Stephanie’s practice encompasses a wide range of commercial litigation and arbitration, particularly in the areas of shipping (both wet and dry), commodities, transport, aviation, international trade, energy, insurance and shipbuilding. She undertakes drafting and advisory work in all areas of her practice. Stephanie also appears regularly (both as a junior and as sole counsel) in Court hearings at High Court and County Court levels and in commercial arbitrations (on both LMAA and LCIA terms).
Stephanie acted as junior counsel in the reported cases of Emma Moore v Hotelplan, t/as Inghams  EWHC 276 (QB), concerning tour operator liability for excursions, and Lloyds TSB Equipment Leasing (No. 1) Ltd v Revenue and Customs Commissioners  STC 2770 (Court of Appeal), UKFTT 47 (TC),  UKUT 368 (Upper Tribunal)), concerning capital allowances on LNG tankers used in the Norwegian Snøhvit project. She also appeared as junior counsel in the Court of Appeal in Ford v Malaysia Airlines  1 Lloyd’s Rep. 301, concerning the meaning of “accident” under Article 17 of the Montreal Convention.
"...Excellent advocate, who is extremely hard working and easy to work with."... "Very strong and very responsive...."(Chambers UK 2017, Aviation)
"...She was very diligent, proactive and her response times were very swift...."(Chambers UK 2017, Shipping)
"...rising star..."(Chambers UK 2017, Shipping)
"...Pragmatic and straightforward..."(Legal 500, 2016)
"...she is excellent, tenacious and someone who never lets points go..."; "...she is a rising star who is energetic and user-friendly..."(Chambers UK 2016)
"...bright, tenacious and happy to accommodate the client’s needs..."; "...a fearsome advocate with a first-rate intellect..."(Chambers UK, 2015)
Stephanie regularly undertakes advocacy and drafting work relating to a wide range of dry shipping, transport and commodities disputes. She advises on Time Charterparties including a range of standard forms, including NYPE 1946 and 1993 and Shelltime 4; late and early redelivery disputes, speed and consumption claims, off-hire, employment and agency claims, bunker quality disputes, oil major approvals clauses, and unsafe port claims. Stephanie also regularly deals with voyage charters and bills of lading on a range of standard forms, and provides advice upon issues ranging from demurrage to time bar clauses and cargo claims, including Hague/Hague-Visby Rules issues.
Examples of Stephanie's experience include:
Unsafe port disputes:
Time charter disputes:
Stephanie has advised and drafted pleadings for a number of Admiralty disputes and is familiar with issues concerning Admiralty Court jurisdiction and procedure. Stephanie has also appeared in the Admiralty Court in order to obtain an order for sale following arrest of a yacht. In addition, Stephanie has worked on a number of charter and bill of lading disputes where general average and salvage issues, or detailed navigational issues, have been raised. One recent category of work comprises a number of disputes about unseaworthiness and general average in the context of groundings and other accidents during laden voyages under charterparties and bills of lading.
Examples of Stephanie’s work in this area include:
Stephanie acts in a range of commodities disputes, including FOB and CIF sales of commodities such as coal, wheat and oil. Illustrative cases include:
Stephanie has also undertaken drafting and advocacy in respect of a number of road transport disputes, including CMR claims and claims under RHA standard terms. In addition, she has been instructed in cases involving goods lost or damaged during household removals.
Stephanie regularly accepts instructions in this core area of Chambers' work. She has undertaken advisory and drafting work as well as advocacy on behalf of a number of major airlines, tour operators and airports. Her experience relates to a broad range of issues, from personal injury, baggage and delay claims under the Montreal Convention, the denied boarding (EC Reg 261/2004) and reduced mobility (EC Reg 1107/2006) regulations, personal injury claims against airports and tour operators, the Package Travel Regulations, and general contractual issues, such as disputes under ground handling agreements and agreements between airlines and airports. Stephanie has appeared as sole counsel for airlines, tour operators or airports in a number of County Court fast and multi-track personal injury trials and in High Court disputes.
