Practice

Karl joined Chambers in October 2018 after successfully completing his pupillage. He is building a broad commercial chancery practice in each of Chambers’ core practice areas.

Prior to joining Chambers, Karl read law at Queens’ College, Cambridge and studied for the BCL at Christ Church, Oxford, before completing the BPTC at BPP. During this time he was awarded numerous scholarships and prizes, including the prize for best performance on the Principles of Civil Procedure module on the BCL.

Karl is a contributing editor to Zuckerman on Civil Procedure 4th Ed. (forthcoming) and a contributor to Loose and Griffiths on Liquidators 9th Ed. (forthcoming). He has also published a number of articles in academic journals.

Practice areas

Banking & finance

During pupillage, Karl assisted in a number of banking disputes and cases involving complex financial products. Some of those cases included:

  • Carlyle Capital Corporation Limited (in Liquidation) v Conway [2017] Civil Action No. 1510 – a c.$2bn claim arising out of the collapse of the sub-prime mortgage market in 2008, brought in Guernsey by the liquidators of Carlyle Capital Corporation against a number of the company’s former directors. Karl assisted Gregory Denton-Cox in preparing submissions on costs following the successful defence of the claim.
  • A claim against a bank for breach of its Quincecare duty to refuse to execute the orders of its customer after being put on inquiry as to a potential fraud. Karl assisted Andrew de Mestre, who acted for the bank’s customer.
  • A number of cases in which noteholders sought advice on the proper interpretation of securitisation documents. Karl assisted Andrew de Mestre and Robert Miles QC in preparing such advice.
Chancery: commercial

Karl assisted with many commercial chancery cases during pupillage. These included:

  • Carlyle Capital Corporation Limited (in Liquidation) v Conway [2017] Civil Action No. 1510 – a c.$2bn claim arising out of the collapse of the sub-prime mortgage market in 2008, brought in Guernsey by the liquidators of Carlyle Capital Corporation against a number of the company’s former directors. Karl assisted Gregory Denton-Cox in preparing submissions on costs following the successful defence of the claim.
  • Schulman v Kolomoisky [2018] EWHC 160 (Ch) – a claim for an account of profits and damages following the breakdown of a joint venture which invested in and managed assets associated with the metallurgical and mining industries in the Ukraine, Russia and the United States. Karl assisted Gregory Denton-Cox and Jonathan Crow QC, acting for the respondent in an application to challenge the English court’s jurisdiction.
  • PEL (UK) Ltd v Shaftesbury Plcan application for pre-action disclosure in a case concerning a non pre-emptive issue of shares by way of placement. Karl assisted Andrew de Mestre and Robert Miles QC for the successful respondent.
  • Crumpler v Candey (Court of Appeal) – a claim concerning the effectiveness of a floating charge over monies paid into court before a subsequent insolvency. Karl assisted Andrew de Mestre and Robert Miles QC for the respondent.
  • Various claims and disputes arising out of the administration of a high-value unit trust settled in the DIFC. Karl assisted Sharif Shivji, acting for one of the parties.

 

Commercial dispute resolution

Karl was involved in a wide variety of complex, high-value commercial disputes during pupillage, many of which included international elements and questions of jurisdiction. Some notable examples include:

  • Schulman v Kolomoisky [2018] EWHC 160 (Ch) – an application disputing the English court’s jurisdiction to hear a claim concerning the breakdown of a joint venture, on the basis that the defendant was no longer domiciled in England on the day that the claim form was issued. Karl assisted Gregory Denton-Cox and Jonathan Crow QC, acting for the respondent.
  • Great Station Properties v UMS Holdings – an application to clarify and/or vary a standard form freezing order which had been granted to help enforce a c.$300m arbitration award. Karl assisted Tom Gentleman and John Brisby QC, who acted for the successful respondents.
  • FSHC Group Holdings Ltd v Barclays Bank Plc [2018] EWHC 1558 (Ch) – a claim seeking rectification of certain deeds which were entered into to provide security in respect of a shareholder loan. Karl assisted Gregory Denton-Cox, acting for the defendant.
  • Akhmedova v Akhmedov [2018] DIFC CFI 011 – an appeal in the DIFC concerning the ability of the DIFC Court to pierce the corporate veil in order to found jurisdiction against a Lichtenstein Anstalt. Karl undertook research for Sharif Shivji, who acted for the successful appellant.
Company law

During pupillage, Karl experienced a wide range of company law disputes, such as: claims against delinquent directors; shareholder disputes (including unfair prejudice petitions); and claims concerning the rules applicable to listed companies. Some examples of the cases Karl assisted with include:

