Fountain Court Chambers

London & Singapore

Laura JohnCall Date: 2001

Laura is described in the directories as being “outstanding on her feet and in cross-examination”, “extremely clever, but also commercial, pragmatic, responsive and pleasant” and as being a “wonderful black letter lawyer but also someone who has a commercial outlook. She just ticks every box in terms of being what the modern barrister should be”.

Laura is a specialist in commercial and financial litigation and in arbitration.  She is recognised for her oral advocacy and paperwork, as well as for her commerciality and client skills.  She is an experienced advocate in all types of applications, trials and appeals.  She has a wide-ranging commercial practice encompassing all aspects of complex commercial disputes, with particular expertise in banking and financial services, civil/commercial fraud, insolvency and restructuring, insurance and reinsurance and professional negligence.

Laura is listed as a leading junior barrister by Chambers & Partners, Legal 500, Legal Experts and Who’s Who Legal, in the fields of: Commercial Dispute Resolution, Banking & Finance and Civil/Commercial Fraud.

Laura was named the 2016 Banking and Finance Junior of the Year by Chambers & Partners.

Laura was also named as a “Litigation future leader 2018” by Who’s Who Legal.

“A ferocious advocate who cuts straight to the point; she’s one to watch.”  Chambers & Partners UK 2018

“Formidable in court and always brings good humour to a case.” Legal 500 2018

“A first-rate advocate, a strong team player, user friendly and excellent with clients.”  Legal 500 2018

“An exceptionally good advocate, who’s very dynamic and hard-working.” Chambers & Partners 2018

“Very bright, user-friendly and excellent with clients. She takes a very pragmatic and commercial view. She is a first rate advocate and a strong team player.”  Chambers & Partners UK 2018

“A sophisticated and excellent trial counsel, particularly with commercial matters.”  Who’s Who Legal 2018

Banking & Financial Services

Laura is a specialist in financial litigation and arbitration. She is regularly instructed for a range of major domestic and international banks and their customers as well as other financial institutions.

Laura specialises in both investment and retail banking disputes (including all aspects of credit and security), arising out of financial instruments (e.g. derivatives and related products), structured finance, mortgages, guarantees, performance bonds and other securities, fraud, undue influence, breach of mandate, negligent advice, inter-bank transactions, bills of exchange, letters of credit, money-laundering/POCA, freezing injunctions, Norwich Pharmacal applications and equitable claims/remedies, mistaken payments/restitution and regulatory issues.

She is recognised as a robust advocate with a strong courtroom presence, as well as for her commerciality and client skills. Laura has a well-established practice and has been consistently listed in the legal directories as a leading junior barrister for Banking/Banking & Finance.

Laura was named the 2016 Banking and Finance Junior of the Year by Chambers & Partners.

In 2018 Laura was recognised as one of seven “first-class barristers” in this field by Who’s Who Legal.

Recent Directory quotes:

Chambers and Partners 2018 notes that Laura is “A top-ranking junior who receives strong praise from peers, clients and instructing solicitors for her highly accomplished and versatile advocacy in complex banking matters.” 

“She’s a very effective advocate, who can get the ear of the court.”  (Chambers and Partners 2018)

An excellent junior: clever, incisive and hardworking.”  (Legal 500 2018)

The “fantastic” Laura John is “one of the top juniors in the field”, winning praise for her ability to “pick up complex concepts and present them with real clarity and enthusiasm”. (Who’s Who Legal 2018)

“Very quick and very clever – solicitors are happy to have her up against a silk.” (Legal 500 2017)

“She is very good on her feet: clear, direct, persuasive and likeable, as well as being pragmatic and analytically very strong.” “She is very detailed, writes well, gives good advice and is a very good advocate.” (Chambers and Partners 2017)

“She is brilliant, responsive, calm and collected on what is a high-pressured case for our client. She gives reassuring and incisive advice, top-rate advocacy and is good with top judges.” (Chambers & Partners 2016)

Current and past work:

Laura is and has been instructed in a number of leading cases in this area.  

