Zaakira Allana, Senior Associate, Dispute Resolution

Zaakira Allana, Senior Associate, Dispute Resolution, Fieldfisher

I am a Senior associate in the Commercial Litigation and Arbitration department, dual-qualified to practice in England & Wales and New York.

I specialise in litigation with cross-jurisdictional elements, as well as international arbitration. I am a member of the Young International Arbitration Group and Young International Council for Commercial Arbitration.

I maintain a broad practice of commercial disputes; of particular interest are financial disputes and construction and engineering disputes.

My experience includes working with a range of arbitration institutions, including the LCIA, ICC, UNCITRAL, CRCICA and ICSID, and this is beneficial for clients involved in all manner of international disputes across a range of industry sectors. I recently advised a client on the enforcement of an ICSID award against a local subsidiary of a Kuwaiti defendant, and I am also acting for a Dubai-based commodities trader in an ICC arbitration involving international sanctions law.

I have recently completed a secondment in Dubai and am currently studying part-time for a Masters in International Law.

I am fluent in Urdu, Hindi and Gujarati and am working towards business proficiency in Arabic.

I love hiking, preferably somewhere that requires a passport and a plane journey. Closer to home I enjoy doing anything creative, from yarn craft to pottery.