Claudia has a broad and international commercial practice, covering banking and finance, international trade, professional negligence, cross-border insolvency, shipping, and insurance and reinsurance.
She has appeared as sole and junior counsel in the Court of Appeal, High Court (primarily in the Commercial Court and Chancery Division), and before arbitral tribunals under the rules of a range of international organization rules. Many of her cases raise conflict of laws issues, and she is experienced in obtaining, and resisting applications for, anti-suit and anti-enforcement injunctions.
Claudia has experience across a broad range of commercial areas, including banking and finance the sale of goods and international trade; commercial fraud; agency; injunctions; service out of the jurisdiction and jurisdictional disputes; and cross- border insolvency.
She has appeared as both sole and junior counsel in the Court of Appeal and High Court, as well as in arbitration proceedings.
Many of her cases involve an international element, and she frequently deals with conflict of laws issues in both the EU and non-EU context. She has experience seeking and resisting applications for anti-suit and anti-enforcement injunctions, and was recently instructed on an appeal to the Court of Appeal against her client’s successful resistance to an application for an anti-suit injunction on the grounds of delay, in The Kishore (as junior to Simon Croall QC). The case settled shortly before the hearing.
She has also been instructed in actions proceeding in a number of different jurisdictions, including the Cayman Islands and Jersey.
She has been instructed by major banks to advise and act in a number of disputes involving allegations of fraud, and advise on and defend restitutionary claims raising issues involving breach of fiduciary duty; tracing; the enforcement of property rights; and resulting and constructive trusts.
She has a particular interest in commercial remedies, including developments in the law of damages, and the availability of restitution of unjust enrichment; and has appeared in leading cases and published articles in these fields.
Illustrative cases include:
Claudia has experience in a wide range of marine and non-marine insurance and reinsurance disputes, including high-level excess liability insurance on the Bermuda Form. She has experience in disputes relating to avoidance for fraud, misrepresentation and non-disclosure, and coverage disputes under professional indemnity, D&O, product and public liability insurance and reinsurance policies, and K&R policies.
She was instructed as part of a 6 strong counsel team in Markerstudy Insurance Company Limited v Endsleigh Insurance Services Limited, a substantial Commercial Court action concerning negligent claims handling across a number of books of business, which was set down for a 40 day trial before a settlement.
Claudia has experience in a range of banking matters including disputes relating to guarantees; loan agreements; mortgages; breach of mandate; claims arising under letters of credit; commercial fraud (including invoice fraud); and claims against financial advisers involving allegations of bad investment advice.
She is instructed by major banks to advise and act in a number of disputes involving allegations of fraud, and advise on and defend restitutionary claims raising issues involving breach of fiduciary duty; tracing; the enforcement of property rights; and resulting and constructive trusts; and by financial advisers to advise and act in financial services misspelling claims.
She has also been instructed to advise and draft proceedings in matters relating to yacht finance.
Claudia has experience in professional negligence disputes in a wide range of contexts.
Solicitors’ Professional Negligence
Other Professional Negligence Experience
Claudia has also been instructed to draft proceedings, provide advice, and appear at mediations and trials of professional negligence claims in a wide range of contexts.
Claudia regularly accepts instructions in this core area of Chambers' work.
Claudia has also been instructed by airlines and ground handling service providers in a number of personal injury matters arising out of accidents both in aircraft and at airports.
In addition, she has represented the Civil Aviation Authority in disputes involving services performed by the CAA in its capacity as Aviation Regulator. She also acts for a number of holiday companies, advising in relation to disputes arising out of the Package Travel Regulations.
Claudia is currently instructed in a number of arbitrations, under both the LMAA and LCIA rules. She has appeared as sole counsel in an LCIA arbitration involving a dispute over the sale of steel.
Claudia has experience in disputes relating to jurisdiction; disclosure; and confidentiality in international arbitrations and has assisted in a number of international arbitrations.
Claudia has been instructed in a number of shipbuilding and energy disputes.
Claudia is regularly instructed in a range of dry shipping and commodities disputes, including:
Illustrative cases involve:
Bar Vocational Course, Inns of Court School of Law (Outstanding). Graduate Diploma in Law, City University (Commendation).
Middle Temple Astbury Scholarship and Certificate of Honour. BA in Theology, Trinity College, Cambridge (Double First).
Trinity College Cambridge, Senior Scholar 2006, 2005; Junior Scholar 2004. Tripos prizes 2004-2006.
Cambridge University Theology and Religious Studies Prize 2005.
Unjust enrichment and the direct transfer rule: Investment Trust Companies v. Revenue and Customs Commissioners Int. C.R. 2017, 14(5), 368-372
The contra proferentem rule in financial litigation B.J.I.B. &.F.L. 2017, 32(11), 707-710
Subrogation based on unjust enrichment: Menelaou v. Bank of Cyprus Plc Int. C.R. 2016, 13(3), 211-214
In Ras Al Khaimah Investment AUthoiryta nd Others v. Bestford Development Limited LLP (casenote)Int.C.R. 2016, 13(2), 161-164
Construction Contracts: Law and Practice OUP 2nd Ed., 2010.
Contributor - contributing editor for chapters on "Mistake, Misrepresentation, and Frustration" and "Procurement and the European Community".
Continuing the Interest in Interest: The Compound Interest Project De Voil Indirect Tax Intelligence, July 2009, with David Scorey.
Claudia is a member of the Free Representation Unit, and has represented clients in both the social security appeals tribunal and the administrative court on a pro bono basis. She is willing to accept pro bono work.