Chloë Bell

Chloë Bell

Call: 2015

"She is really bright, hard-working and easy to work with."

- Chambers & Partners UK Bar (2022)

"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 UK Bar (2022)

"A very clever and hard-working junior."

- Legal 500 UK Bar (2021)

Practice Overview

Chloë Bell has a wide ranging commercial 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 civil fraud, tracing and misappropriation cases. She has been recognised as a leader at the UK Bar for cryptocurrency in Chambers and Partners 2022.

Chloë also 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.

Chloë is quickly becoming recognised as an up and coming junior in commercial litigation, particularly cases involving civil fraud. She has significant experience as sole counsel obtaining interim injunctions in the High Court. 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.

Examples of Chloë’s recent cases:

  • CGH Ltd v anor (ongoing) Currently instructed as junior counsel to Tim Collingwood QC in a multi-million pound commercial court claim for a repudiatory breach of contract.
  • LCIA-DIFC Arbitration (2022) Instructed in a dispute relating to the enforceability of restrictive covenants following the termination of an employment contract.
  • Farrag and Gulf Ltd v Alin (BL-2021-002017) Obtained a proprietary injunction and disclosure order in relation to the misappropriation of a luxury car.
  • 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 has a busy financial services practice acting for both regulators and private clients. She 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.

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.

Examples of Chloë’s recent 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’.
  • Advisory work: Chloë regularly advises clients on financial services law. She has advised clients on the mis-selling of pensions products and on the effects of a restitution order under section 382 of FSMA for an insolvent company.

Chloë is one of a few barristers at the London bar who has been recognised by Chambers and Partners as a leading barrister in cryptocurrency (see here).

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.

Examples of Chloë’s recent work:

  • Ellis v Digit Europe Limited (Company No. 12340858) (CL-2021-000753) Junior counsel for a defendant in one of the first contested injunction return dates involving allegations of a multi-million pound cryptocurrency fraud. In a last minute change of position the claimant agreed to withdraw its application against Chloë’s client and to discontinue the claim against it.
  • 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.

Examples of Chloë’s recent 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 & Ors EU: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.

Examples of Chloë’s 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 Cyrpus.

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