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Emily R. Beirne Associate, International Dispute Resolution & Arbitration

Emily is an associate in the Dubai office and a member of the firm’s International Dispute Resolution & Arbitration practice group. She has broad experience of both litigation and international arbitration. She has represented sovereign governments, multinational corporations and private clients across a range of sectors, including oil and gas, telecoms, transport and other infrastructure projects.

Emily has particular experience of anti-corruption and regulatory matters across the Middle East and North Africa region, including experience of both the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the UK Bribery Act.

She has appeared before the English High Court, the English Court of Appeal and the DIFC Court, in addition to arbitral tribunals constituted pursuant to various institutional rules.

The following is a list of representative matters in which Emily has assisted.

Experience Highlights

  • An African Government in a long running corruption claim before the English Courts
  • An African Government in an arbitration relating to the award of a contract for a large port development
  • A Middle Eastern oil and gas consortium in the enforcement of a multimillion dollar arbitral award across five jurisdictions
  • An Asian Government in an arbitration relating to the performance of a contract for the design, build and operation of a light rail vehicle transport system
  • A Middle Eastern telecommunications company in a shareholder dispute before the DIFC Court
  • A Middle Eastern telecommunications company in an arbitration regarding complex shareholder fraud
  • A UAE investor group as to sanctions imposed by telecommunications regulators in Iraq and South Sudan
  • An African Ministry of Defence in an arbitration relating to the performance of a contract for military supplies
  • An international financial institution in a regulatory action brought by the Dubai Financial Services Authority
  • A multinational corporation in a regulatory action brought by the UK Serious Fraud Office

Contact Details


T +971.4.403.6202
F +971.4.330.1300
Gate Village 10, Office 211
P.O. Box 504945
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Local time: 7:55 PM
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  • BPP University Law School, LPC, 2012
  • University of Warwick, LLB (Hons), 2011
  • Admitted to practice: England and Wales; Dubai International Finance Centre (Part 1 registered practitioner)

Emily trained in the London and Dubai offices of a Magic Circle law firm. Prior to joining Vinson and Elkins, she practiced with Gibson Dunn & Crutcher in Dubai.

    • Member: law society of England and Wales