Professional practice

Freddie has a broad commercial practice spanning Chambers’ areas of expertise. Since commencing practice, she has been instructed in major LMAA arbitrations and a $2 billion fraud and conspiracy claim in the Commercial Court as junior counsel. She has appeared as sole advocate in trials and applications in the High Court and County Court as well as in multiple lengthy trials in the Employment Tribunal. She has also appeared as junior counsel in the High Court, including seeking urgent injunctive relief.

Freddie was recently seconded to the litigation team at a major bank where she advised on various banking matters and has experience of acting in disputes arising out of the Covid-19 pandemic, including under business interruption insurance policies.

Over the last few months Freddie has appeared in remote hearings, both as part of a large team and as sole counsel.

Prior to joining Essex Court Chambers, Freddie studied Materials Science at the University of Oxford. She went on to study the law conversion course at City University.

Freddie is a co-author of The Encyclopedia of International Commercial Litigation, Anthony Coleman & Simon Bryan (Ed) and has contributed to Supperstone, Goudie and Walker (ed), Judicial Review (6th edition, 2018), Chapter 15: European Union Law.

 

Arbitration & related court applications

Acting (led by David Bailey QC and David Walsh) in a four-week LMAA arbitration claim for damages of c. US$250m arising out of the shipment of a dangerous cargo.

Acting (led by Huw Davies QC) in an LCIA arbitration arising out of the decommissioning of a series of oil wells.

Acting (led by Paul Key QC and with Adam Woolnough) in an LCIA Arbitration concerning a dispute over the sale of shares in a mining company.

Acted (led by Hugh Mercer QC and with Richard Hoyle) in an LMAA Arbitration resulting from the collapse of a Share Purchase Agreement between two ferry companies and involving counterclaims based on the alleged mismanagement of the target company, involving a 4 week hearing with an amount in dispute of €90m.

Acted (led by Jeffrey Gruder QC) on behalf of an investment management company in a litigation funding dispute.

Banking & financial services

Seconded to the litigation team at a major bank and advising on various banking matters, including a dishonest assistance claim and a claim based on the bank’s alleged obligations in respect of cheques.

Acted as sole counsel in the County Court in an application to strike out the defence to a claim for recovery of a mistaken payment made by a foreign exchange company

Civil fraud & asset recovery

Acting (led by Iain Quirk) for the claimant in a dispute concerning a joint venture between two major pharmaceutical distribution businesses. The claimant alleges that the defendants engaged in a campaign to strip assets from the joint venture for their own benefit.

Acted (led by Louise Hutton) in a $2 billion fraud and conspiracy claim regarding an alleged fraud in relation to the ownership of Thailand’s leading wind energy firm.

Acted (led by Hugh Mercer QC and with Richard Hoyle) in an LMAA Arbitration involving counterclaims based on the alleged mismanagement of the target company.

Instructed (led by David Scorey QC and with Peter Webster) in a Financial List case regarding allegations of dishonest assistance and fraudulent trading (s 213 Insolvency Act) relating to alleged VAT fraud in the carbon credit market.

Commercial chancery disputes

Acting (led by Daniel Alexander QC and Hugh Mercer QC) in the intellectual property court in a dispute concerning the construction of a settlement agreement between two major pharmaceutical business. This raised a variety of issues, including in relation to supplementary protections certificates (SPCs).

Commercial dispute resolution

Acted (led by Louise Hutton) in a $2 billion fraud and conspiracy claim in the Commercial Court regarding an alleged fraud in relation to the ownership of Thailand’s leading wind energy firm.

Acting as sole counsel in the London Circuit Commercial Court in a dispute concerning the sale of food-packaging machinery under a contract with a retention of title clause.

Acted as sole counsel in a summary judgment and strike-out application in the County Court in relation to a claim for lost goods.

Instructed as sole counsel in the County Court for a foreign exchange company in relation to a claim for breach of the Data Protection Act 1998.

Co-author of The Encyclopedia of International Commercial Litigation, Anthony Coleman & Simon Bryan (Ed).

