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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 including two sets of ad hoc arbitration proceedings in Nigeria and litigation before the Nigerian courts
  • a major Dubai real estate development company in DIAC arbitration proceedings in Dubai relating to a joint venture agreement to develop a major residential and leisure infrastructure project in Dubai
  • a leading global hotel chain in a DIFC-LCIA arbitration against an Owner arising out of disputes regarding non-payment of fees and alleged mismanagement, including applications in the DIFC Court and enforcement proceedings in the DIFC and Dubai
  • the subsidiary of a major Japanese trading company in London LCIA arbitration relating to the construction of a water desalination plant in Oman



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.