Practice

Lara has a busy commercial chancery practice spanning the full range of Chambers’ work. She appears in all levels of the civil courts, both led and unled. Her priority is to give practical advice tailored to suit the client’s individual needs.

Lara has built up substantial trial experience. Most notably, she appeared (led by Richard Hill QC) in Sharp and Ors v Blank and Ors, a 12-week trial in the Chancery Division concerning Lloyds’ takeover of HBOS in 2008, and (led by Robert Miles QC and Richard Hill QC) in Autonomy and Ors v Lynch and Anor, a 93-day trial before Hildyard J in the Chancery Division involving allegations of fraud in the context of HP’s acquisition of Autonomy by Hewlett Packard in 2011. These cases featured in The Lawyer’s “Top 20 Cases” of 2017 and 2019 respectively.

In addition, Lara has particular experience in shareholder disputes, directors’ duties and cases concerning issues of company insolvency. She also has a strong background in cases involving the energy sector. She has experience of dealing with disputes in other jurisdictions, and is a registered Part II practitioner in the DIFC.

She is also a contributor to Loose and Griffiths on Liquidators (9th ed, 2019).

Practice areas

Commercial dispute resolution

Lara has experience in a wide range of commercial litigation matters, both in the Commercial Court and the Chancery Division, and her work frequently features contractual disputes. Examples of her work include drafting a statement of case in respect of an agreement deferred consideration in a sale and purchase agreement and appearing in a County Court trial concerning breach of contract for coach hire. She was also instructed (led by Sharif Shivji, and then by Paul Greenwood) in Tavira Securities Limited v Re Point Ventures FZCO and Ors, a c. £4 million claim in the DIFC concerning a breach of contract, fraudulent misrepresentation and conspiracy in the context of a securities trade.

Company law

Lara is interested in all areas of company law. She has a particularly strong background in dealing with shareholder disputes, having appeared in the Lloyds/HBOS Litigation for the Claimant shareholders and having drafted and advised on a number of s. 994 petitions both in and out of the jurisdiction. She was also recently involved in proceedings concerning a derivative claim in the High Court for the repayment of expenses by shareholders. She has advised companies and liquidators in relation to breaches of directors’ duties.

 

Insolvency & restructuring

Lara has a strong interest in insolvency work. She was a contributor to Lexis Nexis’s Insolvency Rules 2016 forms, replacing the prescribed forms under the 1986 rules, and is a contributor to Loose & Griffiths on Liquidators (9th ed., 2019).

She regularly deals with proceedings under the Insolvency Act 1986, in the context of both company and personal insolvency. Most notably she appeared alongside Nicholas Cox on behalf of OFGEM in Gas and Electricity Markets Authority v GB Energy Supply Ltd [2016] EWHC 3341 (Ch), a successful out of hours application for a declaration of insolvency in relation to an energy supply company. Lara has since appeared in a number of similar cases on behalf of OFGEM, including Gas and Electricity Markets Authority v Rutherford Energy Supply Limited [2019] EWHC 2760 (Ch).

Other experience includes proceedings to set aside statutory demands, applications for permission to commence and continue proceedings in the context of an interim moratorium imposed under the Insolvency Act, proceedings challenging an administrator’s conduct under Schedule B1 of the Insolvency Act, applications for special administration, advising liquidators on director misfeasance and bankruptcy petitions raising issues of whether the debtor’s Centre of Main Interests is England and Wales.

Financial services

Lara has experience of claims in a range of jurisdictions. Particular experience includes advising on and drafting a claim for unfair prejudice in Singapore, and being instructed on a c. £4 million claim for breach of contract, deceit and unlawful means conspiracy in relation to a securities trade in the DIFC.

Offshore litigation

Lara has experience of claims in a range of jurisdictions. Particular experience includes advising on and drafting a claim for unfair prejudice in Singapore, and being instructed on a c. £4 million claim for breach of contract, deceit and unlawful means conspiracy in relation to a securities trade in the DIFC.

Additional info

Education and awards

Education

BA (Hons) Historical Tripos – Girton College, University of Cambridge

Graduate Diploma in Law (Distinction) – City Law School

Bar Professional Training Course – City Law School

Astbury Scholar of Middle Temple

 

Career & appointments

Member of the Chancery Bar Association and COMBAR

Publications

Contributor to Loose & Griffiths on Liquidators (9th ed.) (2019)

‘Commercial Law and Financial Regulation’, United Kingdom Supreme Court Yearbook vol. 7 (2016) (co-authored with Jonathan Crow QC and Emma Horner)

“Investigations by BIS”, Tolley’s Company Law Service (Co-contributor with Donald Lilly)

Contributor to Lexis Nexis Insolvency Rules 2016 forms