Chloë  has a commercial litigation practice and is comfortable working in teams or as sole counsel. She has already been recognised as a Rising Star in Legal 500 as “extremely clever, hardworking and is working at a level beyond her year of call”.

She is a specialist in digital assets and smart contracts and is quickly becoming recognised for her skills in obtaining interim injunctions and disclosure orders in fraud, tracing and misappropriation cases. She sits on the steering committee of the Tech Disputes Network and has lectured widely on a number of topics relating to digital assets and smart contracts.

More widely she has experience in construction of contracts, good faith in commercial contracts, civil fraud, banking litigation, professional negligence, pensions and public law.

Chloë was appointed to the Attorney General’s C Panel of civil counsel in September 2021.

Previous Experience

Prior to commencing practice Chloë spent one year at the UK Supreme Court as the judicial assistant to Lord Mance (the then Deputy President).

She also spent two years as a legal advisor to an Advocate General and a Judge at the Court of Justice of the European Union. She is therefore confident in dealing with issues relating to EU law and the UK’s departure from the EU.

Expertise

Chloë has significant experience obtaining interim injunctions. She obtained one of the first worldwide freezing injunctions and asset preservation orders in English courts in relation to cryptoassets. She also has experience obtaining Norwich Pharmacal and Banker’s Trust orders and related orders for alternative service and service out of the jurisdiction.

Chloë sits on the Executive Committee of COMBAR and is the general editor of the quarterly Outer Temple Commercial Newsletter.

Notable Commercial Litigation cases


The Schools Company Trust v Elias Achilleos and others (QBD) (current)

Currently junior counsel in a claim raising issues of breach of director’s and fiduciary duties and civil fraud.

Lubin Betancourt Reyes (2) Custodial Management Solutions v (1)-(3) Persons Unknown (4) Tether Holdings Limited (5) Binance Holdings Limited (unreported, April 2021, London Circuit Commercial Court)

Chloë acted as sole counsel and successfully obtained a worldwide freezing order and an asset preservation order against Persons Unknown together with permission to serve out of the jurisdiction and by alternative means. She also successfully obtained a Norwich Pharmacal and Banker’s Trust Order together with permission to serve out of the jurisdiction and by alternative means against D4 and D5

Murphy and others v Lloyd’s Bank plc (2020)

Junior counsel led by Farhaz Khan concerning consequential losses and the mis-selling of a swap by Lloyd’s bank. Settled before trial.

MKM Skip Hire Ltd v Bridgemarts Ltd t/a Gowing Pursey (2019)

Sole counsel in an appeal concerning relief from sanctions in a breach of contract case.

Bluewaters Communications Holdings v (1) Bayerische Landesbank Anstalt des Offentlichen Rechts (2) Bernard Charles Ecclestone and (3) Bambino Holidings Limited (2018)

Junior counsel in commercial court claim concerning alleged bribery in the sale Formula 1.

Shurbanova v FX Capital markets LLC [2017] EWHC 2133

Junior counsel led by Farhaz Khan. Acted for the successful defendant in a breach of contract claim. The Court accepted FXCM’s defence that the claimant’s profitable trades were the result of market abuse and ‘front running’.

Chloë spent 3 months on secondment in the General Counsel’s Division at the Financial Conduct Authority in 2019. During this period of time she gained significant insight into a wide range of financial services matters from the regulator’s perspective.

She is currently on a part-time secondment at the FCA assisting with their projects relating to cryptoasset regulation.

Chloë has experience of large-scale financial services enquiries as well as acting for regulators in their enforcement capacity. She has acted as counsel for Lloyd’s of London in a number of enforcement cases.

Notable Financial Services cases


Large-scale regulatory inquiry into non-financial misconduct (2021)

Chloë is currently junior counsel to Farhaz Khan in a large scale inquiry by a regulator into non-financial misconduct by firms and individuals.

The Lloyd’s Enforcement Board v Mr Gregory White (2021)

Chloë acted as sole counsel for Lloyd’s of London which successfully brought enforcement proceedings against Mr Gregory White (a private client director at Hampden Agencies Ltd) for discreditable conduct due to his involvement in the facilitation of loans between members of the Society who were clients of his employer in return for commission payments.

Murphy and others v Lloyd’s Bank plc

Junior counsel led by Farhaz Khan concerning consequential losses and the mis-selling of a swap by Lloyd’s bank. Settled before trial.

Shurbanova v FX Capital markets LLC [2017] EWHC 2133

Junior counsel led by Farhaz Khan. Acted for the successful defendant in a breach of contract claim. The Court accepted FXCM’s defence that the claimant’s profitable trades were the result of market abuse and ‘front running’.

