Year of call: 2015 (Qualified as a Solicitor: Australia, 2010; England and Wales, 2015)

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Rebecca is an experienced former solicitor with a broad commercial practice in international arbitration and litigation. 

Rebecca regularly advises and acts in the fields of commercial contract disputes, banking and finance law, insolvency, regulatory investigations, international arbitration (particularly banking and finance, and energy/infrastructure), and enforcement proceedings. 

Rebecca is regularly instructed as junior counsel in complex disputes, including recently acting as junior in a 2-week trial in the Commercial Court in Chudley v Clydesdale Bank [2017] EWHC 2177 (Comm) and in LRH Services (in liquidation) v Trew [2018] EWHC 600 (Ch).

Rebecca is also regularly instructed as sole counsel in hearings and trials in the High Court and County Court, often opposite counsel of significantly greater seniority. 

Before 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 was awarded the Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship to study law at Harvard Law School (LLM, 2013).

Notable instructions

Chudley v Clydesdale Bank [2017] EWHC 2177 (Comm) – 2-week Commercial Court trial. Instructed by Addleshaw Goddards as sole junior (with Ian Wilson QC) in successfully defending the Bank from a fraud claim made by an investor in a failed investment scheme.

Rebecca is currently part of a panel instructed by the Bank of England to address the regulatory consequences of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union.

Rebecca is regularly instructed to settle pleadings and to advise on all areas of banking law.

At White & Case: advising on the contentious refinancing of an international airport, including negotiating a resolution with the insurer and existing noteholders.

At White & Case: 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.

Notable instructions

Junior counsel acting for an English hedge fund in ongoing LCIA arbitral proceedings against Mauritian holding companies concerning investments in India.

Junior counsel acting for an East African state agency in an ongoing UNCITRAL arbitration concerning a road infrastructure project.

Junior counsel for an application to the Court of Appeal from a section 68 challenge in the English High Court relating to ICC Awards concerning the termination of contracts to construct a power plant in Kabul, Afghanistan (with Jane Davies Evans).

Worked on major ICC arbitration arising out of the delayed completion of a major infrastructure project in Qatar (with Jane Davies Evans).

At White & Case: 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.

At White & Case: 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.

Rebecca is presently working with COMBAR in assisting the Indian Arbitration Forum in developing inaugural best practice guidelines for Indian arbitration practitioners. 

LRH Services (in liquidation) v Trew [2018] EWHC 600 (Ch) – with Ian Wilson QC.  Rebecca was junior counsel acting for the successful liquidator in the trial of a claim against the former directors of a company that fell into insolvent liquidation with substantial onerous lease liabilities following a group restructuring.  The restructuring involved use of the solvency statement procedure under s.643 of the Companies Act 2006, and is only the third case to consider the meaning and effect of s 643. 

As junior counsel, advising the former directors of a company now in liquidation of their prospects of successfully defending any claims brought against them by the liquidator.

Advised the directors of a company on their risks in undertaking a proposed restructuring.

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)

'Paget’s Law of Banking' (15th ed, anticipated 2018), Chapters 22 (The Paying Bank: Obligations between Bank and Customer) and 33 (Compulsory Disclosure), (forthcoming).

'Bullen & Leake & Jacob’s Precedents of Pleadings' (18th ed 2015, 1st Supplement anticipated 2017), Supplements to Chapters 13 (Guarantees), 15 (Mortgages and Charges) and 18 (Undue Influence) (forthcoming).

'In Brief: Court of Appeal rejects $US 150m borrower’s attempt to rely on UCTA 1977 (African Export-Import Bank v Shebah Exploration & Production)', Lexis Nexis, published online, 4 July 2017.

'In Brief: Court rejects Rule 3.1(7) application to revoke an order (De La Hija v Lee)', Lexis Nexis, published online, 19 April 2017

‘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 (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.

Rebecca is committed to pro bono work. 

While practising at Mallesons in Sydney, 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.