Marie-Claire’s practice spans commercial law, civil fraud, construction, insurance, professional liability and public law. She has particular experience in high profile, complex and sensitive disputes.

Recent instructions include:

  • Acting on behalf of a group of Bereaved, Survivors and Residents in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.
  • Successfully defending, with George Spalton QC, a high profile fraud claim brought against the Government of the British Virgin Islands.
  • Acting, with Jonathan Hough QC, in the SKAT litigation, involving almost 100 defendants and 20 separate legal teams, anticipated to be one of the largest trials ever heard.

Marie-Claire studied at Harvard Law School, Oxford University, University of Paris II Pantheon-Assas and Trinity College Dublin. She has taught law as a visiting tutor at the London School of Economics and King’s College London. She is an Editor of the Ninth Edition of Jackson & Powell on Professional Liability.

Further detail on Marie-Claire’s expertise is set out below.

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Areas of Expertise

Commercial law

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Instructions include:

  • Acting, with Nicholas Davidson QC, in defence of a claim for fraudulent breach of directors’ duties and knowing receipt.
  • Acting, with Graham Chapman QC, in a multi-million dollar breach of trust claim against a professional trustee.
  • Assisting George Spalton QC in an application for an anti-suit injunction to restrain the continuation of foreign proceedings in breach of an arbitration agreement.
  • Acting, with George Spalton QC in high profile claim against the Government of the British Virgin Islands relating to an airline project.
  • Acting, with Jonathan Hough QC, in the SKAT litigation (listed as one of “The Lawyer” magazine’s Top 20 Cases of 2021).
  • Acting, with George Spalton QC, as junior counsel in a deceit claim brought by a group of financial institutions based in the USA/Cayman Islands/Luxembourg/Jersey against a group of Turkish companies and related individuals.
  • Assisting Neil Hext QC in proceedings for a freezing injunction in respect of misappropriation of company funds.
  • Acting as part of a large counsel team in a USD 2 billion claim brought by the Libyan Investment Authority against Société Générale, seeking rescission of various financial transactions (listed as one of “The Lawyer” magazine’s Top 20 Cases of 2017).
  • Acting, with Justin Fenwick QC and Benjamin Wood, in a claim involving allegedly negligent drafting of an all-monies clause in a company guarantee.
  • Acting as sole counsel in a claim relating to allegedly negligently drafted shareholders’ agreement.
  • Acting as sole counsel in a claim relating to allegedly negligent advice given on the sale of a business as a going concern.
  • Advising on limitation in claim relating to allegedly negligent advice on rent review provisions in a commercial lease.

Civil Fraud

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Instructions include:

  • Acting, with Nicholas Davidson QC, in defence of claim for fraudulent breach of director’s duties and knowing receipt.
  • Acting, with George Spalton QC in high profile claim against the Government of the British Virgin Islands relating to an airline project.
  • Acting, with Jonathan Hough QC, in the SKAT litigation (for a non-fraud defendant) (listed as one of “The Lawyer” magazine’s Top 20 Cases of 2021).
  • Acting, with George Spalton QC, as junior counsel in a deceit claim brought by a group of financial institutions based in the USA/Cayman Islands/Luxembourg/Jersey against a group of Turkish companies and related individuals.
  • Acting as part of a large counsel team in a USD 2 billion claim brought by the Libyan Investment Authority against Société Générale, seeking rescission of various financial transactions (listed as one of “The Lawyer” magazine’s Top 20 Cases of 2017).
  • Assisting Neil Hext QC, in proceedings for a freezing injunction in respect of misappropriation of company funds.

International arbitration

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Instructions include:

  • Successfully defending high profile claim against the Government of the British Virgin Islands relating to an airline project, led by George Spalton QC.
  • Acting in a construction claim arising out of Middle East based project.
  • Acting as Tribunal Secretary to Chairman of an ICC Tribunal in connection with a major construction project in East Africa (FIDIC Yellow Book).
  • Assisting George Spalton QC in an application for an anti-suit injunction to restrain the continuation of foreign proceedings in breach of an arbitration agreement

Professional Liability

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Instructions include:

