Joanne Strain

Joanne Strain

Joanne is an English law qualified solicitor with over fifteen years of dispute resolution experience, with a particular focus on international commercial arbitration and multi-jurisdictional litigation.  Joanne has been permanently based in the Middle East for the past 9 years.

Joanne advises clients on a wide range of financial and commercial disputes, including complex joint venture and shareholder arrangements, with particular expertise in disputes emerging from large scale Middle Eastern projects and financial settlements, acting for major corporates, financial institutions and high net worth individuals.

Joanne is well-experienced in managing major disputes under various arbitral institutional rules, including the LCIA, ICC, DIAC and DIFC-LCIA Rules.  Joanne regularly sits as an arbitrator, appointed by the DIFC-LCIA. She is also experienced in managing cases before the Courts of England and Wales, the Courts of the Dubai International Financial Centre and the Dubai World Tribunal and works closely with colleagues on matters arising before the UAE Courts.

Joanne regularly advises clients on compliance with international sanctions and anti-corruption legislation.

Chambers & Partners Global Directory ranks Jo as “Up and Coming” noting her “extensive work in arbitration”; that she is “praised by peers and clients as a “strong litigator who cannot be underestimated”; and that “Joanne is recommended for her work in the DIFC Courts, as well as representing clients in high-value arbitrations across the GCC."  Similarly, Legal 500 ranks Joanne as a “Next Generation Lawyer” and records that she is a “brilliant lawyer who consistently delivers exceptional client service”.


Legal insights

This article was first published in Construction Week. Construction Week’s Ranju Warrier discusses with KWM’s Joanne Strain and Parnika Chaturvedi how virtual hearings have become...

02 September 2020

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

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