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Norton Rose Fulbright

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Deirdre Walker

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Norton Rose Fulbright

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Dispute Resolution & Litigation


Partner, Head of Middle East


London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil

Within: Fraud: civil

Norton Rose Fulbright¬†combines ‚Äėdetailed technical legal advice with a viable commercial approach‚Äô. It advises on high-value, cross-border fraud and asset tracing matters. The firm continues to act for Citibank and Citigroup Global Markets in a Commercial Court dispute concerning financing transactions entered into with the commodities trader Mercuria, this matter is worth $285m. Deirdre Walker¬†heads the practice, supported by Ruth Cowley¬†and Matthew Waudby, who is ‚Äėabsolutely excellent in both the application of the law and managing the complex web of relationships in a difficult case‚Äô. Pamela Reddy¬†joined as partner. Chris Warren Smith¬†and Melanie Ryan¬†left the firm.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

Norton Rose Fulbright's 'professional, organised and capable practice' acts for public and private companies operating across the firm's key industry sectors: financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and life sciences and healthcare. The team acted for Good Energy Group in relation to its rights and obligations to resist actions taken by an activist shareholder. Peter Scott is EMEA dispute resolution and competition head; Ruth Cowley 'delivers the goods'; Antony Corsi is 'very astute, commercial and succinct'; and Ffion Flockhart 'always sees the bigger picture'. Neil Miller is another name to note, as are of counsel Jane Park-Weir and senior associate Charlie Weston-Simons, who is 'super-smart'. Former Middle East head Patrick Bourke returned to the London office from Dubai, while recently appointed Middle East head Deirdre Walker relocated to the Dubai office. Chris Warren-Smith and Melanie Ryan joined Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP.

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International arbitration

Within: International arbitration

Norton Rose Fulbright is 'a very strong player; it has considerable strength in depth, which allows its talented lawyers to achieve successful outcomes for its clients'. The practice acts for global financial institutions, major corporations and governments and state-owned entities from the firm's key industry sectors: financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology; and life sciences and healthcare. James Rogers is 'thorough and reliable and has an incisive understanding of international arbitration law and practice'; Patrick Farrell is 'a very experienced litigator who has an exceptional understanding of strategy that results in successful outcomes for his clients'; and Sherina Petit  is 'pragmatic and will always go that further mile for clients'. The other recommended advisers are Neil Miller, Donald Warnock and Philip Roche, along with Holly Stebbing and Irina Tymczyszyn. Patrick Bourke  and Marie Kelly recently returned to London from the firm's respective Dubai and Athens offices, while Deirdre Walker moved to the firm's Dubai office as Middle East head. Deborah Ruff joined Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

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London: Insurance

Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence

Norton Rose Fulbright¬†is praised for its ‚Äėfriendly and collaborative approach‚Äô and is best known for its experience in the financial services sector, advising on a range of high-value claims involving financial institutions, asset managers, solicitors, accountants, actuaries, insolvency practitioners, stockbrokers and insurance brokers. Beazley, Brit, Hyperion, Liberty Specialty Markets and Lloyds Banking Group are clients. Ffion Flockhart¬†is defending Keoghs LLP¬†and its professional indemnity insurers against a ¬£127m fraud and conspiracy claim brought against it and two other solicitors' firms by Accident Exchange, a credit hire company. Liam O‚ÄôConnell¬†has a ‚Äėcalm but authoritative style of delivery‚Äô; Kirsty Hick¬†is ‚Äėfantastic‚Äô; and Susan Dingwall¬†stands out for her ‚Äėin-depth experience‚Äô. Corporate tax specialist Angela Savin; Lesley Browning, who handles pensions-related matters; head of tax for Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Brazil Dominic Stuttaford; property litigation head David Stevens; and Paul Morris, who focuses on banking and finance-related disputes, are also recommended, as are¬†Katie Stephen,¬†Michelle George, Jonathan Ogle¬†and Adrian Mecz,¬†who joined the team as a result of the merger with Chadbourne & Parke LLP, and senior associates Simon Radcliffe¬†and Helen Fairhead. Deirdre Walker¬†is now based in the firm‚Äôs Dubai office.

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United Arab Emirates

Dispute resolution: arbitration and international litigation

Within: Dispute resolution: arbitration and international litigation

At Norton Rose Fulbright, Deirdre Walker's practice ranges from DFSA investigatory work through to DIFC-LCIA arbitrated hotel management disputes. Orlando Vidal has compliance expertise, and advises firms on anti-corruption and sanctions matters. Paul Stothard handles a number of construction disputes, including one subject to mediation. Of counsel Peter Wood is another key contact. Patrick Bourke has returned to the firm's London office.

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