Sonia Michaelides

Associate | London

Sonia is an associate in the litigation and arbitration team.

Sonia trained at Withers and joined the litigation and arbitration team in 2014. She has a broad practice and represents individuals, companies, States and State-owned entities in commercial disputes before the high court, international arbitrations, public international law matters and personal and corporate insolvency proceedings. She is fluent in French and Italian and frequently assists Italian and French clients with interests in the UK.

Sonia has represented investors in investment treaty arbitrations in relation to claims relating to expropriation and advises States on public international law issues such as sovereign immunity, human rights and international humanitarian law. She also has experience of international commercial arbitrations under the, ICC, LCIA and LMAA rules, as well as ad hoc arbitration proceedings.

Aside from purely contentious work, Sonia advises clients regarding existing or potential contractual arrangements to avoid future litigation. She also advises clients in relation to alternative methods of dispute resolution, such as mediation.

Secretary Federica Spagnoletti

Track record



Successfully obtaining an order from the Court piercing the corporate veil in the reported case of Akhmedova v Akhmedov & others.

Successfully setting aside a Winding Up Order obtained against a company by HMRC and restoring the company to the company register to avoid its assets becoming ‘Bona Vacantia’.

Acting for a Lichtenstein Trust, Trust Company and its prime beneficiary regarding a fraud involving circa €7.6 million of trust funds and successfully obtaining an emergency worldwide freezing injunction on its behalf, preventing the defendants from dissipating the trust funds.

England and Wales, 2014

Member of the London Court of International Arbitration LCIA (Young International Lawyers Group)


Junior London Solicitor Litigation Association



  • English
  • French
  • Italian





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