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Practice Summary

Joyce is recommended as a ‘Rising star’ by Legal 500 for Commercial Litigation and is also recommended by Chambers and Partners. She has a broad commercial practice in a wide range of chambers’ practice areas, and particular experience in taking complex, high-value cases to trial. She is currently acting in ENRC v Serious Fraud Office, one of The Lawyer’s top 20 cases of 2021. Joyce enjoys working as sole counsel or as part of a larger team. She is a member of the Attorney General's C Panel of Counsel. 

Chambers and Partners 2022 (Commercial Dispute Resolution) "Has a first-class intellect and is a real fighter." "She really cuts through the issues and is very bright, down to earth and willing to roll her sleeves up." Legal 500 2021 (Commercial Litigation) "She has a brain the size of a planet but worn extremely lightly - A real team player, solicitors would be lost without her." Chambers and Partners 2021 (Commercial Dispute Resolution) "She is thorough, bright, hard-working and a real team player who goes above and beyond." "Her attention to detail is excellent; she cuts through difficult documents and gets right to the core of the key issues." Legal 500 2020 (Commercial Litigation) "Joyce has a brain the size of a planet. She has an incisive mind and is a tenacious courtroom operator. She is always on top of her subject matter, no matter how complex."

Recent and current instructions include:

  • Stichting Vestia v BNP Paribas SA
    Led by Sonia Tolaney QC and James MacDonald QC, Joyce acts for BNPP in this >€300 million claim, in which Vestia alleges that derivative transactions it entered into with BNPP were ultra vires and/or procured by bribery. BNPP also counterclaims against Vestia.
  • ENRC v Serious Fraud Office
    Led by Simon Colton QC and James Segan QC, Joyce is acting for the SFO in this high-profile claim.
  • British Gas Trading v (1) Shell (2) Esso
    Led by John McCaughran QC, Joyce acted for Shell at the first instance trial of preliminary issues [2019] EWHC 1735 (Comm) and in the subsequent appeal [2020] EWCA Civ 2349. Shell and Esso were successful at first instance in dismissing BGT’s claim; while the Court of Appeal allowed BGT’s appeal on one aspect of that judgment, it also allowed Shell and Esso’s cross-appeal on damages, finding that BGT had suffered no loss.
  • SDI Retail Services Limited v Rangers Football Club Limited
    Over the past five years, Joyce has done substantial work for SDI, a subsidiary of Sports Direct, in its disputes with Rangers FC over the commercial exploitation of Rangers replica kit and branded products. Judgments include [2019] EWHC 1929 (Comm), [2018] EWHC 2772 (Comm) (on-going Part 7 proceedings) and [2019] EWHC 591 (Comm) (Part 8 proceedings).