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Laura Feldman, Senior Associate

Laura Feldman

Senior Associate

(Barrister)

Practice areas

  • Commercial litigation
  • Energy and infrastructure
  • Financial institutions
  • Financial services disputes and investigations
  • Insurance and reinsurance
  • International arbitration
  • Litigation and dispute management
  • Regulatory investigations and enforcement

Practice notes

Laura is a Senior Associate (Barrister) at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP and advises on contentious issues facing a wide range of clients, including domestic and international banks, companies and corporations, high-net-worth individuals, insolvency practitioners, investment funds and vehicles, professional trustees, senior executives, and sovereign agencies and states.  She has acted in high profile, international, and complex disputes, and has broad experience of diverse areas and sectors, including banking and finance, civil fraud and corporate crime, construction, energy, insolvency, insurance, mergers and acquisitions, pharmaceuticals, and professional negligence.

ICC UK identified Laura as a rising star within the finance sector, Legal 500 recognised Laura as a next generation lawyer, and P.R.I.M.E Finance appointed Laura as a Special Rapporteur.  Laura is a member of the ICC UK Banking and Network Committees, ISDA Arbitration and Financial Law Reform Committees, and the Commercial Court and Financial List User Committees. She acts as an editor of the commentary to the Civil Procedural Rules (i.e. the White Book) and has published several articles in leading journals.

Alongside professional practice, Laura is a Visiting Professor at King’s College and Lecturer in Private Law at the University of Oxford.  At King’s College, Laura primarily teaches the Trusts Law course, covering all aspects of the syllabus, ranging from equitable remedies and trusts in the modern world.  She has developed expertise on issues related to equitable rights in the context of insolvency, regulatory frameworks and securitisation.

At the University of Oxford, Laura teaches Contract Law and the foundations of other Private Law topics (Property, Restitution, Tort and Trusts).  From her practical experience, she has extensive expertise in relation to the changing judicial approach to contractual interpretation.  Throughout her career, Laura has advised on cases addressing construction of contractual terms, including the implications of BREXIT on finance arrangements (for example, versions of the ISDA Master Agreement), exclusion of liability in the context of mis-selling claims (mainly in the field of complex financial instruments, such as derivatives and swaps), and oral variations to LMA finance agreements.

Laura received a BA Honours in Jurisprudence from the University of Oxford and was presented with several awards and prizes during the course of her studies. The Middle Temple Inn of Court awarded Laura the Astbury Scholarship to complete the BVC, and subsequently the Fox Scholarship to complete a LLM specialising in Commercial Law at the University of Toronto, in turn receiving a distinction and Fellowship from the University.

Laura’s experience includes advising:

  • Global corporation on its judicial review of legislation and referral to the Court of Justice of the European Union;
  • Leading bank on its strategy to respond to a range of legal claims triggered by fraudulent payments;
  • Company bring claims against an ex-officer due to breach of duties. Secured charging orders over properties leading to a swift and advantageous outcome;
  • Director of the largest plastic producer in the CIS region to defend successfully an application for a Norwich Pharmacal order;
  • Leading bank defend regulatory proceedings in multiple jurisdictions arising from its administration of investment products held by high-net-worth clients of its private bank division;
  • Litigation funder on asset tracing proceedings in several jurisdictions including offshore financial centres arising from a trade finance fraud;
  • Banks and financial institutions to respond to cross-border regulatory investigations;
  • Credit rating agency defend court and regulatory proceedings following one of the largest data breaches in multiple jurisdictions;
  • European Government defend several arbitrations brought by state enterprises located in the Asia-Pacific region due to disputes triggered by the unexpected fluctuation in the value of derivatives;
  • Accountancy firm to dismiss a claim to challenge an arbitration award (reported at: Wah (Aka Alan Tang) & Anor v Grant Thornton International Ltd & Ors (2012) EWHC 3198);
  • Creditor of a company subject to a high-profile, multibillion-euro insolvency.

Events

Oxford Cybersecurity series: Legal issues in the field of cybersecurity

Young Finance Forum Networking Drinks - Book your place

ICC Commission Report Launch: Financial Institutions and International Arbitration - Book your place

Related links

Recognition in Legal 500 for Laura Feldman as next generation lawyer.

Laura Feldman identified as rising star in legal sector by International Chamber of Commerce.

Appointment to Lexis Nexis Dispute Resolution and Insolvency Expert Panels.

Laura Feldman appointed Visiting Professor in Private Law at King’s College.

External articles

Other experience and recognition

  • Member of the Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR) Brexit sub-committee.
  • Honorary Counsel for LawWorks pro bono scheme.
  • Member of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) Arbitration and Financial Law Reform Committees.
  • Speaker at Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre and Panel of Recognised International Market Experts in Finance (P.R.I.E Finance) Seminar on banking and finance disputes.
  • Marshall in High Court (Chancery Division) with Lady Justice Rose in London Executive Aviation Ltd v The Royal Bank of Scotland P.l.c (2018) EWHC 74.
  • Speaker at Professional Negligence Lawyers Association Conference.
  • Featured in the Free Representation Unit (FRU) Annual Report for pro bono activities.
  • Speaker at University of Oxford Law and Emerging Technologies Centre (LeX) Conference.
  • Stagiaire at the EU Court of Justice.
  • Middle Temple Wareing Trust Scholar and Fox Scholarship.
  • Distinction, Middle Temple International Law Essay Prize.
  • University of Oxford collection prizes for distinctions in term examinations.
  • Marshall in the High Court (Commercial Court) with Lady Justice Gloster in JP Morgan Chase Bank v Springwell Navigation Corporation (2008) EWHC 1186.