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Emily Albou

Call 2014

ealbou@2tg.co.uk

+44 (0)20 7822 1200

Practice Overview

Emily’s practice focuses on commercial litigation, commercial fraud, and the closely related areas of insurance, professional negligence and property damage. She also acts for a range of clubs and individual athletes dealing with contractual and personal injury matters in sport disputes.

Emily regularly appears in the High Court and County Court in all levels of claims and applications, including interim applications before both Masters and Judges. She has particular experience of applications in the Companies’ Court.

Prior to joining 2TG, Emily worked at the Court of Justice of the European Union as a Judicial Assistant to Judge Vajda and Advocate General Sharpston, having been selected as Middle Temple’s Bristow Scholar. Emily is noted for her approachability and ease with clients.

Commercial Dispute Resolution

Emily acts in all forms of commercial disputes both as sole counsel and as junior counsel. She has experience in dealing with a range of disputes from small contractual disputes involving SME businesses, through to high value international disputes in the English courts and in international arbitrations. Emily has experience of working in the Middle East and speaks fluent French and conversational Arabic and Spanish.

Emily is currently instructed as part of a team of junior counsel in Breyer v Department for Energy and Climate Change, a claim for damages in excess of £170 million in respect of the Government’s proposed retrospective changes to the feed-in tariffs scheme for solar photovoltaic installations.

Recent experience includes:

 

  • Emily was instructed as part of a team of junior counsel in the preparation of an international commercial arbitration concerning a joint venture agreement with a value of c. $200 million. (2017)
  • Emily was led by Stuart Benzie (2TG) in a multi-million dollar shipping arbitration under the rules of the LMAA, acting for the successful claimant. (2016; award in 2017)
  • Emily assisted the 2TG team that acted for West Ham in a high profile and complex contractual dispute with a stadium operating company. (2016)

Recent experience as sole counsel includes acting in:

 

  • Claim for breach of contract against the manufacturer of a purpose-built aquarium.
  • Numerous debt recovery and finder’s fee claims.
  • Claim for breach of contract for services arising out of a wedding.
  • Claim for breach of contract arising out of a tenancy dispute.
  • Numerous cases involving consumer credit agreements.
Property Damage

Emily has experience of drafting pleadings and representing clients in cases involving floods, fires, defective design, product liability and subsidence. She has been involved in cases that required complex expert evidence and has experience of examining such evidence in conference. Emily is confident advising on and presenting technical evidence.

Emily is also familiar with claims involving multiple parties and the resulting issues as to competing causes and claims for contribution and/or indemnity (contractual or otherwise).

Emily’s recent experience includes acting in:

 

  • A claim resulting from escape of oil from boilers onto C’s property. This case also raised company law issues in relation to the corporate entities bringing the claim.
  • Multiple claims in negligence, nuisance and breach of contract, arising from allegedly negligent installation of appliances.
  • A claim for contribution in respect of damage caused to a power cable during excavation works.
  • Numerous claims against insurers for diminution in value caused to chattels.
Professional Negligence

Emily is developing a busy professional negligence practice, with particular experience in solicitors’ negligence. She was recently instructed as part of a team of junior counsel in a high-value, complex solicitors’ negligence claim which involved complex points of law and the interpretation of contractual documents.

Emily is currently acting for the defendant in an ongoing claim regarding the allegedly negligent mishandling of litigation.

Sport

Emily’s practice includes acting for clubs and individual athletes in a range of contractual and personal injury disputes.

Emily assisted the 2TG team that acted for West Ham in a high profile and complex contractual dispute with a stadium operating company; she is familiar with the legal and regulatory framework that applies to professional football.

Emily has also acted in personal injury claims in both football and motorsport and acts for both claimants and defendants in such cases.  Emily also assisted in a rare private prosecution that was brought by a cyclist following the refusal of the police and the CPS to pursue the matter.

Insurance & Reinsurance

Emily regularly acts in litigation arising from insurance claims, and is experienced in dealing with complex points of contractual interpretation which may arise in coverage disputes. She has a particular interest in fraudulent claims, and is frequently instructed in claims in which policyholders are suspected of dishonesty.

Private International Law

Emily has a strong interest in cases involving conflict of laws/jurisdiction disputes, tying in with her experience as Judicial Assistant at the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Other

Emily has a strong interest in languages and is an avid skier, having competed in ESF skiing competitions at a national level from a young age