Joanne Strain

Joanne Strain

Jo is an English law qualified solicitor with over ten years of dispute resolution experience, with a particular focus on international commercial arbitration, including disputes with a significant cross-border element.

Jo advises clients on a wide range of commercial disputes, including complex joint venture and shareholder arrangements. Jo has extensive expertise in the construction sector, acting for multiple high profile owner/developers in the Middle East market, with further particular expertise in disputes concerning fraud and corruption.

Jo is well-experienced in managing major disputes under various arbitral institutional rules, including the LCIA, ICC, DIAC and DIFC-LCIA Rules.

Jo is also experienced in managing cases before the Courts of England and Wales and the Courts of the Dubai International Financial Centre, including before the respective Courts of Appeal. Jo works closely with colleagues on matters arising before the UAE Courts, and is experienced in managing multi-tiered and international dispute strategies.

Additionally, Jo regularly advises clients on compliance with international sanctions and anti-corruption legislation.

Jo qualified at Allen & Overy in London in 2006, and joined King & Wood Mallesons in 2009. Jo is currently based in Dubai, with 8 years’ experience in the Middle East.


Legal insights

As the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases continues to rise globally, the UAE government has taken several precautionary steps and preventative measures to ensure public health and safety, including...

08 April 2020

Construction Week’s Ranju Warrier speaks to Joanne Strain, partner at King & Wood Mallesons (KWM), on legal implications of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on construction contracts and some of...

31 March 2020

Joanne Strain, Partner at King & Wood Mallesons, Dubai, discusses what practical and necessary legal steps businesses should take in the coming months in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

31 March 2020

Arbitration agreements frequently impose preconditions to arbitration, requiring parties to engage in a combination of mediation, conciliation, good faith negotiations and/or other mechanisms first.

24 May 2017

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