Pippa has a broad commercial practice encompassing general commercial litigation, professional liability, construction, international arbitration, costs, insurance and sports work.  Pippa is recognised by Legal 500 (2017) as a Leading Junior in Sports Law and Costs where she is described as “a rising star, who achieves good results against more experienced opponents” , “efficient at understanding the brief – she has no weaknesses”. More detail regarding Pippa’s experience in particular areas can be found by following the links to the various practice areas.

Before coming to the Bar Pippa read Ancient and Modern History at Worcester College, Oxford where she was a scholar.  She then took a year out working in the Gambia for the Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa.  Pippa completed the GDL at City University where she obtained a Distinction and was a finalist in the internal mooting competition judged by Lord Hoffmann.  Pippa was graded Outstanding on the BVC winning a Buchanan Prize from Lincoln’s Inn.  Lincoln’s Inn has also awarded her Hardwicke, Lord Denning and Levitt Scholarships.

Areas of Expertise

Commercial Dispute Resolution
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Pippa’s commercial practice is broad and includes cases across a range of disputes in the United Kingdom and internationally.  She has experience of cases involving the supply of goods and services, banking and finance, energy, company law, guarantees, insurance and insolvency and bankruptcy.

 

Cases

LCIA arbitration regarding £800m IT systems contract

LCIA arbitration regarding £800m IT systems contract
Acting in an IT dispute concerning the production of betting databases
Acting in an IT dispute concerning the production of betting databases
Advising on choice of law and forum in a case relating to a collapsed time-share deal in Cape Verde
Advising on choice of law and forum in a case relating to a collapsed time-share deal in Cape Verde
Construction & Engineering
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Pippa has substantial experience of acting in construction and engineering disputes.  She has dealt with claims against or involving various different construction professionals including architects and engineers.  Pippa has been instructed in various disputes which have proceeded by way of adjudication.

 

Cases

Multi-party dispute regarding failed air-conditioning units

Multi-party dispute regarding failed air-conditioning units
High-value dispute by City Council against building contractor relating to curtain walling
High-value dispute by City Council against building contractor relating to curtain walling
Adjudication relating to solar panels

Case required consideration of changing government feed-in tariffs.

Adjudication relating to solar panels

Case required consideration of changing government feed-in tariffs.

Costs
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“Efficient at understanding the brief – she has no weaknesses.” – Legal 500, 2017: Costs

Pippa has been instructed in both inter-parties and solicitor-client disputes.  She has represented clients at CCMCs, assessment hearings and in applications and appeals involving points of principle.   She appears regularly in costs matters in the County Courts, Senior Courts Costs Office and High Court and has appeared before the Supreme Court’s costs officers.  She frequently appears against silks.

Pippa appeared as sole counsel against two QCs in a 14-day appeal relating to a solicitor and/or costs draftsmen’s misconduct in costs proceedings.

She was recently instructed (led by Dan Saoul) in a detailed assessment of a £16m bill of costs arising from a large intellectual property dispute.  The assessment was listed for 6 weeks but settled shortly before commencement.

Pippa has experience of cases concerning:

  • enforceability of CFAs
  • reasonableness and recoverability of ATE premiums
  • wasted costs applications
  • recoverability of fees when a client has instructed more than one firm of solicitors
  • costs budgeting
  • costs in the RTA Portal
  • setting aside default costs certificates
  • applications for assessments under section 70 of the Solicitors Act 1974
  • appeals against judicial exercise of discretion in respect of costs
  • Part 36
  • costs orders on discontinuance
  • solicitors’ liens
  • public funding
  • disallowance of costs on the grounds of misconduct / delay
  • provisional assessments and challenges to the same
  • solicitors’ failure to provide necessary costs information / inadequate retainer letters
  • costs orders for and against non-parties
  • litigation funding

She has some experience of drafting in costs matters.

In conjunction with other members of Chambers, Pippa drafts and edits Lexis Nexis’s costs practice notes.

Cases

Woodburn v Thomas

Master McCloud gave guidance on the practicalities of detailed assessment in budgeted cases.

[2017] EWHC B16 (Costs)
[2017] EWHC B16 (Costs)
Woodburn v Thomas

Master McCloud gave guidance on the practicalities of detailed assessment in budgeted cases.

Insurance
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Pippa is regularly instructed to provide advice on and to act in insurance matters.  She has experience of claims involving:

  • material non-disclosure and misrepresentation;
  • incorporation and construction of terms;
  • notification;
  • waiver;
  • aggregation;
  • allocation of liability between insurers;
  • fraudulent claims;
  • minimum terms for indemnity insurance for various professional bodies.

