Emily Albou

Call 2014


Emily has substantial experience in international commercial disputes and arbitrations, including UNCITRAL, LMAA, DIFC-LCIA and DIAC arbitrations, on subject matters ranging from banking and fraud to IP/IT and construction. Emily also has experience of DFSA regulatory matters (including advisory and compliance) and DIFC hearings. Emily has particular experience of interim applications including freezing injunctions and Norwich Pharmacal applications.

Notable Commercial Dispute Resolution cases

Clearlake Chartering USA Inc v Petroleo Brasilieiro SA

Working on the litigation as part of the team acting for Petrobras in a dispute arising under letters of indemnity for discharge of cargo without production of original bills of lading, as part of her secondment to White & Case LLP in 2021.

FimBank PLC v Farlin Energy & Commodities Fze [CFI/075/2018]

Acting as sole counsel for the successful claimant in its USD 20 million contractual debt claim against the defendant, appearing before H.E. Justice Ali Al Madhani in the DIFC.

Dame Linda Dobbs Review

Acting as junior counsel to the review, considering whether issues relating to HBOS Reading were investigated and appropriately reported to authorities following Lloyd Banking Group’s acquisition of HBOS.

Instructed on behalf of the defendant in a DIFC-LCIA intellectual property dispute, led by Isabel Jamal (8 New Square) and Stephen Houseman QC (Essex Court Chambers).

Acting for the successful claimant in a multi-million dollar shipping arbitration under the rules of the LMAA (led by Stuart Benzie).

Instructed as part of a team of junior counsel on behalf of the claimants in an UNCITRAL arbitration concerning claims of over US$150m relating to a joint venture for the production and marketing of base oil products.

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.

Breyer v Department for Energy & Climate Change

Instructed as part of a team of junior counsel, 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.

Successfully obtaining a worldwide freezing injunction against ‘Persons Unknown’ arising out of a ‘push-payment’ fraud (led by Stuart Benzie).

Successfully obtaining multiple Norwich Pharmacal orders (led by Stuart Benzie).

Instructed on behalf of a French university in a jurisdiction challenge and breach of contract/education dispute (claim brought by a PHD student).

Working as part of a 2TG team acting for West Ham United Football Club in a high profile and complex contractual dispute with a stadium operating company.

Advising a foreign company on applicable law and merits of a breach of contract claim, with a value of c. $700,000.

Emily has built a strong practice in high value property damage disputes and those with complex issues, with a particular interest in issues of causation, contribution/indemnity, expert evidence and multi-party disputes. She has experience across a range of subject matters including floods, fires, defective design and subsidence.

Notable Property Damage cases

Instructed on behalf of multinational electrical component manufacturer in multi-party fire claim in a Boots shop, in excess of £11m (led by James Medd, Crown Office Chambers).

Instructed on a claim resulting from the escape of oil from boilers onto the claimant’s property. This case also raised company law issues in relation to the corporate entities bringing the claim.

Instructed on multiple claims in negligence, nuisance and breach of contract, arising from the allegedly negligent installation of appliances including claims for contribution/indemnity.

Emily is an experienced sports law practitioner, acting for clubs and individual athletes in a range of contractual and personal injury disputes.

In respect of personal injury, she has an excellent record of dealing with skiing accident claims, particularly those with a French language element and claims in both football, for Premier League Clubs, and motorsport. She acts for both claimants and defendants in such cases.

Notable Sport cases

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.

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.

Emily has expertise in product liability claims and has experience of such claims with a foreign element. As a native English and French speaker, she is regularly instructed in claims involving French-language elements.

Notable Product Liability cases

ES & Ors v Groupama Méditerranée

Instructed as part of a team of junior counsel in a fatal accident claim, arising from an allegedly defective tyre (led by Charles Dougherty QC).

Instructed on behalf of insured manufacturer of electrical components in a multi-million pound claim arising out of a fire.

Emily has significant expertise in professional negligence disputes, with particular experience in solicitors’ negligence claims and those arising in the sports industry.

