Laurentia de Bruyn

Laurentia de Bruyn

Call 2018

For enquiries please contact

Adam Collins

Adam Collins
Team Leader
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Sam Ismail

Sam Ismail
Team Leader's Assistant
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Expertise

Notable Administrative & Public Law Cases


Preparing a skeleton argument successfully resisting an application for judicial review of certain financial services rules (as a pupil).


Preparing a skeleton argument for an applicant seeking pre-action disclosure in judicial review proceedings (as a pupil).


Assisting counsel in advising on the historical existence and scope of the duty of candour in inquiries and inquests in a prosecution (as a pupil).


Assisting counsel in framing a judicial review challenge to a potential prosecution (as a pupil).


Successfully representing 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).

Notable Aviation & Travel Cases


DAE 6583 Ireland Limited v Saudi Gulf Airlines Company & Ors

As sole counsel, obtained permission to apply for summary judgment in the Commercial Court for approximately US$11.3 million on behalf of an aircraft lessor following failures by the aircraft lessee and guarantors to make payments under an aircraft lease agreement and guarantees.


As sole counsel, advising an aircraft lessee regarding its obligations and options under an aircraft lease agreement with the lessor, which was ultimately owned by the Russian State, following the imposition of international sanctions upon Russian entities following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.


Ross Leasing Limited & Ors v Nile Air

As sole counsel, represented Nile Air in successfully resisting the making final of a third party debt order against sums owed to it by the International Air Transport Association in proceedings brought by the aircraft lessors to enforce the judgment debt owed by Nile Air. Enforcement proceedings reported at: [2021] EWHC 2201 (Comm).


Ross Leasing Limited & Ors v Nile Air

As sole counsel, represented Nile Air in summary judgment proceedings brought against it by aircraft lessors in the Commercial Court for non-payment of aircraft lease payments for the lease of three Airbus A320-200 aircraft.


De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Ltd v SpiceJet Ltd

Led by Akhil Shah QC, represented SpiceJet in a dispute in the Commercial Court arising from De Havilland’s claim against SpiceJet for non-payment of sums in respect of the purchase of 25 Q-400 series aircraft under a Purchase Agreement including advising on the mertis, preparing pleadings, appearing at the hearing of the cross-claims for summary judgment and/or strike out, successfully obtaining permission to appeal to the Court of Appeal, and in the Court of Appeal regarding De Havilland’s application for a conditional order pursuant to CPR r. 52.18(1)(a) and/or an order that SpiceJet provide security for costs of the appeal. Reported at: [2021] EWCA CIV 1834 (Court of Appeal) and [2021] EWHC 362 (Comm) (Commercial Court).


DS-Rendite-Fonds Nr. 136 Flugzeugfonds XI GmbH & Co. KG v Société Air France

Led by Akhil Shah QC, represented the Claimant in Commercial Court proceedings brought against Air France for failure to redeliver an Airbus A380-861 aircraft in accordance with the terms of an aircraft operating lease agreement including advising, preparing pleadings, appearing at the case management conference, including obtaining an order for further information.


AWAS Netherlands A320-a BV v Pacific Airlines Aviation Joint Stock Company

As sole counsel, prepared Particulars of Claim on behalf of an aircraft lessor in respect of outstanding payments due under an aircraft lease agreement by the lessee, wrongful removal of parts from the leased aircraft, and return of the aircraft in a condition that was not compliant with the lease agreement.


AWAS 6696 Ireland Limited & Ors v Vietjet Aviation Joint Stock Company

As sole counsel, prepared the Reply on behalf of an aircraft lessor following the aircraft lessor’s pleaded defence of the doctrine of frustration to the aircraft lessor’s claim for outstanding payments due under an aircraft lease agreement.


Instructed to appear (as sole counsel) for airlines in the County Court in numerous claims by passengers for compensation under Regulation 261/2004, the Montreal Convention and the common law.


Advising on the merits of a claim arising out of a fatal helicopter accident (as a pupil).


Preparing particulars of claim in a dispute between an airline and airport ground services company following damage to an aircraft (as a pupil).

Notable Civil Fraud Cases


Advising 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).


Advising claimants in swaps cases regarding alleged LIBOR misrepresentations (as a pupil).


Assisting counsel in a case concerning innocent receipt of funds allegedly obtained by fraudulent misrepresentation (as a pupil).

Notable Commercial Crime Cases


FIFA Investigation

Representing the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) in connection with investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice 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”.


Representing a defendant in a multi-million-pound fraud prosecution (as a pupil).


United States v McDonnell

Assisting 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).

Notable Commercial Disputes Cases


Instructed to advise on arguments supporting a jurisdictional challenge in a prosecution (led by Richard Lissack QC).


Warger v Shauers

Obtaining 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).


Representing 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).


Representing 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).


Representing 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).


Representing 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 six-month trial (as an attorney at Quinn Emanuel).


Representing 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

Representing the claimant trustee in a breach of contract action regarding residential mortgage-backed securities trusts (as an attorney at Quinn Emanuel).


Representing 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).


Representing 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).

Notable Financial Services Cases


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

Notable Insurance Cases


Assisting counsel in advising on contractual construction of insurance policies.


Preparing particulars of claim for the claimant insurer in a double insurance claim (as a pupil).


Advising a claimant regarding prospects of success under the Third Parties (Rights Against Insurers) Act 2010 (as a pupil).

Notable Professional Discipline Cases


SRA v Kabir and Anderson

Assisting counsel for the SRA (as a pupil).


SRA v Hind

Assisting counsel for the SRA (as a pupil).

  • 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)

  • 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)

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

  • 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)

  • French (basic)

For enquiries please contact

Adam Collins

Adam Collins
Team Leader
+44 (0)20 7842 3798
Click here to email

Sam Ismail

Sam Ismail
Team Leader's Assistant
+44 (0)20 7842 3799
Click here to email

  • 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)

  • 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)

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

  • 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)

  • French (basic)

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