Overview

I have been practising at the business and property Bar for over 20 years and was appointed QC in February 2018. I am a full time arbitrator and mediator and my expertise is in business related disputes of all types (including shareholder disputes, joint ventures (in both a corporate and partnership context), breaches of NDAs and SHAs, unfair prejudice, quasi-partnerships, material non-disclosure, misrepresentation, rescission of subscription agreements, forfeiture of leases) with particular experience in insolvency, company and contract related disputes. I work both domestically and in offshore jurisdictions (notably the BVI and the DIFC). As a result of over 15 years’ appointment representing the UK government (primarily the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) for the Attorney General and appointment as standing counsel to the Association of Chartered and Certified Accountants in insolvency matters, I developed my specialisation in a range of work involving public interest aspects, corporate governance, fiduciary and non-fiduciary duties and responsibilities to shareholders and stakeholders.

Style and Approach

Arbitrator Style:

I am a robust and thorough arbitrator with a forensic eye for detail. I consider it important to engage with the parties at the outset regarding matters of procedure and expectations for timetable. I encourages the early identification of potentially dispositive issues and discussions as to whether there are compelling reasons to consider resolution of such issues as a preliminary matter or, based on their factual matrix or otherwise, are more appropriately reserved for resolution as part of the final award. My belief is that proceedings should be conducted with a view to expediting the resolution of the dispute and I takes seriously the obligation to comply with the timetable set out in the applicable rules or in the parties’ agreement.

Mediator Style:

I have an effective approach to ensuring the parties to a mediation have the best possible chance of a negotiated settlement, based on thorough preparation and drawing on my experience and commercial judgment developed over 20 years as a commercial barrister. I use an initial conversation between myself and legal advisers at the very beginning of the mediation process in the course of which agreement can be reached about the shape of the mediation and the detailed process to be employed. Thereafter I use an inclusive approach to resolving complex disputes and bring a calm, approachable personal style to mediations. I draw on my litigation skills to work outside the limitations of the litigation process: applying rigorous analysis of the legal issues; understanding what the participants need; talking realistically with them about both the strengths and weaknesses of their legal position and the litigation process they may be engaged in. By those means I am able to use mediation to bring in effective conversations that go to the heart of the issues, to understand nuances that might otherwise be missed and to introduce fresh perspectives.

 

Expertise

  • Contracts
  • Corporate
  • Commercial
  • Insolvency & Restructuring
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Professional Negligence

Experience

Arbitrator:

  • Arbitrator in an LCIA arbitration concerning a cross-border litigation funding agreement (seat London, English law)
  • Presiding arbitrator with Juliet Blanch and Peter Jago in ad hoc arbitration (seat Zambia, subject to the provisions of the Zambian Arbitration Act)
  • Arbitrator in ad hoc arbitration of contract dispute (seat Dubai, English law)

Counsel in international arbitrations:

  • Advising in relation to arbitration arising out of breaches of contract in JV for supply and operation of deep sea-bed bathymetrics, between Australian and English companies.
  • Acting as sole Counsel in DIFC-LCIA arbitration concerning fraudulent misrepresentation in the course of establishing an investment bank. Parties were in Madrid, Panama, Dubai and London and the issues concerned rescission of subscription agreement, breaches of NDAs and SHAs.
  • Acting as Counsel in arbitration of contractual dispute concerning superconducting magnets and low temperature measurement systems. Related antisuit injunction proceedings in Sydney and London.
  • DIFC-LCIA arbitration concerning misrepresentation and forfeiture of leases in multi-million dollar restaurant chain shareholder dispute.

Mediator:

  • A £11m commercial mediation concerning the operation of a professional indemnity policy and duties owed pursuant to a series of administration agreements
  • £4m breach of directors’ duties claim and dividend challenge under the Companies Act 2006 & under sections 238 and 423 Insolvency Act 1986 claim
  • Acting as mediator in high value aviation misrepresentation dispute
  • Acting as mediator in shareholder dispute regarding valuation of investment shares during buy-out
  • Acting as mediator in JV dispute regarding including issues of probate and family trusts

 

Professional Qualifications

  • LLB, MA (Hons) Cantab (1 st Class) – Downing College, Cambridge (graduated 1998)
  • Tutor in Commercial and Insolvency Law (London School of Economics) 1998-2000
  • Called to the Bar of England & Wales, 1999
  • Queen Mother Scholar of Middle Temple

Career History

  • Barrister at XXIV Old Buildings, Lincoln’s Inn since 2000 to date
  • QC appointment 2018

Accreditation

  • The Society of Mediators
  • Year of accreditation – 2018
  • Member of Civil Mediation Council