Illustrative cases include:
Stephanie has experience of a number of commercial arbitrations under LMAA and LCIA terms, as well as arbitration applications in the High Court under the 1996 Act. A substantial proportion of her shipping, international trade and shipbuilding work relates to cases which are arbitrated and she is therefore often instructed to provide advisory and advocacy work in relation to arbitration. She has experience of a range of issues relating to arbitration procedure, including disputes concerning appointment, disclosure, jurisdiction and appeals under sections 67, 68 and 69. Stephanie has advised upon and drafted a number of applications under sections 67 and 69 of the 1996 Act, including the necessary witness evidence and skeleton arguments. Stephanie is also familiar with the usual procedural disputes that arise during the course of an arbitration. Stephanie also has experience of drafting the necessary documents for an anti-suit injunction application to restrain proceedings brought outside the European Union in breach of an arbitration clause.
Examples of Stephanie’s work in the field of International arbitration are as follows:
Stephanie has assisted with sale of goods disputes ranging from international sales to quality and condition disputes under the Sale of Goods Act. She regularly advises on issues of contract and tort law in a wide spectrum of commercial disputes such as sale of goods and supply of services, carriage of goods by road (both domestic and international). Most recently Stephanie was instructed in an arbitration relating to a FOB sale contract for coal.
Stephanie has experience of assisting with issues of conflicts of laws and jurisdiction both in an EU and non-EU context, and in relation to both contract and tort. She has advised on issues such as service out of the jurisdiction, and incorporation of jurisdiction and arbitration clauses into contracts.
For further details of Stephanie's experience in relation to CIF and FOB sales and transport law, please see under "Dry Shipping, Commodities and Transport".
Stephanie has experience of a range of insurance and reinsurance matters, both marine and non-marine, including the construction of standard terms in a marine policy and assisting in advising on recovery and quantum under a property and business risks policy. She has also advised on more unusual clauses, such as the construction of an exclusion for "stand alone warehouses", and on jurisdiction and subrogation in respect of a hangarkeeper's policy following a fire which destroyed a number of helicopters. Stephanie was instructed as fourth junior to Simon Bryan Q.C. and Guy Blackwood Q.C. in the multi-million dollar Commercial Court dispute between Markerstudy and other insurance companies and their claims handlers in respect of negligent handling. This was a complex and substantial dispute involving work on a detailed Scott Schedule of sample claims over a period of around 8 months. Recent instructions include a marine insurance dispute concerning ISM warranty compliance and whether a vessel constituted a constructive total loss.
Stephanie is regularly instructed to appear for major banks and credit card companies, including in relation to debt claims, Consumer Credit Act issues, possession claims and obtaining charging orders. Stephanie's practice takes in a wide range of County Court work, including summary judgment applications against debtors, costs hearings, case management hearings and a number of trials. Issues range from interest lost when a bank failed to transfer funds in accordance with a customer's request to the application of the Data Protection Act 1998 to credit reference agencies.
Stephanie has advised in conjunction with leaders in chambers on construction issues relating to bareboat charterparties set up as part of complex Islamic ship finance arrangements.
Stephanie has been instructed in a number of shipbuilding and energy disputes, both as a junior and in her own right. From a very early point in Stephanie’s tenancy, shipbuilding disputes have formed a large part of her practice and she has substantial experience of acting in lengthy and technically complex arbitrations concerning issues such as deliverability, ascertainment of the “drop dead date”, and warranty claims. She has acted for both buyers and yards and in respect of vessels ranging from bulk carriers, tankers and container vessels to specialist heavy-lift vessels and superyachts.
Examples of Stephanie’s work in the field of energy and shipbuilding is as follows:
..."bright, tenacious and happy to accommodate the client’s needs..."; "...a fearsome advocate with a first-rate intellect"...(Chambers UK, 2015)
B.A. in Jurisprudence, University College, Oxford (1st Class)
Bachelor of Civil Law, University College, Oxford (Distinction)
Bar Vocational Course, BPP London (Very Competent).
Exhibitioner of University College, Oxford and awarded 2 College prizes for consistent good work. Winner of the Birks prize (2007) for the best Restitution examination paper on the BCL.
Middle Temple Queen Mother Scholar (2007-8).
Tutor in Equity at School of Oriental and African Studies 2007-8.
LCIA Young International Arbitration Group
Stephanie is willing to accept pro bono work. Stephanie has appeared in the Social Security Appeals Tribunal on a pro bono basis.