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Dr Irina Durnova
Qualifications & Education
  • PhD, Constitutional Law, Saratov State Law Academy
  • LLM, Birkbeck, University of London
  • Law, Saratov State Law Academy
  • Law Society of England and Wales
  • Russian

Irina has experience in complex international arbitration proceedings and commercial disputes across a range of industry sectors. She joined Enyo Law in March 2019 as a Legal Assistant and qualified as a solicitor of England & Wales in September 2022.


Irina read Russian Law at Saratov State Law Academy, where, in 2013, she defended her PhD. While studying in Russia, she assisted advocates in the local chambers and worked in-house, advising Russian companies on various commercial matters and representing their interests in Court. After moving to the UK, she graduated from Birkbeck University of London and completed an English law conversion course (GDL) at the University of Law.

  • Acting for a port developer in its USD2 billion claim relating to the construction of a commodities transhipment terminal in Southern Russia.
  • Acting for Gennadiy Bogolyubov in his defence of a series of claims brought by Ukraine’s largest commercial bank, PrivatBank, following its nationalisation in December 2016. PrivatBank alleges that the Bank’s former owners (Mr Bogolyubov and Mr Kolomoisky) orchestrated a fraudulent scheme to misappropriate USD5.5 billion from the Bank through a complex web of sham transactions.
  • Acting for a joint venture owned by major Russian and Italian Banks in a USD70 million LCIA arbitration claim against its co-partner arising out of breaches of a Shareholders' Agreement concerning the oil and gas sector in Russia.
Apr 25, 2024
UK Supreme Court confirms anti-suit relief in favour of foreign-seated arbitration proceedings
In the most significant decision in the arbitration world since Enka v Chubb, the Supreme Court has confirmed this week...
Apr 10, 2024
The big freeze: Unitel SA v Unitel International Holdings BV & Anor
Mr Justice Bright has provided a useful reminder as to the hurdles that need to be overcome to secure a...
Mar 6, 2024
English High Court hands down significant judgment regarding an online auction of a blockchain-based NFT
The High Court has handed down judgment in Amir Soleymani v Nifty Gateway LLC. The background In 2021, Mr Soleymani,...
Feb 6, 2024
Anna Brownrigg speaking at Thought Leaders 4 Disputes: Financial Institutions Litigation
Anna Brownrigg will be speaking alongside a panel on Analysing the Rise of ESG Risks in Financial Institutions Litigation at...