Ania is a highly experienced arbitration practitioner and arbitrator, who has advised and represented States and corporate entities in a wide variety of international dispute resolution and public international law matters, including commercial and investment treaty arbitrations. Ania also regularly sits as an independent arbitrator.
Ania started her career at Freshfields before moving to the dedicated arbitration team at Shearman & Sterling in Paris. She spent the majority of her career within arbitration and dispute resolution legal entities in London before taking on a role as Managing Director at Vannin Capital, one of the largest third party funders. She joins Fieldfisher from Omnia Strategy LLP.
Ania is the first woman to hold the position as Chair of the ICC UK Committee on Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution, having previously held its Vice Chair position. She is the co-Chair of the International Arbitration Charity Ball Committee, a member of the ICCA / Queen Mary task-force on Third Party Funding, and Chair of the Sub-Committee on privilege.
Ania is the third female partner to join Fieldfisher's Dispute Resolution team in London in the last 12 months, following the recruitment of Priyanka Kapoor, who specialises in commercial disputes and white collar crime, and Shivani Sanghi, an international arbitration specialist. The Fieldfisher international arbitration group was also strengthened in September 2022 when arbitration partner Philipp Duncker joined the firm's Munich office from Hogan Lovells.
Dispute Resolution is the largest department in Fieldfisher's network and has grown exponentially over the last few years. With over 400 contentious lawyers across the firm's European network, disputes work represents an ever-increasing percentage of Fieldfisher’s total turnover.
Ania will be part of Fieldfisher's GAR 100 ranked International Arbitration practice, and will work closely with a team of international arbitration specialists based across Europe. The practice has particularly strong arbitration hubs in its London, Paris, Brussels and Munich offices with a stated ambition to continue to grow in the near future. This stellar group of recognised international arbitration lawyers, is rated by clients as the "go to team" for its technical expertise, commerciality and client service in commercial and investment treaty arbitrations.
Commenting on Ania's appointment, Colin Gibson, Head of Dispute Resolution at Fieldfisher said: "We are delighted to welcome Ania to the firm. She is an outstanding lawyer who will further bolster our stellar international arbitration platform and offering to clients. Dispute Resolution is the fastest growing team at Fieldfisher, as reflected by the number of recent top calibre and diverse hires we have made at partner level and across all levels of the group. With her reputation in the market, wide network of international contacts and excellent technical expertise, Ania perfectly complements our marketing-leading practice both in the UK and across our European network."
Simon Sloane, co-Head of International Arbitration at Fieldfisher, said: "Ania is a fantastic addition to our International Arbitration Group. The Fieldfisher arbitration practice has been attracting some of the most exciting partner and associate talent across Europe for a number of years now because of the great work we do and the impressive way we do it. These new joiners - along with the existing quality practitioners we have - are driving a virtuous circle of excellent client results, exciting new instructions and growing reputation in a competitive market place. We are very excited about the impact Ania's arrival will have on the Fieldfisher team and our wider arbitration offering."
Ania Farren, dispute resolution partner at Fieldfisher, added: "I am thrilled to be joining Fieldfisher's disputes team – an amazing way to kick-start 2023. The arbitration practice already does market-leading work, but there is a real sense of dynamism and I am excited to be part of its continued growth. What sets the firm apart is the culture of collaboration across practices and jurisdictions. I am so grateful to the leadership of the team for welcoming me and for their vision and enthusiasm that played a key role in my decision to join."
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