Annabel specialises in commercial litigation and arbitration, focussing principally on the areas of construction & engineering, international commercial arbitration and professional liability.

In recent years she has been rated as a leading junior in respect of construction work by Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500, being described as “an extremely hardworking practitioner, who has very good attention to detail”, “brings sense to very technical matters”, “is incredibly organised – she brings order to the team”, “another junior of whom great things are expected”, who is “bright and able”; ‘”straightforward, efficient, good at drafting and good on her feet.”  She has been noted for ‘doing work beyond her call’, being ‘very good on her feet’ and ‘excellent at getting things done’.

Recent international arbitration experience includes being led in an LCIA arbitration involving a European government in relation to a large IT dispute and being led in a claim by a joint venture in relation to a nuclear installation.

Annabel’s professional liability work includes claims against accountants, solicitors, engineers, architects, surveyors and financial advisers. She also has experience of large value multi-party construction claims and a wide variety of commercial disputes.

Annabel joined chambers in March 2004, having completed pupillage and spent a short period of time in practice at a mixed civil and commercial set of chambers in the Inner Temple. She read PPE at New College, Oxford, where she was a scholar and obtained a first class degree. She received the David Karmel Entrance Award from Gray’s Inn whilst undertaking the CPE. Grays’ Inn also made her a Prince of Wales scholar during her Bar School year.

Areas of Expertise

Professional Liability
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Annabel has advised on and acted in cases involving a broad range of professionals and has advocacy experience at both High Court and County Court level.  She has experience of conducting cases on her own and also of acting as a member of a large team.

Accountants, Auditors & Actuaries

Annabel has experience of acting for both small and large firms of accountants, including:

  • Junior Counsel in relation to a claim against a large firm of accountants in relation to a film finance scheme.
  • Defending accountants accused of negligent auditing of management accounts.
  • Acting for a claimant regarding negligent capital gains tax advice.  Settled at mediation.
Construction Professionals

Chambers & Partners has rated Annabel as a leading junior in respect of construction work in 2008, 2009 and 2010, as has the Legal 500 in 2011.  She has substantial experience of acting in claims relating to design, contract administration and inspection of works, including:

  • Successfully defending engineers accused of negligent inspection of works to upgrade hospital pipework infrastructure.
  • Defending architects accused of negligent design.  Obtained favourable costs orders during case management hearing resulting in favourable settlement.
  • Defending architects accused of negligent administration of contract (service of withholding notices).
Financial Services Professionals

Annabel has advised claimants and defendants involved in claims alleging negligent financial advice.  She has successfully applied to strike out a claim against financial advisers regarding endowment and mortgage protection policies.

Lawyers

Annabel has substantial experience of defending solicitors accused of negligent conduct of a wide variety of matters including:

  • Successfully defending solicitors accused of negligently handling matrimonial proceedings.   5-day trial in High Court before Plender J: Burke v. Chapman & Chubb [2008] EWHC 341 (QB).
  • Successful strike-out of claim against solicitors relating to conduct of criminal proceedings.
  • Junior Counsel (to Bernard Livesey QC) in quantum proceedings relating to negligent conduct of a substantial personal injury claim.  Settled before trial.

She has provided advice on liability and quantum in numerous claims relating to solicitors’ conduct of (and in particular “under settlement of”) personal injury claims.

Surveyors & Valuers

Annabel has advised claimants and defendants in relation to negligent surveys and valuations.  She has acted for the claimant in a claim relating to a negligent survey of residential property which settled shortly before trial.

Construction & Engineering
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Recognised by both Chambers & Partners and Legal 500, Annabel is described as an “incredibly hardworking and…highly effective advocate”, “doing work beyond her call”, “straightforward, efficient, good at drafting and good on her feet”, “a junior who has enjoyed significant success in recent years” and as “very good on her feet and excellent at getting things done”.

Annabel has dealt with claims against or involving a number of different construction professionals including architects and engineers.  She has acted for both claimants and defendants and conducted trials at High Court and County Court level. She also has experience of adjudication.   She has experience of conducting cases on her own and also of working as part of a large team.  Examples of her work include:

  • Acting for Multiplex in a series of adjudications relating to the construction of the new Wembley Stadium.
  • Working as part of a large team handling an arbitration concerning a dispute between consortium members building an energy station in Riyadh.
  • Acting for hotel owners involved in a dispute with a chartered designer.  5-day trial before HHJ Coulson QC in the TCC: Nigel Witham Ltd v. Smith [2007] EWHC 3027 (TCC).  Praised for cross-examination of a key witness.
Commercial Dispute Resolution
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Annabel has acted in a wide variety of commercial disputes.  A flavour of her experience is provided by the following cases:

  • Junior Counsel (led by Justin Fenwick QC) in a partnership dispute before the Court of Appeal: Julienne Rowlands v. Paul Simon Graham Hodson [2009] EWCA Civ 1042.
  • Successfully defending manufacturer from allegations of supply of defective vehicle as part of a 5-party case.
  • Successfully defending a high-street bank from allegations that it wrongfully debited a substantial amount of money from a personal bank account.
  • Junior Counsel (led by Bob Moxon Browne QC) in a dispute concerning the supply of helium gas for balloon rides: Hi-Flyers Ltd v. Linde Gas UK Ltd [2004] EWHC 105 (QB).
International Arbitration
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Annabel has a growing international arbitration practice. Recent examples of her work include:

  • Acting as junior counsel (led by Roger Stewart QC and Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC) for a European Government in an LCIA arbitration concerning a very high value and complex IT contract.
  • Acting as junior counsel (led by Roger Stewart QC and Anneliese Day QC) in a claim by a joint venture in relation to a nuclear installation.

Chambers & Partners has rated Annabel as a leading junior in respect of construction from 2008 to date.

Qualifications & Memberships

Annabel is a member of the PNBA, TECBAR and COMBAR. She is an editor of Jackson & Powell on Professional Liability.

B.A (Hons) (Oxon) (First Class) CPE

VAT registration number: 815519233