Professional practice

Legal 500 Leading Junior

Amy specialises in public international law (which she taught at Cambridge University). Her practice also has a particular emphasis on arbitration, public law and human rights.

She has extensive advocacy experience, before the English Courts and in international forums. She has been instructed and appeared before the International Court of Justice in multiple cases (including representing the Republic of Cyprus, Japan, Bolivia, Russia* and Kenya) and is currently instructed in relation to other disputes. In UNCLOS proceedings, she has acted on various inter-state matters and is currently counsel for the Maldives in its delimitation proceedings. Before the European Court of Human Rights, she is instructed on a range of issues, including in relation to climate change.

Amy is recommended in the Legal Directories as a leading junior (band 1) for public international law (Chambers and Partners (Global Guide) and Legal 500). In the latest entries she is described as “super diligent, has an exceptional intellect, and has unparalleled advocacy experience for a senior junior in state on state cases”; “smart as a whip. She gets her arms around all of the details in the case, but never loses sight of the big picture and the client’s goals”.

Amy is on the A Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown (the Attorney General’s Public International Law Panel) (appointed to the C Panel in 2014, and appointed to the A Panel in 2020). Amy is a Board Member of the YPILG, is a member of the BIICL PIL Advisory Panel and was previously an Assistant Editor of the European Human Rights Reports.

She is co-author of the forthcoming fourth edition of Law of the Sea. Other recent publications include a paper in AJIL Unbound (2019) on professional conduct before the ICJ and a chapter on arbitration in ‘International Employment Disputes’ (Sweet and Maxwell, 2019).

*resigned as counsel for Russia in February 2022

 

What others say

Amy is recommended in the Legal Directories as a leading junior for public international law (Chambers and Partners and Legal 500).

In Legal 500 (2021) she is described as “smart as a whip. She gets her arms around all of the details in the case, but never loses sight of the big picture and the client’s goals. She tries to get to a resolution and does not get lost in the weeds of legal technicalities.” The previous year’s entry described her as “an excellent advocate, arguing her points with a clarity and fluency that is welcomed by the bench and appreciated by her colleagues”. Chambers and Partners (2022) states she is “Super diligent, has an exceptional intellect, and has unparalleled advocacy experience for a senior junior in state on state cases”

Other comments from Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 in recent years include:

“Absolutely outstanding…hard-working with a strong natural aptitude for international law”; “Amy flawlessly tackles, analyses and handles extremely difficult and complex issues”; “[Amy is] a real star in the making; she is incredibly hardworking and has brilliant attention to detail”; “excellent team player, who is extremely hard-working and very effective even when handling the most urgent matters”; “she is obviously phenomenally bright… very comfortable tackling extremely abstruse questions, and she cuts through issues effectively”, “really efficient and impressive, and is building up a great practice”, “incredibly thorough…patient under great pressure”, “has a sharp and focused mind, and is a master of the cases she works on”, “very good academic knowledge, but is practical with it and an efficient worker”, “unflappable” and “a good team player”.

In 2013, Amy was named as one of the ten “Stars of the Bar” under ten years call by Legal Week. Amy is described as “extremely easy to work with… very keen to get on with the job in hand”.

Examples of Recent Cases

Acting for the applicants (group of children) in Duarte Agostinho and Others v. Portugal and Others (ECtHR)

Acting for the Maldives in Dispute concerning delimitation of the maritime boundary between Mauritius and Maldives in the Indian Ocean (Mauritius/Maldives) (ITLOS)

Instructed by Belize in Guatemala’s Territorial, Insular and Maritime Claim (Guatemala/Belize) (ICJ)

Appeared on behalf of the Russian Federation in Dispute Concerning Coastal State Rights in the Black Sea, Sea of Azov, and Kerch Strait and Dispute Concerning the Detention of Ukrainian Naval Vessels and Servicemen (Ukraine v the Russian Federation) (UNCLOS, PCA) (Resigned as counsel for Russia in February 2022)

Acting for the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in Tomanovic v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (High Court)

Acting for Guyana in Guyana v. Venezuela (Arbitral Award of 3 October 1899)  (ICJ) 

Appeared for Bolivia in Obligation to Negotiate Access to the Pacific Ocean (Bolivia v Chile) (ICJ)

Acted for Kenya in Kenya v Somalia (Maritime Delimitation in the Indian Ocean) (ICJ)

Human rights & civil liberties

Amy acts and advises in relation to a range of human rights issues, reflecting the infusion of such issues in many aspects of public international law.

