Rebecca Wales

Rebecca Wales



Phone +44 20 7296 2000

Fax +44 20 7296 2001


Practice groupLitigation, Arbitration, and Employment

Rebecca Wales is an experienced commercial litigator who has acted in some of the most complex and high value international disputes recently before the English Courts. She has been involved in several ground breaking interim applications, broadening the scope of freezing orders and pushing the boundaries of injunctions. Rebecca has significant experience of applications for pre-emptive and interlocutory relief, including freezing orders, search orders, third party disclosure orders and orders for cross-examination and committal. She was also involved in obtaining the largest receivership order ever granted by the English court.

She also has considerable experience of litigating offshore, including in the BVI, Bermuda, Cyprus and elsewhere. Her commercial and pragmatic approach, along with her ability calmly to manage large scale, high stakes disputes, makes her popular with CIS and UK based clients alike. Rebecca is currently acting for the Russian State Deposit Insurance Agency in the high profile case against Sergei Pugachev and was a core member of the award winning team acting for BTA Bank against Mukhtar Ablyazov (winner of The Lawyer Litigation Team of the Year 2013, the American Lawyer Global Dispute of the Year 2014 and Chambers Global Award 2014 for Global Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year).

In 2016 she was a Rising Star for Legal Week, and in 2017, she was named in The Lawyer's hot 100 list.


Awards and recognitions


Rising Star
Legal Week


Hot 100
The Lawyer

Education and admissions


L.P.C., BPP Law School, London, 2003

Pg.D.L., BPP Law School, London, 2002

B.A. (Hons), University College London, 2000

Representative experience

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

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

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

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