Recent experience includes acting for the defendant in a claim brought by a football club, regarding allegedly negligent mishandling of litigation.

Emily regularly acts in litigation arising from insurance claims and is experienced in dealing with complex points of policy interpretation which 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.

Emily has expertise 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.

Recent experience as sole counsel includes acting for a French university in a jurisdiction challenge and  breach of contract/education dispute (claim brought by a PHD student), and advising a foreign company on applicable law and merits of a breach of contract claim, with a value of c. $700,000.

Privacy Policy

Emily Albou Privacy Policy

My contact details:

ICO Reg No: ZA208400
Address: 2 Temple Gardens, London, EC4Y 9AY
Email: clerks@2tg.co.uk
Phone: +44 (0)20 7822 1200

The type of personal information I collect

To enable me to provide you with legal advice and representation in courts, tribunals, arbitrations and mediations, I currently collect and process the following personal information:

Personal identifiers, contacts and characteristics (for example, name, date of birth and contact details), bank and financial details, your background and circumstance and education.

Other personal data relevant to, or included in instructions to provide legal services, including data specific to the instructions in question and data included in documents provided to me as part of instructions or otherwise.

Such information may include personal information relating to family members, associates, agents, employees, shareholders or beneficial owners. By providing such personal information to me, you automatically confirm that you are authorised to do so. It is not reasonably practicable for me to provide the information set out in this Privacy Notice to those individuals. Accordingly, where appropriate, you are responsible for providing this information to any such individuals.

Where necessary, I may also need to process Special Category data about you including

  • racial or ethnic origin;
  • personal data revealing political opinions;
  • personal data revealing religious or philosophical beliefs;
  • personal data revealing trade union membership;
  • genetic data;
  • biometric data (where used for identification purposes);
  • data concerning health;
  • data concerning a person’s sex life; and
  • data concerning a person’s sexual orientation.

How I get the personal information and why I have it

Most of the personal information that I process is provided to me directly by you or via the professional you have instructed such as a solicitor or consultant or other professional adviser who instructs me on your behalf to provide legal services.

I use the information that you have given me in order to

  • provide legal services to you, my client, including the provision of legal advice and
  • representation in courts, tribunals, arbitrations, and mediations
  • keep accounting records and carry out office administration
  • take or defend legal or regulatory proceedings or to exercise a lien
  • respond to potential complaints or make complaints
  • check for potential conflicts of interest in relation to future potential cases
  • promote and market my services
  • carry out anti-money laundering and terrorist financing checks
  • train other barristers and pupils, and when providing work-shadowing opportunities
  • publish legal judgments and decisions of courts and tribunals as required or permitted by law.

I may share this information with

  • other professional advisers such as other legal professionals and consultant experts and other witnesses
  • courts and tribunals
  • the staff in my Chambers
  • prosecution authorities
  • pupils and mini pupils
  • lay clients
  • family and associates of the person whose personal information I am processing
  • in the event of complaints, the Head of Chambers, other individuals nominated by Chambers who deal with complaints, the Bar Standards Board, and the Legal Ombudsman
  • other regulatory authorities
  • current, past or prospective employers
  • education and examining bodies
  • business associates, professional advisers and trade bodies, e.g. the Bar Council
  • professional indemnity insurers or brokers
  • the general public in relation to the publication of legal judgments and decisions of courts and tribunals
  • If you have engaged other professional advisers to instruct me on your behalf on the matters on which I am providing legal services to you, I shall assume that I may disclose your personal information to them unless you tell me otherwise.
  • I may be required to provide your information to regulators, such as the Bar Standards Board, the Financial Conduct Authority or the Information Commissioner’s Office. In the case of the Information Commissioner’s Office, there is a risk that your information may lawfully be disclosed by them for the purpose of any other civil or criminal proceedings, without my consent or yours, which includes privileged information.
  • I may also be required to disclose your information to the police or intelligence services, where, acting in good faith, I consider it required and permitted by law.

