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Elizabeth Grace

Elizabeth Grace

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Elizabeth joined Chambers in September 2018 upon successful completion of her pupillage and works across all of Chambers core practice areas. She regularly appears in the County Court and the Employment Tribunal, and has also appeared in the High Court on complex interlocutory matters. She has appeared in the Court of Appeal, and has advised on civil procedure in relation to appeals in both the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.

Before being called to the Bar, Elizabeth lectured in Japanese History at the University of Newcastle. She holds a PhD in Japanese and Korean cultural history (Trinity College, University of Cambridge), a Master of Studies in Modern Japanese Literature (Pembroke College, University of Oxford), and a Master of Arts in Japanese and Korean (St. Hilda’s College, University of Oxford, first class). She has also spent time at several universities in Japan and Korea, including Keio University in Tokyo and Sungkyungkwan University in Seoul.

In her spare time, Elizabeth is an advocate for improving end of life care and sits on the steering committee of Byw Nawr/Dying Matters Wales. She is an alumna of the United Word College of the Atlantic (UWCAC), where she was also previously a governor.

Commercial and Financial Services

Elizabeth has a growing practice in this area, which includes a regular court appearances for cases involving contractual matters, including breach of contract and misrepresentation, debt claims, and property and regulatory compensation claims.

Elizabeth appears in the Companies Court on a regular basis in relation to aspects of company insolvency, and has experience of winding-up petitions (including injunctions to restrain) and validation orders. She also assists litigants in person as part of the Company Law Pro Bono Scheme (COIN).

Elizabeth has also advised on contracts of insurance, second-charge mortgages, and regulation of Islamic mortgages.

Examples of recent work includes:

  • Jones & Anor v Roundlistic Ltd [2018] EWCA Civ 2284 (led by David Grant), on whether a term in a lease preventing sub-letting was an unfair term for the purposes of UTCCR
  • Illumina v TDL Genetics Ltd and others [2019] EWHC 1497 (Pat), advising on the Japanese aspects of the case for trial
  • BMS v Mercantile International Ltd (unreported), successfully obtaining damages for breach of contract on the basis that the Defendant had ostensible authority to enter into the relevant agreements
  • ATN Marketing v HMRC (unreported), successfully defended the company from a winding-up petition based on disputed VAT invoices.

Elizabeth is currently instructed as junior counsel to the Dame Linda Dobbs Review, a review into whether Lloyds Banking Group investigated and appropriately reported issues arising from the HBOS Reading Fraud following their acquisition of HBOS in 2009.

Appointments & Memberships

  • British Japanese Law Association
  • COMBAR
  • ChBA
  • ConTrA
  • ELBA

Awards

  • Inner Temple Major Scholarship – awarded for both the GDL and BPTC courses
  • City University Postgraduate Law Scholarship – awarded for both the GDL and BPTC courses
  • Domestic Research Studentship (DRS), University of Cambridge, competitive research studentship awarded to fund promising research projects across all disciplines (2009 – 2012)
  • Japan Foundation Endowment Committee (JFEC) Research Grant
  • Rouse-Ball Fund Research Grant, Trinity College, University of Cambridge (awarded twice for doctoral research)
  • College Prize, St. Hilda’s College, University of Oxford
  • Lee Yun Taek Korean Studies Scholarship
  • Mitsubishi Trust Yamamuro Memorial Scholarship, Keio University
  • Allen Scholar in Oriental Studies, St. Hilda’s College, University of Oxford
  • Moberly Exhibitioner, St. Hilda’s College, University of Oxford
  • Great Britain Sasakawa Fund Scholarship
  • Kathleen Major Prize, St. Hilda’s College, University of Oxford

Languages

  • Japanese (advanced)
  • Korean (advanced)
  • French (intermediate)
  • Spanish (intermediate)
  • Welsh (conversational)

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