Examples of matters in the public domain on which Amy has been instructed include Duarte Agostinho and Others v. Portugal and Others (concerning alleged breaches of the ECHR by 33 respondent States arising from climate change), advising an NGO with respect to child sexual abuse in Sierra Leone, Tomanovic v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (concerning an alleged breach of the ECHR by the UK arising from deaths and disappearances in Kosovo in 1999/2000), acting for the Republic of Cyprus in respect of human rights matters connected to the ‘TRNC’, The Queen (on the application of KAB) v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and Secretary of State for Defence (concerning a claim for protection by three individuals who claimed to have acted as covert human intelligence sources for the UK in Afghanistan) and Hussein v Secretary of State for Defence [2014] EWCA Civ 1087 (concerning the lawfulness of an element of a policy dealing with the questioning of persons captured by United Kingdom armed forces). She also acted for the Claimant (with Tim Eicke QC and David Craig) in Sugar (Deceased) v BBC & Anor [2012] UKSC 4 regarding freedom of information.

From 2008 to 2014, Amy was an Assistant Editor of the European Human Rights Reports.

Public international law

Amy has a keen passion for public international law, building on her experience of teaching the subject at Cambridge University. In 2020, Amy was appointed to the A Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown (the Attorney General’s Public International Law), having previously been appointed to the C Panel in 2014. Amy is a Board member of the YPILG and a member of the BIICL PIL Advisory Panel. She was awarded a starred first in the LLM (international law) at Cambridge University, where she was ranked top in the year.

Amy’s practice has an extensive PIL focus, and she undertakes complex and diplomatically sensitive work for States and governmental bodies.

Matters in the public domain in which Amy has been involved include:

  • Instructed by the applicants in Duarte Agostinho and Others v. Portugal and Others (ECtHR)
  • Instructed by Belize in Guatemala’s Territorial, Insular and Maritime Claim (Guatemala/Belize) (ICJ)
  • Instructed by the Maldives in Dispute concerning delimitation of the maritime boundary between Mauritius and Maldives in the Indian Ocean (Mauritius/Maldives) (ITLOS)
  • Appeared for the Russian Federation in Dispute Concerning Coastal State Rights in the Black Sea, Sea of Azov, and Kerch Strait and Dispute Concerning the Detention of Ukrainian Naval Vessels and Servicemen (Ukraine v the Russian Federation) (UNCLOS, PCA) (resigned as counsel for Russia in February 2022)
  • Instructed by Guyana in Guyana v. Venezuela (Arbitral Award of 3 October 1899)  (ICJ)
  • Acted in the matter of Kenya v Somalia (Maritime Delimitation in the Indian Ocean) (ICJ)
  • Advising NGO on matters related to child sexual abuse in Sierra Leone
  • Acted for the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in Tomanovic v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (High Court)
  • Appeared for the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and Secretary of State for Defence in The Queen (on the application of KAB) v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and Secretary of State for Defence (High Court)
  • Acted and advised for the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills in the matter of Campaign Against Arms Trade v Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (High Court)
  • Appeared for Bolivia in Obligation to Negotiate Access to the Pacific Ocean (Bolivia v Chile) (ICJ)
  • Appeared on behalf of the UK  in The Republic of Mauritius v The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UNCLOS)
  • Appeared for Japan in Whaling in the Antarctic (Australia v Japan: New Zealand intervening) which concerned alleged breaches of international obligations under the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling (ICJ)
  • Acted for the Kingdom of Lesotho in respect of an investment claim (Swissbourgh Diamond Mines (Pty) Limited and others v. the Kingdom of Lesotho) (UNCITRAL)
  • Acted for a claimant investor in an ICSID arbitration which involved issues of freedom of expression and expropriation (Al-Jazeera v Egypt) (ICSID)
  • Appeared for the Russian Federation in the Application of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Georgia v Russia) which concerned allegations of ethnic cleansing arising out of armed activities of August 2008 (ICJ)
  • Appeared for the Republic of Cyprus in the advisory proceedings concerning whether the Unilateral Declaration of Independence by the Provisional Institutions of Self-Government of Kosovo was in accordance with International Law (ICJ)
  • Advised the Palestinian Negotiations Support Project on matters of public international law Assisted and attended the Russian delegation at the 20th round of Geneva International Discussions addressing international humanitarian law issues
  • Assisted Professor Vaughan Lowe QC in the matter of C and Others Director of Immigration and Another (before the Court of Appeal in Hong Kong)
  • Instructed (with Sir Frank Berman KCMG QC) in an ICSID arbitration addressing issues of treaty law
  • Advised (with Sam Wordsworth QC) as to the effect of Libyan financial sanctions
  • Assisted Professor Malcolm Shaw QC with research concerning Cameroon and Nigeria
  • Appeared for the Republic of Cyprus (interested party) in R (Kibris Turk Hava Yollari) and CTA Holidays Ltd v The Secretary of State for Transport (High Court)

