We are delighted to announce that Melody Ihuoma and Seohyung Kim have accepted tenancy offers following the successful completion of their pupillages

News & Judgments
1 October 2019

We are delighted to announce that Melody Ihuoma and Seohyung Kim have accepted tenancy offers following the successful completion of their pupillages.

Head of Chambers, Mark Cannon QC said “Congratulations to Melody and Seohyung on becoming tenants after their successful pupillage here.  Both are exceptionally able and deserve the very considerable success which I am sure they will enjoy as members of 4 New Square”.

Throughout pupillage, Melody has assisted her supervisors in a number of high-value commercial disputes; earlier this year, she contributed to closing submissions for conjoined ICC and LCIA arbitrations for claims for breach of fiduciary duty and dishonest assistance. She also assisted with a shareholder dispute which concerns the interaction between principles of contractual interpretation, the law of agency and the parole evidence rule. 

Professional negligence is another area of special interest for Melody. In February, she assisted her supervisor with an advice on limitation for a claim against a pension scheme advisor for the loss of a chance to bring loss of a chance claims against that advisor and other advisors. Her other work includes an advice, for her supervisor, on evidence, liability and mitigation in a dispute about negligently drafted mirror wills. Recently, she was instructed in a claim by a heritage planning consultancy for unpaid fees where it was alleged that the services had been carried out negligently.

Melody read law in 2012 as an undergraduate at Balliol College, University of Oxford. She returned to Oxford in 2016 for the Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) and achieved distinctions in Philosophical Foundations of the Common Law and in a dissertation (“Subjectivity and Objectivity in the Law of Contract Damages”). She has also published on the standard of care in the tort of negligence (“A Tour of the Tort of Negligence” (2016) 32 Professional Negligence 137).​

Seohyung is developing a broad practice spanning the full range of Chambers’ areas of expertise, including international arbitration, commercial chancery and civil fraud, professional negligence and sports law.

Seohyung frequently attends hearings in the High Court and County Court and assists with advisory work. She has particular 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 has recently been instructed as junior counsel in a £500m ICC arbitration in a dispute raising issues of force majeure and corruption.

As a pupil Seohyung assisted on a wide range of matters, including in Filatona Trading Ltd v Navigator Equities Ltd [2019] EWHC 172 (Comm), an LCIA arbitration relating to a construction project in South Asia, and urgent applications including for freezing and other interim relief at the High Court.

Prior to joining Chambers, Seohyung worked at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Fietta LLP, and as a judicial assistant to Lord Justice David Richards in the Court of Appeal.

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.

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