Emile is building a litigation and arbitration practice in shipping, commodities, and international trade law. He has broad experience in these specialist fields and in general commercial and international law. He accepts instructions on all shipping and international arbitration matters, both as a junior and as sole counsel.
Prior to joining 36 Stone, Emile completed pupillage at Quadrant Chambers and worked as a paralegal in Stephenson Harwood’s Maritime and International Trade department and at Bridge Law Solicitors (a boutique commercial chancery firm in Manchester). During pupillage he worked on a range of shipping, commodities, and commercial cases. These involved advisory work, drafting for litigation and arbitrations, and attending hearings.
Emile spent the summer of 2018 at the US firm Critelli Law for Middle Temple’s Anglo-American Exchange. He gained valuable experience of litigation and ADR in a different jurisdiction.
- As a probationary tenant, Emile has been instructed as sole counsel in shipping, commercial, and chancery matters. He has worked on cases concerning war risks and sanctions clauses; arbitration clauses; and property title fraud.
- During pupillage Emile performed a wide range of work including skeleton arguments, submissions for various applications, pleadings, and advices. He experienced a wide range of cases, including cargo claims, FOB and CFR contracts, charterparty disputes, and jurisdictional matters. He attended both in person and virtual/remote hearings.
- Whilst at Stephenson Harwood Emile’s responsibilities included drafting, writing advices, and legal research. One notable case was an expedited arbitration concerning engine failure on a dive support vessel.
- At Bridge Law Emile appeared as an advocate in small claims and possession hearings. He also assisted in larger litigation cases, including Perry v Neupert ( EWHC 52 (Ch), part of a long-running international trust dispute.
- Emile also worked as a paralegal at Slater & Gordon in the summers of 2015 and 2016. He worked in the family and regulatory departments, assisting with litigation.
During pupillage, Emile assisted his supervisors with notable cases including:
• Weco Projects APS v Loro Piana and Others  EWHC 2150 (Comm), a challenge under the Brussels Recast Regulation to the English court’s jurisdiction.
• The Miracle Hope  EWHC 726 (Comm), an application for a mandatory injunction for the provision of security to enable the release of an arrested vessel.
• A commodities / international trade case concerning the disputed rejection of oil that had been contaminated by organic chlorides.
• Punch Partnerships (Ptl) Ltd v Highwayman Hotel (Kidlington) Ltd  EWHC 714 (Ch), which concerned appeals under sections 68 and 69 of the Arbitration Act 1996.
• An application for an anti-suit injunction against a party attempting to appeal in Nigeria an award made in a London seat arbitration.
• Athena Brands Ltd v Superdrug Stores Plc  EWHC 3503, a summary judgment application.
• Paterakis v Olive Wreath Capital Ltd (2019) (QBD): application for a worldwide freezing order in a commercial fraud case.
• Various LMAA arbitrations concerning, among other things: attempted drug smuggling, ice damage, and a vessel being quarantined during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"The impact that China's Belt and Road Initiative may have on the practice of shipping law in England and Wales" - The Journal of International Maritime Law Volume 25 Issue 3 (June 2019)
Emile wrote a report analysing the potential impacts of the People's Republic of China's Belt and Road Initiative on the practice of shipping law on England and Wales. This publication is intended to inform practitioners about probable changes to maritime industries, what work may be generated, and how to approach these developments.
• LLM PLP (2018-19, BPP): Distinction
• BPTC (2016-17, BPP): VC
• GDL (2015-16, University of Law): Distinction
• MA (undergraduate) in Philosophy & Politics (2011-15, University of Edinburgh): First Class Honours
• Pre-honours outside course in Economics (2011-13, University of Edinburgh): 2:1
Awards and Achievements
• Anglo-American Exchange Scholarship (2018, Middle Temple)
• Diplock Scholarship (2017, Middle Temple)
• Winner of 23 Essex Street’s Commercial Mooting Competition (2017)
• 4x4 Advocacy Scholarship for study of BPTC and Director of Programmes Bursary for study of BPTC (2016-17, BPP)
• Highly Commended Entrant in Politics & IR category (2015, The Undergraduate Awards)
• James Hutchison Stirling Prize in Philosophy for top mark in the year (2013, University of Edinburgh)