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 ([2016] EWHC 1570 (Comm), [2017] 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 ([2016] 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.

ICICI Bank UK Plc v Assam Oil Company Limited & Ors: (Comm Ct) ongoing: Acting for the claimant bank in a dispute involving claims against the borrower and guarantors.  Leading Max Evans (Fountain Court).

Syndicate Bank v Shrenuj & Ors (Ch Div): 2017-2018: Acted for one of the defendants, an Indian National, successfully disputed the jurisdiction of the English Courts in relation to a claim under a guarantee, both at First Instance and on Appeal.

Hockin & Ors v RBS[2016] EWHC 925 (Ch) LTL 3/5/2016 Acted for the defendant bank in a case alleging swaps mis-selling, LIBOR manipulation and conspiracy/breach of an alleged implied term of good faith.  Settled during trial 2017. Led by Joe Smouha QC, Essex Court (together with Emily Wood, Essex Court and Ed Meuli, Maitland Chambers).

Barnett Waddington Trustees & Anor v RBS[2017] EWHC 834 (Ch Div) LTL 19/04/2017 Acted for the defendant bank on a res judicata issue. Led by John Taylor QC, Fountain Court.

Barnett Waddington Trustees & Anor v RBS[2015] EWHC 2435 (Ch Div) LTL 24/8/2015 Acted for the defendant bank on a question of construction of an indemnity, in particular whether the borrowers were liable to pay the costs of unwinding an interest-rate swap.  Permission to appeal was granted, case settled before appeal, led by David Quest QC 3VB on appeal.

AB Bank v Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank [2016] EWHC 2082 (Comm), [2017] 1 WLR 810 and [2016] EWHC 3446 (Comm) Acted for the respondent/defendant bank successfully setting aside an ex parte Norwich Pharmacal order on the basis that the Court had no jurisdiction to permit service out of the jurisdiction.

Jong v HSBC Monaco & Ors: [2015] EWCA Civ 1057, [2015] 2 CLC 607 and first instance [2014] 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.

Morris Group Limited v RBS and ors (Comm) Acted for defendant bank, in an interest rate swap claim alleging misrepresentation, arising out of LIBOR rigging allegations. The swap was entered into in support of facilities in excess of £300 million. Led by John Taylor QC, Fountain Court.

Crestsign v NatWest & RBS: [2014] EHWC 3043 (Ch Div); [2014] All ER (D) 115 (Oct) Acting for the successful defendant banks. First full trial of a case alleging swaps mis-selling to a small to medium enterprise. Leading decision on the issue of banker’s duties of care and in particular the application of basis clauses and contractual estoppel. Led by Andrew Mitchell QC, Fountain Court.

Melli Bank UK v Holbud (Comm Ct): [2013] 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): [2013] 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, 3VB.

Bank of New York Mellon v Truvo & Ors (Commercial Ct): [2013] 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.

Civil Fraud

Laura has particular and specialist experience of fraud claims, including cross-jurisdictional claims.  She is regularly instructed in proceedings involving: obtaining freezing, search, disclosure and asset tracing/preservation orders; conflicts of law; and interim payment and other summary applications.

Laura is recommended as a leading junior in this field by Chambers & Partners and Legal 500.

Recent directory quotes:

“A first-rate advocate, a strong team player, user friendly and excellent with clients.” (Legal 500 2018)

“Very bright, user friendly and excellent with clients. She takes a very pragmatic and commercial view.” (Chambers and 2018)

“Always on any list of counsel for the most important cases.”  (Legal 500 2017)

“A wonderful black letter lawyer but also someone who has a commercial outlook. She just ticks every box in terms of being what the modern barrister should be.” (Chambers & Partners 2016)

“Outstanding on her feet and in cross-examination” (Legal 500 2015)

“She is absolutely fantastic – one of the brightest, most diligent barristers in practice at the moment.”  (Chambers & Partners 2015)

Current and past work includes:

Many of Laura’s cases involve allegations of fraudulent misrepresentation/deceit and/or conspiracy.

