Year of call: 2013
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Emmanuel specialises in commercial law in both international arbitration and litigation. His practice covers civil fraud, banking, professional negligence, and technology. His cases often involve jurisdictional issues and conflicts of laws. He regularly acts in applications for injunctions and other interim remedies.

Emmanuel’s recent instructions include acting as a junior counsel in The Libyan Investment Authority v Société Générale defending claims that high-value investments in structured products were procured by bribery and undue influence in Gaddafi-era Libya. The case was identified as one of The Lawyer’s ‘Top 10 Cases of 2017’.

In 2015/16, Emmanuel was a Judicial Assistant to the Supreme Court (to Lords Toulson and Hughes) where he worked on high profile cases, including:

  • Belhaj and another v Straw and others [2017] 2 W.L.R. 456 concerning the ambit of the foreign act of state doctrine in the context of alleged breaches of international law.
  • Patel v Mirza [2016] 3 W.L.R. 399 which restated the test for the illegality defence.

He also acts in public and public/commercial matters generally on behalf of the Government and has an active pro-bono practice, regularly working with Chambers’ partner Advocates for International Development (A4ID).


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Emmanuel is currently on part-time secondment to the litigation funder Augusta Ventures where he is providing advice on arbitration claims ranging from energy disputes to investor state arbitrations.

Emmanuel’s international arbitration experience covers prospects advice as well as arbitration related court applications including:

  • Assisting a senior member of chambers in a dispute arising out of project finance provided by a major international development bank.
  • Advising on options for resisting enforcement of an Investment Treaty arbitral award allegedly obtained by fraud.
  • Providing public international law advice for an environmentalist group in a West African state which was challenging a large infrastructure project on environmental grounds.
  • Advising in relation to an anti-suit injunction under section 44 of the Arbitration Act.
  • Advising in relation to investor state arbitrations.

Emmanuel’s litigation practice includes:

  • The Libyan Investment Authority v Société Générale & Ors (2017) – acting (as part of a counsel team led by Adrian Beltrami QC and Anthony de Garr Robinson QC) for Société Générale in one of The Lawyer’s ‘Top Cases of 2017’. The Libyan sovereign wealth fund alleged that investments in structured products totalling circa USD 2bn were procured by bribery and the exertion of undue influence on its executives in Gaddafi-era Libya. The claim was settled in the first week of an eleven-week trial in the Commercial Court.
  • Acting in a matter before the Commercial Court (led by Matthew Parker) concerning conspiracy to injure and other economic torts arising indirectly from the Lonrho v Fayed litigation.
  • Being instructed by Slaughter and May on the counsel team to the skeleton argument in a billion-dollar commercial dispute involving allegations of defamation, conspiracy and fraud.
  • Assisting in an appeal to the Supreme Court in a PPI and consumer credit matter concerning undisclosed commission.
  • Generally assisting senior members of chambers in multijurisdictional commercial disputes relating to insurance, telecommunications, financial regulation and banking, including for example, advice on the impact of The Solvency 2 Regulation 2015 on certain ISPVs.

In his unled work, Emmanuel advises and drafts pleadings on a wide variety of commercial disputes arising out of retail banking, bank lending, fraud, and agency fees.  He regularly appears in county court applications for strike out and summary judgment.  He has a relatively high level of unled cross-examination experience for his year of call.

As a Judicial Assistant to the Supreme Court, Emmanuel worked on the following commercial law cases:

  • Patel v Mirza [2016] 3 W.L.R. 399 which restated the test for the illegality defence.
  • Willers v Joyce [2016] 3 W.L.R. 477 on the liability for maliciously prosecuting a civil claim.
  • Versloot Deredfging v HDI Gerling Industrie Versicherung AG [2016] 3 W.L.R. 543 on the application of the fraudulent claim rule to a fraudulent device in an insurance claim.

Emmanuel’s publications include an article for the Butterworths Journal of International Banking and Finance Law entitled “Good faith in the aftermath of Yam Seng”.

Emmanuel acts in public law matters and is a member of the Government Legal Department’s (GLD) pool for junior barristers. His work includes:

  • Providing public international law advice for an environmentalist group in a West African state who were challenging a large infrastructure project on environmental grounds.
  • Acting for GLD on the Lord Harris Review concerning self-inflicted deaths in prison.
  • Visiting Richmond Hill Prison in Grenada as part of a pro bono project with Chambers’ partners Advocates for International Development (A4ID), the Global Alliance for Legal Aid (GALA) and the Grenada Human Rights Organisation (GHRO).
  • Acting under A4ID in other prison related matters.
  • Acting for the GLD in a procurement matter.
  • Assisting senior members of chambers in advising GLD on the impact of a new financial services regulation on a specific aspect of the UK’s financial services industry.
  • Advising Traidcraft on potential legislation to regulate supply chains more fairly and effectively.

As a Judicial Assistant to the Supreme Court, Emmanuel worked on the following public law cases:

  • Belhaj and another v Straw and others [2017] 2 W.L.R. 456 concerning the ambit of the foreign act of state doctrine and indirect impleader in state immunity.
  • Al-Waheed v Ministry of Defence [2017] UKSC 2 about the application of art. 5(1) of the ECHR to a power of detention in a non-international armed conflict.
  • Rahmatullah v Ministry of Defence and another [2017] 2 W.L.R. 287 concerning the doctrine of Crown act of state.
  • Arorangi v Minister of the Cook Islands National Superannuation Fund [2017] 1 W.L.R. 99 concerning the constitutionality of a Cook Islands pension scheme, in particular whether it discriminated against migrant workers.
  • United Policyholders Group and others v Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago [2016] 1 W.L.R. 3383 concerning the alleged legitimate expectations arising out of a series of assurances made by the government of Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Oxford, BA (Hons), Classics, First Class
  • Cambridge, BA (Hons), Senior Status Law, accelerated course, (Top 10 First in Part I)
  • BPTC, College of Law
  • Regent's Park Prize, Oxford (for Classics, performance in Finals)
  • Wolfson Prize, Cambridge (for Law, performance in Part I)
  • Lord Denning Scholarship, Lincolns Inn
  • Finalist of the De Smith Mooting Competition