Professional practice

Lorraine has a broad practice in commercial, company and international law. Her commercial practice encompasses civil fraud, shipping, and general commercial matters. Since commencing practice, she has been instructed in fraud and commercial disputes in the Commercial Court as junior counsel. She has also appeared as sole advocate in trials and applications in the County Court as well as in the Employment Tribunal.

Lorraine has experience of acting in disputes arising out of the Covid-19 pandemic, including commercial rent disputes. Her commercial arbitration experience includes proceedings under the LCIA and LMAA Rules.

As part of her international law practice, she was seconded to the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office where she advised on various public international law matters. She has advised non-governmental organisations and private parties on public and international law matters. Lorraine is an editor of the European Human Rights Reports.

Before coming to the Bar, Lorraine studied European Legal Studies at the University of Southampton, where she graduated ranked second in her year. As part of her degree, she studied French Law at the Université de Nantes. She then completed an LLM in International Law at University College London, followed by the BPTC at City Law School, as a Major Scholar of the Inner Temple.

 

Arbitration & related court applications
  • Acted (led by John Robb) in an LMAA arbitration claim for damages arising out of a ship building dispute.
  • Instructed in an LCIA Arbitration arising from an oil and gas joint venture.
  • Instructed in an LMAA arbitration claim for demurrage and damages for detention of a vessel.
  • Assisted in defending a challenge brought under s. 68 of the Arbitration Act 1996 in respect of an arbitration award.
  • Assisted in resisting an application to set aside a Part 71 Order in relation to the enforcement of an arbitration award.
Banking & financial services
  • Instructed as sole counsel on behalf of a financial services company in a dispute arising out of a credit agreement.
Civil fraud & asset recovery
  • Acting (led by David Peters) in a claim under section 423 of the Insolvency Act 1986, including a successful application for a freezing injunction.
  • Instructed (led) in a dispute arising out of a joint venture agreement, in a claim for US$350 million.
  • Assisted with various enforcement proceedings to recover assets following a substantial award.
Commercial dispute resolution
  • Acted (led by David Peters) in a contractual dispute in the Commercial Court involving two telecommunications companies.
  • Instructed in applications for Letters of Requests under Chapters 1 and 2 of the 1970 Hague Convention on the Taking of Evidence Abroad in Civil or Commercial Matters.
  • Acted as sole counsel in the County Court in relation to a set aside application and an application for specific performance of a contract for the sale of property.
  • Instructed as sole counsel in a summary judgment application in the County Court in relation to a commercial rent dispute.
Company & Insolvency Law
  • Acted as sole counsel in an application to set aside a statutory demand.
  • Instructed as sole counsel opposing a winding-up petition.
Employment
  • Acting as sole counsel on behalf of a respondent company in a claim for discrimination arising from disability, failure to make reasonable adjustments, direct sex discrimination and victimisation.
  • Acted as sole counsel on behalf of a respondent company in a claim for unfair and wrongful dismissal.
Insurance & reinsurance
  • Assisted with advice on whether a business could make a claim on their insurance policies, relying on difficulties stemming from the Covid-19 pandemic.
Public international law
  • Seconded to the Legal Directorate at the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, advising on various public international law
  • Instructed (led) on an advice on the appropriate characterisation of crimes under international criminal law.
  • Assisted with proceedings which involved questions of justiciability, recognition of a foreign government and the “one voice” doctrine.
Shipping & admiralty
  • Acted (led by John Robb) in an LMAA arbitration claim for damages arising out of a ship building dispute.
  • Instructed in an LMAA arbitration claim for demurrage and damages for detention of a vessel.
Career

2020 Tenant at Essex Court Chambers

2019-2020 Pupil at Essex Court Chambers (with James Willan QC)

2018 Called to the Bar (Inner Temple)

Education

2017-2018 BPTC, City Law School (Very Competent)

2016-2017 LLM in International Law, University College London (Distinction)

2013-2014 Erasmus in French Law, Université de Nantes

2011-2015 LLB in European Legal Studies, University of Southampton (First Class; graduated second in year)

Awards

2017 Major Scholarship, Inner Temple

2017 Duke of Edinburgh Entrance Scholarship, Inner Temple

2017 Best Oralist in Final Round, Philip C. Jessup International Moot Competition (UK National Rounds)

2017 Top 25 Best Oralists, Philip C. Jessup International Moot Competition (International Rounds, Washington DC)

2016 Hilda Martindale Educational Trust Award  

2015 Law School Prize, Second Top Student in Final Year, University of Southampton

Publications

L Aboagye and G Vega Barbosa, ‘A Commentary on the Advisory Opinion of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights on the Environment and Human Rights’ (2018) 34(1) DPCE 291

Lorraine is currently an editor of the European Human Rights Reports. She has previously served as Editor of the UCL Journal of Law and Jurisprudence.