Overview

I have been practising at the business and property Bar for over 20 years and was appointed QC in February 2018. I am a full time arbitrator and mediator and my expertise is in business related disputes of all types (including shareholder disputes, joint ventures (in both a corporate and partnership context), breaches of NDAs and SHAs, unfair prejudice, quasi-partnerships, material non-disclosure, misrepresentation, rescission of subscription agreements, forfeiture of leases) with particular experience in insolvency, company and contract related disputes. I work both domestically and in offshore jurisdictions (notably the BVI and the DIFC). As a result of over 15 years’ appointment representing the UK government (primarily the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) for the Attorney General and appointment as standing counsel to the Association of Chartered and Certified Accountants in insolvency matters, I developed my specialisation in a range of work involving public interest aspects, corporate governance, fiduciary and non-fiduciary duties and responsibilities to shareholders and stakeholders.

Style and Approach

Arbitrator Style:

I am a robust and thorough arbitrator with a forensic eye for detail. I consider it important to engage with the parties at the outset regarding matters of procedure and expectations for timetable. I encourages the early identification of potentially dispositive issues and discussions as to whether there are compelling reasons to consider resolution of such issues as a preliminary matter or, based on their factual matrix or otherwise, are more appropriately reserved for resolution as part of the final award. My belief is that proceedings should be conducted with a view to expediting the resolution of the dispute and I takes seriously the obligation to comply with the timetable set out in the applicable rules or in the parties’ agreement.

Mediator Style:

I have an effective approach to ensuring the parties to a mediation have the best possible chance of a negotiated settlement, based on thorough preparation and drawing on my experience and commercial judgment developed over 20 years as a commercial barrister. I use an initial conversation between myself and legal advisers at the very beginning of the mediation process in the course of which agreement can be reached about the shape of the mediation and the detailed process to be employed. Thereafter I use an inclusive approach to resolving complex disputes and bring a calm, approachable personal style to mediations. I draw on my litigation skills to work outside the limitations of the litigation process: applying rigorous analysis of the legal issues; understanding what the participants need; talking realistically with them about both the strengths and weaknesses of their legal position and the litigation process they may be engaged in. By those means I am able to use mediation to bring in effective conversations that go to the heart of the issues, to understand nuances that might otherwise be missed and to introduce fresh perspectives.

 

Expertise

  • Contracts
  • Corporate
  • Commercial
  • Insolvency & Restructuring
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Professional Negligence

Experience

Arbitrator:

  • Arbitrator in an LCIA arbitration concerning a cross-border litigation funding agreement (seat London, English law)
  • Presiding arbitrator with Juliet Blanch and Peter Jago in ad hoc arbitration (seat Zambia, subject to the provisions of the Zambian Arbitration Act)
  • Arbitrator in ad hoc arbitration of contract dispute (seat Dubai, English law)

Counsel in international arbitrations:

  • Advising in relation to arbitration arising out of breaches of contract in JV for supply and operation of deep sea-bed bathymetrics, between Australian and English companies.
  • Acting as sole Counsel in DIFC-LCIA arbitration concerning fraudulent misrepresentation in the course of establishing an investment bank. Parties were in Madrid, Panama, Dubai and London and the issues concerned rescission of subscription agreement, breaches of NDAs and SHAs.
  • Acting as Counsel in arbitration of contractual dispute concerning superconducting magnets and low temperature measurement systems. Related antisuit injunction proceedings in Sydney and London.
  • DIFC-LCIA arbitration concerning misrepresentation and forfeiture of leases in multi-million dollar restaurant chain shareholder dispute.

Mediator:

  • A £11m commercial mediation concerning the operation of a professional indemnity policy and duties owed pursuant to a series of administration agreements
  • £4m breach of directors’ duties claim and dividend challenge under the Companies Act 2006 & under sections 238 and 423 Insolvency Act 1986 claim
  • Acting as mediator in high value aviation misrepresentation dispute
  • Acting as mediator in shareholder dispute regarding valuation of investment shares during buy-out
  • Acting as mediator in JV dispute regarding including issues of probate and family trusts

 

Professional Qualifications

  • LLB, MA (Hons) Cantab (1 st Class) – Downing College, Cambridge (graduated 1998)
  • Tutor in Commercial and Insolvency Law (London School of Economics) 1998-2000
  • Called to the Bar of England & Wales, 1999
  • Queen Mother Scholar of Middle Temple

Career History

  • Barrister at XXIV Old Buildings, Lincoln’s Inn since 2000 to date
  • QC appointment 2018

Accreditation

  • The Society of Mediators
  • Year of accreditation – 2018
  • Member of Civil Mediation Council