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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.

Rachel is ranked as a Leading Junior in Commercial Litigation by the Legal 500.

"A great junior, who works well in a team and gets through things at an impressive pace." (Legal 500, Commercial Litigation, 2020). 

She is bright, responsive and able to quickly absorb huge amounts of detail.” (Legal 500, Commercial Litigation, 2021).

She always delivers to the highest standards and is carving out an excellent practice and portfolio of cases.” (Legal 500, Commercial Litigation, 2022)

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 has extensive experience of disputes emerging from Russia and the CIS, including Bilateral Investment Treaty claims against the Russian Federation; claims involving VTB Capital Plc ([2018] EWHC 169 (Comm)) and JSC VTB Bank; and the Sergei Pugachev litigation. 

Rachel also accepts appointments as an arbitrator.

Rachel’s recent work includes:

  • Acting with Neil Kitchener QC for Defendants to a £25 million debt claim achieving dismissal of the claim following material non-disclosure by the Claimants on an ex parte application: [2021] EWHC 1415 (Comm) [2021] 6 WLUK 12
  • Acting with Richard Boulton QC for claimant investors in commercial real estate in four Bilateral Investment Treaty claims against the Russian Federation under UNCITRAL rules 
  • Acting with Stuart Isaacs QC and David Cavender QC for the defendants in two arbitrations concerning investments of over USD $1.5 billion in Indian real estate funds
  • Acting as sole counsel for Maze sarl, a Luxembourg provider of corporate services, defending claims under Luxembourg law arising out of the sale of Bulgaria’s largest telecommunications business Vivacom, at a five day trial of preliminary issues of Luxembourg law in the Commercial Court in December 2017: [2018] EWHC 169 (Comm)
  • Advising Seaway Heavy Lifting Offshore Contractors BV on its contractual arrangements regarding the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Project
  • Acting (with Stuart Isaacs QC) for Stuart Wall against The Royal Bank of Scotland in one of The Lawyer’s Top 20 cases to watch in 2017. Mr Wall owned the Opal Property Group, once the UK’s third largest provider of student accommodation. Mr Wall claimed over £600 million in damages suffered as a result of RBS’s fraudulent misrepresentations, breaches of contract and negligence. The case concerned claims of swap mis-selling by RBS, allegations against RBS’s Global Restructuring Group, and allegations of LIBOR manipulation. The case was listed for a 12 week trial in the Commercial Court starting in October 2017, but settled shortly before trial
  • Acting (with Anthony de Garr Robinson QC) for the former shareholders of Fandstan Electric Group Ltd in relation to claims arising out of the £130 million sale of their company to Wabtec Corporation
  • Acting (with Alain Choo Choy QC) for the Russian bank JSC VTB Bank in its dispute with the large Russian coal mining business Mechel OAO, concerning breaches of two syndicated loan facilities under which Mechel owed VTB and other banks over US$ 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)