Irene Dallas / Of Counsel
Irene Dallas is an internationally renowned solicitor, based in London, who trained and qualified as a shipping lawyer working on casualties and salvage cases and cargo claims before becoming a partner with a distinguished, large London law firm. Her practice focuses on commercial litigation conducted in the High Court in London, and she has vast experience with international arbitration in London, Geneva, Stockholm, Rotterdam, Dubai, Moscow and Florida.
Ms. Dallas often acts for clients working in emerging markets in a broad range of industries, including banking, aviation, power, oil and gas, commodities, and shipping. These markets initially included Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Georgia. In some part due to clients’ activities, Irene started to focus on work in the Middle East and Africa in the late nineties, including Libya. Irene was the first UK lawyer to travel to Libya with the UK Trade Mission following the suspension of UN Sanctions. She developed business working for Libyan state entities, foreign companies already established in Libya and following the introduction of Law No. 5, assisting many corporates who were keen to develop business in Libya. Following the 2011 revolution Irene assisted many international businesses whose payments were blocked by US Sanctions.
Irene's experience includes arbitration in Stockholm concerning disputes arising from Production Sharing Agreements in Azerbaijan, and advising an Azeri State company on entering into oil and commodity supply agreements. Irene has pursued a claim against a large US Corporate on behalf of a UK client in ICC arbitration proceedings in Florida. Irene has facilitated Investment Treaty Disputes concerning expropriation of a steel plant in Poland. She also has handled a broad range of cargo claims including contamination and shortage claims. Irene dealt with a range of Bill Lading and Charterparty Claims, managing proceedings on behalf of Cypriot companies in Poland including dealing with Prosecution authorities in Poland and various civil claims, advising clients in application on behalf of Trustee in bankruptcy in Tel Aviv which resulted in successful application in High Court in London for an anti-suit injunction, has handled the defense of an application for security for costs in the High Court in London, and has worked on multi-jurisdictional banking fraud case, resulting in many successful and multi-jurisdictional applications for injunctions and orders relating to the presentation of documents and assets, and the enforcement of various foreign arbitral awards and judgments from New York, Serbia, Croatia, Israel, Russia in London.