Under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the lawful basis I rely on for processing this information is

  • The processing is necessary for a contract I have with you, or because you have asked me to take specific steps before entering into a contract.
  • You are able to remove your consent at any time. You can do this by contacting me.
  • It may be necessary for me to share your personal data to comply with legal obligations to, for example, HMRC.

How I store your personal information

Your information is securely stored in Chambers or at my home. I use reasonable technical and organisational security measures such as password protection and encryption of computer generated data and keeping paper data secure to prevent personal information from being accidentally lost or destroyed, or used or accessed in an unauthorised way.

In this connection, Chambers, as data processor, acting on my behalf, will only process your personal data on my instructions and is subject to a duty of confidentiality.

The data will be held in line with any regulatory obligations and generally be kept for 6 years but may be 12 years, or longer where, for example, the case includes information relating to a minor, from the date of completion of instructions. At this point any further retention will be reviewed and the data will be marked for deletion or marked for retention for a further period.

All data will be securely deleted or securely shredded after this time without reference to you. I will store some of your information which I need to carry out conflict checks for the rest of my career. However, this is likely to be limited only to your name and contact details and the name of the case. It will not include any information that is “sensitive information” for GDPR purposes.

Your data protection rights

Under data protection law, you have rights including:

  • Your right of access – You have the right to ask me for copies of your personal information.
  • Your right to rectification – You have the right to ask me to rectify personal information you think is inaccurate. You also have the right to ask me to complete information you think is incomplete.
  • Your right to erasure – You have the right to ask me to erase your personal information in certain circumstances.
  • Your right to restriction of processing – You have the right to ask me to restrict the processing of your personal information in certain circumstances.
  • Your right to object to processing – You have the the right to object to the processing of your personal information in certain circumstances.
  • Your right to data portability – You have the right to ask that I transfer the personal information you gave us to another organisation, or to you, in certain circumstances.
  • You are not required to pay any charge for exercising your rights. If you make a request, I have one month to respond to you. Please contact me at 2 Temple Gardens, London, EC4Y 9AY or clerks@2tg.co.uk if you wish to make a request.

Transfer of your information outside the European Economic Area (EEA)

This privacy notice is of general application and as such it is not possible to state whether it will be necessary to transfer your information out of the EEA. If I do transfer your personal data I will use safeguards to ensure the data is fully protected as required by the UK Data Protection Regulations.

Changes to my Privacy Policy

From time to time, I may need to make chances to my privacy policy. If so, the changes will appear on my entry on the 2TG website.


As above, I may share your personal data with Chambers who may in turn use that data to notify you by email, or post about an invitation to seminars and similar events. You may opt out of receiving any such marketing communications at any time by using the “unsubscribe” link in any emails. In relation to how Chambers uses such data, please see Chambers’ privacy policy. Other than sharing personal data with Chambers as described above, I will not share your information with any other third party for marketing purposes.

How to complain

If you have any concerns about my use of your personal information, you can make a complaint to me or to my Senior Clerk, Lee Tyler at 2 Temple Gardens, London, EC4Y 9AY or clerks@2tg.co.uk. You can also complain to the ICO if you are unhappy with how we have used your data.

The ICO’s address:

Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane

Helpline number: 0303 123 1113
ICO website: https://www.ico.org.uk

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On Shaky Ground: the Robin Rigg case (Planning & Building Control Today, 29/11/17;
UK Construction Excellence, 31/10/17;
Lawyer Monthly, 17/10/2017;
2TG Property Damage Blog 06.08.2017

  • The Hon. Sir Peter Bristow Scholarship, Middle Temple
  • Jules Thorn (Major) Scholarship, Middle Temple
  • First Place, Midlands Regional Moot
  • Nottingham Advantage Award, University of Nottingham
  • First in year in Arabic, University of Nottingham
  • Runner-up, Second and Final Year Law Moot, University of Nottingham

  • BPTC, City Law School, London
  • LLB (Hons) in Law, University of Nottingham

  • French (native)
  • Spanish
  • Arabic (conversational)

  • PIBA
  • PNBA
  • LawInSport
  • Franco-British Lawyers Society

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