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 as sole advocate in a six-day trial in the Employment Tribunal as well as trials and applications in the County Court. She has also appeared as junior counsel in the High Court, including seeking urgent injunctive relief.

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.

 

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 recovery

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.

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 dispute resolution

Acting 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.

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

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).

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

Acting as sole counsel in a six-day whistleblowing/constructive dismissal trial in the Employment Tribunal (including cross-examination of 9 witnesses).

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.

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.

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.

Acting 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.