Rebecca is developing a broad commercial practice in line with Chambers’ profile. During pupillage, Rebecca worked under the supervision of Ian Wilson, Nicholas Craig and Rajesh Pillai. She assisted them and other members of Chambers on a range of disputes and advisory work across Chambers’ areas of expertise, particularly international arbitration, commercial contractual disputes, and banking and finance litigation. Rebecca has also been instructed in her own right to advise on complex issues of banking law and to act in a number of County Court applications.
Prior to joining the Bar, Rebecca was an Associate at White & Case in London, where she worked in international arbitration and general commercial litigation, including work on sovereign debt restructuring, project finance and bondholder disputes.
Before that, Rebecca was a solicitor at Mallesons Stephen Jaques in Sydney (now King & Wood Mallesons), and associate to Justice Kenneth Hayne AC of the High Court of Australia.
Rebecca attended Harvard Law School as one of Australia’s 2013 Frank Knox Fellows. Her LLM focused on public and commercial international law and she graduated with a Dean’s Scholar Prize.
Rebecca has a long-standing involvement in pro bono work, particularly in the fields of administrative and constitutional law. While at Mallesons, Rebecca regularly advised asylum seekers in judicial review applications. At White & Case, Rebecca acted on behalf of Justice and the Innocence Network UK in a public interest intervention before the Supreme Court. In 2011, Rebecca spent ten weeks in Mbabane with Save the Children Swaziland, where she worked with local counsel in formulating and successfully bringing Swaziland’s first ever amicus intervention, raising constitutional grounds for resisting the mass eviction of a community from traditional land.
Alongside legal practice, Rebecca has tutored in administrative law at the Australian National University, and published in the areas of public international law and international arbitral procedure.
White & Case LLP
Rebecca was an associate in the Dispute Resolution group of the London office of White & Case LLP from 2013-2015. Selected matters include:
Representing a major European energy provider in a highly complex ICC arbitration relating to the supply of a nuclear power plant, with the difference in dispute calculated at €6 billion.
Acting on the LCIA arbitration of a dispute between parties to a joint venture agreement for the development of a broadcasting channel in India. On this matter, Rebecca worked alongside a leading Indian law firm as co-counsel.
Advising on the contentious refinancing of an international airport, including negotiating a resolution with the insurer and existing noteholders.
Advising a foreign state government on its sovereign debt restructuring, and particularly, on the interaction between public international law and English law issues in relation to certain debt instruments held by another state.
Mallesons Stephen Jaques
Rebecca worked at Mallesons Stephen Jaques in Sydney (now King & Wood Mallesons) from 2010-2011, qualifying as a solicitor in 2010. During her time there, Rebecca worked on a range of litigious and advisory matters, from complex contractual disputes, tax litigation and insolvent trading to the impact of environmental regulations on property rights.
LLM, Harvard Law School (2013)
Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship
Dean’s Scholar Prize
BA (History) / LLB (first class honours), University of New South Wales (2010)
UNSW Law School Alumni Graduand Award for outstanding service to the university community
Dean’s List Award for Academic Excellence in an International Mooting Competition
Winner of the 2008 Australasian Society for Classical Studies’ competition for best undergraduate paper
Rebecca competed in a range of national and international advocacy competitions during her LLB at the University of New South Wales. Highlights include:
Second in the World, Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition International Finals in Washington DC (Apr 2008); and an individual advocacy prize at the national Australian competition (Feb 2008).
Winner, and awarded Best Speaker in the Final, Australian National Torts Moot (2007)
Winner, ALRC Kirby Cup Law Reform Competition (2009)
Winner, UNSW Australian Intervarsity Debating Tournament (2010)
‘The limits of duties of care to advise customers: financial entities may rest more easily but not on laurels’ (26 July 2016), Practical Law, published online at http://uk.practicallaw.com/2-631-5125 (with Ian Wilson).
‘To the Ends of the Earth: Public Trust and Private Lives’ (2015) ARDL Quarterly Bulletin, Summer, pp. 1-5. (Winner of the 2015 ARDL Marion Simmonds QC Essay Competition.)
‘Vive la difference? Convergence and Conformity in the Rules Reforms of Arbitral Institutions: The Case of the LCIA Rules 2014' (2014) 31 Journal of International Arbitration, Issue 6, pp. 701–717 (with Dipen Sabharwal).
“Playing the Ace? Jus Cogens Crimes and Functional Immunity in National Courts’ (2010) 17 Australian International Law Journal 53.
‘Cicero and Tullia: ‘Pietas’ in Late Republican Rome’ (2009) 55(2) Classicum.