  • Acting, with Justin Fenwick QC, in proceedings involving a potential breach of confidence claim against a barrister.
  • Acting, with Sian Mirchardani QC, in defence of claim brought against a barrister in respect of allegedly negligent conduct of Employment Tribunal proceedings.
  • Acting, with Graham Chapman QC, on a multi-million dollar breach of trust claim against a professional trustee.
  • Acting, with Jonathan Hough QC, in the SKAT litigation (listed as one of “The Lawyer” magazine’s Top 20 Cases of 2021).
  • Acting, with Neil Hext QC, in defence of a multi-million pound claim against insurance brokers.
  • Acting, with Ben Hubble QC, as junior counsel in Various Claimants v Scott Fowler Solicitors (a firm); Wilsons Solicitors (2007) LLP Law Offices UK Limited t/a Wilsons Solicitors in defence of a large-scale negligence claim concerning advice given by solicitors on off-plan property transactions.
  • Acting, with Ben Hubble QC, in Ocean Finance & Mortgages Limited v Oval Insurance Broking Limited v Senior Wright Limited [2016] Lloyd’s I.R. 319 for a producing broker in a Part 20 claim against a placing broker in relation to allegations of a failure to advise a mortgage broker to make a blanket notification to insurers.
  • Acting, with Patrick Lawrence QC and Clare Dixon, in defence of a multi-million pound valuer’s negligence claim.
  • Acting, with Justin Fenwick QC and Benjamin Wood, in a claim involving allegedly negligent drafting of an all-monies clause in a company guarantee.
  • Advising on potential claim against solicitors in respect of an allegedly negligently drafted shareholders agreement.
  • Advising on limitation in respect of claim brought against solicitors for allegedly negligent advice on rent review provisions in a commercial lease.
  • Acting as sole counsel in the defence of a claim brought against a barrister in respect of the provision of allegedly negligent advice on a personal injury claim.
  • Acting as sole or junior counsel in a range of claims made against solicitors, independent financial advisers, mortgage brokers and managing agents/estate agents.

Insurance

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Instructions include:

  • Advising, with Neil Hext QC, on claims arising out of business interruption coverage issues relating to the Covid-19 pandemic in respect of a variety of institutions including restaurants, hotels, golf clubs, laundries and nursing homes.
  • Advising a health and safety consultancy professional services firm on business interruption coverage issues relating to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Advising a breakdown recovery and roadside assistance company on business interruption coverage issues relating to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Advising on the regulatory impact of the Insurance Distribution Directive.
  • Advising on coverage issues under the NHBC Buildmark Policy.
  • Assisting David Turner QC in drafting a written opinion on English reinsurance law for use in Dutch proceedings.
  • Acting, with Ben Hubble QC, in Ocean Finance & Mortgages Limited v Oval Insurance Broking Limited v Senior Wright Limited [2016] Lloyd’s Rep. I.R. 319 in a Part 20 claim by producing broker against a placing broker in relation to allegations of a failure to advise a mortgage broker to make a blanket notification to insurers.

Construction

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Instructions include:

  • Acting as junior counsel in Phase 2 of the Grenfell Inquiry on behalf of Bereaved, Survivors and Residents Core Participant Group Team 1A.
  • Acting, with Sian Mirchandani QC, in a construction adjudication brought against civil and structural engineers in respect of allegedly negligent drainage design.
  • Acting, with Lucy Colter and Benjamin Fowler, in a construction claim brought against civil engineering sub-contractors in respect of allegedly negligent piling design.
  • Acting as part of team of counsel in a construction claim arising out of Middle East based project.
  • Advising on a potential claim against a subcontractor in respect of allegedly negligent installation of a domestic heating system.
  • Acting as Tribunal Secretary to Chairman of an ICC Tribunal in connection with a major construction project in East Africa (FIDIC Yellow Book).
  • Acting as sole counsel in a claim for breach of contract/negligence brought against a private building control inspector in relation to an alleged failure to advise of non-compliance with Building Regulations.
  • Acting as sole counsel in a negligence claim brought against an architect.

Public law and Public Inquiries

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Instructions include:

  • Acting as junior counsel in Phase 2 of the Grenfell Inquiry on behalf of Bereaved, Survivors and Residents Core Participant Group Team 1A.

Qualifications & Memberships

LLB (Ling. Franc.), Trinity College Dublin (First Class Honours); BCL, University of Oxford (Distinction); LLM, Harvard Law School; BPTC.

Marie-Claire is a member of NAWIC, YIAG, TECBAR and PNBA.

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