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Practice Summary

Rachel’s practice covers a broad range of commercial work in litigation and international arbitration (including under LCIA, ICC and UNCITRAL rules). Regularly involved in large complex cases working as part of a team, she also has experience appearing without a leader in arbitrations and in the High Court.

As well as experience in Chambers’ key areas including banking and financial services, civil fraud, and disputes involving oil and gas, Rachel also has significant experience of disputes arising out of share purchase agreements and contracts for the sale of goods and supply of services.

Rachel is also frequently instructed, with and without a leader, to act in applications including worldwide freezing injunctions, anti-suit injunctions, and applications under s.44 and ss. 67-69 of the Arbitration Act 1996.

Rachel’s recent work includes:

  • Acting (with Stuart Isaacs QC) for Stuart Wall against The Royal Bank of Scotland in one of The Lawyer’s Top 20 cases to watch in 2017. Mr Wall owned the Opal Property Group, once the UK’s third largest provider of student accommodation. Mr Wall claimed over £600 million in damages suffered as a result of RBS’s fraudulent misrepresentations, breaches of contract and negligence. The case concerned claims of swap mis-selling by RBS, allegations against RBS’s Global Restructuring Group, and allegations of LIBOR manipulation. The case was listed for a 12 week trial in the Commercial Court starting in October 2017, but settled shortly before trial.
     
  • Acting (with Anthony de Garr Robinson QC) for the former shareholders of Fandstan Electric Group Ltd in relation to claims arising out of the £130 million sale of their company to Wabtec Corporation
     
  • Acting (with Alain Choo Choy QC) for the Russian bank JSC VTB Bank in its dispute with the large Russian coal mining business Mechel OAO, concerning breaches of two syndicated loan facilities under which Mechel owed VTB and other banks over US$ 1 billion
     
  • Acting (with Stephen Auld QC) for four respondents to a £1.2 billion worldwide freezing order granted to the Russian Deposit Insurance Agency in aid of proceedings brought against Sergei Pugachev in the Moscow Arbitrazh Court
     
  • Acting (with Lord Grabiner QC) for a subsidiary of a private equity firm in its Commercial Court dispute with the world's largest brewer, arising out of the US$ 3.5billion sale of a Central and Eastern European brewing business (Starbev GP Ltd v. Interbrew Central European Holding BV)