Three lawyers in the Dispute Resolution team at Baker McKenzie in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA)-  Anjuli Patel (London), Jackie Lafleur (Johannesburg) and Sally Kotb (Dubai) - have been included in the list of Africa’s 50 Most Promising Young Arbitration Practitioners for 2020, organised by the Association of Young Arbitrators (AYA).  The Baker McKenzie recipients of the award are based across different offices representing the entire EMEA region, all of which have a significant focus on arbitration work across the continent.

AYA is an association of arbitration practitioners in Africa under the age of 40. Based in Nigeria, it is open to young practitioners with professional links to Africa. AYA organizes events and programmes to develop young arbitrators and give them a face within the arbitration space in Africa.

Sally Kotb is counsel in the Dubai office, focusing on international commercial arbitration with a particular focus on energy and construction disputes.  Sally’s experience includes an in-depth understanding of UAE laws and regulations. She is skilled in drafting expert legal opinions on complex issues of UAE law in support of both international and domestic arbitrations.

Jackie Lafleur is a senior associate in the Dispute Resolution team in Johannesburg. She represents clients across a broad range of industries in complex contractual disputes with a particular focus on alternative dispute resolution. She has extensive international experience and has acted for clients in ICC and ICSID proceedings. Jackie is also a qualified mediator.

Anjuli Patel is a senior associate and solicitor-advocate in the Dispute Resolution team in London, with experience working in Johannesburg and Hong Kong. She represents clients in complex, high-value disputes in international arbitration and commercial litigation, with a particular focus on M&A and construction disputes in Africa and the Middle East. Anjuli has an MBA from Imperial College Business School, equipping her with a strong commercial focus.


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