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About Sarah

Sarah acts for a range of trading companies, charterers and owners in shipping and international trade disputes. Her work involves petroleum products, crude, gasoil, cement, coal, bitumen, steel and ferrous as well as non-ferrous metals, ethanol and soft commodities including grains, soyabeans, oils and seeds, sugar, coffee and cocoa. Her most high-profile matter was Taurus v SOMO, in which the Supreme Court overturned the Power Curber decision and held that there is no special rule of jurisdiction relating to debts represented by LCs. She has successfully litigated or settled in favour of or to client satisfaction, all Commercial Court claims. Her litigation profile includes freezing orders arising out of various frauds, hedging losses, defaults on sale contracts (failure to perform), off-specification cargo quantum disputes and non-delivery disputes. Impressively, she has also recovered judgment sums awarded against recalcitrant defendants including a significant proportion of costs.

Her arbitration record is similarly impressive. In 2022 she succeeded in two LCIA arbitrations. One involved issues of availability of contractual product, which required technical expert evidence on the distinction between different product grades; the obligations of a seller in the timing of its performance under a delivery window and estoppel. The other required collating extensive expert evidence as to market value and quantum and witness evidence as to whether a deal was cancelled or could be rectified.

She regularly deals with smaller shipping and trading issues ranging from technical demurrage arguments, to disputes under guarantees or other financial instruments, to advice on when it is possible to terminate under a term contract without repudiatory breach, to urgent injunctive relief and complex multi-jurisdictional queries requiring creative solutions for enforcement.