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Practice Summary

Abra Bompas’ practice encompasses the full spectrum of commercial dispute resolution, in both litigation and international arbitration. She regularly appears before the High Court as both sole counsel and as part of a counsel team.  Abra acts for clients in disputes arising in the banking and finance sector (including insolvencies and mis-selling), in contractual claims across a range of industries, in share sale / warranty claims, shareholder actions and fraud claims. Abra was also seconded to the FSA (now FCA).

In litigation, Abra currently acts as sole counsel on behalf of a senior former employee of a Russian investment bank in Commercial Court proceedings (circa20 million) brought against him by the former management of companies in the Yukos Oil group.  The former management has made claims under Russian law against the employee arising out of the auctions of Yukos Oil in Russia.

Abra appeared as sole counsel before the Companies Court, on behalf of the Liquidator In the Matter of Crown Holdings (London) Ltd (In Liq) and Crown Currency Exchange Ltd (In Liq) [2015] EWHC 1876 (CH), on s112 applications (IA 1986) as to whether certain monies paid to the companies immediately before their insolvency was held on trust for the payors. 

Abra also appeared before the Commercial Court (with Alain Choo Choy QC) in Navitech Hellas SA v. Credit Suisse (UK) Ltd & Ors on behalf of the Greek ship owner, in claim (circa US$36m) alleging fraudulent mis-selling of complex derivative structures. The claim settled at the start of trial.

In the international arbitration sector, Abra currently acts (with Rhodri Davies QC) on behalf of the Respondents to ICC proceedings (circa US$60m) between the joint venture partners of a Nigerian off-shore oil field.  Abra also acts for the Respondents in related Commercial Court injunctive proceedings, pursuant to s44 of the Arbitration Act 1996.  

She appeared (with Richard Boulton QC), for the Insured in a 3-week UNCITRAL proceedings seated in Hong Kong. The Insured made a claim (circa US$25m) under a fidelity insurance policy as the result of a complex fraud involving aluminium trading on the LME.

In addition to her mainstream practice, Abra’s profile includes niche commercial cases.  She appeared before the Supreme Court in employment proceedings relating to the termination of a senior banker’s employment led by David Cavender QC in Société Générale, London Branch v. Geys [2012] UKSC 63.  She also appeared before the tax tribunal in Reed Employment Plc & 11 Ors v. HMRC [2012] STI 550 (tax / judicial review; with Malcolm Gammie CBE QC); and has acted in debt restructuring work (with David Wolfson QC), and in media-law group litigation for News Group Newspapers, in relation to claims arising out of the activities of Glenn Mulcaire and The News of the World, including voicemail interception.  She also has experience in challenges to Expert Determinations (including departure from instruction, bias and impartiality).