Ella joined Chambers as a tenant in September 2022, following the successful completion of her pupillage. Her practice covers all areas of Chambers’ core specialisms: construction and engineering, technology, energy and natural resources, and professional negligence. 

Ella has experience of all stages of litigation, adjudication and arbitration (including ad hoc, CIMAR, HKIAC, ICC, ICSID, LCIA, SIAC and UNCITRAL arbitrations) and has worked with a variety of bespoke and standard form contracts, including NEC and JCT.

Ella’s instructions during pupillage include acting as sole counsel for a builder in an English court claim arising out of renovation works at a residential property, and as junior counsel in a construction adjudication. She has also worked for barristers in Chambers on several high-value construction disputes.

Ella read Law at Oxford and has a Master of Laws in International and European Law from the University of Ghent. In addition to England and Wales, she also has experience of disputes under other systems of law (including Belizean, Korean and Swiss) and is admitted to practice in New York.

Ella previously lived and worked in France and Belgium, and has a reasonable working knowledge of French.

CONSTRUCTION, ENGINEERING AND INFRASTRUCTURE

  • Acting as sole counsel for a builder in an English court claim arising out of renovation works at a residential property in South West England (during pupillage).
  • Assisted counsel acting for a Russian businessman in an LCIA arbitration (London seat, English governing law) regarding the construction and sale of two multi-use skyscrapers.*
  • Assisted counsel acting for an Asian State in a US$160 million SIAC commercial arbitration concerning the performance and termination of a major road construction contract.*
  • Assisted counsel acting for an Asian State against a major engineering company in an ICSID arbitration (jurisdiction phase) concerning a tender bid for a US$ multi-billion refinery improvement project.*
  • Assisted counsel acting for a Finnish national against Egypt in an UNCITRAL investment arbitration (merits phase) concerning an iron ore and steel producing concession.*
  • Assisted counsel acting for a major real estate developer against Croatia in an ICSID arbitration concerning the development of a luxury golf resort in Dubrovnik.*
  • Assisted the adjudicator in an ad hoc adjudication (Zurich seat, Swiss governing law) between a German conglomerate and a Belgian construction company in an adjudication administered by the Zurich Chamber of Commerce arising out of a contract connected to the construction of a power plant.*

* cases worked on before joining Chambers

ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES

  • Assisted the arbitrator in an ICC arbitration (London seat, English governing law), conducted in French, arising out of a farmout agreement.*
  • Assisted counsel acting for an international oil company in an ad hoc UNCITRAL commercial arbitration (London seat, English governing law) arising from a tender process for the supply of equipment to an oil and gas project in Kazakhstan, concerning issues of contractual breach, misrepresentation and conspiracy.*
  • Assisted counsel acting for an oil and gas major in an ICC gas price review arbitration (Geneva seat, Swiss governing law) concerning the German pipeline gas market.*
  • Assisted counsel advising a Russian oil company on issues in connection with multiple-contracts in relation to a prospective HKIAC arbitration.*
  • Assisted counsel acting for private investors against Spain in an ICSID arbitration concerning claims of US$490 million arising out of a series of energy reforms affecting the renewables sector.*

GENERAL COMMERCIAL

  • Acted for Swatch against Samsung in a significant IP dispute concerning the use of trade marks on smart watches.*
  • Assisted counsel acting for an international inter-governmental organisation in four consolidated commercial arbitrations arising under contracts for the provision of goods and services to it.*
  • Assisted counsel acting for a South American mining company in an ICC arbitration (London seat, English governing law) arising out of a dispute over supply of iron ore pellets under two long-term sale and purchase agreements.*
  • Assisted counsel acting for a leading African businessman in court proceedings in connection with the operation of an emerald mine in Zambia.*
  • Assisted counsel acting for a defendant in actions before English courts against multiple maritime car carriers.*
  • Assisted the sole arbitrator in a US$20 million ICC arbitration (London seat, Dutch governing law) arising out of an exclusive distribution agreement for several generic pharmaceuticals in the Middle East.*
  • Assisted the sole arbitrator in an ICC arbitration (Brussels seat, Belgian governing law) arising from a purchase order for agricultural equipment.*
  • Assisted the sole arbitrator in an ad hoc logistics arbitration (Brussels seat, Belgian governing law) between an American online retailer and its European supplier.*
  • Assisted the sole arbitrator in an ad hoc logistics arbitration (Brussels seat, Belgian governing law) between an American online retailer and its European supplier.*

