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Justina Stewart is ranked as a Leading Junior in Commercial Litigation, Banking and Finance, and Insolvency. Her practice encompasses the full range of commercial chancery and financial regulatory work.

Directory comments include:

  • Justina is brilliant. She is sensible, calm and organised as well as being really personable and a fantastic communicator ….’ (Banking & Finance, Legal 500 2021)
  • A highly intelligent and tenacious litigator, she is also far more financially literate than most barristers.” (Banking & Finance, Legal 500 2020)
  • … very good commercial application …” (Banking & Finance, Legal 500 2019)
  • Extremely bright, enthusiastic and commercial – she produces excellent written work and is able to both empathise with clients whilst providing well considered independent advice.’ (Commercial Litigation, Legal 500 2021)
  • Strong, dynamic and commercial. She’s a force and great to use on difficult insolvency claims.’ (Insolvency, Legal 500 2021)
  • Incredibly impressive and a force to be reckoned with.” (Insolvency, Legal 500 2020)

Justina’s cases include those with multi-jurisdictional elements, and matters which are notable for their complexity and novelty. She has extensive advocacy experience, and has appeared unled in significant matters.

Before coming to the Bar, Justina was an international investment banker, working with top-ranked corporate finance teams on complex transactions, predominantly in the oil & gas, electricity, banking, IT and telecoms sectors.

This, together with her economics degrees, gives Justina a level of financial acumen and familiarity with financial products that is rare at the Bar.

Justina is appointed to the Attorney General’s C Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown.

Civil Fraud and Business Crime

Civil fraud and associated causes of action (e.g. conspiracy, dishonest assistance); civil and regulatory investigations; market abuse and insider dealing, bribery and corruption, sanctions violations, tax fraud; freezing, search and disclosure orders; receivership orders; committal proceedings; detangling complex asset protection schemes; judgment enforcement and asset recovery; monetisation of judgments and arbitral awards; cross-border, multi-jurisdictional and domestic.

Justina’s cross-disciplinary expertise in related areas enables her to offer all-round advice and representation in the areas of civil fraud and business crime.

Examples of cases:

Intelsat v Luxembourg Space Telecommunications SA (Comm) (2019)Acted for defendant, which was 100% owned by major Chinese conglomerate. Claim for unpaid fees.  Context was telecoms services provided to Nicaragua Police Force via claimant’s satellite, alleged inability by defendant to pay fees as defendant’s bank (a Chinese bank) declined to do so due to alleged breach of US trade sanctions (North Korea).  Freezing injunction obtained in Luxembourg. Insolvency issues.

Client confidential – claim for over £110m. Allegation of MTIC frauds. Claims based on dishonest assistance in breach of trust, and under s.213 IA 1986 (knowing participation in fraudulent trading).

Alberto Micalizzi v FCA UKUT 0335 (TCC) (Upper Tribunal Tax & Chancery Chamber) – Micalizzi, the former CEO of a hedge fund, sought to conceal massive losses following the collapse of Lehmans by deliberately misrepresenting the fund’s value and entering into agreements with third parties to acquire units in purported convertible bonds issued by a Nevada based company and backed by Russian diesel oil.

Abbar & Anr v Sedco Real Estate Ltd, Saudi Economic & Development Company (Sedco) Ltd & Ors [2013] EWHC 1414 (Ch) – a contractual and misrepresentation claim relating to the “Pinnacle” development (formerly the Bishopsgate Tower), a share subscription in a development company, and subsequent inability of a subscriber to exit from his investment.

Yorkshire Building Society v Salter (HQ13X05838) – a claim to recover sums allegedly fraudulently withdrawn by a bank employee. Involved detailed analysis of over one hundred banking transactions for period of c.19 years.  Successful on summary judgment.

(1) Rosork Holdings Ltd (2) Fairlann Trading Ltd v (1) Silver (2) Jenkins (HC13E01128) – satellite action related to complex and protracted proceedings in Chancery Division (fraud, breach of duty and secret profits claim) and QBD (libel action). Security for costs application that resulted in the end of the action against the defendants.

Tchenguiz v Director of the Serious Fraud Office – claim by the Tchenguiz brothers following their investigation and arrest by the SFO in the wake of the collapse of Kaupthing. Instructed by the SFO.

Appointments & Memberships

  • Lincoln’s Inn
  • COMBAR
  • Chancery Bar Association
  • Commercial Lawyers Fraud Association
  • Financial Services Lawyers Association
  • R3
  • Professional Negligence Bar Association

Education

• LLB (First Class)
• BVC (Outstanding, first in year group)
• GDL (Distinction)
• M.Phil (Economics) (Oxford)
• BSc.Econ (LSE)

Awards

  • Cassel Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn)
  • Sunley Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn)
  • Buchanan Prize (Lincoln’s Inn)

Languages

  • French (Fair)
  • Polish (Fair)

Justina Stewart is regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and holds a current practising certificate. If you are not satisfied with the service provided, please click here.

Areas of Law


Testimonials


“Justina is brilliant. She is sensible, calm and organised as well as being really personable and a fantastic communicator…” Banking & Finance, Legal 500 2021

“Extremely bright, enthusiastic and commercial – she produces excellent written work and is able to both empathise with clients whilst providing well considered independent advice.” Commercial Litigation, Legal 500 2021

“Strong, dynamic and commercial. She’s a force and great to use on difficult insolvency claims.” Insolvency, Legal 500 2021

A highly intelligent and tenacious litigator, she is also far more financially literate than most barristers.” Banking and Finance, Legal 500 2020

“Incredibly impressive and a force to be reckoned with.” Insolvency, Legal 500 2020

 

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