Chloë is one of a few barristers at the London bar pioneering litigation relating to cryptoassets. She obtained one of the first comprehensive set of injunctions in relation to cryptoassets in the English courts this year.

Chloë also has a wide advisory practice relating to all aspects of the law and regulation of cryptoassets.

Chloë has written and lectured widely on a range of topics relating to cryptoassets and smart contracts. She also sits on the steering committee of the Tech Disputes Network.

Due to Chloë’s activity in this field she has established valuable contacts with experts in tracing cryptoassets and investigating frauds. She recognises the importance of taking a multi-disciplinary approach to successfully resolving such disputes.

Notable Fintech cases


Lubin Betancourt Reyes (2) Custodial Management Solutions v (1)-(3) Persons Unknown (4) Tether Holdings Limited (5) Binance Holdings Limited (unreported, April 2021, London Circuit Commercial Court)

Chloë acted as sole counsel and successfully obtained a worldwide freezing order and an asset preservation order against Persons Unknown together with permission to serve out of the jurisdiction and by alternative means. She also successfully obtained a Norwich Pharmacal and Banker’s Trust Order together with permission to serve out of the jurisdiction and by alternative means against D4 and D5. The case concerned the misappropriation of USD Tether by Persons Unknown.

MCDL v HSBC (2021)

Chloë is currently instructed to seek remedies against HSBC before the Financial Ombudsman Service relating to an authorised push payment fraud (APP). The fraud arose due to an individual on Tinder scamming the victim into investing over £250,000 in cryptoassets using an investment app.

X v Kraken (2021)

Chloë advised an individual on their potential regulatory remedies in relation to trades placed on the Kraken cryptocurrency exchange platform.

Andrew Schober v Persons Unknown and others (2021)

Chloë advised an American citizen on his prospects of bringing proceedings in the UK jurisdiction for misappropriation of c US$1,000,000 worth of bitcoin. She continues to act as a consultant in proceedings which are currently on foot in the US.

Chloë’s pensions practice includes a number of matters before domestic courts and tribunals as well as international courts.

Chloë has experience in a wide range of pensions matters including cases raising issues of equalisation, rectification, professional negligence, construction of trust documents, Courage fetters, section 75 debts and Pensions Ombudsman proceedings.

Chloë has been ranked in Legal 500 2021 and 2022 as a Rising Star in Pensions Law:

‘Chloe is one to watch as an up-and-coming junior. Extremely clever, hardworking and is working at a level beyond her year of call’ (Legal 500, 2022)

‘A very clever and hardworking junior’ (Legal 500, 2021)

Chloë sits on the Investment and DC Sub-Committee of the APL.

Notable Pensions cases


Re Atos Railways Pension Scheme (2021)

Currently junior counsel to Andrew Spink QC in a forthcoming Part 8 claim raising issues of construction of the Railways Pension Scheme established under the Railways Act 1993.

Re LMPA (2021)

Currently junior counsel to Richard Hitchcock QC in a rectification claim relating to the closure of a defined benefit scheme to future accrual.

Mr Robin Phillips & 69 Others v Edwards Limited (2020)

Junior counsel to Richard Hitchcock QC and Lydia Seymour in a case concerning the scope of the exclusion of pension rights transferring under the TUPE Regulations and its interaction with redundancy benefits contained in a pension scheme. Settled before trial.

Briggs & ors v Clay & ors (2019)

Junior counsel to Ben Hubble QC and Saaman Pourghadiri in a £60,000,000 multi-party professional negligence claim listed for an 8-week trial arising from the judgment of Newey J in Re Gleeds [2014] EWHC 1178 (Ch). Settled on day one of trial.

C-171/18 Safeway v Newton & OrsEU:C:2019:839

Junior counsel to Andrew Short QC and Michael Uberoi in the Court of Justice of the European Union (Luxembourg) concerning the retrospective levelling down and equalisation of pension benefits.

Various advisory matters

Chloë regularly provides advice on a range of pension matters, including government pension schemes.

Chloë gained vast experience in public law matters at the highest level as a judicial assistant at the UK Supreme Court.

Since returning to chambers she has been appointed by the Attorney General to the C Panel of civil counsel and has already obtained an interim injunction on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions in that capacity.

Chloë has particular interest in cases with a European or international element due to her experience at the Court of Justice at the European Union. Chloë has worked with John McKendrick QC on a number of international public law projects such as providing legal advice to the Inter-American Development Bank in Jamaica which is funding the production of national identity cards in Jamaica.

