Julia Zagonek | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Julia Zagonek
Julia Zagonek

Julia Zagonek

Partner, Moscow, London

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“Julia Zagonek’s transfer from London has significantly enhanced the firm’s Moscow-based arbitration capabilities.”

Legal 500 2014


Julia Zagonek is an English solicitor-advocate and concentrates on international arbitration and commercial litigation, guiding her clients towards the successful resolution of contentious matters.

Julia's client list is international and she has worked for a broad spectrum of clients, both high-net worth individuals and multi-national corporate entities. Julia has had experience of investment as well as commercial arbitrations conducted in accordance with the rules of LCIA, VIAC, ICC, AAA, SCC, SIAC, UNCITRAL, ICAC as well as ad hoc arbitrations, and is regularly appointed as arbitrator.

Julia is also involved in shaping arbitration law and practice. She has been appointed to the LCIA Court for the period ending in May 2022. She is also a Nominations Committee member of the ICC Russia, member and sub-committee member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), Advisory Committee member of the Anglo-Russian Law Association (ARLA), as well as member of the Russian Arbitration Association (RAA), Russia and CIS Arbitration Network (RCAN) and Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA).

She is a sought-after speaker, and lectures on international arbitration and English law at MSU (Moscow State University), MGUA (Moscow State Law Academy), MGIMO (Moscow State University of International Relations), MGU (Moscow State University). Julia is also a regular speaker at client seminars and international conferences on arbitration and English law.

Bars and Courts

  • Law Society of England and Wales
  • Solicitor Advocate (Higher Rights of Audience)


  • PGDL, LPC, College of Law, London
  • BA (Hons), Courtauld Institute of Art, London


  • English
  • Russian
  • French


Advising a major telecommunications company in LCIA proceedings involving issues of fraud, actual and apparent authority in several jurisdictions and parallel proceedings.

Advising a major cement producer in two English law governed arbitrations at International Commercial Arbitration Court at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation (ICAC) against a group of Russian individuals in a post-M&A dispute related to the breach of indemnities and warranties.

Advising an investment group in connection with liabilities created by former partners.

Advising a major Russian bank with successful settlement of a dispute arising out of debt restructuring. Our work included developing strategy of debt recovery in multiple jurisdictions, as well as coordinating local counsel in Cyprus, the Netherlands and the UK, including in connection with a number of litigation proceedings in Cypriot and Dutch courts.

Advising a major Russian mining and smelting company in connection with a dispute arising out of supply agreements.

Advising an Asian multinational electronics company in an LCIA arbitration against a software developer.

Advising one of the largest steel companies in Russia in a dispute with a long-term supplier.

Advising a private equity fund in connection with wrongdoings by its managers.

Advising a Ukrainian client in an LCIA arbitration and supporting court proceedings against a JV partner.

Advising a Receiver appointed by a Cypriot court over two Cypriot companies and their subsidiaries in Russia in support of arbitration proceedings on the issues of preservation and recovery of their assets and representing them in various court proceedings in Russia.

Speaking Engagements

ICC X International Arbitration Conference "Russia as disputes location" in the session "ICC kitchen" of selecting arbitrators and disputes administration, 28 November 2017.

English Law Week in St.Petersburg – moderated the session "Recent English judgments involving Russian and CIS parties", 22 November 2017.

RAA conference "Collecting Bad Debts: Throwing Good Money after Bad?" on practical aspects of hiring and working with an expert in arbitration, June 2017.

Roscoe Pound Moscow Conference on commercial disputes resolution in the session called "What do parties want, what is necessary and what is expected?", June 2017.

St. Petersburg International Legal Forum – SIAC session devoted to comparison and availability of interim measures in support of arbitration seated in Singapore and in Russia, May 2017.

ICDR seminar "Looking Ahead: Effectively Arbitrating Complex Disputes in the Global Energy Sector", April 2017, Houston.

Moscow State University conference "Investments under the new economic conditions", March 2017, Moscow.

SCC Arbitration Institute seminar "SCC 2017 innovation drivers: treaty-based arbitrations" on emergency proceedings under the SCC Rules involving Russian and CIS parties and SCC new rules for treaty-based arbitrations, 16 February 2017, Moscow.


  • "Admission of foreign lawyers to national legal services markets: overseas experience and its relevance in light of future legal reforms in Russia", "ZAKON" journal, November 2017.
  • Co-authored "Liability for breach of obligations", Power and Law and Oil & Gas and Law, 2016 г.
  • Chapter 2: "Relevant Aspects of the English Legal System", book "Arbitration in England, with chapters on Scotland and Ireland, Lew, Bor, et al. (ed) (2013)".
  • "Optional Arbitration Clauses", Legal Insight Magazine, January 2013.

Awards & Recognition

The Legal 500 2017 – Leading Individual in International Arbitration

Chambers Global 2017 – Dispute Resolution

Who's Who Legal 2018 – Arbitration, Julia is recommended as one of the world’s leading arbitration specialists