Company & Insolvency Law

Acting (led by Iain Quirk) in an unfair prejudice petition and related Part 7 claim. The underlying dispute relates to a joint venture between two major pharmaceutical distribution businesses and the alleged exclusion of one of the participants from the affairs and profits of the joint venture.

Conflict of laws & private international law

Acted (led by Hugh Mercer QC and with Richard Hoyle) in an LMAA Arbitration where the underlying agreement was governed by a mixture of two different country’s laws. This raised a variety of complicated questions as to the governing law of various different rights/remedies and the extent to which mandatory provisions could override the choice of law.

Employment

Freddie has experience both as sole and junior counsel in a range of employment matters including:

  • Acted as sole counsel in a six-day whistleblowing/constructive dismissal trial in the Employment Tribunal.
  • Acted as sole counsel for a major charity in a six-day racial discrimination trial.
  • Advising and acting for an ex-director of a scientific manufacturing business in a disability discrimination claim and a claim for constructive dismissal.
  • Instructed (led by Charles Ciumei QC) in an application for urgent injunctive relief against two former employees of a company in order to restrain them from breaching their post-termination restrictions and their duties in respect of the company’s confidential information.
  • Advised (led by James Willan) a senior partner of a firm of solicitors in respect of the enforceability of post-termination restrictions.
  • Acted (led by Daniel Stilitz QC and Jane Russell) for the government in order to restrain prison officers from taking industrial action.
Energy & natural resources

Acting (led by Huw Davies QC) in an LCIA arbitration arising out of the decommissioning of a series of oil wells.

Acting (led by Paul Key QC and with Adam Woolnough) in an LCIA Arbitration concerning a dispute over the sale of shares in a mining company.

Insurance & reinsurance

Acting (led by Jeffrey Gruder QC) in a business interruption case arising from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Public & administrative law

Contributor to Supperstone, Goudie and Walker (ed), Judicial Review (6th edition, 2018), Chapter 15: European Union Law.

Revenue law (including VAT, IPT, duties & excise)

Instructed (led by David Scorey QC and with Peter Webster) in a Financial List case related to MTIC fraud in the carbon credit market.

Instructed (led by Paul Key QC) in a VAT appeal relating to the proper VAT to be charged on funding received by higher education providers.

Shipping & admiralty

Acting (led by David Bailey QC and with David Walsh) in a four week LMAA arbitration claim for damages of c. US$250m arising out of the shipment of a dangerous cargo.

Acted (led by Hugh Mercer QC and with Richard Hoyle) in an LMAA Arbitration involving a dispute between two ferry companies resulting from the collapse of a Share Purchase Agreement.

Acted as sole counsel for cargo interests in various claims arising from damaged cargo.

Acted as sole counsel in an application in the Commercial Court to set aside a default judgment arising out of a cargo claim.

Acted as sole counsel in a summary judgment and strike-out application in the County Court in relation to a claim for lost goods carried under a combined transport bill of lading.

Career

2018 Tenant at Essex Court Chambers

2017-2018 Pupillage at Essex Court Chambers (with Edward Brown)

2017 Called to the Bar (Middle Temple)

Education

2016-2017 BPTC, City Law School (Outstanding)

2015-2016 GDL, City Law School (Distinction)

2011-2015 MEng Materials Science, University of Oxford (1st Class)

Awards

2017 Bar Association for Commerce, Finance and Industry Prize for best performance in the commercial law assessment, City University

Worshipful Company of Arbitrators Prize, City University

2016 Queen Mother Scholarship, Middle Temple

City University Law School Postgraduate Scholarship

2015 Astbury Scholarship, Middle Temple

Worshipful Company of Ironmongers Prize for best Part II presentation, University of Oxford

2014 Gibbs Prize for best overall performance in Part I, University of Oxford

2012 Johnson-Matthey Prize for best overall performance in Prelims, University of Oxford

ATV Scholar, St Catherine’s College, University of Oxford