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Liesje Korff, Associate

Liesje Korff


Practice areas

  • Litigation and dispute management

Practice notes

Liesje is an Associate in the UAE dispute resolution team in Dubai, acting for the firm's major banking, corporate and commercial clients. Prior to joining the team in the UAE, Liesje was a paralegal and subsequently a trainee in Eversheds' Cambridge office carrying out seats in the Real Estate, Corporate, Commercial Dispute Resolution and Employment departments.

She has broad experience in international arbitrations, local (UAE) court litigation, DIFC proceedings and English court litigation (up to Court of Appeal) as well as mediations and settlement negotiations.  Recent experience includes:

  • acting for a government-owned entity in a $50m ICC Qatari law and seated arbitration concerning an EPC contract;
  • instructed by a global construction company in a $12 million DIAC arbitration;
  • acting on behalf of a major Middle Eastern bank in an $8 million English High Court (and now Court of Appeal) proceedings on an aviation finance/alleged breach of contract dispute;
  • acting for a local manufacturer of industrial/construction products in an agency agreement dispute in the local Dubai courts with a potential liability of AED 30 million;
  • instructed by one of the UAE’s largest banks to procure cross-border regulatory advice across Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia;
  • seconded into PwC Middle East’s in-house legal team, managing a portfolio of high-value and commercially sensitive litigation claims made against the firm;
  • instructed by a world-leading technology and mobile service provider, with a global operating presence to advise on a significant ($6+ million) debt claim against a Nigerian telecoms carrier;
  • instructed by the largest e-commerce business in the UAE to assess and act on potential infringement of the client’s intellectual property rights;
  • advising on Dubai International Financial Centre (‘DIFC’) Court proceedings on behalf of a private investor/asset management firm in respect of a breach of warranty;
  • acting on behalf of an Iranian petro-chemical company, commencing criminal action in the Dubai court for bouncing several payment cheques totalling AED 28 million.  Subsequently advising on and instructed to assist with ACIC arbitration proceedings against the debtor; and
  • advising on Omani court litigation on behalf of a global transportation and storage business for unpaid oil freight and demurrage totalling $2 million.

Liesje holds a first class law degree with Honours.