 

International Arbitration
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Pippa accepts instructions in disputes proceeding by way of arbitration.

Pippa has been instructed as part of a large team in an LCIA arbitration concerning a £800m contract for the design, development, testing and support of a complex IT system.

She has also been instructed in a commercial dispute relating to media rights in the European Court of Arbitration.

Professional Liability
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Professional liability forms a substantial part of Pippa’s practice.  Pippa has advised and acted for claimants and defendants in professional liability actions involving solicitors, barristers, accountants / auditors, IFAs, surveyors, insurance brokers, construction professionals and other professionals.

During pupillage Pippa assisted with the preparation of the Respondent’s case for the appeal to the Supreme Court in Jones v Kaney [2011] UKSC 13 (the case which abolished expert witness immunity from suit).

Accountants, Auditors & Tax Advisers

Pippa has substantial experience of claims for and against accountants, auditors and tax advisers.  Recent examples of her work include:

  • Acting in a claim in relation to negligent advice on the appropriate tax treatment of and legally effective route to effect a share repurchase by the company of a director’s shares.
  • Advising and acting for Singaporean auditors in relation to their potential liability in a substantial claim relating to allegations of failing to detect employee fraud in a large Singaporean company.
  • Acting for accountants in a case relating to tax treatment of partnership property.
  • Acting for accountants in a case relating VAT registration.
  • Acting for claimants in claims relating to a SDLT mitigation scheme which was retrospectively outlawed.
  • Various cases relating to failed tax mitigation schemes.
  • Acting (as junior Counsel) in a case relating to mis-selling of film finance investments.
Construction Professionals

Pippa is experienced at acting for and against construction professionals.  Her practice in this area is complemented by her “pure” construction practice.

 

Lawyers

Pippa has acted in cases involving solicitors, barristers, costs draftsmen / lawyers and notaries.

She has experience of cases involving conveyancing, lost litigation, privilege, underlying family and criminal proceedings, probate and (wasted) costs.  She has advised on the tracing of assets and in various claims brought by the estate and/or beneficiaries.  Pippa’s experience in professional liability is complemented by her costs practice.

Recent examples of her work include:

  • Acting (led by Roger Stewart QC and Graham Chapman QC) on behalf of a hedge fund suing the French office of an international law firm for breaches of duty relating to the enforcement of a Eur 20m loan.
  • Acting (led by Ben Hubble QC and Graham Chapman QC) for defendant solicitors alleged to have been negligent in performing the due diligence and verification of a company seeking public listing on the Alternative Investment Market.  The claim for $65m settled shortly before trial.
  • Appearing as sole counsel against two QCs in a 14-day appeal relating to a solicitor and/or costs draftsmen’s misconduct in costs proceedings.
  • Acting (as junior Counsel) in a claim relating to allegedly negligent advice provided by solicitors and Counsel in the context of Court of Protection proceedings.
  • Various successful strike out applications on behalf of barristers sued by former clients in criminal and civil proceedings.
  • Acting for a barrister alleged to have negotiated an unsuitable settlement of an ancillary relief claim at Court.
  • Successfully defending various wasted costs applications against lawyers.
  • Representing a claimant company suing its former solicitors for releasing the purchase funds for a commercial property without obtaining the necessary undertakings from the seller’s solicitors and without verifying the identity of those solicitors.
  • Advising in various lost litigation claims where opportunities for settlement and/or costs savings were missed during the course of the underlying claim.
  • Various instructions arising from claims by mortgage lenders against professionals where unpaid mortgage loans have resulted in a shortfall on the sale of the security.

Cases

Watson Farley & Williams v Ostrovizky

Acting (led by Ben Hubble QC) in a solicitor’s negligence case relating to investments in renewable energy projects...

[2014] EWHC 160 (QB), [2015] EWCA 457
[2014] EWHC 160 (QB), [2015] EWCA 457
Watson Farley & Williams v Ostrovizky

Acting (led by Ben Hubble QC) in a solicitor’s negligence case relating to investments in renewable energy projects in Greece.  This case proceeded to a two-week trial in the Queen’s Bench Division where the case against the solicitor was comprehensively dismissed: Watson Farley & Williams v Ostrovizky [2014] EWHC 160 (QB).  The decision was upheld by the Court of Appeal [2015] EWCA Civ 457.

Financial Services Professionals

Pippa has varied experience of claims against IFAs and other financial services professionals.  She has experience of claims relating to tax mitigation schemes, pensions, failures to implement client instructions and failures in relation to assessment of client risk appetite.

Insurance Brokers & Agents

Pippa has experience of bringing and defending claims against insurance brokers.  This is complemented by her practice in insurance law.  Her experience of such claims includes experience in relation to disclosure, notification of circumstances to insurers and negligent placing of insurance.

