Frances Jenkins is a litigator with significant experience in international commercial litigation.
As a Russian speaker, she specialises in disputes arising from Russia, Ukraine, the CIS and CEE.
Frances has a broad practice which includes shareholder disputes, fraud, enforcement, insurance and reinsurance disputes, international arbitration and general commercial litigation.
Frances has worked with many international clients with interests in Russia and the CIS, Latin America and francophone countries. Her clients include retailers, oil companies, insurance companies, banks and high net-worth individuals.
Frances speaks Russian, French and Spanish to an advanced level. She has a particular interest in Russia and FSU countries, having studied in St Petersburg for six months. Frances has also lived and worked in France and Chile.
Confidential Ukrainian client
Frances acted for the Ukrainian claimants in LCIA arbitration proceedings against a large Ukrainian agricultural firm concerning a shareholder dispute.
Ukrainian pharmaceutical company
Whilst acting for a Ukrainian pharmaceutical company, Frances successfully resisted the discharge of a worldwide freezing order in support of ongoing Ukrainian proceedings and obtained ancillary relief in other jurisdictions.
Aircraft leasing dispute
Frances represented an aircraft lessor in relation to potential insurance and reinsurance claims arising out of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Koshigi Limited & ANR v Donna Union Foundation & Anr
 EWHC 122 (Comm)
Frances acted for the defendants in an LCIA arbitration relating to a Russian shareholder dispute and allegations of unfair shareholder prejudice. She also acted in subsequent cost proceedings.
Sparkasse Koh Bonn v Cutts & Anr
 EWHC 1879 (Ch)
Frances represented a German bank in connection with enforcing an order for possession against a debtor in the jurisdiction.
Open Joint Stock Company Alfa-Bank v Georgy Trefilov
 EWHC 1806 (Comm)
Frances acted for Alfa Bank in a High Court action to enforce a Russian court judgment for £6.8 million against a former oligarch resident in the jurisdiction.
Marex Financial Ltd v Creative Finance Ltd & Anr
 EWHC 2155 (Comm)
Frances acted for a private FX investor in Commercial Court proceedings worth $15 million against its former broker. The dispute arose out of the broker’s allegedly negligent closing-out of two institutional-sized carry trade positions.
Swiss oil trading and marketing company
Frances defended a Swiss oil trading and marketing company against Commercial Court claims for $100m brought by various international off-takers. The litigation arose out of a failure to deliver oil products as a result of a force majeure event which took place in Russia.
Education and Admissions
University of Manchester
(French & Russian (BA Hons))
University of Law, Manchester
Legal Practice Course, distinction
Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England & Wales (2014)
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