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Dr Natalia Perova

Head of International

Natalia is a Russian-speaking English barrister and Head of International Dispute Resolution Group at Lamb Chambers. Natalia deals with international and cross-border disputes involving international trade, financing and enforcement.

Natalia’s particular interests include international commercial litigation, international arbitration and mediation related to commercial contracts, sale and carriage of goods, trading, banking, investments and private international law. Additional practice areas include public international law, cross-border insolvency, international civil fraud and enforcement, company and shareholder disputes, trusts, asset-tracing and recovery. Natalia is often instructed to deal with disputes related to questions of jurisdiction and conflict of laws, applications to serve out of jurisdiction, loan agreements and banking matters, contract disputes, and bankruptcy or insolvency matters.

Natalia’s experience at the Bar in dealing with international cases and appearing in higher courts in her own right is complemented by her extensive academic experience. Having completed two PhDs in law, one in the UK and one in Russia, prior to joining the Bar, Natalia was a university lecturer. Her ability to extensively analyse and research issues enables Natalia to excel in dealing with legally or factually complex matters.

Natalia has excellent client care skills and experience in dealing with foreign/overseas clients. She understands the needs of clients and foreign lawyers having diverse cultural and language backgrounds and is happy to help to navigate them through English legal system or legal profession in the UK. Natalia is able to use her language skills in her work on international or multi-jurisdictional cases. In addition to Russian, Natalia has various levels of proficiency and knowledge in the following languages: Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, German and Dutch.

Natalia is particularly active in developing work and professional contacts through marketing initiatives in the Russia – CIS / FSU region, including working with lawyers in Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. In addition, she is very interested in developing her practice and links with Southeast Asian, Latin American and European regions.

Natalia is happy to accept instructions in relation to all her areas of interests and specialism and is happy to consider matters in other areas of commercial law. Natalia can be instructed to draft pleadings (particulars of claim, defence, etc), serving out of jurisdiction applications, other court applications, advice on substantive English law or procedural matters, appearing at hearings in any English court and at international arbitrations, both for interim remedies/applications, procedural applications and trials. She can be instructed at or before the start of a case and advise on each aspect of it throughout the proceeding. Natalia is direct-access qualified and can accept instructions directly from clients. Natalia has rights of audience and can appear before the Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) Court.

Natalia adopts a flexible approach to her work and is happy to discuss the way and scope of her engagement in a particular case with English solicitors, foreign/local law firms and clients. She can accept instructions on fixed fees or consider acting on Conditional Fee Arrangement (CFA) or Damages Based Agreement (DBA) in certain circumstances. Please contact her clerk for further details and he will be happy to discuss options available.

Further information

Prior to joining the Bar, Natalia was a university lecturer teaching a range of subjects including contract law, evidence, international law, media law, EU law, training students in advocacy and other legal skills. She is the author of a number of academic articles and presentation papers. Natalia has a distinctive international background, having worked as an intern in the United Nations, international courts and living in several countries.

Drawing on her previous academic, teaching, training and public speaking background, Natalia is always keen to give presentations, workshops and training sessions in English law or advocacy for both English lawyers and foreign lawyers and English and foreign businesses. Natalia has spoken at international conferences and other events or workshops on such topics as jurisdiction, choice of law, interpretation and incorporation of clauses; freezing injunctions; international enforcement of judgments and arbitral awards; court powers exercisable in support of arbitration proceedings; English law as a governing law of contract etc.

Qualifications

BPTC, University of Law, Birmingham
PhD in International Law, University of Birmingham
PhD in Constitutional Law, Moscow State University of International Relations (MGIMO University)
PGCE in Public International Law, University of Kent at Brussels
Combined BA and MA in International Journalism, Moscow State University of International Relations (MGIMO University)

Memberships

London Common Law & Commercial Bar Association
Bar European Group
Young International Arbitration Group of LCIA
British-Russian Law Association
Russian and CIS Arbitration Network (RCAN)
Russian Speaking Legal Professionals’ Forum (RusFor)
British-Kazakh Society
British-Kazakh Law Association
British-Spanish Law Association

*This barrister is authorised to practice in England & Wales. Click here to search on the Bar Standards Board Barristers’ Register.

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