Irina is an Associate qualified both in England & Wales and in Russia. Irina has extensive experience of practising in both jurisdictions, with particular expertise in commercial litigation.

Prior to joining Cooke, Young & Keidan in 2017, Irina was the sole in-house counsel at the UK-based marine fuel trading subsidiary of the Russian energy giant Rosneft. Irina originally qualified and practised in Russia, acting in complex contractual, tax, banking, insolvency, regulatory and property litigation at all levels of the judicial system and arguing cases before the Russian courts. After relocating to the UK, Irina requalified as a solicitor in England and Wales and practised as a litigator in private practice before moving in-house.


Prior to becoming a lawyer, Irina graduated with a degree in English and German languages from the Pomor State University in Russia. After qualifying as a lawyer in Russia, Irina worked for JSB Arkhangelskpromstroybank, reaching the position of its Head of Legal, and then for Bank Rossiyskiy Capital and one of its non-profile projects, later becoming a Deputy CEO on Law at Sawmill-23 in Arkhangelsk, Russia. Having moved to the UK in 2008, Irina undertook full requalification by completing a Law Degree at the University of Exeter followed by the LPC and a training contract with the regional heavyweight Michelmores LLP. Prior to commencing her most recent in-house role at Rosneft Marine (UK) Limited, Irina gained litigation experience with DAC Beachcroft in Bristol.

Professional Groups

Irina is a member of the Russian Arbitration Association (RAA).


Russian (native)