James Ladbrook
    James Ladbrook
    Senior Practice Manager
    +44 (0)20 7419 6204
    Lyndon Tiller
    Lyndon Tiller
    Practice Manager
    +44 (0)20 7959 0895
    Contact the Practice Managers

    Jessica joined Chambers in 2021 upon the successful completion of her pupillage. She was supervised by Hugh Miall, Sarah Bayliss, Adam Cloherty and Matthew Watson, and gained a variety of commercial and chancery experience.

    Jessica welcomes instructions across all of Chambers’ core practice areas, including commercial disputes, civil fraud, insolvency, company, and trusts litigation.

    Prior to commencing pupillage, Jessica undertook a six month secondment at a leading offshore law firm in Guernsey.

    During pupillage, Jessica was involved in:

    • A four-day trial of a claim for breach of contract and unjust enrichment in the oil and gas industry.
    • Interim applications in a substantial multi-jurisdictional financial services case in the BVI.
    • An opposed application for permission to bring charity proceedings.
    • An application for an anti-suit injunction in the DIFC.

    Areas of experience

    Checked sections will be included in the PDF download.

    Select: All | None

    • Art, Cultural Property & Media

      During pupillage, Jessica gained experience in:

      • The approval of a settlement agreement in respect of a dispute between a well-known artist represented by a litigation friend and his former gallery.
      • A cross-border dispute as to the validity of sale of a valuable painting by an English gallery.
    • Aviation

      During pupillage, Jessica gained experience of a claim for the return of a deposit upon the failure of negotiations for the sale of several aircraft.

    • Banking and Financial Services

      During pupillage, Jessica gained experience in:

      • A substantial multi-jurisdictional financial services case in the BVI.
      • A claim against the guarantors of a syndicated loan in the DIFC.
    • Civil Fraud, Asset Tracing & Recovery

      During pupillage, Jessica gained experience in:

      • An appeal regarding the effect of a default judgment in a fraud claim against a third party.
      • An application for a freezing injunction.
      • A claim by beneficiaries against former trustees in Jersey for breach of trust.

      Prior to commencing pupillage, Jessica was involved in a substantial committal hearing arising out of a failure to comply with a disclosure order in a tracing claim (Kea Investments Ltd v Watson [2020] EWHC 2599 (Ch)).

    • Commercial Litigation

      During pupillage, Jessica gained experience of a range of commercial disputes across a variety of sectors, including:

      • A dispute between a luxury car brand and its franchisee in the MENA region.
      • An application for a mandatory injunction arising out of a share transfer agreement between two healthcare providers.
    • Company

      During pupillage, Jessica gained experience of a broad range of company law matters, including:

      • A claim against former directors of a company for breach of duty.
      • Advice on a share buy-back agreement.
    • Energy, Oil & Gas

      During pupillage, Jessica was involved in a four-day trial (with Edward Cumming QC) of a claim for breach of contract and unjust enrichment in the oil and gas industry.

      She also assisted Matthew Watson with preparation for a jurisdiction challenge to a claim in respect of oil and gas contracts in Liberia.

    • Insolvency

      During pupillage, Jessica gained experience in a number of both corporate and personal insolvency matters, including:

      • An application to set aside a statutory demand for a multi-million dollar debt (with Steven Thompson QC).
      • An application to remove joint liquidators.
    • International & Offshore

      During pupillage, Jessica was involved in:

      • A dispute concerning the enforcement of a multi-million dollar loan in the DIFC, including a jurisdiction challenge.
      • The enforcement in Gibraltar of a default judgment obtained in California bankruptcy proceedings.
    • Trusts, Probate & Estates

      During pupillage, Jessica gained experience of:

      • Applications regarding the construction of trust deeds, including (with Adam Cloherty) a hearing relating to the application of the Human Rights Act 1998 to the construction of a trust instrument.
      • Claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.
      • An application for the removal of an executor.

    Other information

    • Academic and Professional History

      BA, Classics (First Class), Selwyn College, Cambridge

      PGCE, Institute of Education

      GDL and BPTC, City University, London

    • Scholarships and Prizes

      Denning Scholarship – Lincoln’s Inn

      Sing Prize – Selwyn College, Cambridge

      Henry Arthur Thomas Prize – University of Cambridge