Fountain Court Chambers

London & Singapore

Jeffrey Chapman QCCall Date: 1989 | Silk Date: 2010

Jeffrey Chapman QC is recommended as a leading silk in civil fraud, commercial dispute resolution and banking.  In recent years he has appeared in the 47 day BTA Bank v Ablyazov trial in the Commercial Court; parts 1 and 2 of the €100 million Group Seven fraud trial in the Chancery Division (30 days in the Chancery Division upheld in the CA followed by another 35 day trial in the Court of Appeal in March 2019 on issues of dishonest assistance and the vicarious liability of banks); in the Playboy Club v Banca Nazionale Del Lavoro SPA litigation which has twice been to the Court of Appeal and once to the Supreme Court; two corruption trials at the Old Bailey defending a Russian banker who worked for the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (with confiscation proceedings taking place in 2019); and cross-examining Mike Ashley in the Jeffrey Blue  litigation.

Jeff’s wide-ranging practise includes (in addition to his core work in the Commercial Court and Chancery Division) international arbitrations, offshore disputes (including advising the financial services regulator in Bermuda and acting for banks in the Isle of Man) forthcoming trials in the Patents Court (a £100 million dispute on a cross-undertaking in damages) and the TCC.  He also appeared successfully in two important recent decisions limiting the scope of Norwich Pharmacal orders (the Ramilos decision at [2016] EWHC 3175 (Comm) and Piraeus Bank v EFG Bank [2018] EWHC 2554 Ch)).

Descriptions in practioners’ guides include, “A pleasure to work with and great with clients” and “Very original in his thinking and a man of great court craft.”  His recent notable cases are set out below.

Areas of Expertise

  • Banking & finance
  • Commercial dispute resolution
  • Financial services
  • Fraud: civil
  • Insurance and reinsurance
  • International arbitration
  • Media, entertainment & sport
  • Offshore
  • Professional negligence
  • Professional discipline

Practice Areas

Commercial litigation including in particular:

  • Banking
  • International Arbitration
  • Civil Fraud
  • Insurance/Reinsurance
  • Professional Negligence
  • Sport

Recommendations

Jeff is ranked as a Leading Silk in the field of (Commercial) International Arbitration by the Legal 500 Asia Pacific directory which describes him as “User-friendly and commercial”.

Recommended by Legal 500 2018

  • A down to earth, clear thinking and impressive advocate.’ (Banking and Finance; including Consumer Credit)
  • An excellent counsel in commercial litigation.’ (Commercial Litigation)
  • Cuts through the nub of an argument and presents it in compelling terms.’ (Civil Fraud)

Recommended by Chambers & Partners 2018

  • Incredibly hard working and on top of the law. He has an effective style and pitches arguments perfectly” “Thorough and articulate with an excellent presence in Court” (Civil Fraud)
  • A heavyweight silk with great personality whom clients love” (Banking and Finance).
  • The court really likes him; he is a very persuasive advocate and he is also very commercial” He has a laid-back effective style, and he really pitches his arguments just about perfectly” (Commercial Dispute Resolution).

 

Other recommendations from previous directory entries

  • “A pleasure to work with and great with clients.”
  • “Very original in his thinking and a man of great court craft.”
  • “A talented advocate with fantastic judgement. He’s very commercial.”
  • “Commercial and strategic, he has great client-handling skills.”
  • “Impresses both on paper and in court”
  •  “A very hard working advocate who is excellent with clients.”
  •  “Quick, concise and commercial.”
  •  “A great man to have on your side when the going gets tough.”
  •  “Clear, clever and someone whom clients quickly warm to.”
  •  Noted for his “fantastic judgement”
  • “Outstanding on his feet in court, he reads the courtroom very well, and is completely on top of his material”.
  • “Recommended for football cases.”

