Emma is a Managing Associate in the litigation team, based in our Dubai office.

Emma has a broad skillset in general commercial litigation and arbitration, having acted on matters across a range of industries, including the financial and professional services sectors, regulatory, sporting, construction and oil and gas sectors. Emma has particular experience acting in joint venture disputes, banking and financial disputes, fraud claims and investigations. 

Since moving to the UAE in 2018, Emma has been involved in high profile litigation and arbitration matters across the Middle East, including in the UAE (including its free zones, the DIFC and the ADGM), Oman, Iraq, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Emma has experience working on arbitrations under all of the major institutional rules. 

Emma has also acted for a number of tech companies in the region and was seconded to Uber for a period where she assisted the legal team on complex matters across the MENA region. 

Emma qualified as a solicitor in Australia in November 2015. Prior to joining Addleshaw Goddard, Emma worked in the Perth and Dubai offices of a leading international firm. 


Emma has advised clients in relation to the following matters: 

  • Board of Control for Cricket in India in an arbitration commenced by the Pakistani Cricket Board in relation to an alleged breach of contract
  • Seconded to Uber and advised Uber and Uber Eats on various negotiations and projects being rolled out in the MENA region
  • A major developer in the UAE in a joint venture dispute in a DIAC Arbitration seated in the UAE in relation to a significant development 
  • An employer in an ICC arbitration commenced by the contractor, seeking time and cost, in relation to a significant UAE project 
  • International bank to recover a significant debt in Saudi Arabia under the new KSA Bankruptcy Law  
  • International logistics company in relation to allegations of misconduct in their Middle East branches by the national regulator. Emma acted for the company in both its negotiations with the regulator and its own internal investigations into the allegations 
  • Malaysian engineering and construction company in a DIFC seated DIFC-LCIA arbitration against its contractor
  • International construction company in preparing for a London seated LCIA arbitration in relation to a major construction project in the Middle East
  • Operator in an oil and gas dispute in relation to a project in Iraq
  • Principal in an UNCITRAL arbitration against its contractor in relation to a dredging services contract. 
  • Avwest in a litigation commenced in the Supreme Court of Western Australia, suing a top-tier Australian law firm for professional negligence 
  • Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (with distinction) from the University of Western Australia  
Professional Memberships
  • Law Society of Western Australia 
  • Registered Practitioner in the DIFC Courts