Laura has acted for a number of parties (foreign and domestic) advising in relation to search and freezing orders.

Natixis v Marex Financial and Ors (Comm): Case involving metal trades based on counterfeit warehouse receipts.  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.

Marme Inversiones 2007 S.L. v RBS and ors (Comm) Acting for first defendant bank. Case alleging fraudulent misrepresentation against the bank, based on EURIBOR rigging allegations, arising out of the European Commission cartel decision in relation to Euribor and the conviction of Barclays and Deutsche Euribor traders.  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.

 

Bilta v RBS (CH Div): Acted for defendant bank in a claim alleging dishonest assistance and/or knowing receipt arising out of credit carbon trading.  Led by John Wardell QC, Wilberforce Chambers.

Acting for a Canadian company (Comm) which had been the victim of a fraud.

Kazakhstan Kagazy plc & Ors v Baglan Abdullayevich Zhunus & Ors (Comm) [2015]: Acted for a third party in disclosure proceedings.

Ralph Lauren Europe SARL and Anor v Butcher and Ors: [2014] LTL 10/11/2014 (Comm Ct) 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): [2014] 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.

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.

Markscheffel and Anor v Brands International (Ch Div): 2013 Acted for the defendant in a claim arising out of the sale of shares and the conduct of directors, alleging breach of fiduciary and contractual duties and receipt of secret commission. Led by Paul Lowenstein QC.

Crown v The Hut Group (Comm): 2013 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.

N v HSBC (Comm): 2013 Acted for the claimant/applicant seeking disclosure order from a bank in order to trace monies following a fraud.

Acting for a number of banks in relation to the fraudulent operation of accounts, freezing orders.

Commercial Dispute Resolution

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 ([2016] EWHC 1570 (Comm), [2017] 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 ([2016] 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) [2017] 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) [2018] 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: [2015] EWCA Civ 1057, [2015] 2 CLC 607 and first instance [2014] 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 [2015]: 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) [2015]: 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: [2014] 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): [2014] 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): [2013] 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): [2013] 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): [2013] 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).

Insolvency & Restructuring

Laura is regularly instructed in corporate and personal insolvency work in the High Court on behalf of creditors and other applicants/respondents. Laura also acts for and against liquidators, administrators and receivers.

Current and recent work includes:

Bilta v RBS (Ch Div): Acted for defendant bank in proceedings (inter alia) for compensation under s.213 IA 1986, alleging that the defendants were knowingly a party to the carrying on of a number of companies’ businesses with intent to defraud creditors or alternatively for a fraudulent purpose.  Led by John Wardell QC, Wilberforce Chambers.

Marme Inversiones 2007 S.L. v RBS and ors (Comm) Acting for first defendant bank.  Successfully resisted an application by the claimant to stay proceedings in England in favour of insolvency proceedings taking place in Spain ([2016] EWHC 1570 (Comm), [2017] BPIR 138, Blair J).  This case gave rise to considerations of the interplay between the Judgments Regulation and the Insolvency Regulation.  Led by Adrian Beltrami QC, 3VB.

Kevin John Hellard (in his capacity as Liquidator of UN029 Realisations Limited in liquidation) v Bhamra: (settled 2016) Laura was instructed by the Liquidator in an application against the respondent alleging breaches of the IA 1986: including (i) s.212 (delinquent directors); (ii) s.238 (transactions at an undervalue); (iii) s.239 (voidable preferences); and (iv) s.423 (transactions defrauding creditors).

Acting in a range of High Court applications, for example injunctions to prevent presentation of winding up petitions, hearings in relation to the conduct of administrations, CVAs and MVLs.