Recent notable cases

Commercial Litigation

  • Group Seven Limited and others v. Ali Nasir and others [2017] EWHC 2466 (Ch). The claimants were the victim of a €100 million fraud and this is a further set of claims against defendants who dishonestly persuaded them to invest monies in a bogus investment scheme and defendants (including London solicitors and a Swiss bank) who assisted in the fraudsters’ scheme. The successful claims against the Swiss Bank arise out of references given dishonestly by the Swiss bank manager and involved issues of Swiss and English banking law.  Jeff’s client obtained judgment [2017] EWHC 2466 (Ch) against the Bank’s former employee and the Bank from Mr Justice Morgan in October 2017 after a 35 day trial between January and April 2017.  The 571 paragraph judgment deals specifically with the Bank’s vicarious liability for its employee’s dishonest assistance in a breach of trust.  The Court of Appeal will hear the appeal for 5 days in March 2019.  The case has achieved recent notoriety after the Financial Times front page magazine piece on 28 June 2018 about the victim of the fraud headlined, “The ship tycoon, the con men and a €100m scam”

https://www.ft.com/content/d4bc5a02-7995-11e8-bc55-50daf11b720d

  • Playboy Club London Limited v. Banca Nazionale Del Lavoro SPA [2018] UKSC 43:  Jeff acts for an Italian bank in two separate sets of proceedings brought against it by a well-known London casino who advanced more than £1 million in credit to a professional gambler allegedly in reliance on a reference provided by an employee of the bank.  The Casino alleged the reference was given negligently in the first set of proceedings where the bank (represented by Jeff with Andrew de Mestre, 4 Stone Buildings) was successful in the Court of Appeal in reversing the decision below on a Hedley Byrne banking law point of considerable interest: [2016] 1 WLR 3169.  The first set of proceedings is now over:  Jeff’s clients won in the Supreme Court [2018] UKSC 43 in establishing no duty of care was owed to the Claimant.  Meanwhile the Casino has brought another set of proceedings alleging the bank’s reference was given fraudulently.  The Bank struck out the later claim as an abuse of process on the basis that it could and should have been brought as part of the first proceedings.  The Court of Appeal reinstated the case [2018] EWCA Civ 2025 and it now continues with the Casino seeking to recover as damages in the deceit proceedings the costs of the negligence proceedings.
  • Piraeus Bank v. EFG Bank [2018] EWHC 2554 (Ch)  Jeff acted for a private bank based in the UK which was subject to a wide-ranging application by an overseas bank in the Chancery Division for Norwich Pharmacal relief against an allegedly fraudulent customer in connection with multi-million pound claims being made in another European jurisdiction.  The application was granted ex parte but, on the return date, Jeff’s clients were successful and the claim for disclosure of bank documents relating to a customer was dismissed (by the same Judge who had granted the original order).  The matter remained confidential until the Court of Appeal dismissed the permission application.
  • Ramilos Trading Limited v. Valentin Buyanovsky [2016] EWHC 3175 (Comm)  Ground-breaking claim in connection with disputes concerning multi-hundered million potential fraud claims in Russia, Cyprus and various offshore jurisdictions.  Flaux J’s judgment sets out a wide-ranging review of the law relating to Norwich Pharmacal applications in fraud cases where the material is sought for use in proceedings overseas.  The underlying corporate raider proceedings continued in Russia and Cyprus until settled on confidential terms in 2018.
  • Group Seven Limited and others v. and Allied Investment Corporation and others:  Long-running Chancery Division fraud proceedings arising out of €100,000,000 fraud.  Multiple interlocutory applications and a 30 day trial in front of Peter Smith J. reported at 2014 EWHC 2046 (Ch).  Decision upheld in the Court of Appeal at [2015] EWCA Civ 631.  Decision in relation to the scope of the standard form Freezing Orders is at [2013] EWHC 1509 (Ch).
  • Jeff Blue v. Mike Ashley:  Notorious case in which Jeff acted for an investment banker (Mr Blue) suing Mike Ashley (owner of Sports Direct and Newcastle United Football Club) in the Commercial Court for £14 million promised to Mr Blue if he helped get the Sports Direct share price above £8 per share.  Mr Blue says he did what was asked of him and Mr Ashley has refused to pay him what he is due. The deal was allegedly done in the Horse and Groom pub and was strongly disputed by Mr Ashley.  The trial took place over 6 days in July 2017 to a fanfare of publicity including multiple stories of Mr Ashley’s drinking.  Jeff cross-examined Mr Ashley for 2 days.  The important judgment of Mr Justice Leggatt (now Leggatt LJ) is at [2017] EWHC 1928 (Comm).  The Judge did not believe all of Mr Ashley’s evidence but ultimately dismissed Mr Blue’s claim.
  • JSC BTA Bank v. Ablyazov and others: Acting for Russian defendant in 14 week Commercial Court trial before Teare J. Multi-jurisdictional banking fraud claim under Kazakh and Russian law extensively covered in the legal press.   Subject of multiple reported decisions.  The trial is reported at [2013] EWHC 510 (Comm) and [2013] EWHC 867 (Comm).
  • R (Leyton Orient FC) v Newham BC and others: Represented Orient in challenge to appoint West Ham as preferred bidder for the Olympic Stadium. Challenged as an unlawful State Aid. Preferred bid withdrawn a week before the substantive hearing was due to take place.

