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Sophie undertakes a wide range of commercial work in both litigation and arbitration. As well as appearing in her own right, Sophie has experience of being led in substantial, complex and high-value litigation in the High Court and the Court of Appeal. She also has significant experience of international arbitrations (including but not limited to ICC rules) and has assisted with proceedings before the Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC) and the Singapore Court of Appeal (SCA). Sophie has a particular expertise in jurisdiction and choice of law, having written her MPhil thesis on jurisdiction agreements under the supervision of Professor Adrian Briggs. She is fluent in German, French and Luxembourgish and has acted for both German and French clients and firms. She also has a good knowledge of Spanish. Sophie is a member of the Attorney General's C Panel of Counsel.
In 2007, Sophie was a stagiaire in the Cabinet of the late Advocate General Dámaso Ruiz-Jarabo Colomer, European Court of Justice (Luxembourg). Since 2010, she has taught a variety of private and commercial law courses, including competition law at the University of Oxford and contract law at King’s College London. She is presently a Visiting Lecturer in French Private Law at King’s College London, a position she manages alongside her full time commercial practice.
Recent cases include:
- Out of hours interim injunction (Queen's Bench Division)
Sophie acted (with Daniel Toledano QC) for a merchant acquirer in obtaining an urgent out of hours interim mandatory injunction against a major bank to require it to continue providing services in relation to settlement and safeguarded accounts.
- Marex Financial Limited v Carlos Sevilleja Garcia (Commercial Court)
Sophie acted (with Alain Choo Choy QC) in successfully opposing Mr Sevilleja’s challenge to the jurisdiction of the English Courts. Knowles J held that Marex had the better argument on all points of law at issue, including that the rule against reflective loss does not apply to mere creditors and that a tort of intentionally procuring and/or interfering with legal rights under a judgment exists.
- McGraw-Hill International v Deutsche Apotheker & Ors (Commercial Court)
Sophie acted (with Daniel Toledano QC, Sharif Shivji and Jamie Goldsmith) for investors in a large and complex dispute arising out of alleged negligence and fraudulent or negligent misrepresentations by a leading rating agency (S&P) and a bank (RBS) in relation to the sale of Constant Proportion Debt Obligation Notes. The damages claimed exceeded €130m. As well as being an important case on the liability of banks to investors, it raised a novel point of English law as to whether a credit rating agency owes a duty of care to investors.
- Claimants v Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd & Ors (Queen’s Bench Division)
Sophie assisted Andrew Caldecott QC, David Cavender QC and Edmund Nourse QC with the preparation of statements of case for a consortium of the major UK construction companies in the “Construction Industry Vetting Information Group Litigation” arising out of the alleged creation and use of a “blacklist” of construction workers said to have been used by major construction companies when choosing staff in relation to significant projects.
- Dar Al Arkan & Anr v Al Refai & Ors (Commercial Court) (Listed as one of The Lawyer’s Top 20 cases for 2014 and 2015: Global Disputes in the English Courts)
Sophie acted (with Craig Orr QC, Nicholas Sloboda and James Petkovic) in defending claims worth approximately US$ 800m brought in the Commercial Court raising allegations of fraud, breach of confidence, defamation and breaches of international accounting standards and breaches of banking law, regulations and practice in the Middle East. The case settled in May 2015 after commencement of a four month trial, having generated considerable interim proceedings.