Emily McWilliams

Called: 2011

Practice Overview

Emily undertakes work in all areas of Chambers' core practice, specialising in commercial litigation, shipping and aviation. She has appeared as sole counsel in both the High Court and County Courts, and junior counsel in the Court of Appeal. Recent cases include:

  • Bikam OOD v. Adria Cable S.a.r.l. [2013] EWHC 1985 (Comm) (with Chirag Karia QC and Ben Gardner), a three-week Commercial Court trial of a claim relating to the purchase of a satellite television company, concerning alleged breaches of warranties, validity of a net-debt assessment and complex accounting and valuation issues. Emily acted for the successful sellers.
  • Foster v. Action Aviation Ltd [2013] EWHC 2930 (QB) and [2013] EWHC 2439 (Comm) (led by Matthew Reeve), a dispute arising out of the sale of a private jet, involving allegations of fraudulent misrepresentation, construction of a buy-back agreement, and undisclosed principals.
  • Northampton Regional Livestock Centre Co Ltd v. Cowling [2014] EWHC 30 (QB) and [2015] EWCA Civ 651 (led by Matthew Reeve), a claim in respect of breaches of fiduciary duty and negligence against agents instructed in relation to the sale of a livestock market. The case raised issues of agency, partnership, and secret profits.
  • Hirtenstein v. Hill Dickinson LLP, [2014] EWHC 2711 (Comm) (led by Matthew Reeve), a professional negligence claim against solicitors who represented the purchaser in the sale of a super yacht.
  • Aviation & Travel K View More

    Emily has been involved in a wide variety of aviation matters, including personal injury and fatal accidents. Emily is also regularly instructed by airlines in passenger claims under the Montreal Convention and Regulation (EC) 261/2004.

    Emily recently appeared as junior counsel in Foster v. Action Aviation Ltd [2013] EWHC 2930 (QB) and [2013] EWHC 2439 (Comm), a dispute arising out of the sale of a private jet, involving allegations of fraudulent misrepresentation, construction of a buy-back agreement, and undisclosed principals.

  • Shipping & Maritime K View More

    Dry Shipping

    Emily has been involved in broad range of shipping disputes. She is regularly instructed in relation to claims arising out of damage to cargo during its transportation, both by ship and by road. Emily also has extensive experience in disputes concerning contracts of affreightment, including claims for unpaid hire, laytime and demurrage, and detention. 

    Wet Shipping

    Emily has recently advised in relation to an LOF salvage arbitration. She also has experience in relation to claims arising from collisions and groundings.

  • Insurance & Reinsurance K View More

    Emily has advised on a wide range of insurance disputes, and has recently spent time working in-house at XL Catlin.

  • Insolvency & Restructuring K View More

    Emily recently appeared as junior counsel in the Court of Appeal in a case concerning the fiduciary and tortious duties of agents, and the joint and several liability of partners (Northampton Regional Livestock Centre Co Ltd v. Cowling, [2015] EWCA Civ 651). She is currently representing the claimants in a claim for dishonest assistance.

    Emily has experience of both bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings.

  • Banking & Financial Services K View More

    Emily has experience in a range of banking matters, including disputes relating to loan agreements, mortgages, letters of credit, and commercial fraud.  She recently assisted Turlough Stone in a dispute arising under a Letter of Credit, relating to the rejection of allegedly discrepant documentation.

  • Commercial Dispute Resolution K View More

    Emily has experience of a broad range of general commercial disputes, including sale of goods, international trade, fraud, negligence and jurisdictional disputes.

    Emily also has experience of ex parte applications for interim relief, including anti-suit injunctions.She recently acted as junior counsel in an application for a freezing order in support of foreign proceedings, and for the enforcement of a letter of request (GFH Capital Ltd v. Haigh, 13 August 2014).

  • Professional Negligence K View More

    Emily has acted as sole and junior counsel in respect of professional negligence claims. She recently appeared in the Court of Appeal (led by Matthew Reeve) in a negligence claim against commercial property agents (Northampton Regional Livestock Centre Co Ltd v. Cowling, [2015] EWCA Civ 651), and she is currently involved in a solicitors professional negligence claim.


Academic


M.A. (Law), Jesus College, Cambridge University.
BPTC, BPP Law School, Outstanding.

Other Qualifications


Inner Temple Award for Outstanding Achievement in the BPTC, 2011.

Personal


née McCrea-Theaker

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