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Practice Summary

Rachel’s practice covers a broad range of commercial work in litigation and international arbitration.  She has experience of and particularly enjoys share purchase disputes, claims in relation to contracts for the sale of goods and supply of services, civil fraud and sports and media cases. She has experience of being led in large, complex matters as well as handling cases in her own right.

Rachel’s recent work includes:

  • 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$ 3.5bn sale of a Central and Eastern European brewing business (Starbev GP Ltd v. Interbrew Central European Holding BV)
  • Advising (with Lord Grabiner QC) Global Radio Holdings Ltd in relation to Global’s acquisition of GMG Radio Holdings Ltd
  • Acting (with David Wolfson QC) for LSG Sky Chefs UK Ltd in its Commercial Court claim for damages suffered as a result of repudiation of  a catering services agreement (LSG Sky Chefs UK Ltd v. Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd)
  • Acting (with David Wolfson QC) for shareholders of an oil and gas company with assets worth US$ 1.5bn in LCIA proceedings concerning breaches of a share purchase agreement
  • Acting (as sole counsel) for an individual defending a US$ 4million debt claim in relation to a guarantee in respect of loans to buy shares in a solar energy company Solar Millenium AG (Stahlschmidt Inc v. Hannes Kuhn)
  • Acting (as sole counsel) for a firm of consulting engineers against a Romanian state enterprise in an UNCITRAL arbitration concerning non-payment of fees
  • Acting (as sole counsel) for an international steel distributor in LCIA proceedings concerning breaches of six contracts to buy steel (claims worth €6m)
  • Acting with David Wolfson QC and Neil Kitchener QC to obtain anti-suit injunctions in two confidential cases
  • Advising a senior executive in a private equity firm in relation to his remuneration entitlement
  • Acting (with Stephen Auld QC) for Claimants in claims against their former solicitors for breach of fiduciary duty, deceit and negligence (Aida Hersham & Cherrilow Ltd v. Osmond & Ors).  This is the third set of proceedings following judgments and freezing orders in the Claimants' favour in related proceedings: Cherrilow Ltd v. Richard Butler-Creagh & Osmond Solicitors Ltd [2011] EWCA Civ 1679 and Cherrilow Ltd v. Richard Butler-Creagh [2011] EWHC 2525 (QB). For case summary, click here