Rebecca Wales

Rebecca Wales


Email [email protected]​

Phone +44 20 7296 2000

Fax +44 20 7296 2001


Practice groupLitigation, Arbitration, and Employment

Experienced commercial litigator, Rebecca Wales, acts for clients in some of the most complex and high value cross-border disputes before the English courts. She is commercial and pragmatic, and her ability calmly to manage large-scale, high stakes and multi-faceted disputes makes her popular with UK and international clients alike.

In recent years, Rebecca has taken a leading role on some of the largest civil fraud cases before the courts, including BTA v Ablyazov, Mezhprombank v Pugachev, and Privatbank v Kolomoisky. She has acted on several ground breaking applications, and has significant experience of pre-emptive and interlocutory relief, including applications for freezing orders, search orders, third party disclosure, pre- and post-judgment receiverships and committal orders for contempt of court.

Rebecca's experience of international disputes goes far beyond the English court. Many of the disputes she handles involve concurrent litigation in multiple jurisdictions, including offshore venues such as the British Virgin Islands, Bermuda, Cyprus and the Cayman Islands, the courts of several EU member states, and in CIS countries including Russia and Ukraine. She has also dealt with the recognition and enforcement of both English and foreign judgments all over the world.

Rebecca's skills have been widely acknowledged: she was a Rising Star for Legal Week in 2016, was in the Lawyer's Hot 100 list in 2017, and in 2018 was recognised as a "Next Generation Lawyer" by Legal 500. She was also a member of the teams winning the Lawyer's Litigation Team of the Year Award 2013, the American Lawyer Global Dispute of the Year 2014 and Chambers Global Award 2014 for Global Dispute Resolution Team of the Year.

Rebecca also co-heads the firm's pro-bono programme for victims of crime in the UK, including victims of human trafficking and the recent terrorist attacks in London and Manchester, which has won several awards in recent years, including the Lord Mayor's Dragon Award for Innovation 2018.

Awards and recognitions


"Next Generation Lawyer"
Legal 500


The Lord Mayor's Dragon Awards


Hot 100
The Lawyer


Pro Bono Team of the Year
The Lawyer


Rising Star
Legal Week


Dispute Resolution Team of the Year
Chambers Global


Global Dispute of the Year Grand Prize
American Lawyer


Litigation Team of the Year
The Lawyer

Education and admissions


University College London


The Law Society

Court admissions

Senior Courts of England and Wales

Representative experience

Acting for the DIA as liquidators against Sergei Pugachev to freeze g £1.17bn of his assets.

Acting for JSC BTA Bank in relation to a multi-billion dollar fraud claim against Mukhtar Abalyzov.

Acting for JSC CB PrivatBank in relation to US$2bn fraud claim against the Bank's former shareholders.

Advising a major Russian retail group in relation to contentious issues arising out of the acquisition of a retail chain in Russia.

Co-head of Hogan Lovells' programme for victims of crime in the UK, including victims of domestic abuse, human trafficking, forced labour and terrorism.

Assisting a major Russian investment group with a multi-jurisdictional fraud dispute over a blocking stake in Russian mobile telecommunications operator, Megafon.

Acting for a global oil and gas company in connection with disputes with suppliers and service providers in the UK.

Advising food and beverage manufacturer in relation to contractual disputes and consumer claims.

Acting for global mining conglomorate in proceedings in England against its former management.

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