Shelley Drenth is a Senior Associate specialising in complex commercial disputes. She has acted and advised on a wide variety of litigation, arbitration and regulatory matters both in the UK and Australia.

Shelley has considerable experience in advising international and domestic clients on a range of high value and complex arbitration and litigation matters, including cases involving civil fraud, breaches of fiduciary duty, complex contractual claims, economic torts, shareholder disputes, and enforcement.

Recently, Shelley has had a particular focus on financial services and banking related disputes, including those involving cryptocurrency, and significant disputes in relation to FX trading. As well as extensive trial experience in the English High Court, Shelley has acted on several international arbitrations seated in England, as well as an arbitration matter in the English courts.

Shelley holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Melbourne (where she graduated in the top 10 of her year), and was admitted in the Supreme Court of Victoria and High Court of Australia. She trained at a leading Australian firm, where she qualified into the Litigation team. She primarily acted for clients in the mining and energy sectors in relation to insurance disputes, class actions and regulatory investigations.

Recent work
  • Acting for a mining investments company in a $500m+ dispute with an international mining conglomerate in an UNCITRAL arbitration before a distinguished three-member tribunal.
  • Acting for three individuals in defence of a £40m claim made against them in the Commercial Court for deceit, conspiracy to deceive and breach of fiduciary duties.
  • Acting for a private equity placement agent in an LCIA arbitration relating to its substantial contractual dispute with a client in relation to its entitlement to placement commissions arising from investments in a renewable energy fund.
  • Acting for a currency manager in its claims in the Financial List against several major banks in relation to the alleged misuse of its confidential information by FX traders.
  • Acting for a major cryptocurrency exchange in defence of a claim by a victim of crypto-related fraud for the recovery of Bitcoin that had passed through the exchange. 
Did you know

Away from work, Shelley likes to run and has recently embarked on an endeavour to complete as many different Parkruns as possible.

London Bridge and The Shard at dusk.

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