Marie Louise Kinsler QC
+44 (0)20 7822 1200
“A pre-eminent practitioner…knows the answer to everything”Chambers UK 2021
“A superb international lawyer”Legal 500 2021
“A formidable standing in the market”Chambers UK 2020
“Enormous intellectual power”Chambers UK 2020
“At the forefront of complex jurisdictional issues”Chambers UK 2018
Marie Louise Kinsler QC specialises in private international law and EU law. She is instructed on jurisdiction, choice of law and related issues in a wide variety of areas including environmental law, human rights, personal injury, product liability and commercial law. She has particular expertise on Rome II as well as in cases involving the application of foreign law by English courts.
In the last few years Marie Louise has appeared in 5 cases in the Supreme Court including acting for the Claimants in Vedanta Resources plc v Lungowe  UKSC 20, a landmark jurisdiction dispute in a group environmental claim concerning copper mining in Zambia, and acting for the Defendant in Brownlie v Four Seasons Holdings Inc  UKSC 80, the litigation arising out of the death of Professor Sir Ian Brownlie QC. Other recent work includes a number of large group actions, including acting for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the Kenyan Emergency group litigation, a claim by 42,000 Kenyans arising out of the Mau Mau uprising in the 1950s.
Marie Louise has recently been appointed as the National Rapporteur for the UK and Ireland for the European Commission’s review into the application of Rome II in the Member States. The review, which is being conducted by the British Institute for International and Comparative Law on behalf of the Commission, looks at how Rome II has operated in practice over the past 10 years since it entered into force.
Alongside her practice and on a part-time basis, Marie Louise lectures at Cambridge University, lecturing on both the International Commercial Litigation LLM course as well as the Conflict of Laws undergraduate course.
Specialist expertise in private international law and conflict of laws. Regularly instructed on jurisdiction, applicable law and related issues including enforcement of judgments in a wide variety of claims including commercial law, product liability, environmental law, human rights and personal injury. Particular expertise in relation to Rome I, Rome II and the Brussels Regulation as well as the application of foreign law by English courts.
She has acted in a number of large group claims (Kenyan Emergency group litigation, Iraqi civilians v MOD, Lungowe v Vedanta Resources plc, HRH Okpabi v Royal Dutch Shell plc) as well as claims brought by individuals including the litigation arising from the death of Professor Sir Ian Brownlie.
Advises on jurisdiction, applicable law (including limitation) and related procedural issues. Particular expertise in relation to Rome II and the Brussels Regulation. Specialist expertise in cross-border personal injury claims including on novel points of law and the application of foreign law. She has acted in the leading cases on jurisdiction in claims arising out of accidents abroad outside the EU: Brownlie v Four Seasons Holdings Inc  SC; Pike v The Indian Hotels Company  CA; Wink v Croatia Osiguranje  CA; and Cooley v Ramsey  CA. She has acted in the leading cases on Rome II in the personal injury context: Marshall v MIB  QB; Wall v Mutuelle de Poitiers  CA; Bianco v Bennett  QB; Winrow v Hemphill  QB; Jacobs v MIB  CA; and Bacon v Nacional Suiza  CA.
Regularly advises on and deals with cross-border issues in a variety of different areas of insurance. Recent experience of jurisdiction disputes in the Commercial court in claim for equitable contribution between insurers, raising issues of the proper characterization of the claims under the Brussels Regulation and the operation of the lis pendens provisions.
Regularly advises on jurisdiction and choice of law issues in cross-border product liability claims including large group claims. Notable cases include Laserpoint v Prime Minister of Malta and others  EWHC 1820 (QB) (successfully resisting enforcement of foreign judgment), Iveco v Magna  EWHC 2887 (TCC) (jurisdiction).
Specialist expertise in cross-border personal injury claims. She has acted in the leading cases on jurisdiction in claims arising out of accidents abroad but outside the EU: Brownlie v Four Seasons Holdings Inc  SC; Pike v The Indian Hotels Company ; Wink v Croatia Osiguranje  CA; and Cooley v Ramsey  CA. She has acted in the leading cases on Rome II: Marshall v MIB  QB; Wall v Mutuelle de Poitiers  CA; Bianco v Bennett  QB; Winrow v Hemphill  QB; Jacobs v MIB  CA; and Bacon v Nacional Suiza  CA. Recent work includes acting for Claimants in group actions including Iraqi Civilians v MOD  SC and Lungowe v Vedanta and Konkola Copper Mines  TCC and acting for the Motor Insurers Bureau in litigation arising out of the Motor insurance directives.
Specialist knowledge and experience of the impact of the EU motor insurance directives. Regularly advises on insurers’ liability and issues arising from the relationship between EU and English law. She acts on behalf of the Motor Insurers Bureau in the litigation arising out of the 4th Motor Insurance Directives including in the Supreme Court in Moreno v MIB . She also frequently acts in cases involving technical points involving EU law.