Professional practice

Catherine Jung has a broad commercial practice, focusing on large-scale commercial litigation and international arbitration. She has considerable experience in, amongst other things, interlocutory matters (including freezing and anti-suit injunctions and applications for security for costs), challenges to arbitration awards and arbitration enforcement proceedings.

In 2016, Catherine was named by Legal Week as one of its “Stars of the Bar” under 10 years’ call, solicitors having described her as being “very sharp, an excellent draftswoman”, “unfailingly responsive, and both sensible and practical in her advice”, with “an excellent sense of judgment”. She was further described as having a “fantastic ability to grasp complex detail and simplify it quickly and effectively in the context of litigation”, whilst being “very good fun to work with, with an excellent and necessary sense of humour in a tight spot”.

 

Examples of recent cases
  • IPCO (Nigeria) Ltd v Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (including [2015] 1 All ER (Comm) 593). Acting in long-running proceedings for the Nigerian state-owned petroleum corporation in resisting enforcement of a Nigerian arbitration award worth over US$ 400 million on the basis (amongst other things) that the award was alleged to have been procured by fraud.
  • National Bank Trust v Yurov [2016] EWHC 1913 (Comm). Acting for a Russian bank in resisting an application to discharge a freezing order in a claim for more than US$ 830 million brought by the bank against its former directors and shareholders.
  • An arbitration under the LCIA Rules. Acting for a Middle Eastern regional government in a long-running LCIA arbitration against upstream petroleum industry investors, where the total value of the claims exceeded US$ 30 billion.
  • Euro-Asian Oil SA v Abilo (UK) Ltd [2017] 1 Lloyd’s Rep 287. Acting for Credit Suisse in proceedings brought against it by an oil trading company under a letter of indemnity.
  • New Age Alzarooni 2 Ltd v Range Energy Natural Resources Inc [2015] EWHC 4358 (Comm). Acting for the defendant in successfully resisting a challenge to an arbitration award under section 68 of the Arbitration Act 1996.
  • Robert Tchenguiz v Serious Fraud Office: Acting for one of the Tchenguiz brothers in his high-profile damages claim against the Director of the Serious Fraud Office (proceedings settled).
  • BP Oil International Limited v Bankers Petroleum Albania Limited: Acting for BP in a crude oil sale dispute (proceedings settled).
  • Antonio Gramsci Shipping Corporation v Recoletos Limited. Acting for the First to Fifth Defendants/Part 20 Claimants in long-running proceedings concerning fraud in the Latvian shipping industry. Obtained worldwide freezing orders against four Part 20 Defendants, and an interim receivership order against one Part 20 Defendant.
  • A series of liability insurance arbitrations: Acting for a major pharmaceutical company in a series of related arbitrations concerning recovery under bespoke liability policies covering US risks.
Arbitration & related court applications

Catherine regularly advises and acts in arbitral proceedings, under various institutional rules, both nationally and internationally. Examples of her recent work include:

  • Acting (led by Graham Dunning Q.C.) for a Middle Eastern regional government in in a long-running LCIA arbitration against upstream investors, where the total value of the claims exceeded US$ 30 billion.
  • Acting (led by Graham Dunning Q.C.) in an LCIA arbitration between shareholders in a BVI joint venture vehicle holding mining interests in a CIS state.
  • Acting (led by Paul Stanley Q.C.) for a major pharmaceutical company in a series of related arbitrations concerning recovery under bespoke liability policies covering US risks.
  • Acting (led by Joe Smouha Q.C.) for the government of a Caribbean state in an ICC arbitration concerning a shipbuilding dispute.
  • Acting (led by David Joseph Q.C.) in an LCIA arbitration between participants to a joint venture for the construction and operation of a petrochemical plant in the Caribbean.
  • Acting (as sole counsel) in ad hoc arbitral proceedings concerning a software licensing agreement.

Catherine also regularly advises and acts in arbitration-related proceedings in the Commercial Court, including actions to enforce arbitration awards, applications for anti-suit injunctions in support of arbitral proceedings, and applications to challenge arbitration awards.   Examples of her recent work include:

  • IPCO (Nigeria) Ltd v Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (including [2015] 1 All ER (Comm) 593). Acting (with Jonathan Nash Q.C. and James Willan) in long-running proceedings for the Nigerian state-owned petroleum corporation in resisting enforcement of a Nigerian arbitration award worth over US$ 400 million on the basis (amongst other things) that the award was alleged to have been procured by fraud.
  • Pearl Petroleum Company Limited v The Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq. Acting (led by Graham Dunning Q.C.) in proceedings relating to the enforcement of a peremptory order made by an LCIA arbitral tribunal against a foreign regional government.
  • New Age Alzarooni 2 Ltd v Range Energy Natural Resources Inc [2015] EWHC 4358 (Comm). Acting (led by Graham Dunning Q.C.) for the defendant in successfully resisting a challenge to an arbitration award under section 68 of the Arbitration Act 1996.
  • Bannai v Erez. Acting (led by Paul Key Q.C.) in an application to obtain an anti-suit injunction against a trustee in bankruptcy in Israeli insolvency proceedings in support of an arbitration agreement between the claimant and the insolvent debtor.
  • Acting (with Vernon Flynn Q.C.) in resisting an application under section 68 of the Arbitration Act 1996 to set aside two LCIA arbitration awards.
Civil fraud & asset tracing

Examples of Catherine’s recent work include:

