Fountain Court Chambers

London & Singapore

Laurentia de BruynCall Date: 2018

Laurentia joined Chambers after successfully completing pupillage and has a broad commercial and civil practice in line with Chambers’ profile with particular interest in appellate cases and the intersection of commercial and public law.

Before coming to the London bar, Laurentia was an attorney at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP in New York from 2013-2018 and, before that, was a litigation lawyer in Australia in government and the private sector.  Laurentia has trial and appellate experience at all stages of a dispute including in evaluating claims and defences, fact and expert disclosure and inspection, preparing skeleton arguments, and preparing for and participating in hearings, trials, and arbitrations.

After graduating first in her year at the University of Western Australia, Laurentia served as a judicial assistant to the Chief Justice of Australia, The Hon. R.S. French AC, at the High Court of Australia from 2011 – 2012.  Before that, Laurentia worked for the Western Australian government legal service as the legal research assistant to the Western Australian Solicitor General and Western Australian State Solicitor, where she worked on constitutional cases in the High Court of Australia alongside the Solicitor General and provided advice to the Attorney General on a wide range of matters including constitutional and administrative law, statutory construction and legislative drafting, criminal, environmental, and tort law.

Areas of Expertise

  • Commercial dispute resolution
  • Banking & finance
  • International arbitration
  • Financial services
  • Fraud: civil
  • Professional discipline
  • Insurance and reinsurance
  • Restructuring/insolvency
  • Administrative & public law
  • Aviation

Recent Practice

Commercial Dispute Resolution

  • Instructed to advise on arguments supporting a jurisdictional challenge in a prosecution (led by Richard Lissack QC)
  • Warger v. Shauers – obtained a unanimous victory in the U.S. Supreme Court resolving a long-standing division in authorities regarding the application of Federal Rule of Evidence 606(b) which prohibits juror testimony about statements made during deliberations in an inquiry into the validity of a verdict (as an attorney at Quinn Emanuel)
  • Waymo v. Uber – Represented Waymo, Google’s former self-driving vehicle division now a subsidiary of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, against Uber in a case alleging theft self-driving technology by former employees (as an attorney at Quinn Emanuel)
  • Represented Pro-Football, Inc., owner of the trademarks for the Washington Redskins, an American National Football League team, in a dispute seeking cancellation of the team’s trademark registrations on grounds of alleged disparagement (as an attorney at Quinn Emanuel)
  • Represented a Russian government agency, Federal Treasury Enterprise Sojuzplodoimport (FTE), in seeking to establish ownership rights of the Stolichnaya vodka trademarks (as an attorney at Quinn Emanuel)
  • Represented the ResCap Liquidating Trust in approximately 85 lawsuits arising from the defendant lenders’ sale of defective mortgage loans that resulted in billions of dollars of losses and liabilities for the Trust’s predecessor (as an attorney at Quinn Emanuel)
  • Represented the Lehman Brothers Estate against Citibank, NA, regarding calculations of close out amounts arising from early termination of derivative trades under ISDA Agreements resulting in a $1.74 billion settlement following a 6 month trial (as an attorney at Quinn Emanuel)
  • Represented National Australia Bank against Goldman Sachs in obtaining a $100 million award in a FINRA arbitration arising out of fraudulent misrepresentations in the sale of collateralised debt obligation securities (as an attorney at Quinn Emanuel)
  • MASTR Adjustable Rate Mortgages Trust 2006-OA2 v. UBS – Represented the claimant trustee in a breach of contract action regarding residential mortgage-backed securities trusts (as an attorney at Quinn Emanuel)
  • Represented former shareholders of a chemical company and a special purpose entity in a complex contractual dispute relating to responsibility for remediation of a contaminated site (as an attorney at Quinn Emanuel)
  • Represented online travel agencies operated through Despegar.com against American Airlines alleging antitrust violations and defamation, and defending the agencies against various trademark claims (as an attorney at Quinn Emanuel)

Aviation

  • Instructed to appear (as sole counsel) for airlines in the County Court in claims by passengers for compensation under Regulation 261/2004, the Montreal Convention and the common law
  • Advised on the merits of a claim arising out of a fatal helicopter accident (as a pupil)
  • Prepared particulars of claim in a dispute between an airline and airport ground services company following damage to an aircraft (as a pupil)

Fraud: civil

  • Advised on the merits of possible group action claims for misrepresentation and section 90 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 in connection with the issue of securities (as a pupil)
  • Advised claimants in swaps cases regarding alleged LIBOR misrepresentations (as a pupil)
  • Assisted counsel in a case concerning innocent receipt of funds allegedly obtained by fraudulent misrepresentation (as a pupil)

Professional discipline

  • Assisted counsel for the SRA in SRA v Kabir and Anderson (as a pupil)
  • Assisted counsel for the SRA in SRA v Hind (as a pupil)

Financial crime

  • FIFA Investigation – Represented the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) in connection with investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice and and the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland into allegations of bribery and corruption by former high-level soccer officials in international football leading a team of approximately 50 lawyers in Zurich, Switzerland (as an attorney at Quinn Emanuel).  The New York Times described the matter as “one of the most complicated international white collar cases in recent memory”.
  • Represented a defendant in a multi-million-pound fraud prosecution (as a pupil)
  • United States v. McDonnell — Assisted in defending Maureen McDonnell, former First Lady of Virginia, in a federal criminal case charging Mrs. McDonnell and her husband, former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell, with political corruption, extortion, obstruction of justice, and bank fraud (as an attorney at Quinn Emanuel)

Financial services

  • Advised on the proper interpretation and application of various FCA Handbook rules (as a pupil)

Insurance and reinsurance

  • Assisted counsel in advising on contractual construction of insurance policies
  • Prepared particulars of claim for the claimant insurer in a double insurance claim (as a pupil)
  • Advised a claimant regarding prospects of success under the Third Parties (Rights Against Insurers) Act 2010 (as a pupil)

Administrative & public law

  • Prepared a skeleton argument successfully resisting an application for judicial review of certain financial services rules (as a pupil)
  • Prepared a skeleton argument for an applicant seeking pre-action disclosure in judicial review proceedings (as a pupil)
  • Assisted counsel in advising on the historical existence and scope of the duty of candour in inquiries and inquests in a prosecution (as a pupil)
  • Assisted counsel in framing a judicial review challenge to a potential prosecution (as a pupil)
  • Successfully represented a parent in a case of alleged criminal neglect, including multi-day cross-examination of the key expert medical witness (pro bono as an attorney at Quinn Emanuel)

Other Experience

  • Senior Associate, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, New York, New York, 2013 – 2018
  • Lawyer (Dispute Resolution), King & Wood Mallesons, Melbourne, Australia, 2012
  • Judicial Assistant to The Chief Justice of Australia, The Hon. R.S. French AC, The High Court of Australia, 2011 – 2012
  • Legal Research Assistant to the Solicitor General for Western Australia, 2009-2010
  • Legal Research Assistant to the State Solicitor for Western Australia, 2008
  • Legal Researcher (Corporate), Corrs Chambers Westgarth Lawyers, Perth, Western Australia, 2005 – 2008

Education

  • Master of Laws (LL.M), Harvard Law School, 2012 –2013
  • Bachelor of Laws (First in Class and First Class Honours), The University of Western Australia, 2005 –2010
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Corporate Finance & Financial Accounting), The University of Western Australia, 2005 –2010

Scholarships and Prizes

  • Saltonstall Memorial Scholarship 2012, Harvard Law School
  • Winner (as lead oralist), Victorian Young Lawyers Appellate Moot, 2012
  • Top graduating law student (1st in a cohort of 208)
  • JA Wood Memorial Prize 2010 (most outstanding UWA graduate)
  • Frank Edward Parsons Memorial Prize in Law 2010 (displaying the most outstanding personal characteristics for leadership and service)
  • Mallesons Stephen Jaques Prize for Best Honours Dissertation in Law 2009
  • Hackett Alumni Honours Scholarship 2009 (top law honours student)
  • Thomson Legal & Regulatory Prize in Evidence 2008
  • Minter Ellison Prize in Administrative Law 2008 (highest mark: Administrative Law I and II)
  • John Norman Barker Prize in Law 2008 (highest aggregate mark: Evidence, Corporations Law and five other law units)
  • Freehills Prize 2008 (highest aggregate mark: Equity, Trusts, Administrative Law I and II, Property I and II, Constitutional Law I and II)
  • Deacons Prize in Corporations Law 2008
  • Blackstone Society Anniversary Prize for Constitutional Law 2008 (highest aggregate mark: Constitutional Law I and II)
  • Anita and Meyer Davis Prize 2007 (highest mark: Constitutional Law I)
  • RSM Bird Cameron Prize 2007 in Auditing
  • RSM Bird Cameron Prize 2007 in Financial Accounting: Theory and Practice
  • Corporate Financial Policy 2006

Publications and Teaching Experience

  • Commentary, Group Seven Ltd v Notable Services LLP [2019] EWCA Civ 614, [2019] Lloyd’s Rep FC 319 (with Nicholas Medcroft QC)
  • Laurentia McKessar, Three Constitutional Themes in the High Court of Australia, 33(2) L. Rev. 559 (2012) (also presented as a speech on constitutional matters by invitation at the WA Constitutional Law Centre, June 2010)
  • “Recent Developments in Constitutional and Public Law”, Western Australian Bar Association Annual Conference, October 2011
  • Corporations Law Tutor, Australian National University, Canberra, 2011
  • Financial Accounting Tutor, University of Western Australia Business School, 2008

Other Admissions

  • Admitted as a lawyer to the Supreme Court of Victoria, 2012
  • Admitted as an attorney to the New York State First Department, 2014 (current)
  • Admitted as an attorney to the Southern District of New York, Second Circuit, 2014 (current)

Languages

French (basic)

Memberships

  • COMBAR
  • ALBA

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