Professional practice

Freddie has a broad commercial practice spanning Chambers’ areas of expertise. During pupillage she experienced a wide-range of commercial litigation and arbitration as well as employment, insurance and VAT/customs disputes. Since commencing practice, she has been instructed in a major LMAA Arbitration as junior counsel and has appeared both led and as sole counsel in the High Court, including seeking urgent injunctive relief. She has also acted as sole advocate in trials and applications in the County Court.

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.

 

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

Arbitration & related court applications

Acting (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 up to €90m.

Civil fraud & asset tracing

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

Commercial dispute resolution

Acted as sole counsel in the County Court for an NHS Trust in a claim for recovery of unpaid invoices from a former employee.

Advising and acting 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.

Company & insolvency law

Acting as junior counsel in a Section 212 Insolvency Act 1986 misfeasance application against the former director of a company.

Conflict of laws & private international law

Acting (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

Advising and acting (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.

Shipping & admiralty

Acting (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.