Clara has a broad commercial practice, with a particular emphasis on shipping and private international law. Since joining Chambers in 2014, she has appeared in the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal, and the High Court, as well as in the DIFC Courts and LCIA and LMAA arbitration. Clara’s recent work as sole counsel includes obtaining substantial security for Bank of Cyprus in multi-million pound fraud litigation (the judgment can be found here); while recent led work includes successfully defending a well-known commodities trader against a US$17 million sale of goods claim, and defeating a s.67 challenge to an arbitrator’s jurisdiction brought by a state-owned oil company. Clara is one of the most junior appointees to the Attorney General’s C Panel, as a result of which she has also gained experience of public law and employment matters.

Clara has acted in a number of high-profile cases, including the OW Bunker litigation, described by Lloyd’s List as “the most spectacular shipping legal imbroglio so far this century”; Lakatamia v Nobu Su [2014] EWHC 3611 (Comm), a US$80 million claim on an oral contract for the purchase of derivatives; and Al-Mojil v Protiviti, a US$450 million professional negligence claim due to be tried in the DIFC Courts in May.

Clara read History at Lincoln College, Oxford (First Class). She completed the GDL at City University (Distinction) and the BPTC at BPP Law School (Outstanding, top of year). In 2012, she returned to Oxford to read for the BCL (Distinction). Following the successful completion of her pupillage in Chambers, Clara has acted as junior to a number of silks, including Head of Chambers Gavin Kealey QC, Robert Bright QC, David Bailey QC, David Allen QC, SJ Phillips QC, Siobán Healy QC, Andrew Wales QC, Rebecca Sabben-Clare QC, Jawdat Khurshid QC, and James Brocklebank QC.

If you are interested in instructing Clara, please contact the clerks. Clara is happy to accept pro bono instructions in appropriate cases.