ENFORCEMENT PROCEEDINGS

  • Advised the claimants in connection with the enforcement in England and Wales of a foreign court judgment for over US$150 million.*
  • Assisted counsel acting for the Attorney General of Belize in a dispute before the Caribbean Court of Justice raising constitutional law issues connected with the enforcement in Belize of a BZ$90 million LCIA arbitral award.*
  • Assisted counsel acting for a Hong Kong corporation in connection with the enforcement of a KRW166.6 billion ICC arbitral award (Hong Kong seat, English governing law) in Korea.*

GENERAL INVESTMENT TREATY AND INTERNATIONAL

  • Assisted counsel advising a biotechnology company regarding an investor-state arbitration related to a pharmaceutical drug approval process.*
  • Assisted counsel acting for over 900 Greek bond holders against Cyprus in an ICSID arbitration (jurisdiction phase) concerning losses resulting from Cyprus’ response to its financial crisis.*
  • Assisted counsel advising a Czech private investor regarding an investment arbitration against a European State concerning claims of judicial expropriation of real estate.*
  • Assisted counsel acting for a private investor against China in an investment arbitration regarding expropriation of agricultural land.*
  • Assisted the presiding arbitrator in the jurisdiction phase of an ICSID arbitration concerning an expropriation claim.*
  • Assisted counsel advising a State in relation to border negotiations with a neighbouring State.*
  • Assisted counsel advising a state-owned investment company in connection with negotiations on the terms of a new draft BIT.*
  • Assisted counsel advising a State with respect to an UNCLOS arbitral award and related island sovereignty and law of the sea issues.*

PUBLICATIONS

Puchyna, M., Kelly, J. and Rutter, E., Investment protection on the Belt and Road, 2 Journal of Subsoil Use and Law 176 (2019).

CAREER, QUALIFICATIONS AND AWARDS

 

2019-2021 Graduate Lawyer (Awaiting English Bar Qualification) – Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr (LLP), London – International Arbitration Practice Group [23 months]
2021 Bar Transfer Test, BPP University
2020 Admitted as a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales
2019 Admitted as an Attorney and Counselor-at-Law of the Supreme Court of New York State
2019 Legal Intern – Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, London – International Arbitration Practice Group [three months]
2019 Queen Mother Scholarship, Middle Temple [Unclaimed]
2019 Harmsworth Entrance Exhibition, Middle Temple [Unclaimed]
2018 Trainee (“Stagiaire”) – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Paris – International Arbitration Practice Group [six months]
2018 Legal Intern – Fietta LLP, London [four months]
2017 Trainee (“Stagiaire”) – Allen & Overy LLP, Paris – International Arbitration Practice Group [six months]
2017 Legal Intern (“Juriste Adviseur”) – Everest Attorneys (legal assistant to Dr Herman Verbist), Ghent [six months]
2016 Research Assistant to Professor Maud Piers – University of Ghent, Department of Interdisciplinary Study of Law, Private Law and Business Law, Ghent [three months]
2016 and 2017 Legal Intern – De Mulemeester & De Brabandere (formerly Lexlitis Ghent) (legal assistant to Mr Dirk De Meulemeester), Ghent [two months]
2015-2016 LL.M. in International and European Law, University of Ghent (summa cum laude, 1st in year)

  • Ranked 14th out of 625 law schools in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot
  • Team member in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot; including semi-finalist (out of 16 teams) in the Brussels pre-moot and best individual oralist of that semi-final round against the University of Sydney
  • Team member in the Frits Kalshoven International Humanitarian Law Competition
2012-2015 Geoffrey Jones (Penreithin) Scholarship [Awarded four times]
2012-2015 B.A. in Jurisprudence, New College, University of Oxford (II.i)

  • Finalist (out of 12 teams) in the University of Oxford Monckton Chambers European Union Law Moot
  • Semi-Finalist (out of 24 teams) in the University of Oxford JustCite Procedural Justice Mooting Shield

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Between 2019 and 2021, Ella practiced as a solicitor and New York Attorney in the litigation and controversy department/international arbitration practice group of a leading international US law firm in London (WilmerHale), where she was a member of teams providing advice and acting as counsel in high-value arbitrations and litigations, with a focus on complex multi-jurisdictional disputes concerning issues of English law.

Between 2017 and 2019, Ella undertook intern- and traineeships (“stages”) in the international arbitration practices of several leading law firms, including the Paris offices of Freshfields and Allen & Overy, where she assisted counsel in over twenty international arbitrations across Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, the CIS, Europe and the Middle-East.

Before that, Ella spent around a year working for arbitrators in Belgium (Dr Herman Verbist and Mr Dirk De Meulemeester), including assisting at hearings and with ICC arbitral awards. She also worked as a research assistant to Professor Maud Piers at the University of Ghent in relation to a series of articles on future uses of artificial intelligence in arbitration.

Ella is a member of Young ICCA, ICC, YAF, YIAG, Young ICSID, HK45 and CEPANI40.

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