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Natalie Yarrow

Natalie Yarrow


Natalie is an Associate in Herbert Smith Freehills' international arbitration practice in London.



Natalie specialises in international commercial and investment treaty arbitration. 

She has been involved in advising and representing clients from a wide range of sectors and jurisdictions in international arbitrations under the ICC, HKIAC, SIAC, LCIA and UNCITRAL Rules, as well as court actions in England, Hong Kong and Mauritius.  

Natalie has particular experience of Japan and Japanese business and culture, having lived and worked in Tokyo for four years. She speaks Japanese fluently and is an active member of the firm's Japan Group. Also, as a graduate in Italian studies, Natalie focuses on Italian-related matters and works closely with our Italian partner firms and clients to develop our Italian practice.  

Natalie spent a six month secondment to the firm's international arbitration group in Hong Kong during her training at the firm, where she was involved in advising a number of Hong Kong, PRC and South-East Asian clients.

Natalie speaks fluent English, Italian, Japanese, German and French.

Natalie's experience includes advising:

  • Vedanta Resources in an ongoing UNCITRAL arbitration on a claim against India under the UK-India BIT arising from the imposition of retrospective tax by the Indian tax authorities
  • a Hong Kong company and one of its major shareholders in ICC arbitration proceedings in Singapore arising from an alleged breach of representations and warranties
  • a PRC State owned enterprise in an ICC arbitration seated in Geneva arising out of a contract governed by Hong Kong law for the sale and purchase of solar power equipment, and in relation to the successful settlement of the dispute
  • BP on contentious matters arising from the terrorist attack at the In Amenas gas processing facility in Algeria in January 2013
  • a global supplier of steel tubes for the energy industry in ICC arbitration proceedings relating to a contract governed by the UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods and English Law



Natalie holds a first class degree in Italian and German Studies from the University of Warwick (completed in 2008), during which she spent a year at the University of Siena (Arezzo) and a summer at the Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf.  

Following her degree and prior to joining the firm, she lived and worked in Tokyo for four years as a recipient of the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation Scholarship. While in Japan, Natalie spent a year working as a paralegal at Herbert Smith Freehills' Tokyo office, and a further year as paralegal and International Client Liaison at Japanese law firm Matsuo Kosugi.  She returned to the UK in 2012 and completed her legal diplomas in 2013 and 2014.