  • IPCO (Nigeria) Ltd v Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (including [2015] 1 All ER (Comm) 593). Acting (with Jonathan Nash Q.C. and James Willan) in long-running proceedings for the Nigerian state-owned petroleum corporation in resisting enforcement of a Nigerian arbitration award worth over US$ 400 million on the basis (amongst other things) that the award was alleged to have been procured by fraud.
  • National Bank Trust v Yurov [2016] EWHC 1913 (Comm). Acting for a Russian bank in resisting an application to discharge a freezing order in a claim for more than US$ 830 million brought by the bank against its former directors and shareholders.
  • Antonio Gramsci Shipping Corporation v Recoletos Limited. Acting for the First to Fifth Defendants/Part 20 Claimants in long-running proceedings concerning fraud in the Latvian shipping industry. Obtained worldwide freezing orders against four Part 20 Defendants, and an interim receivership order against one Part 20 Defendant.
Commercial dispute resolution

Examples of Catherine’s recent work include:

  • IPCO (Nigeria) Ltd v Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (including [2015] 1 All ER (Comm) 593). Acting in long-running proceedings for the Nigerian state-owned petroleum corporation in resisting enforcement of a Nigerian arbitration award worth over US$ 400 million on the basis (amongst other things) that the award was alleged to have been procured by fraud.
  • National Bank Trust v Yurov [2016] EWHC 1913 (Comm). Acting for a Russian bank in resisting an application to discharge a freezing order in a claim for more than US$ 830 million brought by the bank against its former directors and shareholders.
  • Euro-Asian Oil SA v Abilo (UK) Ltd [2017] 1 Lloyd’s Rep 287. Acting for Credit Suisse in proceedings brought against it by an oil trading company under a letter of indemnity.
  • Robert Tchenguiz v Serious Fraud Office: Acting for one of the Tchenguiz brothers in his high-profile damages claim against the Director of the Serious Fraud Office (proceedings settled).
  • BP Oil International Limited v Bankers Petroleum Albania Limited: Acting for BP in a crude oil sale dispute (proceedings settled).
  • Antonio Gramsci Shipping Corporation v Recoletos Limited. Acting for the First to Fifth Defendants/Part 20 Claimants in long-running proceedings concerning fraud in the Latvian shipping industry. Obtained worldwide freezing orders against four Part 20 Defendants, and an interim receivership order against one Part 20 Defendant.
Conflict of laws & private international law

Catherine has a particular interest in disputes that raise issues of jurisdiction, choice of law or the enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitration awards. She finished top in her year in the Conflicts of Law courses on both her undergraduate degree at the University of Cambridge and her BCL degree at the University of Oxford.

Recent examples of Catherine’s work include:

  • IPCO (Nigeria) Ltd v Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (including [2015] 1 All ER (Comm) 593). Acting (with Jonathan Nash Q.C. and James Willan) in long-running proceedings for the Nigerian state-owned petroleum corporation in resisting enforcement of a Nigerian arbitration award worth over US$ 400 million on the basis (amongst other things) that the award was alleged to have been procured by fraud.
  • Advising (with Vernon Flynn Q.C.) on the registration and enforcement of a Cypriot freezing order in England.
  • Advising (with Graham Dunning Q.C.) an employer seeking to restrain its former employee from pursuing proceedings in a foreign jurisdiction in breach of an exclusive jurisdiction clause contained in his employment contract.
Insurance & reinsurance

Recent work includes:

  • Acting (led by Paul Stanley Q.C.) for a major pharmaceutical company in a series of related arbitrations concerning recovery under bespoke liability policies covering US risks.
  • Advising a claims company in relation to a dispute concerning ATE insurance policies.
Career
  • October 2011: Became a tenant at Essex Court Chambers following successful completion of pupillage
  • 2010-2011: Undertook pupillage at Essex Court Chambers
  • 2010: Called to the Bar (Gray’s Inn)
  • 2009-2010: BVC (Outstanding), BPP Law School
  • 2008: Stagiaire, Cabinet of the Advocate General for the United Kingdom, European Court of Justice

 

Education
  • 2008-2009 BCL (Distinction), Magdalen College, University of Oxford (ranked third in year)
  • 2005-2008 BA (Double First Class Hons) (Law), Pembroke College, University of Cambridge (ranked first in year 2006 – 2007, and second in year 2005 – 2006 and 2007 – 2008)
Awards
  • 2009: Bedingfield Scholarship, Gray’s Inn
  • 2009: John Morris Prize for the top mark in the BCL Conflict of Laws examination, University of Oxford
  • 2008: Pirie-Reid Scholarship, University of Oxford
  • 2006-2008: Placed first in year in Tort Law, Contract Law, International Law, Conflict of Laws, Aspects of Obligations and Family Law examinations, University of Cambridge
  • 2006-2008: Rebecca Flowers Squire Fund Scholarship, University of Cambridge
  • 2006-2008: Zeigler Prize for Law, Pembroke College
  • 2006 and 2008: Peter de Somogyi Memorial Prize for outstanding performance in an Arts subject, Pembroke College
  • 2007: Clifford Chance David Gottlieb Law Prize for the best results in Law Tripos Part 1B, University of Cambridge
  • 2007: Blackburne Daniell Prize for best second year undergraduate performance, Pembroke College
  • 2007: Foundation Scholar, Pembroke College
  • 2006: College Scholar, Pembroke College