Advisory work for FSCS (since 2002) on a variety of insurance (and insolvency) issues, including the application of the COMP Rules, general coverage issues, policy issues and mesothelioma-related issues.

Insurance & Reinsurance

Laura acts and has regularly acted for various insureds, insurers and reinsurers on a range of coverage and claims issues including professional indemnity cover relating to pensions mis-selling, product liability, life assurance etc.

Laura also acts for and against insurance brokers in a variety of disputes, particularly professional negligence claims. Laura is an experienced advocate in trials, applications and appeals.

Current and past work includes:

Acting for and advising insurers in relation to coverage disputes and broker disputes both domestically and internationally.. and against Defendant and Part 20 Defendant brokers in High Court proceedings.

Natixis v Marex Financial and Ors (Comm): Case involving metal trades based on counterfeit warehouse receipts.  A claim was also brought 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).

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.

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.

Cowen v Oakley (QBD Wrexham): 2013 Acting for Part 20 defendant insurance broker in a professional negligence claim.

F v L (arbitration) 2013: Acting for defendant insurance broker in an arbitration. Issues include coverage, material non-disclosure and aggregation.

A v MIS: (2013) Advising/acting for the managing agent in a coverage dispute.

Crown v NWIC and Cambridge Risk (TCC): trial 2011 (Edwards-Stuart J)11): Successfully acted for the second defendant in a case concerning trade credit supplier guarantees.

Houlder v CBL and TSC (Comm): 2011 Acted for the second defendant in a claim arising out of surety bonds.

Media & Entertainment, IP

Successfully obtained a number of search orders in relation to an ex-employee and safeguarding confidential information.

Laura has also acted and advised in relation to trade mark infringement, passing off and copyright claims.

Current and past work includes:

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.

Acted for a claimant in a dispute about distribution rights of a popular entertainment television series (2018).

Acted for a claimant in proceedings concerning the enforcement of a US judgment obtained in relation to the misappropriation of hot news.

Wild Side Video v Entertainment One UK Limited: (2016, Ch Div) Laura was 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.

Dorset v Associated Music International Limited and Ors (Ch Div): Laura acted for the Defendants in a dispute concerning royalties in relation to the song “In the Summertime” by Mungo Jerry.

Successfully obtaining an interim injunction for a well-known chain of pizza restaurants to prevent trade mark infringement and passing off.

Professional Negligence

Laura regularly acts for/advises claimants and defendants in professional negligence disputes involving:

  • Solicitors;
  • Accountants;
  • Tax/financial advisers/investment managers;
  • Estate agents; and
  • Insurance brokers.

 

Current and past cases include:

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.

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.

Rocker v FCAM: (QBD Morris J) 2017-2018, 2-week trial in which Laura acted 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.

Cowen v Oakley (QBD Wrexham): 2013 Acting for Part 20 defendant insurance broker in a professional negligence claim.

Staniforth v Grant Thornton (Ch Div Manchester): 2012 Acting for the defendant financial adviser.

Houlder v CBL and TSC (Comm Ct): 2011 Acted for the second defendant in a claim arising out of surety bonds, the second defendant made a counterclaim alleging professional negligence against the broker claimant.

Professional Memberships

COMBAR, Gray’s Inn

Chancery Bar Association

Laura is a member of COMBAR’s Equality and Diversity Committee

Awards

Laura was named Banking and Finance Junior of the Year by Chambers & Partners in 2016.
Cynthia Terry Award, Gray’s Inn (2000-2001).

Publications

Banking & Financial Services

  • Journal of International Banking and Finance Law: contributor to the Case Analysis section
  • Financial Services Regulation: Chapter on “UK Payment Systems”
  • Paget’s Law of Banking, 14th Ed Sept 2014 (Butterworths): Chapter 24 “The Payment Service Regulations 2009”and Chapter 25 “Electronic Payment Systems”

Fraud

Bullen & Leake “Precedents of Pleading”: co-author of the Fraud section.

Education

  • BA, New College, Oxford

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