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Antonia is a partner in the firm’s Global Commercial Disputes Group with over 13 years of experience in the MENA region. She advises on the full cycle of complex, high-value commercial and construction disputes, from settlement negotiations, mediations, and other alternative dispute resolution methods, to formal dispute resolution proceedings and enforcement.


  • BPP Law School, London, UK, 2008, LPC
  • University of Cambridge Fitzwilliam College, 2007, LL.M.
  • World Trade Institute, 2006, Erasmus
  • University of Sheffield, 2006, LL.B.

  • England and Wales
  • The Government of Dubai Legal Affairs Department

  • DIFC Court - Dubai

  • Appointed to the arbitrator panels or lists for the following institutions or arbitration centres: ADGM, AIAC, CRCICA, DIAC, eBram, HKIAC, LCIA, SIAC, and the SCCA
  • Member of IBA Commercial Arbitration Case Law Sub-Committee
  • Co-chair of the Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge Middle East Sub-Committee
  • Co-chair of the Greener Arbitrations Middle East Sub-Committee
  • Former member of steering committee of the Y-ADR group of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR)
  • Former member of the advisory board for the young group of Pakistan’s Center for International Investment and Commercial Arbitration (CIICA)
  • Former events coordinator for Young ICCA

Awards & Recognition

  • Winner - Arbitration Lawyer of the Year – Lexis Nexis Women in Law Awards 2024
  • Shortlisted for Middle East Rising Star Award – Chambers Middle East Awards 2024
  • Ranked as 'Up and Coming' in Chambers Global for United Arab Emirates Dispute Resolution, 2022-2024
  • Named as a Future Leader in Arbitration, Who’s Who Legal 2022-2024