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Maryam Oghanna

Maryam Oghanna

Associate

Maryam is an associate and solicitor advocate in the commercial litigation team in London.  

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Experience

Maryam qualified into the Dispute Resolution team in March 2016. She is based in our London office having previously completed a six month secondment to the firm's Dubai office and a six month secondment to Lloyds Banking Group.
 
Maryam has worked on a variety of commercial matters, including private wealth and trusts, contractual, and fraud disputes. 
 
Maryam was named as the 'Young Practitioner of the Year' at the 2020 STEP Private Client Awards, a global award ceremony, which recognises and celebrates excellence among those operating in the private client space. The awards are seen as the hallmark of quality within the private client industry.
 
Maryam's experience includes advising:
 
  • an international airline on a contractual dispute with another international airline (including representing her client in the Commercial Court)
  • an international property advisory company in relation to a dispute with a trust company in Jersey
  • a Chinese state owned entity on claims arising from the purchase of a media rights company
  • a charitable foundation in relation to its independence from the corporation it was founded by
  • a major UK bank on a portfolio of claims arising out of the sale of interest rate hedging products
  • Jyske Bank (Gibraltar) Limited on a claim in the Supreme Court of Gibraltar for dishonest assistance brought by the liquidators of a former customer, whose partners had been imprisoned for fraud
  • an international trading bank on a fraud perpetrated by one of its customers resulting in a default of $42.5million under a revolving credit facility
  • an international energy company in two successful LCIA arbitrations regarding breach of contract by a power and water company in the Middle East
  • a leading insurance company in legal advice and an investigation following a notice from the European Commission. 

Maryam also has a keen dedication to pro bono work, including:

  • representing destitute asylum seekers and failed asylum seekers at the Asylum Support Tribunal
  • advising clients of the Whitechapel Legal Advice Clinic, including frequently representing clients in the County Court and Employment Tribunal
  • representing litigants in person in the Queen’s Bench applications Court through the High Court’s Court 37 scheme
  • giving procedural advice to litigants in person at the Royal Courts of Justice Citizens Advice Bureau
  • advising charities on a pro bono basis regarding registration and trustee duties.

 

Background

Maryam studied law at the University of Sheffield, graduating in 2012. During her time at Herbert Smith Freehills, she has completed her Higher Rights qualifications to become a solicitor advocate and spent three months as a Judicial Assistant at the High Court in London (Chancery Division).  

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