"A good strategist, who is approachable and diligent." "Brilliant and skilled advocate who gets to the bottom of a matter very quickly and gives a straightforward steer of where we will end up."
Chambers and Partners
Camille Slow has a broad commercial disputes practice, with a particular focus on the construction and engineering, professional negligence, energy, fraud, insolvency, IT and telecommunications and sectors. She represents a wide range of clients including governments, contractors, private employers and their insurers and professional advisors all over the world, including in Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
She has impressive experience of all forms of dispute resolution including expertise in domestic and international arbitration, mediation, High Court litigation and adjudication. In relation to adjudication, her experience includes advising on the enforcement of awards as well as conducting adjudications including attending hearings before adjudicators. She carries out a considerable amount of advocacy, regularly appearing in the High Court and arbitration, conducting trials and other hearings.
In addition to the wide and varied workload as junior counsel that one would expect for her qualification, Camille also has an exceptional track record acting as sole counsel, having been retained in this capacity in many complex disputes both in the UK and overseas and in connection with high-value claims.
Camille is recommended in Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 as a leading junior in the fields of construction and professional negligence.
CONSTRUCTION, ENGINEERING AND INFRASTRUCTURE
In the field of construction Camille regularly acts for employers, developers, contractors and designers and has a wealth of experience in these fields. Examples of recent cases include road projects, ship building, waste to energy, waste processing / recycling, tunnelling, airport developments and hotels. She has a particular track record in relation to social housing developments and rejuvenation projects. Her work regularly involves international projects and clients. For example she has acted for an African government in an international arbitration concerning a major road development in a dispute against a multinational joint venture worth in excess of £77m. She has considerable recent experience acting both for and against public bodies in connection with disputes relating to PFI agreements in a broad range of sectors including, education, hospitals and highway maintenance. She also has a well-established public procurement practice, advising public bodies and unsuccessful tenderers on all aspects of public and utilities procurement.
A significant proportion of Camille’s practice concerns acting both for and against professionals in professional negligence disputes. She is regularly instructed by employers, private individuals and their professional indemnity insurers to provide advice as well as to conduct the cases preparing for and during trial. In recent years she has been involved in cases both for and against multi-disciplinarily project coordinators, heating and cooling engineers, architects, project administrators, solicitors, surveyors and various disciplines of engineers often in multiparty cases.
ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES
Camille has been involved in a number of high value cases in this field. She has practical experience of several different aspects of the energy industry which include desalination, marine oil extraction, land based oil extraction and waste to energy projects. Her energy practice has involved her in disputes arising all over the world from the USA to Europe and the Middle East.
IT AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
She has experience in IT and telecommunications projects and frequently acts for a well known telecommunications company in connection with a variety of disputes. Her recent telecoms experience includes advising in connection with a Primary Connection Point survey and GSM Gateway licensing.
CONSTRUCTION RELATED INSOLVENCY
Camille has developed a niche practice in construction related insolvency. She regularly advises upon, applies for and resists applications relating to winding up in particular where the underlying debt relates, in part, to construction operations. Her knowledge of how the payment and withholding provisions operate under construction contracts is particularly helpful when establishing or refuting the existence of a debt or relevant setoff.
Camille was instructed as counsel for three of the defendants in the well- known case of National Grid v McKenzie and Others and has since acquired a growing fraud practice. As well as cases relating chiefly to deceit, bribery, breach of fiduciary duty and so forth she regularly conducts other cases, which involve aspects of fraud including a recent Chancery Division insolvency case in which it was necessary to demonstrate that the other party had fabricated the documentary evidence upon which it relied. Recent cases include a substantial high-profile multi-party dispute in the Commercial Court concerning allegations of conspiracy and interference with contract.
OTHER PROFESSIONAL INFORMATION
Chambers and Partners directory credits Camille with being ‘a good strategist who is approachable and diligent’. The Legal 500 comments that she “can wipe the floor with silks” and “is a brilliant and skilled advocate”. Listed in Who’s Who Legal UK Bar as one of 5 most highly regarded leading juniors in field of Construction who describe Camille as “simply amazing” and “internationally renowned” for her work in this area.
She is also contributing editor of Hudson’s Building and Engineering Contracts, 12th edition.