Seohyung is a commercial litigator and arbitration practitioner focusing on civil fraud and asset tracing, professional liability, disciplinary and regulatory claims, insurance and construction. As of 2023, she is ranked as a Rising Star by the Legal 500 in Civil Fraud.
She regularly acts as a junior in heavyweight commercial disputes while also developing her practice as an advocate, having appeared led and unled in the High Court, as well as a number of international tribunals.
Prior to joining Chambers, Seohyung was a judicial assistant to Lord Justice David Richards (as he was then) in the Court of Appeal where she assisted in the preparation of a number of high-profile appeals.
Seohyung studied Maths and Literature at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Outstanding Achievement Award), a Masters in Social Anthropology at the University of Oxford (Distinction, highest mark of the year for dissertation), and an LLM at Harvard Law School.
For examples of her recent and ongoing work, please see the individual practice areas below.
Seohyung is frequently instructed in high profile commercial disputes, a number of which involve allegations of fraud, including conspiracy, deceit, knowing receipt, dishonest assistance and the payment and receipt of bribery/secret commissions. Seohyung is familiar with injunctions and interlocutory applications in the commercial and civil fraud context, including security for costs, pre-action disclosure, Norwich Pharmacal applications.
Seohyung has a degree in maths and is at ease handling complex expert evidence and all things numbers including forensic accountancy evidence, financial projections and valuations, complex financial and banking instruments and transactions.
Featured Commercial & Civil Fraud cases
Seohyung has significant experience in international arbitration having worked at both Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s international arbitration team in Paris and Fietta LLP in London before coming to the bar. She is familiar with many of the institutional rules, including ICC, ICSID, LCIA and UNCITRAL, and is frequently instructed as junior counsel in high-profile, high-value disputes, involving English law, foreign law and international law.
Seohyung has experience of a range of insurance disputes, including coverage dispute and subrogated claims, which ties in with her expertise in general commercial matters as well as professional negligence and construction disputes. She is familiar with aggregation issues, attachment and notification of claims.
Featured Insurance cases
Seohyung is regularly instructed in professional liability claims. In particular she has acted for or against solicitors, accountants, auditors, financial advisers, including pension advisers, insurance brokers and IT professionals.
Featured Professional Negligence cases
Seohyung is experienced in acting and advising in construction and IT disputes with complex contractual arrangements and factual matrices. Her background in maths and science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology gives her particular advantage.
Featured Construction and IT Disputes cases
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