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Chloë Bell

Chloë Bell

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Chloë joined chambers in 2017 following the successful completion of her pupillage. She is developing a busy practice in all of chambers’ core practice areas.

Previous Experience

Between 2017 and 2018 Chloë was a judicial assistant to Lord Mance (Deputy President) at the United Kingdom Supreme Court.

Prior to starting pupillage, Chloë also spent two years working at the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg, first as a stagiaire and subsequently as a junior référendaire to Advocate General Bobek.

Education

Chloë studied law at Trinity College, University of Cambridge. She spent one year of her undergraduate studying French law at the University of Poitiers, France. Between 2013 and 2014 she completed an LLM at the University of Michigan, USA for which she received a GPA of 3.8/4.0. During her LLM, Chloë represented the University of Michigan in its first European Law Moot Court competition. She was a member of the winning regional team and placed third in the grand final held at the CJEU in Luxembourg. Chloë undertook her BPTC between 2014 and 2015 and was graded ‘Outstanding’.

Publications
  • C Bell ‘Package Travel’ in Crowther QC (ed) APIL Guide to Accidents Abroad (2nd edn) (LexisNexis)
  • 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
  • C Bell ‘A Conversation about Brexit’ UKAEL Blog 16 January 2016

Employment & Discrimination

  • Appeared successfully for the Claimant in a 7-day sex discrimination and sexual harassment trial and remedies hearing.
  • Appeared successfully for the Claimant in a 4-day disability discrimination, failure to make reasonable adjustments and unfair dismissal trial.
  • Appeared successfully for the Claimant in an associative race discrimination trial.
  • Represented the Respondent in a direct race discrimination trial.
  • Drafted pleadings in a breach of contract, procuring breach of contract and unlawful means conspiracy case concerning confidential information.
  • McCloud & Others v (1) The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice (2) Minstry of Justice ET 2201483/2015 & Others (assisting Andrew Short QC and Naomi Ling as a pupil, concerning age discrimination and judicial pensions).
  • 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’).
  • Drafted an advice on prospects of success in a racial harassment case.

Pensions & Trusts

  • Safeway v Newton & Ors (currently counsel, led by Andrew Short QC and Michael Uberoi, in an Article 267 TFEU reference to the CJEU on equalisation).
  • Robin Phillips & 69 Others v Edwards Limited (currently counsel, led by Lydia Seymour, in High Court action concerning TUPE transfers, redundancy benefits and the meaning of old-age benefits).
  • McCloud & Others v (1) The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice (2) Minstry of Justice ET 2201483/2015 & Others (assisting Andrew Short QC and Naomi Ling as a pupil, concerning age discrimination and judicial pensions).
  • Barnardos v Buckinghamshire and others (as a judicial assistant in the UKSC, concerning the proper construction of a pension scheme and the RPI/CPI indexes).
  • Case C-454/15 Webb-Sämann EU:C:2016:653 (as a référendaire at the CJEU concerning the protection of employees’ pensions in the event of the insolvency of their employer).
  • Drafted several opinions on the protection of employees’ pensions in the event of the insolvency of their employer, the variation of a pension scheme by deed and the closure of a pension scheme.

Financial Services

  • Shurbanova v Forex Capital Markets Ltd [2017] EWHC 2133 (QB) (successfully appeared for Forex Capital Markets led by Farhaz Khan).
  • Currently on a panel of barristers instructed to support a senior independent reviewer in their assessment of a large UK bank’s remediation programme.
  • Goldman Sachs International v Novo Banco SA [2018] UKSC 34 (as a judicial assistant concerning the European Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive 2014/59/EU and the Reorganisation and Winding Up of Credit Institutions Directive 2001/24/EC and transfers ‘bridge institutions’).
  • JSC BTA Bank v Khrapunov [2018] UKSC 19 (as a judicial assistant concerning the jurisdiction of English courts and the Lugano Convention).
  • Case C-375/15 BAWAG (as a référendaire at the CJEU concerning the definition of ‘durable medium’ for e-banking services under Directive 2007/64/EC on payment services in the internal market).

