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

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

Consideration of the evolution of the UAE enforcement regime, focusing in particular on enforcing international arbitral awards in the region.

15 September 2016

Joanne Strain and Parnika Chaturvedi assess the obstacles present when exporting an arbitral award for enforcement in a foreign jurisdiction.

14 August 2014

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