Chloë has had her academic work on the legal recognition of same-sex marriage in the EU cited by the Court of Justice of the European Union:

• C Bell and N Bačić Selanec ‘Who is a “spouse” under the Citizens’ Rights Directive? The prospect of mutual recognition of same-sex marriages in the EU’ (2016) European Law Review 655-686, cited with approval by AG Wathelet in C-673/16 Coman EU:C:2018:2, paragraph 80.

Notable Public Law cases


SSWP v Mr RP (2021)

Chloë acted as sole counsel for the SSWP. She successfully obtained an interim anti-harassment injunction against Mr RP and an order for service by alternative means.

C-624/19 Tesco Stores EU:C:2019:624 (2021)

Junior counsel to Keith Bryant QC, Naomi Cunningham and Stephen Butler in a case before the Court of Justice of the European Union concerning whether the principle of equal pay for male and female workers can be relied upon directly in respect of ‘equal work’ and ‘work of equal value’.

Lee v Ashers Baking Co Ltd[2018] UKSC 49

Assisting Sarah Crowther QC as a pupil and separately as a judicial assistant, concerning the right of a bakery to refuse to bake a cake with the slogan ‘support gay marriage’.

In the Matter of an Application by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission of Judicial Review (Northern Ireland)[2018] UKSC 27

As a judicial assistant, concerning the law of abortion in Northern Ireland and whether it was incompatible with Articles 3, 8 and/or 14 ECHR.

R (on the application of Black) v Secretary of State for Justice[2017] UKSC 81

As a judicial assistant, concerning the application of the smoking ban in prisons.

R (on the application of Tag Eldin Ramadan Bashir and others v Secretary of State for the Home Department[2018] UKSC 47

As a judicial assistant, concerning the application of the Refugee Convention to refugees residing in UK Sovereign Base Areas in Cyprus.

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions v Fileccia[2017] EWCA Civ 1907

(assisting Fiona Scolding QC as a pupil concerning the definition of ‘difference of views’ in Article 6(2) of EU Regulation 987/2009 for the purpose of determining which Member State was responsible for Mr Fileccia’s social security benefits).

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"Chloe is one to watch as an up-and-coming junior. Extremely clever, hardworking and is working at a level beyond her year of call."

Pensions, Legal 500 2022

"A very clever and hard-working junior."

Pensions, Chambers and Partners 2021

"I wanted to say how professional I found Chloe and what a good job I thought she did for her client in the hearing…I would have been impressed to see a pupil in my own chambers performing to that standard during their pupillage."

(Employment tribunal case)

"You really have done a great job on this case by grasping the facts and taking the ‘bull by the horns’ on some really tricky areas of law."

(Employment tribunal case)

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  • French (professional working proficiency

  • Justina Stewart, Hanif Virji and Chloë Bell, ‘LIBOR transition: ISDA Protocol first mover disadvantage and other international perspectives’ (January 2021), JIBFL
  • Chloë Bell and Joshua Cainer, ‘Decrypting the Situs – Conflicts of Laws Challenges in Cryptoasset Litigation’, (October 2021), OTC Commercial Newsletter
  • John McKendrick QC, Justina Stewart and Chloë Bell, ‘Announcement of plans for synthetic LIBOR: panacea or pandora’s box?’ (September 2020), JIBFL
  • Richard Hitchcock QC, Stephen Butler and Chloë Bell, ‘Cryptoassets: The Person in Property’ (June 2020), OTC Commercial Newsletter
  • Farhaz Khan and Chloë Bell, ‘Contractual Discretion or Absolute Right?’ (May 2019) JIBFL
  • C Bell and N Bačić Selanec ‘Who is a “spouse” under the Citizens’ Rights Directive? The prospect of mutual recognition of same-sex marriages in the EU’ (2016) European Law Review 655-686

  • City University, BPTC, Outstanding
  • University of Michigan Law School, LLM (GPA 3.8/4.0)
  • Université de Poiters, Diplôme aux études de droit français, mention assez bien
  • Trinity College, University of Cambridge, MA Law

 

  • Hubert Greenland Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn)
  • Buchanan Prize (Lincoln’s Inn)
  • Lord Denning Scholarship with accommodation award (Lincoln’s Inn)
  • Hardwicke Entrance Award (Lincoln’s Inn)
  • Kouba Essay Prize for best paper on European Integration (University of Michigan Law School)
  • Grotius Fellowship (University of Michigan Law School)
  • Hollond Fund full-fee scholarship for graduate study (Trinity College, Cambridge)
  • Tripos College Examination Prize (Trinity College, Cambridge)
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