King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin

SJ Berwin and leading Asia Pacific firm King & Wood Mallesons have entered into a ground-breaking combination to create a genuine new choice among the traditional global elite legal brands.

The King & Wood Mallesons network is now one of the top 25 law firms in the world, with more than 2,700 lawyers, including more than 550 partners in 30 locations across the world, including China, Hong Kong, Australia, the United Kingdom, continental Europe, the Middle East, Japan, and the US.

The combined firms use the name King & Wood Mallesons globally, and King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin in the UK, Continental Europe and the Middle East.

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Represented by:

Mr. Tim Taylor

Tim is a solicitor advocate who specialises in international litigation, regulatory investigations, fraud and asset tracing, and public international law. He acts for major corporates and financial institutions, sovereign states and parastatals, high net worth individuals and heads of state, with a focus on the following sectors: international trade and financial services, telecoms and media, construction and banking. Tim is the only QC residing in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). His practice encompasses arbitration, mediation and litigation.

Joanne Strain

Partner Litigation & Dispute Resolution
T: +971 (0)4 328 9900

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 5 years’ experience in the Middle East.