Eleni Polycarpou


Eleni is a partner in the litigation and arbitration team and focuses on international arbitration.

She has long standing expertise in commercial arbitration as party appointed Counsel under various institutional rules as well as ad hoc arbitration proceedings. Eleni is also involved in investment treaty arbitration work and is Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and qualified to take arbitrator appointments.

Eleni specializes in international commercial disputes including heavyweight commercial fraud work both in the English Courts and in international arbitration. She acts for high net worth individuals and their companies often advising on shareholder and joint venture disputes, banking disputes, contract and tort disputes. She has a particular expertise in art law and is responsible for contentious art matters in the London office. Eleni is also well versed in mediation and has a track record of achieving a successful settlement of disputes via this method.

She has been described in the directories as someone who is ‘extraordinarily hard-working and conscientious’, a ‘star of the future’ and as someone who ‘just gets it, knows how cases should be handled especially when it comes to the very sensitive ones’. In art law she is described as someone who is ‘highly respected within the sector’.

She is from Cyprus and speaks fluent Greek, English and Italian. Eleni’s practice has a particular focus in acting for clients from those jurisdictions and from Russia and CIS, who often hold their interests through Cypriot companies.


Eleni Polycarpou is ‘an excellent lawyer who combines strong forensic analysis with brilliant people skills’.

Legal 500 UK, 2017

In regards to international arbitration, special counsel Eleni Polycarpou ‘never leaves any stone unturned’.

Legal 500 UK, 2017

Eleni Polycarpou, who heads the art litigation team, is ‘an excellent litigator to have on your side and is relentless in pursuing her clients’ best interests’.

Legal 500 UK, 2017

Eleni Polycarpou leads the UK art litigation team and is very knowledgeable and is exceptional with clients.

Legal 500 UK, 2018

Eleni Polycarpou is an exceptional litigation solicitor – immensely experienced and very knowledgeable in this quite specialist field. Apart from anything else, she is a considerate person, with great client management skills.

Legal 500 UK, 2020





Acting for NRC (a Cypriot company) in relation to fraud proceedings issued in London and in Cyprus against a former business associate (AAD) and companies controlled by him. In London Eleni and her team obtained a default judgment in the sum of £5 million. Their attempts to enforce this Judgment by obtaining a charging order over a property in West London legally owned by a BVI company, ended in a 3 day trial in the High Court in which the BVI Company vigorously defended the claim for the final charging order. Eleni and her team won at that trial and the Judge found that the Property is beneficially owned by AAD and that therefore NRC could proceed to enforce its default judgment.

Dexia Crediop SpA and Provincia di Brescia and Deutsche Bank AG London and Provincia di Brescia: Acting for an Italian local authority in two misselling of swaps claims against two banks and related Italian proceedings

LCIA Arbitration – acting for a company owned by a Russian Oligarch in fraud proceedings over the alleged alienation of a Russia based asset; proceedings brought in the LCIA and in parallel proceedings taking place in Russia, Cyprus and in the BVI and involving resisting freezing order applications in all the jurisdictions

England and Wales, 2005

British Virgin Islands, 2013

‘Proposed EU regulations on the import of non EU-cultural goods’, Withers article – 19 February 2019, co-author

‘AI survey briefing report’, special AIJA report, May 2017

Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb),

Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA),

British Italian Law Association (BILA),

British Russian Law Association (BRLA),

Russia and CIS Arbitration Network (RCAN),

Hellenic Law Association of London



  • English
  • Greek
  • Italian







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