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Rebecca Copley, Partner

Rebecca Copley



French: Basic; German: Basic; Japanese: Basic

Practice areas

  • Financial institutions
  • Financial services disputes and investigations
  • Litigation and dispute management

Practice notes

Rebecca is a Partner and Head of Litigation in the United Arab Emirates. She also leads the Financial Services, Disputes and Investigations Group in the Middle East.

Her practice includes high value and complex litigation work in both the DIFC, UAE and English courts. She devises tailored strategies to maximize prospects of recovery, minimize costs and navigate challenges around service, jurisdiction and enforcement. She has an array of experience in making interim applications for freezing orders, attachment orders, travel bans and advising on criminal aspects to civil claims.

Rebecca’s risk management expertise offers extra support to clients as she regularly provides proactive compliance services to help improve systems and controls, to avoid breaches and identify issues by raising risk awareness. Her services include conducting risk assessments, drafting policies, procedures and contractual documents, conducting due diligence, undertaking investigations, root cause analysis, delivering training and advising on remediation and ‘lessons learned’ measures when breaches are identified.

Before moving to Dubai, Rebecca spent six months in Barclays’ Litigation & Investigations Team investigating allegations of non-compliance including matters relating to financial crime, stemming from whistleblowing reports or regulators’ requests. She was responsible for liaising with stakeholders, ensuring compliance with the bank's regulatory and notification obligations and advising on any redress exercises to be undertaken.

Her areas of focus include mis-selling, AB&C, AML, conduct risk.

Rebecca has an established track record and is recognised by Chambers UK and Legal 500, with Legal 500 describing her as "exceptionally astute", "reassuringly commercial" and a "noted name".