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Anna Wren

Anna Wren

Senior Associate

Anna is a Senior Associate in Herbert Smith Freehills' international arbitration and disputes practice, based in Dubai. 



Anna specialises in dispute resolution with a focus on international commercial arbitration.  Anna has advised clients from various industries and jurisdictions in international arbitration proceedings under the LCIA, ICC, DIFC-LCIA, DIAC, JCAA and TOMAC rules, as well as ad hoc proceedings in England and Nigeria.  

Anna is focused on disputes arising in the oil and gas, power, and construction sectors, particularly in the Middle East and Africa.  She is also experienced in advising clients in litigation in a number of jurisdictions, including the DIFC, England, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Russia, Thailand, Singapore and Japan.  

Anna's experience includes advising:

  • a US energy major in relation to an equity redetermination of participating interests in a Nigerian oil field involving ad hoc arbitration proceedings in Nigeria and litigation before the Nigerian courts
  • advising the subsidiary of a major Japanese trading company in a London LCIA arbitration relating to the construction of a water desalination plant in Oman,  including advising on delay and disruption, defects and financing issues
  • an international oil company operating in Iraq in relation to potential liabilities of SOMO and Midland Oil Company pursuant to an IOC's Development and Production Service Contract and Export Sales Agreement 
  • a hotel management company in ICC arbitration in Dubai in relation to a hotel management dispute
  • a major Japanese trading company in a London ad hoc arbitration and a TOMAC arbitration arising from a series of shipbuilding contracts, including challenges before the English High Court and Supreme Court



Anna relocated to Dubai in 2014, having previously practiced in the firm's London and Tokyo offices. She joined the firm as a trainee in 2007 and qualified as a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales in 2009. Anna holds a Bachelor of Arts in Law from St. Catherine's College, Oxford University.