advising AXA on the structuring and launch of a Shariah compliant travel insurance product in the GCC.

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