Year of call: 2018

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Clarissa is developing a broad commercial litigation and arbitration practice spanning most of 3VB’s main practice areas, including banking and finance, commercial disputes, financial services regulation, civil fraud and asset recovery.

Before starting pupillage at 3 Verulam Buildings, Clarissa spent a year working as a paralegal in Linklaters’ Structured Finance Group. During this year, she worked on a number of multi-jurisdictional transactions including high-value loan portfolio sales, swaps, covered bonds and secured group financing structures in the utilities and retail sectors. In addition, she spent three months on secondment at High Speed 1.

Before becoming a barrister, Clarissa studied History at the University of Oxford, specialising in the politics of 19th century French art. After leaving university, she spent time working for an Iraqi-Canadian contemporary artist. With this background, Clarissa is always interested in cases relating to art and cultural artefacts and has experience in this area.

Before taking tenancy, Clarissa assisted her supervisors and other members of Chambers in carrying out research and drafting opinions, witness statements, pleadings and skeleton arguments for cases in the County Court, High Court and Court of Appeal, including:

  • SKAT v Solo Capital Partners LLP & Ors: A multi-billion-pound fraud claim brought by the Danish tax authorities (with Andrew Onslow QC, Tom De Vecchi and Sophia Dzwig).
  • Loches Capital Limited v Goldman Sachs International: A successful pre-action disclosure application against Goldman Sachs relating to the circumstances of the ArcelorMittal merger in 2007 (with Richard Salter QC and Lisa Lacob).
  • Avonwick Holdings v Azitio Holdings & Ors: One of the largest recent Commercial Court claims involving a complex set of disputes between Ukrainian oligarchs, their corporate vehicles and various third parties under Ukrainian and English law (with Peter Ratcliffe).
  • A US$22m claim brought by Punjab National Bank in relation to the non-payment of a series of loan agreements and associated guarantees which raised a number of complex issues relating to applications for permission to serve out of the jurisdiction (with Tom De Vecchi). 
  • Advising on matters under FSMA 2000, including collective investment schemes and notifications under section 178.
  • A strike-out application in relation to a claim for the recovery of a deposit held in a Ugandan bank which raised issues relating to the expropriation of assets by the Government of Uganda in the 1970s.
  • An unfair relationship claim under section 140B of the Consumer Credit Act 1974 together with declaratory and other relief brought in connection with a series of credit agreements under which the lender in question was demanding repayment of £20m in respect of a loan of only £3m.
  • LLM, City Law School (2018), “Should the courts be more or less willing to use passport orders to support civil fraud litigation?
  • BPTC, Very Competent, City Law School (2018)                             
  • GDL, Commendation, City Law School (2017)
  • BA (Hons), History, First Class, The University of Oxford, Trinity College (2016)
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma, 45/45, Stephen Perse Foundation (2013)
  • The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn: Lord Denning Scholarship (2017), Hardwicke Entrance Award (2017), Lord Haldane Scholarship (2016)
  • The University of Oxford, Trinity College: Finals Prize (2016), Britton Travel Grant (2016), Academic Scholarship (2015), History Prize (2015), Ford Exhibition (2014)