Year of call: 2013
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Emmanuel specialises in commercial, regulatory and public law.

His commercial practice covers international arbitration and litigation, concentrating on civil fraud, banking, financial services and professional negligence. His cases often involve issues of private international law, including jurisdiction and conflict of laws. He regularly acts in applications for injunctions and other interim remedies. 

Emmanuel is a recent appointee to the C-Panel (September 2019) and is regularly instructed by GLD on a range of commercial and public law matters. 

Emmanuel is currently acting for a group of Defendants in the £1.5bn fraud claim brought by the Danish authority SKAT. His notable 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.

Emmanuel has an active pro-bono practice and was nominated by Advocate for Young Pro Bono Barrister of the Year at the Bar Pro Bono Awards 2019. He acted unled for the successful claimant in Ms F Gabe v The United Reformed Church [2017] UKET 2204367/2012 about whether a trainee minister of the United Reform Church was an employee under its contractual arrangements.


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Emmanuel acts in commercial arbitrations and arbitration related court applications as well as advising on investor-state claims.

Emmanuel’s arbitration experience includes:

  • Junior counsel in a three-day arbitration under LCIA rules to determine whether the claimant could imply a termination right into a series of long-running hotel franchise contracts (2019).
  • Junior counsel for the claimant in a £33.7m claim for breach of contract - four day hearing under LCIA rules (2019).
  • Junior counsel in a one-day preliminary hearing to determine the contractual rights of a party seeking to terminate under LCIA rules (2019).
  • 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 several anti-suit injunctions.
  • Advising on prospects in relation to investor state arbitrations.

In 2018, Emmanuel was seconded to the litigation funder Augusta Ventures where he advised on claim prospects, ranging from oil and gas disputes to bilateral investment treaty claims.

Emmanuel’s litigation practice includes:

  • Skatteforvaltningen v Solo Capital Partners (2020-) - acting for a group of parties defending a £1.5bn claim brought by Danish authority, Skatteforvaltningen (‘SKAT’), against 38 defendants in the Commercial Court.
  • Advising on the issue of legal privilege in regulatory investigations in the Vincent Tchenguiz & Ors v Grant Thornton litigation (2018).
  • The Libyan Investment Authority v Société Générale & Ors (2017) - as a junior on the main counsel team led by Adrian Beltrami QC acting for Société Générale in one of The Lawyer’s ‘Top 10 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 for the appellant in the Appeal of AHAB v SICL (Cayman Islands) regarding the first instance application of the illegality defence to the allegations of fraud post-Patel v Mirza.
  • 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.
  • 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.

On an unled basis, Emmanuel regularly advises and drafts pleadings on a wide variety of commercial disputes involving allegations of misrepresentation, deceit and breach of contract and arising out of bank lending, retail banking, guarantees, and agency fees. He regularly appears in the High Court and County Courts in applications for strike out and interim remedies.

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 acts in financial regulatory matters. He was recently seconded to the PRA’s enforcement and litigation division in the Bank of England (2019) where he focused on various matters from money laundering and bribery regulations to regulatory reporting. He worked on the investigation which resulted in the PRA fining Citigroup Inc’s UK operations £44m for regulatory reporting failures.

His regulatory and financial services work includes:

  • Advising the Bank of England on the impact of Brexit on aspects of financial service regulations.
  • 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.
  • Acting for the Insolvency Service in seeking to maintain the confidentiality of parts of a judgment and witness statement which cited an Investigation conducted by BIS under s447 of the Companies Act 2005.
  • Assisting in an appeal to the Supreme Court in a PPI and consumer credit matter concerning undisclosed commission.
  • Advising subjects of FCA/PRA investigations (including on FCA Handbook Listing and Disclosure Rules as well as Article 15 of the Market Abuse Regulation 596/2014).
  • Advising applicants for the FCA pension compensation scheme.

Emmanuel acts for claimants and defendants in public law matters and is a member of the Attorney General’s C-Panel (appointed September 2019). His work includes:

  • Acting for the Insolvency Service in seeking to maintain the confidentiality of parts of a judgment and witness statement which cited an Investigation conducted by BIS under s447 of the Companies Act 2005.
  • Pal v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2018] EWHC 2988 (QB) - acting on an appeal for the claimant in a dispute concerning the lawfulness of her arrest for harassment for online speech in light of Article 10 of the ECHR.
  • 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.
  • Providing public international law advice for an environmentalist group in a West African state who were challenging a large infrastructure project on environmental grounds.
  • 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 a major NGO 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.

Emmanuel is also instructed by GLD in employment related matters

  • 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