Talks include:

  • ASIL Conference 2019 (guest speaker on ‘Obligations to Negotiate: worthwhile tool or exercise in futility?’)
  • Denial of Justice (workshop at Cambridge University)
  • An informal discussion with Professor Lowe QC: lessons learned as a public international law academic, counsel and arbitrator (a YPILG event)
  • Oxford University, PIL Discussion Group: guest speaker addressing advocacy before international forums
  • ‘70 Years of the International Court of Justice: The Advisory Function of the Principal Judicial Organ of the United Nations’ (a BIICL event chaired by Dame Rosalyn Higgins DBE QC)
  • ‘International Dispute Resolution’ (an introduction to international law for government lawyers)
  • ‘Commencing an ICSID Arbitration: practical issues and pitfalls’ (given by invitation of the Japanese Government as part of a series of seminars at the University of Tokyo and the University of Kyoto in Japan)

As regards publications:

  • Co-author of the forthcoming fourth edition of the Law of the Sea (with Professor Vaughan Lowe QC and Professor Robin Churchill).
  • Author of forthcoming entry in Max Planck Encyclopedia of International Procedural Law.
  • Co-authored a paper (with Kate Parlett) in AJIL Unbound (2019, Vol 113) entitled “Into the Void: A Counsel Perspective on the Need to Articulate Rules Concerning Disclosure Before the ICJ”.
  • Co-authored a chapter on arbitration in ‘International Employment Disputes’ (Sweet and Maxwell, 2019).
  • Assisted VV Veeder QC in compiling the First Interim Report on the Workings of Section 69 of the Arbitration Act 1996 and authored “Investment Insurance and Investment Arbitration: the Position of the Third Party” in the European International Arbitration Review.
Career

2020: Appointed to Attorney-General’s A PIL Panel

2014: Appointed to Attorney-General’s C PIL Panel

2013: Appointed to Attorney-General’s C Panel

2006: Call: Middle Temple

2006: Research Assistant, Law Commission

2005: Supervisor in Public International Law, Gonville and Caius College and Newnham College, University of Cambridge

2004: Paralegal, Bredin Prat, Paris

Education

2006: BVC (Outstanding), Inns of Court School of Law

2004: LLM (Starred First Class Hons), Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge (ranked first in year)

2003: Harvard University, Kennedy Trust Memorial Scholar, Special Student

2002: BA (Double First Class Hons, Starred First in 2001) (Law), Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge (ranked first in year 2001 and second in year 2002)

Awards

2005: Queen Mother Scholarship Fund, Middle Temple 2005: Harmsworth Entrance Scholarship, Middle Temple

2004: BRD Clarke Prize for Best Overall Performance in LLM, University of Cambridge 2004: Clive Parry Prize for International Law, University of Cambridge

2004: Emlyn Wade Prize for Law, University of Cambridge 2003: Tapp Scholarship, University of Cambridge

2003: Arts and Humanities Research Fund Scholarship 2002: JFK Memorial Trust Fund Scholarship

2002: The Schuldham Plate (2002) (Gonville and Caius College Plate for Top Graduate of that Year), University of Cambridge

2001: Clifford Chance David Gottlieb Law Prize for best results in Law, University of Cambridge 2001: John Hall Law Prize for best paper in Family Law, University of Cambridge

2000-2002: Cambridge University Elected Scholar

2000 & 2001: Sir William McNair Prize for Law, University of Cambridge 2000 & 2001: Rebecca Flower Squire Scholarship, University of Cambridge

2000: Sir William McNair Prize for Mooting, Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge