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Practice Summary

Sophie undertakes a wide range of commercial work in both litigation and arbitration. As well as acting as sole counsel, Sophie has experience of being led in substantial, complex and high-value litigation in the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. 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.

Sophie is recommended in Chambers & Partners 2021 (Commercial Litigation) "She is positive, proactive, brilliant and determined when advancing her client's case." "You can rely on her to pick up absolutely everything, and she has good commercial judgement."​ Chambers & Partners 2020 (Commercial Litigation) "Fantastic and she gets across documents very quickly."  "She's a very intelligent and sharp-witted barrister who is very hard working."  Chambers & Partners 2019 (Commercial Litigation - up and coming juniors) "Has a careful eye and an incredible memory for detail in evidence. She stands out for her ability to get on top of a difficult case quickly." "Sophie is extremely thorough, straight-talking and succinct” and Chambers & Partners 2018 (Commercial Litigation - up and coming juniors) "Impresses with her ability to understand and contextualise information very quickly."  "Offers a first rate service, and is good in terms of her commitment to the case and accessibility."

Sophie was listed as one of the ‘Top Ten Under 8 Years’ Call’ for Commercial Litigation in Legal 500 2018 ("conscientious, courteous and intelligent.") and Legal 500 2017 (“very thoughtful, focused and extremely hardworking.")

Current & recent cases include:

  • Marex Financial Limited v Carlos Sevilleja Garcia (Supreme Court) [2020] UKSC 31
    For the successful appellant (with George Bompas QC) in a rare 7-panel hearing concerning the proper scope and application of the rule against the recovery of reflective loss. The Supreme Court held unanimously that claims by unsecured creditors are not barred by such rule. You can view the Judgment for First Intsance here, Court of Appeal here and Supreme Court here.
  • Danish Customs and Tax Administration v Solo Capital Partners & Ors (Commercial Court)
    For the Danish Customs and Tax Administration (with Michael Fealy QC, Jamie Goldsmith QC and Sam O'Leary) in high profile US$ 1.5 billion claims against 98 defendants arising out of an alleged international conspiracy to deceive the authority. The claims are pleaded under English law, alternatively Danish law.
  • KMG International NV v Melanie Ann Chen & Anor (Commercial Court)
    For the Dutch claimant (with Alain Choo Choy QC and Anna Dilnot), in obtaining a WFO against a former director and her vehicle in proceedings for compensation in respect of the unlawful dissipation of assets. 
  • Edgeworth Capital Luxembourg Sàrl v Aabar Investments PJS (Commercial Court)
    For Aabar, a subsidiary of an Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund (with Sonia Tolaney QC and James MacDonald) successfully defending proceedings brought by a Robert Tchenguiz-related entity concerning sums due in excess of €100 million and the enforcement of security rights sought by Aabar under contracts concerning loan and other interests relating to the financing of the Spanish headquarters of Banco Santander in Madrid, and alleged related oral joint venture contracts. 

Historically, Sophie has acted and/or advised in a number of market-leading cases, including: McGraw-Hill International (now known as S&P Global UK Limited) v Deutsche Apotheker & Ors (Commercial Court) (for investors in a large and complex dispute (ultimately settled) 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); Claimants v Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd & Ors (Queen’s Bench Division) (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); and 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) (for D2, defending claims (ultimately settled) worth US$ 800 million arising out of 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 having generated considerable interim proceedings including the leading Court of Appeal judgment on the meaning of CPR 81.4(3)).

In 2007, Sophie was a stagiaire in the Cabinet of the late Advocate General Dámaso Ruiz-Jarabo Colomer, European Court of Justice (Luxembourg). Between 2010 and 2018, she has taught a variety of private and commercial law courses, including competition law at the University of Oxford, English contract law and French private law at King’s College London.