She has recently been involved in claims involving brokers of home, income protection and motor insurance.

Surveyors & Valuers

Pippa has significant experience of bringing and defending claims against surveyors and valuers.

Recent examples of her work include:

  • Defending a surveyor jointly instructed by the parties to perform a rent review valuation.
  • Various claims by banks relating to valuation of mortgage securities.
Property Damage
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Pippa has varied experience of property damage claims both in terms of recovery actions and in actions against letting agents said to be responsible for permitting such damage.  She has experience of private and public nuisance and Rylands v Fletcher claims.  Recent examples of her work include:

  • acting for a manufacturer of large oil tanks in a claim relating to a defective product alleged to have caused severe damage to a residential care home;
  • acting for a landlord in a claim relating to fire damage caused by a neighbouring property;
  • acting for a landlord in a claim relating to negligent servicing of a boiler which caused an oil leak;
  • acting for homeowners in a nuisance / negligence claim relating to subsidence allegedly caused by an oak tree in their garden;
  • acting for a homeowner in a claim against a major utilities company relating to a flood caused by negligent repairs carried out by their emergency team;
  • acting for a homeowner and her insurer in relation to a flood claim brought against both a building company and vendor of bathroom goods which settled shortly prior to trial;
  • acting in a claim for damage and business interruption losses on behalf of a business whose showroom was burned to the ground by an escape of hot embers from a garden fire;
  • acting for a homeowner and their insurer in a claim relating to the negligent installation of a new water pump which caused a major flood in the property.  The claim included losses relating to lost rent from prospective tenants;
  • acting for a farmer and his insurer claiming for significant damage to their farm as a result of a fire caused by an incinerator located on a neighbouring property;
  • defending a letting agent alleged to have negligently vetted tenants who converted a commercial property into a marijuana factory;
  • defending a letting agent alleged by the home-owners to have wrongly permitted tenants to keep pets in a property resulting in considerable animal damage to the property.  The matter proceeded to a two-day trial, with more than 10 witnesses for the claimant home-owners where it was successfully defended.
Sports Law
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“A rising star, who achieves good results against more experienced opponents.” – Legal 500, 2017: Sports 

Recognised as a Leading Sports Junior by Legal 500, Pippa has a sizeable sports law practice which includes acting for athletes, coaches and governing bodies.  She has experience of cases across the sports law spectrum, including matters involving selection, doping, funding, disciplinary, governance and contracts.  Her experience includes advising on and representing parties in contentious matters that proceed to hearings.  In addition, she has experience of advising on non-contentious issues and of drafting in a sports law context.

Examples of her work include:

  • Acting (led by Dan Saoul) in UKAD v Buttifant, a case which raised issues regarding intention and contamination.
  • Acting for a tennis player charged by the ITF with refusing or failing to provide a sample.
  • Acting in an FA Rule K arbitration for a respondent football club.
  • Acting in a claim arising from breaches of a host and promoter agreement relating to an international motor racing event.
  • Acting in a claim relating to the funding of a series of friendly matches involving a national football team.
  • Advising England Boxing on various legal issues, including challenges by boxers to bout results, selection disputes, trade mark infringement and membership. Pippa recently represented England Boxing at a full-day disciplinary tribunal hearing.
  • Acting (led by Dan Saoul) for a Welsh rugby player charged with an anti-doping offence. The case required detailed consideration of the factual and expert scientific expert and challenged the approach taken in various previous authorities to the interpretation of the 2015 WADA Code rules in relation to cheating.
  • Assisting and advising (with Dan Saoul) in respect of an athlete’s challenge to the refusal by Glasgow 2014 and the Home Office to allow the athlete to compete at the Commonwealth Games 2014 on the basis of a criminal conviction.
  • Advising the British Wrestling Association on various legal matters, including selection policies, its constitution and various governance issues, its Betting and Wagering Policy and on disputes regarding funding and rental relief.
  • Acting on behalf of a senior sports coach challenging a National Governing Body’s refusal to grant her the highest coaching certificate. This proceeded to a full-day hearing in front of an ad hoc tribunal panel. As part of its ruling, various National Governing Bodies have been required to re-write their appeals process for the top level coaching certificate.
  • Acting for athletes accused of doping offences and seeking to challenge their bans. Pippa has experience of acting for athletes charged under the 2009 and 2015 WADA Codes.

Pippa is willing to consider instructions on a pro bono basis where appropriate.

Qualifications & Memberships

Memberships – COMBAR, PNBA, SCL, TECBAR, YIAG, BASL

Education – B.A. (Oxon), Dip. Law (City)

Publications

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