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Victoria Yates, Senior Associate

Victoria Yates is a Senior Associate in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution team based in Dubai.

Victoria Yates, Senior Associate

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Having spent four years in the region, Victoria has a broad range of expertise in relation to pre-litigation advice, cross-jurisdictional contractual, real estate, financial and agency disputes along with insolvency cases in both the local courts, the DIFC  and the ADGM courts. Victoria is experienced in acting in both local and offshore litigation and has conducted arbitrations under the rules of ADCCAC, DIAC, LCIA, DIFC LCIA and UNCITRAL rules in addition to ad hoc arbitrations.

Victoria is an English Barrister who advises and represents clients in relation to commercial disputes. Prior to relocating to the Middle East, Victoria practised at the Bar in England and Wales for nine years appearing in a variety of civil and commercial cases in both the County Court, High Court, Court of Appeal, Employment Tribunal, Employment Appeal Tribunal, the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal along with the Upper Tax Tribunal.

Before joining Charles Russell Speechlys, Victoria gained valuable experience in the region at both international and local law firms acting in a variety of cases including two major arbitrations under the ADCCAC rules. Victoria has also been involved in a number of liquidations within the DIFC, and has advised and acted in relation to offshore funds and cases with multi-jurisdictional issues involving England and Wales, India, Paris, Kuwait, Bahrain and the Cayman Islands.


  • Successfully represented a large charitable organization in Abu Dhabi in the defence of a multi-million-dollar ADCCAC arbitration
  • Represented a large master developer in a multi-million dollar arbitration
  • Acting for a major water company in relation to an agency dispute with the French producer of perishable products under the ICC arbitration rules
  • Advising a well-known firm of Chartered Accountants in relation to voluntary and compulsory liquidations under DIFC Companies Law.
  • Advising a leading local investment company in a multi-million dollar claim involving the miss-selling of funds under PPMs and misrepresentation under Cayman Law. The case involved cross-jurisdictional issues involving India, Bahrain and the Cayman Islands.
  • Acting for a factoring company in relation to both commercial and criminal complaints concerning clients defaulting under factoring agreements