 

Banking & Finance

Jeff is frequently instructed to provide confidential advice on all kinds of banking and financial services matters including loan and security disputes, interest rate swaps, ISDA, structured finance transactions and complex financial instruments and related regulatory matters.  Recent cases include the Playboy litigation in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal (see above) and the Norwich Pharmacal proceedings (acting for EFG Bank).  Jeff is also advising international banks in ongoing litigation in the Isle of Man.  In addition to the cases referred to under commercial litigation above, Jeff’s practise includes:

  • Acting in relation to disputes in relation to interest rate swaps and LIBOR fraud.
  • Acting for large Indian Bank in UNCITRAL arbitration proceedings in Singapore heard in 2015.
  • Advising the Bermuda Monetary Authority on regulatory issues arising out of banking and financial services.
  • Odyssey Aviation Limited v. Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Financial Leasing Company Limited:  Acting for Irish aviation consultancy company in Commercial Court proceedings against the largest Bank in China.  Proceedings settled on confidential terms in 2015 before trial.
  • FSA: Advising for the FSA in relation to tribunal and judicial review proceedings arising out of penalties imposed by the FSA on a former HBOS director.

 

Arbitration

Extensive arbitration experience including SIAC, ICC, UNCITRAL, LCIA and ad hoc arbitral experience.  Has appeared in proceedings in London, Paris, Geneva, Singapore and New York.  Recently appeared in cases involving:

  • A large Indian Bank in UNCITRAL arbitration proceedings in Singapore.
  • A state-owned Bank in Eastern Europe. Seat of the arbitration London.
  • Oil and gas exploration in West Africa. Seat of the arbitration London.

 

Civil Fraud

  • Group Seven Limited and others v. and Allied Investment Corporation and others:  Long-running Chancery Division fraud proceedings arising out of €100,000,000 fraud.  Multiple interlocutory applications and a 30 day trial in front of Peter Smith J. reported at 2014 EWHC 2046 (Ch).  Decision upheld in the Court of Appeal at [2015] EWCA Civ 631.  Further proceedings against solicitor and bank defendants are due to be tried before Morgan J starting February 2017 (time estimate 40 days).  Decision in relation to the scope of the standard form Freezing Orders is at [2013] EWHC 1509 (Ch).
  • JSC BTA Bank v. Ablyazov and others: Acting for Russian defendant in 14 week Commercial Court trial before Teare J. Multi-jurisdictional banking fraud claim under Kazakh and Russian law extensively covered in the legal press.   Subject of multiple reported decisions.  The trial is reported at [2013] EWHC 510 (Comm) and [2013] EWHC 867 (Comm).
  • R v. Ryjenko and another:  Appeared in the Old Bailey acting for a Defendant banker with the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development in corruption proceedings.  (A criminal prosecution involving alleged corruption in project financing in the former Soviet Union).

