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Practice Summary

Tamara Kagan’s practice covers the broad spectrum of commercial and company work in litigation and international arbitration.  She has experience in heavy, complex and high value claims and in advising and appearing as sole counsel before the High Court (including the Commercial, QBD, London Mercantile, Chancery and Administrative Court divisions) and various County Courts.  Tamara has also appeared (led) before the Court of Appeal.  She also has significant experience of international arbitrations under the LCIA and ICC rules.  Her areas of expertise include commercial fraud, arbitration, banking, company law, jurisdiction and choice of law.

Notable recent cases include: acting in month-long LCIA Proceedings in a claim for £350m concerning high-profile allegations of fraud against an Indian real estate developer and in related proceedings in the Isle of Man involving a first instance jurisdiction challenge and subsequent appeal; appearing for Galasys plc before the Commercial Court in a multi-jurisdictional dispute (Malaysia, Jersey and England) and obtaining (as sole counsel, against leader and junior opposition) an interim injunction concerning certain the composition of the company’s board pending the resolution of related, expedited proceedings in Jersey; and for the intended claimant in relation to a high value Commercial Court claim concerning complex derivative products.

Historic involvements have included the high profile Russian oligarch dispute: Berezovsky v Abramovich (at a London city law firm) and in First Subsea Limited v Balltec Limited [2014] EWHC 866 (Ch). The latter, involving long and bitterly fought Chancery proceedings which culminated in a largely successful five week trial defending claims of breaches of contract, unlawful means conspiracy and breaches of fiduciary duty made against former directors, employees and/or subcontractors of the claimant who were alleged to have diverted business opportunities from it.  Aspects of Norris J’s Judgment are currently the subject of an appeal scheduled for February 2017.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Tamara practised commercial litigation at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York.  Her New York practice focused on complex and multi-jurisdictional disputes, and her experience included representing Goldman Sachs in litigation arising out of the Delphi plan of reorganisation and Philips in its long-running contractual and IP disputes with Imation (formerly 3M).  Tamara has a keen interest in multi-jurisdictional disputes, particularly those with US law elements to them and she advises on issues of New York law.

Tamara is a member of the Bars of New York and Ontario (Canada).