  • PEL (UK) Ltd v Shaftesbury Plc an application for pre-action disclosure in a case concerning a non pre-emptive issue of shares by way of placement. Karl assisted Andrew de Mestre and Robert Miles QC for the successful respondent.
  • An unfair prejudice petition in which the petitioner claimed that he had been wrongfully excluded from management, and that the majority shareholders had wrongfully diverted business away from the company. Karl assisted Tom Gentleman, who represented the petitioning minority shareholder.
Fraud – civil

During pupillage, Karl was involved in several large cases involving allegations of fraud. Some notable examples include:

  • Tchenguiz v Grant Thornton LLP – a conspiracy claim arising out of the financial collapse of Iceland’s largest bank, Kaupthing. Karl assisted Tom Gentleman in preparing for trial.
  • A claim in Hong Kong brought by a group of companies against their former auditor, in which it was alleged that the auditor had negligently failed to detect a fraud perpetrated against the companies by their former directors. Karl assisted Tom Gentleman in advising the claimant.
Insolvency & restructuring

Karl is a contributor to Loose and Griffiths on Liquidators 9th Ed. (2019) (forthcoming). He contributed to chapters on the duties and powers of liquidators.

Karl has been involved in a number of insolvency cases:

  • Crumpler v Candey (Court of Appeal) – a claim concerning the effectiveness of a floating charge over monies paid into court before a subsequent insolvency. During pupillage, Karl assisted Andrew de Mestre and Robert Miles QC for the respondent.
  • Karl recently acted as sole counsel in an application under section 366 of the Insolvency Act 1986. Karl represented the successful trustee in bankruptcy.
  • Karl also regularly appears in the Insolvency and Companies List to both present and resist winding up petitions. 
Offshore litigation

During pupillage, Karl was involved in a number of cases involving offshore jurisdictions, including Guernsey, Hong Kong, Cyprus and the DIFC. Notable cases include:

  • Akhmedova v Akhmedov [2018] DIFC CFI 011 – an appeal in the DIFC concerning the ability of the DIFC Court to pierce the corporate veil in order to found jurisdiction against a Lichtenstein Anstalt. Karl undertook research for Sharif Shivji, who acted for the successful appellant.
  • Great Station Properties v UMS Holdingsan application to clarify and/or vary a standard form freezing order which had been granted to help enforce a c.$300m arbitration award obtained against a group of Cypriot companies. Karl assisted Tom Gentleman and John Brisby QC, who acted for the successful respondents.
  • Carlyle Capital Corporation Limited (in Liquidation) v Conway [2017] Civil Action No. 1510 – a c.$2bn claim arising out of the collapse of the sub-prime mortgage market in 2008, brought in Guernsey by the liquidators of Carlyle Capital Corporation against a number of the company’s former directors. Karl assisted Gregory Denton-Cox in preparing submissions on costs following the successful defence of the claim.
  • A claim in Hong Kong brought by a group of companies against their former auditor, in which it was alleged that the auditor had negligently failed to detect a fraud perpetrated against the companies by their former directors. Karl assisted Tom Gentleman in advising the claimant.

 

Additional info

Education and Awards

Education

  • 2017: BPTC, BPP (Outstanding)
  • 2016: Bachelor of Civil Law, Christ Church, University of Oxford (Distinction)
  • 2015: BA (Hons) law, Queens’ College, University of Cambridge

Scholarships and prizes

  • 2017:  Certificate of Honour, Middle Temple
  • 2016:  Queen Mother Scholarship, Middle Temple
  • 2016: Lord Justice Sachs Exhibition, Middle Temple
  • 2016: Advocacy Scholarship, BPP
  • 2016: Clifford Chance Prize for best overall performance in Principles of Civil Procedure on the BCL,University of Oxford
  • 2015: HEFCE Graduate Scholarship, University of Oxford
  • 2014: Foundation Scholarship, Queens’ College, University of Cambridge
Publications

Zuckerman on Civil Procedure 4th Ed. (2019) (forthcoming) (contributing editor)
Loose and Griffiths on Liquidators 9th Ed. (2019) (forthcoming) (contributor)
Equity, UK Supreme Court Yearbook (2018) (forthcoming) (co-authored with Jonathan Crow QC)
Lost luggage and judicial baggage: Harb v HRH Prince Abdul Aziz [2016] EWCA Civ 556, (2016) CJQ 35(4)

Career and appointments

COMBAR
Chancery Bar Association

Languages

Spanish