 

Sport

Jeff’s interest in playing (or increasingly watching) sport is complimented by a growing practice in Sports law.  Legal 500 2015 describes him as, “Recommended for football cases.”  As well as appearing in the Olympic stadium dispute and multiple football cases (ongoing) acting for Cardiff City, Leeds United and Leyton Orient, he has also acted in several show-jumping matters including most recently trying to get the Irish show-jumping team and Cian O’Connor into the Rio Olympics via the CAS in Lausanne.

  • Horse Sport Ireland and another v. Fédération Equestre Internationale:  Acting for Cian O’Connor in the Court of Arbitration for Sport appeal filed by Horse Sport Ireland and Mr O’Connor against the decision rendered by the FEI Appeal Committee on 22 August 2015 which meant the Irish team did not qualify for the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016.
  • Copley Motorcars Corporation and Wexner v. Bonhams 1793 Limited and others: The owner of Victoria’s Secrets is suing the auction house Bonhams for misrepresentation in the sale of an £11 million (red) Ferrari 375 which won the 1954 Sports Car Championship and the 1954 British Grand Prix at Silverstone.  Jeff acted for one of the sellers who denies any misrepresentations and claims his share of the purchase price.  Three sets of proceedings were issued in the Commercial Court and the Chancery Division with seven defendants represented by multiple Leading Counsel and law firms.
  • Denis Lynch v Horse Sport Ireland Ltd, Cian O’Connor and others CAS arbitration No. CAS OG 12/03: Represented Irish show jumper Cian O’Connor before the Ad Hoc Olympic Division of the CAS in successful bid to ensure Cian could represent Ireland at the London Olympics. Cian won a bronze medal a week later.

 

 

 

Reported cases

 

Piraeus Bank v. EFG Bank [2018] EWHC 2554 (Ch) (Norwich Pharmacal)

Playboy Club London Limited v. Banca Nazionale Del Lavoro SPA [2018] UKSC 43; [2016] 1 WLR 3169 (CA) (negligent misrepresentation)

Playboy Club London Limited v. Banca Nazionale Del Lavoro SPA [2018] EWCA Civ 2025 (CA) (abuse of process)

Group Seven Limited and others v. Ali Nasir and others [2017] EWHC 2466 (Ch) (dishonest assistance and vicarious liability).

Ramilos Trading Limited v. Valentin Buyanovsky [2016] EWHC 3175 (Comm) (Norwich Pharmacal)

Group Seven Ltd v Allied Investment Corp Ltd Court of Appeal (Civil Division) [2015] EWCA Civ 631; 2014 EWHC 2046 (Ch) (civil fraud)

Jong v HSBC Private Bank (Monaco) SA Chancery Division [2014] EWHC 4165 (Ch) (jurisdiction)

Coll v Floreat Merchant Banking Ltd Queen’s Bench Division [2014] EWHC 1741 (QB) (contempt of court)

Group Seven Ltd v Allied Investment Corp Ltd Chancery Division [2014] 1 W.L.R. 735 (freezing orders)

JSC BTA Bank v Ablyazov (Granton Action) [2013] EWHC 867 (Comm); [2013] EWHC 510 (Comm) (civil fraud)

Seven Licensing Co Sarl v FFG-Platinum SA [2011] EWHC 2967 (Comm); [2012] I.L.Pr.

Deutsche Bank AG v Tongkah Harbour Public Co Ltd Queen’s Bench Division (Commercial Court) [2011] EWHC 2251 (QB); [2012] 1 All E.R. (Comm) 194; [2011] Arb. L.R. 20; (2011) 108(34) L.S.G. 20

Proteus Property Partners Ltd v South African Property Opportunities Plc [2011] EWHC 1236 (QB); [2011] EWHC 768 (QB)

Abdel Hadi Abdallah Al Qahtani & Sons Beverage Industry Co v Antliff [2010] EWHC 1735 (Comm);

