Yvonne Jefferies

Yvonne Jefferies
1 Plough Place
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Who's Who Legal Asset Recovery: Lawyers

Yvonne has over 30 years' experience in commercial litigation and arbitration matters with a strong track record in leading teams in large-scale complex matters. The 2017 edition of Chambers states: "She is a highly impressive communicator, combining a wealth of experience with technical and strategic brilliance. Relentlessly determined and hard-hitting when necessary, she knows when to take a more subtle approach to achieve commercial objectives” and also describes her as "an extraordinary litigator". The 2016 guide stated: "She is an exceptionally talented and fearless litigator who has left no stone unturned in looking at ways of winning the case. She is the kind of lawyer you want to have in a difficult situation.” The 2015 edition of the guide described her as "intelligent and highly experienced”, adding that she “has great energy and is good to work with".

Work highlights include representing prominent Djibouti businessman Abdourahman Boreh in successful defence of complex, high-stakes fraud claims brought by the Republic of Djibouti ([2016] EWHC 405 (Comm); [2015] EWHC 769 (Comm)); Soprim against Djibouti in LCIA proceedings for wrongful expropriation of assets; Harbour Litigation Funding in complex fraud asset recovery cases; General Re in lengthy $500 million multiparty film finance litigation; Indonesian conglomerate Humpuss Group in various actions, including successfully discharging $75 million freezing order; and Yukos Capital in enforcing arbitral awards including obtaining $425 million freezing order against Russian state-owned Rosneft.

Yvonne joined Byrne from Barlow Lyde & Gilbert where she was a senior partner. Prior to that, she was a partner a Clyde & Co which she joined after training at Freshfields. Yvonne is dual-qualified (Singapore/England) and an accredited mediator.

WWL says: Yvonne Jefferies wins praise from clients for her "natural way of making you feel you are in the most capable hands". Peers highlight her "tremendous blend of client focus, technical expertise and experience".

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