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Joanne Box

Joanne Box

YEAR OF CALL: 2012

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Jo has a broad practice that covers the full range of commercial litigation and arbitration undertaken in Chambers. Jo is instructed in cases before the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and High Court, and in LCIA, ICC and UNCITRAL arbitrations.  She has appeared as an advocate in a range of fora, including the Court of Appeal.

Jo is particularly experienced in group litigation and is instructed in Bates and Ors v Post Office Ltd, a GLO claim by approximately 500 sub-post masters against Post Office Ltd (one of The Lawyer’s “Top 20 Cases” of 2018); on behalf of the defendant Ingenious Media in group litigation concerning the sale and promotion of its film finance investment scheme (also one of The Lawyer’s “Top 20 Cases” of 2018); and in an application for a collective proceedings order in relation to a claim for follow-on damages. 

Other recent cases include SICL v JP Morgan and Awal Bank, a high value claim relating to discharge of a swingline facility and ownership of trust assets following the collapse of the Saad Group; and the expedited Commercial Court trial and Court of Appeal hearings in Petrosaudi Oil Services (Venezuela) Ltd v Novo Banco SA and PDVSA [2017] EWCA Civ 9, a dispute concerning allegedly fraudulent demands for $129 million under a letter of credit.

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  • Commercial M
    • Bates and Ors v Post Office Ltd: acting for Post Office Ltd in group litigation involving claims by approximately 500 sub-post masters and sub-post mistresses for breach of contract (on the basis that their contracts were wrongly terminated) and harassment, and a counterclaim in fraud (with Helen Davies QC). One of The Lawyer’s “Top 20 Cases” of 2018.
    • Rowe v Ingenious Media: acting for the Ingenious Media defendants in relation to the Chancery Division group litigation arising out of the highly publicised film finance investment schemes (with Tim Lord QC and Simon Birt QC).  One of The Lawyer’s “Top 20 Cases” of 2018.
    • SICL v JP Morgan and Awal Bank, a high value claim relating to discharge of a swingline facility and ownership of trust assets following the collapse of the Saad Group (with Tim Lord QC and Stephen Midwinter QC).
    • Gerald Metals v Timis: a $90 million claim for alleged breaches of contract, fraud and conspiracy in relation to an iron ore mine in Sierra Leone and oil assets in Senegal (with Mark Howard QC).
    • Signia Wealth v Dauriac [2018] EWHC 1040 (Ch): high-profile investment management company dispute regarding exit provisions and share value which settled after the grant of permission to appeal (with Thomas Plewman QC and Sarah Ford QC).
    • Petrosaudi Oil Services (Venezuela) Ltd v Novo Banco SA and PDVSA [2017] EWCA Civ 9: acting for Petrosaudi in an expedited Commercial Court trial and subsequent Court of Appeal hearings in relation to a dispute concerning demands for $129 million under a letter of credit (with Jonathan Gaisman QC and Michael Bools QC).
    • Associated British Ports v Tata Steel UK Ltd [2017] EWHC 694 (Ch) – dispute concerning the validity of an arbitration agreement in a 25 year licence for use of the jetty at Port Talbot Tidal Harbour.
    • A US$300+ million UNCITRAL arbitration against a major national oil company in a dispute under a drilling services contract (with Michael Bools QC).
    • A US$50+ million ICC arbitration under a drilling services agreement (with Richard Lord QC).
    • Cattles Limited v PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP (Commercial Court): acting for the defendant in a £1.6 billion claim for auditor negligence (with Mark Hapgood QC and Thomas Plewman QC).  One of The Lawyer's “Top 20 Cases” of 2015.
    • Bonhams v Lawson & Ors (Commercial Court): dispute over the auction and ownership of a very rare £10 million racing Ferrari car, one of the world's most expensive classic cars (with Michael Bools QC).
    • Winkler v Shamoon & Ors (Chancery Division): application for a freezing injunction (with Daniel Jowell QC).
    • Malhotra v Malhotra [2014] EWHC 113 (Comm): an action on a cross-undertaking raising issues of reflective loss (with Roger Masefield QC).
    • An LCIA arbitration concerning credit insurance (with Tom Adam QC).
    • An LCIA arbitration relating to floating rate notes allegedly held as security (with Tim Lord QC).
    • An ICC arbitration concerning liability under an IT contract, raising issues of capacity and restitution (with Hilary Heilbron QC and David Scannell).
    • An ad hoc shipping arbitration under the AA 1996 concerning demurrage and alleged wrongful arrest of a vessel (with Richard Lord QC).
    • Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc v Kubber Investments (Commercial Court), an action for an anti-suit injunction and relief pursuant to a loan facility (with Fionn Pilbrow).
  • Civil fraud M
    • Bates and Ors v Post Office Ltd: acting for Post Office Ltd in group litigation involving claims by approximately 500 sub-post masters and sub-post mistresses for breach of contract (on the basis that their contracts were wrongly terminated) and harassment, and a counterclaim in fraud (with Helen Davies QC). One of The Lawyer’s “Top 20 Cases” of 2018.
    • Rowe v Ingenious Media: acting for the Ingenious Media defendants in relation to the Chancery Division group litigation arising out of the highly publicised film finance investment schemes (with Tim Lord QC and Simon Birt QC).  One of The Lawyer’s “Top 20 Cases” of 2018.
    • Gerald Metals v Timis: a $90 million claim for alleged breaches of contract, fraud and conspiracy in relation to an iron ore mine in Sierra Leone and oil assets in Senegal (with Mark Howard QC).
    • Petrosaudi Oil Services (Venezuela) Ltd v Novo Banco SA and PDVSA [2017] EWCA Civ 9: acting for Petrosaudi in an expedited Commercial Court trial and subsequent Court of Appeal hearings in relation to a dispute concerning allegedly fraudulent demands for $129 million under a letter of credit (with Jonathan Gaisman QC and Michael Bools QC).
    • SAAD Investments Company Limited v JP Morgan International Bank Ltd and Awal Bank BSC: acting for Awal Bank in a dispute relating to liabilities under a $75 million facility with JP Morgan, and ownership of trust assets worth approximately $200 million (with Tim Lord QC and Stephen Midwinter QC).  This case arose from the collapse of the Saad Group following a major fraud.
  • Energy and natural resources M
    • Gerald Metals v Timis: a $90 million claim for alleged breaches of contract, fraud and conspiracy in relation to an iron ore mine in Sierra Leone and oil assets in Senegal (with Mark Howard QC).
    • Petrosaudi Oil Services (Venezuela) Ltd v Novo Banco SA and PDVSA [2017] EWCA Civ 9: acting for Petrosaudi in an expedited Commercial Court trial and subsequent Court of Appeal hearings in relation to a dispute concerning demands for $129 million under a letter of credit (with Jonathan Gaisman QC and Michael Bools QC).
    • Associated British Ports v Tata Steel UK Ltd [2017] EWHC 694 (Ch) – dispute concerning the validity of an arbitration agreement in a 25 year licence for use of the jetty at Port Talbot Tidal Harbour.
    • An LCIA arbitration in relation to blockages in the Forties oil pipeline.
    • A US$300+ million UNCITRAL arbitration against a major national oil company in a dispute under a drilling services contract (with Michael Bools QC).
    • A US$50+ million ICC arbitration under a drilling services agreement (with Richard Lord QC).
  • Chancery: commercial M
    • Rowe v Ingenious Media: acting for the Ingenious Media defendants in relation to the Chancery Division group litigation arising out of the highly publicised film finance investment schemes (with Tim Lord QC and Simon Birt QC).  One of The Lawyer’s “Top 20 Cases” of 2018.
    • SICL v JP Morgan and Awal Bank, a high value claim relating to discharge of a swingline facility and ownership of trust assets following the collapse of the Saad Group (with Tim Lord QC and Stephen Midwinter QC).
    • Signia Wealth v Dauriac [2018] EWHC 1040 (Ch): high-profile investment management company dispute regarding exit provisions and share value which settled after the grant of permission to appeal (with Thomas Plewman QC and Sarah Ford QC).
  • Insurance and reinsurance M