Parabola Investments Ltd v Browallia Cal Ltd (formerly Union Cal Ltd) [2010] EWCA Civ 486; [2011] Q.B. 477; [2010] 3 W.L.R. 1266; [2011] 1 All E.R. (Comm) 210; [2010] Bus. L.R. 1446; [2011] 1 B.C.L.C. 26; [2010] 19 E.G. 108 (C.S.); (2010) 107(20) L.S.G. 20

Parabola Investments Ltd v Browallia Cal Ltd (formerly Union Cal Ltd) Queen’s Bench Division (Commercial Court) [2009] EWHC 1492 (Comm); [2009] EWHC 901 (Comm); [2009] 2 All E.R. (Comm) 589

DNA Productions (Europe) Ltd v Manoukian [2008] EWHC 2627 (Ch)

DNA Productions (Europe) Ltd v Manoukian [2008] EWHC 943 (Ch)

National Westminster Bank Plc v Rabobank Nederland Queen’s Bench Division (Commercial Court) [2007] EWHC 3163 (Comm); [2008] 1 All E.R. (Comm) 266; [2008] 1 Lloyd’s Rep. 16; [2008] 6 Costs L.R. 839

National Westminster Bank Plc v Rabobank Nederland Queen’s Bench Division (Commercial Court) [2007] EWHC 1056 (Comm)

Mahme Trust Reg v Lloyds TSB Bank Plc [2006] EWHC 1782 (Ch)

Summary of Practice

Jeffrey Chapman QC is a silk with extensive experience in all kinds of commercial litigation in particular complex multi-jurisdictional disputes.  He is rated in Chambers UK 2015 in Banking and Finance, Commercial Dispute Resolution and Civil Fraud and in the 2014 Legal 500 in Banking and Finance, Commercial Litigation and Sport. Comments from the directories include:

“Impresses both on paper and in court”

“A very hard working advocate who is excellent with clients.”

“Quick, concise and commercial.”

“A great man to have on your side when the going gets tough.”

“Clear, clever and someone whom clients quickly warm to.”

Commercial Litigation

Group Seven Limited v. Allied Investment Corporation and others [2014] EWHC 2046 (Ch):  Acting for Claimants in 30 day Chancery Division fraud trial. The claims, which were made under Maltese law, concerned a €100 million fraud based on the alleged sale of Medium Term Notes under the auspices of the Federal Reserve Bank to special investors at a discount.  The victims were groomed for 6 months before the ‘Sting’, as the Court described it, took place in October 2011 when they were persuaded to give up control over their €100 million to the fraudsters who had orchestrated the scam.   Also appeared in the important June 2013 decision between the same parties relating to the scope of standard form Freezing Orders:  [2013] EWHC 1509 (Ch).

Federica Coll v. Floreat Merchant Banking Limited and others [2014] EWHC 1741 (QB): Acting for defendants alleging a dishonest scheme involving misappropriation of confidential information relating to investment funds.  Reported decision concerns contempt of court applications and the proceedings continue having been transferred to the Chancery Division.

 JSC BTA Bank v. Ablyazov and others:  Acted for Russian defendant in the JSC BTA Bank litigation including the 4 month Commercial Court trial which took place from November 2012 to February 2013.  Judgment reported at [2013] EWHC 510.  Multi-jurisdictional banking fraud claim under Kazakh and Russian law extensively covered in the legal press.

 R (Leyton Orient FC) v Newham BC and others: Represented Orient in challenge to appoint West Ham as preferred bidder for the Olympic Stadium.  Challenged as an unlawful State Aid.  Preferred bid withdrawn a week before the substantive hearing was due to take place in October 2011.  Further Judicial Review application arising out of subsequent tender process due to be considered in July 2013.

Deutsche Bank AG v. Tongkah Harbour PCL and Tungkum Ltd: Acting for defendants in claims by Deutsche Bank arising out of a $35 million structured finance facility in complex inter-connected Commercial Court and LCIA proceedings.  In August 2011, Tungkum Ltd successfully obtained a stay under Section 9 of the Arbitration Act 1996 in the Commercial Court:  [2011] EWHC 2251 QBD (Comm) (Blair J.)

