Laura is a specialist in commercial and financial litigation and arbitration. She has a wide-ranging and well-established practice encompassing all aspects of complex commercial disputes. Laura acts for and advises various domestic and international institutions/litigants in a broad range of complex commercial and contractual disputes. Laura also frequently acts and advises in relation to injunctive relief (e.g. freezing injunctions, search orders and disclosure orders) and jurisdiction issues.
Laura has been consistently listed in the legal directories as a leading junior barrister for Commercial Dispute Resolution since 2007.
Recent directory quotes:
“A ferocious advocate who cuts straight to the point. She’s one to watch.” (Chambers & Partners 2018)
“Formidable in court and always brings good humour to a case” (Legal 500 2018)
“An effortlessly capable barrister.” (Chambers & Partners 2017)
“She provides robust commercial advice time after time” (Legal 500 2017)
“She is really logical, straightforward and very easy to get on with.” (Chambers & Partners 2016)
“Outstanding on her feet and in cross-examination, and very good with clients” (Legal 500 2015)
“A bright and accomplished junior with a practice spanning commercial litigation, arbitration and financial services disputes.” (Chambers & Partners 2015)
“Good technical lawyer and a great advocate.” (Chambers & Partners 2015)
“Has an excellent courtroom manner and delivers polished and thorough cross-examinations. Her work is structured and she is a good team player.”(Chambers & Partners 2015)
“Her cross-examination is first rate.” (Legal 500 2014)
Current and past work includes:
Natixis v Marex Financial and Ors (Comm): Case involving metal trades based on counterfeit warehouse receipts. In addition, a claim against the insurers under the Insurance Act 2015 raising a range of coverage issues including material non-disclosure. Led by Alain Choo-Choy QC (One Essex Court), together with Robert Weekes (Blackstone Chambers) and Max Kasriel (Fountain Court). 3-week trial before Bryan J Jan-Feb 2019. Awaiting judgment (insurance aspect settled during trial).
Marme Inversiones 2007 S.L. v RBS and ors (Comm) Acting for first defendant bank. Case concerned alleged fraudulent misrepresentations based on EURIBOR rigging allegations. Total amounts owed by the claimant in relation to the swaps is in the region of €710 million. Successfully (i) defeated an interlocutory application for early disclosure: (ii) obtained security for costs; and (iii) resisted an application to stay proceedings in England in favour of insolvency proceedings taking place in Spain ( EWHC 1570 (Comm),  BPIR 138, Blair J). The case also gave rise to a series of complex disclosure issues, in particular due to the fact of an ongoing investigation by the European Competition Commission ( EWHC 1920 (Comm) LTL 25/7/2016 Blair J). The case was listed in The Lawyer’s top 20 cases of 2016. Led by Adrian Beltrami QC, 3VB and subsequently by David Quest QC, 3VB – together with Max Evans, Fountain Court. 8-week trial Oct-Nov 2018. Awaiting judgment.
eMagine films v Mister Smith (Ch Div Bus List) 2019. Acting for the defendant in a claim arising out of a film finance dispute. Listed for trial in June 2019.
European Film Bonds & Ors v Larkhark Film & Ors (Ch Div Bus List) 2019. Acting (together with Alexandra Whelan, Fountain Court) for a defendant film producer in a film finance dispute, with parallel arbitration proceedings in California. The defendants have challenged the jurisdiction of the English Courts.
Darker v LGT Vestra LLP: 2017-2018 (QBD): Acted (together with Philip Alquist, Fountain Court) for the defendant financial adviser and investment manager. The claim alleged negligent financial advice and mismanagement of the claimant’s investment portfolio. Case settled 2018.
Rocker v FCAM: (QBD Morris J)  EWHC 2999: 2-week trial in acting for the portfolio manager defendant facing allegations of negligent management of an investment portfolio made by a wealthy investor. Other issues included alleged breach of statutory duties (FSMA and COBS). Awaiting listing of claimant’s appeal.
Insurance Medical Reporting Ltd & Anor v Your Lawyers Ltd: (Ch Div)  EWHC 1632. A case concerning a credit agreement for the provision of medico-legal services.
Wild Side Video v Entertainment One UK Limited: (2016, Ch Div) Instructed by the respondent in on notice proceedings for an injunction in a dispute concerning distribution rights to the television series The Walking Dead Series 6.