    Jo has advised and acted in a range of insurance and reinsurance disputes, including most recently an ad hoc arbitration regarding ATE insurance (with Stephen Midwinter QC) and a $20 million LCIA arbitration concerning credit insurance (with Tom Adam QC).

  • Qualifications M

    Employment

    • 2013 - present: Tenant, Brick Court Chamber
    • 2012 - 2013: Pupil, Brick Court Chambers
    • 2011 - 2012: Teaching Fellow in Law, University College London
    • 2011 - 2012: Visiting Tutor in Contract Law, King's College London
    • 2010: Summer Associate, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, New York
    • 2009 - 2010: Supervisor in Law, University of Cambridge

    Professional Memberships

    COMBAR

    Education

    • 2011 - 2012: BPTC, Kaplan Law School (Outstanding)
    • 2010 - 2011: LLM, Harvard Law School
    • 2009 - 2010: LLM, University of Cambridge (Starred First, 1st in year)
    • 2006 - 2009: BA (Hons) Law, University of Cambridge (Double First)

    Scholarships and Prizes

    • Baron Dr Ver Heyden de Lancey Prize, Middle Temple
    • Certificate of Honour, Middle Temple
    • Marina Catovsky Advocacy Scholarship, Kaplan Law School
    • Queen Mother Scholarship, Middle Temple
    • Dean's Scholar, Harvard Law School
    • BRD Clarke Prize for Best Performance in the LLM, University of Cambridge
    • AHRC Studentship, University of Cambridge
    • Rebecca Flower Squire Scholarship, University of Cambridge
    • Rosemary Murray Scholarship, University of Cambridge
    • Winner of the USA Universities Debating Championships 2011
    • Finalist, Willem C Vis International Arbitration Moot 2011 (representing Harvard Law School)
    • Honourable Mention, Foreign Direct Investment International Arbitration Moot 2011
  • Publications M

    Trade Mark Law and the Threat to Free Speech [2012] IPQ 289

    L'Oreal v Bellure: Important Questions for Trade Mark Law 41 IIC 485 (2010)

    Further Doubt in the Law of Mistake 6 CSLR 308 (2010)