Proteus Property Partners Ltd v. South African Opportunities Plc: Acted for successful Claimant offshore investment manager, seeking damages of some £5 million in respect of unpaid Performance and Management Fees.  Construction of contractual provisions and applicable accounting standards relating to Net Asset Value calculations: [2011] EWHC 768 (QB).

 Parabola Investments v. MF Global and others: Court of Appeal decision on the proper measure of damages in the tort of deceit: [2010] EWCA Civ 486; arising out of substantial Commercial Court fraud trial concerning CFD and FOREX trading: [2009] EWHC 901 (Comm).

National Westminster Bank plc v. Rabobank Nederland: Acted for Rabobank Nederland (the AAA rated Dutch bank) between 2004 and 2009 in wide-ranging litigation in England and California.  The case was described by The Lawyer as one of the top ten trials of 2006.  It continued in 2007 with three further judgments in the Commercial Court, the last on 30 October 2007.  The appeal was heard by the Court of Appeal for 2 weeks in October 2008 but settled before judgment was handed down.

Citco Global Custody NV v. Y2K Finance Inc: Unfair prejudice and liquidation proceedings (2007 to 2009) in the BVI Commercial Court and Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court arising out of Hedge Fund collapse.

DNA Productions (Europe) Limited v. Mr R. Manoukian: Contractual dispute concerning secret commissions and order at trial for delivery up and forensic examination of computer hard drives: [2008] EWHC Ch 943.

Mahme Trust v. Lloyds TSB Bank plc (2004-2006): Acting for Lloyds TSB Bank plc, defending complex claims for accounts and damages under English, Swiss and Liechtenstein law in trial before Mr Justice Evans-Lombe in the Chancery Division.  The Bank was successful and awarded its costs on the indemnity basis: [2006] EWHC 1321 (Ch) and [2006] EWHC 1782 (Ch)

Manoukian v. Prince Jefri of Brunei: Civil fraud and contractual dispute (6 month+ Commercial Court case; settled during trial in March 1998)

Banking & Finance

Jeffrey is frequently instructed to provide confidential advice on all kinds of banking and financial services matters including loan and security disputes, interest rate swaps, ISDA, structured finance transactions and complex financial instruments and related regulatory matters.

Advised the FSA:  Acted for the FSA in relation to tribunal and judicial review proceedings arising out of penalties imposed by the FSA on a former HBOS director.

JSC BTA Bank v. Ablyazov and others:  details see above

Deutsche Bank AG v. Tongkah Harbour PCL and Tungkum Ltd: details see above

 National Westminster Bank plc v. Rabobank Nederland (2004-2009): details see above.

Mahme Trust v. Lloyds TSB Bank plc (2004-2006): details see above

 Arbitration

 Extensive ICC and LCIA experience.  Recent matters include:

Oil exploration dispute: Acting in Commercial Court and related arbitral proceedings arising out of an oil exploration dispute

Deutsche Bank AG v. Tongkah Harbour PCL and Tungkum Ltd: Acting for defendants in claims by Deutsche Bank arising out of a $35 million structured finance facility in complex inter-connected Commercial Court and LCIA proceedings.  In August 2011, Tungkum Ltd successfully obtained a stay under Section 9 of the Arbitration Act 1996 in the Commercial Court: [2011] EWHC 2251 QBD (Comm) (Blair J.)

 2009 ICC arbitration concerning illegality and fraud: Details confidential.

 2008 LCIA arbitrationActing for an international company (identity confidential) in LCIA arbitration concerning commission claims of over US$20 million in relation to transactions in Zimbabwe.