Commercial & Chancery

  • Atlantic Marine and Aviation LLP v Mr Richard Pierce (currently counsel in the QBD led by Andrew Maguire, concerning defamation in the publication of a review on a charter vessel).
  • Goldman Sachs International v Novo Banco SA [2018] UKSC 34 (as a judicial assistant concerning the European Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive 2014/59/EU and the Reorganisation and Winding Up of Credit Institutions Directive 2001/24/EC and transfers ‘bridge institutions’).
  • JSC BTA Bank v Khrapunov [2018] UKSC 19 ((as a judicial assistant concerning the jurisdiction of English courts and the Lugano Convention).
  • Playboy Club London Limited and others v Banca Nazionale del Lavoro SPA [2018] UKSC 43 (as a judicial assistant, concerning negligent misstatement, Hedley Byrne and pure economic loss in the context of the banker’s reference).
  • Investec Trust (Guernsey) Limited and another v Rawlinson and Hunter Trustees SA and another (Guernsey) [2018] UKPC 7 (as a judicial assistant, concerning the liability of trustees in the administration of the Tchenguiz Discretionary Trust).
  • Case C-256/15 Nemec (as a référendaire at the CJEU concerning Directive 2000/35 on combating late payment in commercial transactions in the context of a contract formed in Slovenia prior to its accession to the EU).
  • Advised on potential breach of a fixed term contract and remedy.
  • Drafted pleadings in a commercial bribery and corruption case to be heard in the High Court.

Public Law

  • 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 Cyrpus).
  • 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).
  • Drafted opinions as a pupil on:
    o Damages for unlawful detention
    o The public sector equality duty under the Equality Act 2010
    o ‘Ordinary residence’ under the Care Act 2017 and s.183 of the Mental Health Act 1983.
  • Drafted EHCP plan and grounds of appeal as a pupil for a SEND tribunal hearing.

EU Law

Having spent two years at the CJEU before coming to the bar, Chloë has significant experience of EU law matters. At the CJEU she was involved in resolving some of the most difficult questions of EU law presented by cases before the court. As a result of this experience, Chloë is particularly comfortable with and interested in all matters of EU law and issues relating to Brexit.

  • Safeway v Newton & Ors (currently counsel, led by Andrew Short QC and Michael Uberoi, in an Article 267 TFEU reference to the CJEU on the equalisation).
  • Robin Phillips & 69 Others v Edwards Limited (currently counsel, led by Lydia Seymour, in High Court action concerning TUPE transfers, redundancy benefits and the meaning of old-age benefits under Directive 2001/23 on the transfer of undertakings).
  • Scotch Whisky Association and others v The Lord Advocate and another (Scotland) [2017] UKSC 76 (as a judicial assistant, concerning whether the Scottish government’s minimum alcohol pricing policy infringed the free movement of goods under Articles 34 and 36 TFEU).
  • The UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Legal Continuity) (Scotland) Bill – a reference by the Attorney General and the Advocate General for Scotland UKSC 2018/0080 (concerning whether EU exit legislation passed in the Scottish Parliament (The UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Legal Continuity) (Scotland) Bill) was within Scotland’s devolved legislative powers).
  • Case C-592/14 European Federation for Cosmetic Ingredients EU:C:2016:703 (as a référendaire at the CJEU concerning the scope of the prohibition on cosmetic products containing ingredients which have been the subject of animal testing).
  • Case C-289/15 Grundza (as a référendaire at the CJEU concerning the European Arrest Warrant and the condition of double criminality).
  • Case C-256/15 Nemec (as a référendaire at the CJEU concerning Directive 2000/35 on combating late payment in commercial transactions in the context of a contract formed in Slovenia prior to its accession to the EU).
  • Case C-375/15 BAWAG (as a référendaire at the CJEU concerning the definition of ‘durable medium’ for e-banking services under Directive 2007/64/EC on payment services in the internal market).
  • Case C-454/15 Webb-Sämann (as a référendaire at the CJEU concerning the protection of employees’ pensions in the event of the insolvency of their employer).

Personal Injury, Travel law and Clinical Negligence

Given Chloë’s experience at the CJEU she has a particular interest in cross-border personal injury. She authored the chapter on Package Travel in the new edition of Crowther QC (ed) APIL Guide to Accidents Abroad (2nd edn) (LexisNexis).

  • Currently counsel led by Sarah Crowther QC in a case arising out of a catastrophic car accident in France.
  • Represented the Defendant tour operator in a package travel claim arising out of an injury sustained by the Claimant by the pool at her hotel in Italy (settled just before trial).
  • Represented the Claimant in his claim against Ryanair for breach of the Montreal Convention (settled just before trial).
  • Appeared for the family in a 4-week inquest into the death of Neil Jewell who died in a mental health unit. A jury found that neglect contributed to Mr Jewell’s death: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-39645769.
  • Drafted defence in package travel claim.
  • Assisted Sarah Crowther QC and David Westcott QC in the preparation of a clinical negligence trial concerning injuries caused to a child in child birth.
  • Drafted advice and represented the child in an infant settlement approval hearing.

 

Appointments & Memberships

  • ALBA
  • Bar Pro Bono Unit
  • COMBAR
  • ELA

Awards

  • Hubert Greenland Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn)
  • Buchanan Prize (Lincoln’s Inn)
  • Lord Denning Scholarship (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)
  • Lizette Bentwich Examination Prize (Trinity College, Cambridge)

Languages

  • French (advanced)

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“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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