Jenny Arlington

Counsel, Akin

  • Represents a wide range of clients in high-value, top end complex international disputes, both arbitrations and litigations.
  • Assists technology companies, clients handling Big Data, investors and multinational conglomerates with compliance and in investigations involving cutting edge data protection, privacy and cybersecurity issues.
  • Advises and publishes regularly on machine learning (ML)/artificial intelligence (AI) related issues.
  • Consistently ranked in Chambers Global and The Legal 500 in international arbitration, commercial litigation and civil fraud, as “Rising Star” and with particular knowledge of technology disputes.
  • Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E). LL.M. in European Union law. Core contributor to AG Data Dive Blog. Native Bulgarian, fluent in English, German and Russian.

Jenny has long-standing experience in data protection, privacy and cybersecurity matters and is a CIPP/E. She advises multinational clients, including those developing, deploying and investing in ML/AI technologies, on related UK and European Union (EU) legislation and regulation. Her practice includes assisting clients who operationalize innovative technologies such as facial recognition.

In addition, Jenny represents a wide range of clients in high-value, complex international arbitrations under most of the main arbitral rules. She also acts in top end, intricate cross-border commercial litigations in the English High Court and, in conjunction with local counsel, in off-shore jurisdictions. The international disputes she handles cover the Middle East, Africa, Scandinavia, Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Eastern Europe and Russia.

Jenny is named “key lawyer” in international arbitration (2022–2024), commercial litigation (2019–2024) and civil fraud (2019-2024) in The Legal 500 UK “with particular expertise in technology disputes as well as cyber and privacy issues”. Other recognitions include “Rising Star” in international arbitration and commercial litigation in The Legal 500 UK 2024, as well as Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Europe Women in Business Law Awards 2017. Jenny’s client testimonials recognize her as “a safe pair of hands, and works tirelessly (often behind the scene) to ensure many different parts of the case move together towards the desired outcome.” She is also ranked in Chambers Global for cross border disputes (2014-2018) and as a UK-based foreign expert in dispute resolution matters relating to Russia (2014-2018).