 Civil Fraud

Jeffrey advises on the implications of the Bribery Act 2010 and has wide-ranging experience of international civil fraud claims in many jurisdictions around the world including Russia, Kazakhstan, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Malta, Saudi Arabia, Angola, Zimbabwe, the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands.  Notable cases include:

Group Seven Limited v. Allied Investment Corporation and others [2014] EWHC 2046 (Ch):  Acting for Claimants in 30 day Chancery Division fraud trial. The claims, which were made under Maltese law, concerned a €100 million fraud based on the alleged sale of Medium Term Notes under the auspices of the Federal Reserve Bank to special investors at a discount.  The victims were groomed for 6 months before the ‘Sting’, as the Court described it, took place in October 2011 when they were persuaded to give up control over their €100 million to the fraudsters who had orchestrated the scam.   Also appeared in the important June 2013 decision between the same parties relating to the scope of standard form Freezing Orders:  [2013] EWHC 1509 (Ch).

 Federica Coll v. Floreat Merchant Banking Limited and others [2014] EWHC 1741 (QB): Acting for defendants alleging a dishonest scheme involving misappropriation of confidential information relating to investment funds.  Reported decision concerns contempt of court applications and the proceedings continue having been transferred to the Chancery Division.

 JSC BTA Bank v. Ablyazov and others:  Acted for Russian defendant in the JSC BTA Bank litigation including the 4 month Commercial Court trial which took place from November 2012 to February 2013.  Judgment reported at [2013] EWHC 510.  Multi-jurisdictional banking fraud claim under Kazakh and Russian law extensively covered in the legal press. 

 Abdel Hadi Abdallah Al Qahtani & Sons Beverage Industry Company v. Andrew Antliff [2010] EWHC 1735 (Comm):  Acted for Claimant in Commercial Court trial.  Defendant found liable under Saudi law for receiving bribes while working in Saudi Arabia also ordered (under English law) to disclose what happened to the sums he received as bribes.

 Parabola Investments v. MF Global and others [2010] EWCA Civ 486: details see above.

 National Westminster Bank plc v. Rabobank Nederland (2004-2009): details see above.

Insurance & Reinsurance

 Substantial experience advising predominantly insurers and reinsurers on coverage and avoidance issues.  Particular expertise in professional indemnity insurance in the construction industry (such as design and build policies) and also insurance issues relating to IFAs (including Keydata and senior life settlement bond issues),

 Professional Negligence

 Substantial experience advising in this field in particular in valuers’, solicitors’ IFA and accountants’ negligence.  Recently involved in several cases relating to Keydata and senior life settlement bond issues on behalf of IFAs.

Sport

Extensive experience in sponsorship disputes particularly in football and F1.

Denis Lynch v Horse Sport Ireland Ltd, Cian O’Connor and others CAS arbitration No. CAS OG 12/03:  Represented Irish show jumper Cian O’Connor before the Ad Hoc Olympic Division of the CAS in successful bid to ensure Cian could represent Ireland at the London Olympics.  Cian O’Connor won a bronze medal a week later.

R (Leyton Orient FC) v Newham BC and others: Represented Orient in challenge to appoint West Ham as preferred bidder for the Olympic Stadium. Challenged as an unlawful State Aid. Preferred bid withdrawn a week before the substantive hearing was due to take place in October 2011. Further Judicial Review application arising out of subsequent tender process due to be considered in July 2013.

Acted for Press Association Sport UK Limited in connection with disputes concerning rights to data relating to horse racing and other sports.

Counsel for Notts County Football Club in kit sponsorship and ground-share disputes in 2009.

Counsel for Sports World International Limited in litigation (2004-2006) with Diadora UK Limited concerning sponsorship of the Italian national football team as well as Sunderland, Birmingham City and other English football teams.

 

Education

LLM First Class Cambridge University

BA First Class University of Sussex

Researcher for and Consultant to Law Commission 1987-1989

CEDR Accredited Mediator

Called to Bar of British Virgin Islands 1999

Prizes & Scholarships

Queen Mother Scholarship, Middle Temple

Languages

German speaker with working knowledge of French

Appointments

Bar Standards Board Complaints Committee (2007-2012)

Barrister Vice-Chair, Professional Conduct Committee of the BSB (appointed December 2015)