Kirk v Aviva & Ors: (TCC): Acted (together with Kate Holderness, 3VB) for the defendant placing broker in a multiparty suit arising out of declinature of cover by the co-defendant insured. Settled 2017.
Jong v HSBC Monaco & Ors:  EWCA Civ 1057,  2 CLC 607 and first instance  EWHC 4165 (Ch), HHJ Charles Purle QC. Acted for the defendant HSBC entities, on behalf of HSBC Monaco successfully disputed the jurisdiction of the English courts at first instance and on appeal. The negligence claim against other HSBC entities in the UK concerns amongst other issues, Forex trading (trades in the value of £474 million). Led by David Quest QC, 3VB.
LCIA Arbitration : between two Russian counterparties in a dispute as to respective liabilities under a commercial agreement.
Friary Intermediate Limited v DMWSL 586 Limited (in liquidation) (Ch Div, settled 2016): Laura acted for the claimant in a dispute arising out of a Sale and Purchase Agreement.
Acting for a Guernsey company in a dispute arising out of an investment agreement.
Kazakhstan Kagazy plc & Ors v Baglan Abdullayevich Zhunus & Ors (Comm) : Acted for a third party in disclosure proceedings.
Laura is regularly instructed in actions concerning breach of warranty actions arising out of share sale agreements. Laura has also acted and advised in relation to a number of IT and telecoms disputes.
Ralph Lauren Europe SARL and Anor v Butcher and Ors:  LTL 10/11/2014 (Comm) Acting for the claimant in a claim against one of its former senior executives who misappropriated £3.1 million from his employer. Also includes claims against related parties for dishonest assistance, knowing receipt and conspiracy. The claimant was granted freezing orders against four defendants and Norwich Pharmacal relief against various banks in 2014. In November 2014 the claimant obtained summary judgment against D1.
Gilbert v Holms (Ch Div):  EWHC 482 (Ch), LTL 12/03/2014 (Andrew Simmonds QC) Acting for the defendant in a six-day trial involving allegations of fraudulent and negligent misrepresentation in relation to the purchase of shares in a company which was attempting to raise funds in order to commercialise a pharmaceutical product in Europe. Settled before Appeal.
Magenta v Barclays: (Ch) 2014 Acted for the defendant bank, successfully defeating a long-running dispute arising out of a factoring agreement, including a five-day taking of an account (trial) in the Chancery Division.
Lloyd’s Syndicate 2623/623 (Beazley) v KNAL/KNWM: (QBD) 2014 (Eder J) Acted for the defendant independent financial adviser in successfully resisting an unusual disclosure application, in which the claimant insurers sought delivery up of two forensic computer images.
Cambridge v Golding (QBD): 2014 Acted for the claimant successfully resisting an application for costs made in respect of a claim form which was never served and during the currency of which no CPR r.7.7 notice was served.
Melli Bank UK v Holbud (Comm):  EWHC (Comm), LTL 14/5/2013 Dispute concerning the payment of commitment fees following the imposition of an asset freeze implemented by the Iran (European Community Financial Sanctions) Regulations 2007, whether agreement frustrated or terminated for repudiatory breach. Summary judgment successfully obtained.
BMA Special Opportunity Hub Fund Ltd v African Minerals Limited (Court of Appeal):  EWCA Civ 416, LTL 23/4/2013 Acted on behalf of the Respondents. Dispute on a point of construction arising out of the refinancing of a Facility Agreement for $205,000,000. The issue in dispute was whether a prepayment fee of $17,190,000 was payable. Appeal dismissed. Led by Adrian Beltrami QC.
Bank of New York Mellon v Truvo & Ors (Comm):  EWHC 136 (Comm), LTL 12/2/2013 Acted for the borrower in a dispute concerning the proper interpretation of multimillion Euro Facility Agreements: namely the contractual mechanism for amendment and/or variations and the priorities of payment.
The Hut Group v Crown & Ors (Comm): 2014 Acted for the defendants/counter-claimants in a multi-million pound dispute concerning breaches of warranties (vendors’ and purchaser’s) under a share purchase agreement following serious accounting irregularities (led by Paul Lowenstein QC).