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Clarissa Coleman

Partner
+44.(0)20.7360.8247
Fax +44.(0)20.7648.9001
Clarissa Coleman is a partner in the complex commercial litigation and disputes group in K&L Gates' London office.

Clarissa advises corporates and individuals on multi-jurisdictional disputes and arbitration, enforcement strategies, reputation and crisis management, internal and external investigations, ethics and governance. She has just worked on the high profile Board Room Dispute between Stobart Group Plc and its founder, Mr Tinkler.

Clarissa has extensive experience (private practice and in-house) of regulatory investigations and claims relating to private equity structures, fee agreements, shareholder agreements, failed joint ventures and contractual disputes.

In April 2013, Clarissa finished a seven month secondment as Deputy General Counsel at ENRC plc, a FTSE 100 mining company, where she assisted with a multi-jurisdictional investigation into claims of fraud, bribery and corruption.

Clarissa has spent two years in-house as Head of Litigation at Consensus Business Group (CBG), the property investment firm owned by billionaire businessman Vincent Tchenguiz. At CBG, Clarissa dealt with several multi-million pound commercial disputes and a high profile dawn raid and fraud investigation by the Serious Fraud Office following the collapse of Kaupthing Bank in Iceland. Clarissa co-ordinated the immediate response on the morning of the dawn raid and arrest of Tchenguiz, and planned the subsequent judicial review against the SFO which later dropped its investigation and settled with Tchenguiz for an undisclosed amount.

Clarissa has been listed as a leading lawyer for the UK in 2017, 2018 and 2019 in Who's Who Legal: Investigations in Conjunction with Global Investigations Review.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Clarissa was a partner in the disputes resolution practice of an international law firm based in London. 

Clarissa is acting on the public boardroom dispute between Andrew Tinkler and Stobart Group Plc which featured extensively in the press in 2018. She also spent much of 2018 dealing with unfair prejudice and shareholder disputes as well as 3 inter-linked International Chamber of Commerce Arbitrations.

In April 2013, Clarissa finished a seven month secondment as Deputy General Counsel at ENRC plc, a FTSE 100 mining company, where she assisted with a multi-jurisdictional investigation into claims of fraud, bribery and corruption. 

Clarissa has spent 2 years in-house as Head of Litigation at Consensus Business Group (CBG), the property investment firm owned by billionaire businessman Vincent Tchenguiz. At CBG, Clarissa dealt with several multi-million pound commercial disputes and a high profile dawn raid and fraud investigation by the Serious Fraud Office following the collapse of Kaupthing Bank in Iceland. Clarissa coordinated the immediate response on the morning of the dawn raid and arrest of Tchenguiz, and planned the subsequent judicial review against the SFO which later dropped its investigation and settled with Tchenguiz for an undisclosed amount. 

Clarissa trained and spent the first 11 years of her career in a London-based global law firm. 

Clarissa has been listed as a leading lawyer for the UK in 2017, 2018 and 2019 in Who's Who Legal: Investigations in Conjunction with Global Investigations Review and listed in the 8th edition of the Expert Guides’ Women in Business Law.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Trustee of MoneySavingExpert.com Charity Fund
  • Anne Frank UK Trust Fundraising Committee
  • Committee Member of Commercial Litigators' Forum
  • Member of London Solicitors Litigation Association
  • Young Women’s Empowerment Programme with the Metropolitan Police

Speaking Engagements

Clarissa regularly presents at events and conferences on litigation and commercial fraud and delivers client training in these areas.

Additional Information

Clarissa has authored/featured in the following recent publications:
  • Legal Privilege & Professional Secrecy (England & Wales) - Getting the Deal Through 2016
  • UK Litigation Teams Ready for Post-Brexit Dispute Boom - Law360.com, July 2016
  • Fold Woman - thefoldlondon.com/fold-woman, December 2016
  • Representing Andrew Tinkler in his Boardroom disputes with Stobart Capital Limited including a breach of fiduciary duty claim where the Directors were found to act with improper purposes by trying to manipulate the voting at the AGM (Stobart Group Limited v Tinkler [2019] EWHC 258 (Comm)) and a defamation claim against the Directors in relation to an RNS (Tinkler v Ferguson and Ors [2018] EWHC 3563 (QB))
  • US$100 million International Chamber of Commerce arbitration relating to the construction of a power plant in the Middle East
  • 3 interlinked multi-million dollar International Chamber of Commerce arbitrations relating to manufacture of large goods
  • Settlement of a £5 million dispute against a bank involving procedural impropriety and fraud claims
  • €11 million International Chamber of Commerce arbitration relating to the financing of gene therapy drugs
  • Representing Sir Bob Geldof and other HNWIs and private equity fund 8 Mile LLP in a partnership dispute. Summary judgment obtained and upheld on appeal. Dutia v Geldof & Others [2016] EWHC 547
  • Settlement of a £3 million fraud negligence and money laundering dispute against a property management company
  • Advising HNWI on unfair prejudice claim brought by his brother in relation to two shared multi-million pound businesses
  • Advising an international transport company in relation to a dispute concerning its joint venture business in Poland
  • Advising a high net worth individual on a fraud claim against his former corporate trustee
  • Successfully defending the largest Inheritance Act 1975 claim to reach the English courts for the son of a high net worth individual who died in a helicopter accident. The case attracted widespread media coverage as the estate was valued at over £10 million and included a polo estate and a family-owned construction business. Wooldridge v Wooldridge [2016] Fam Law 451 (Family Division)
  • Advising on a negligence claim relating to an option agreement for the sale and purchase of a real estate investment trust
  • Advising on fee disputes relating to introduction agreements and consultancy agreements for private equity funds
  • Secondment to a FTSE 100 mining company as Deputy General Counsel to manage a SFO self-reporting investigation relating to transactions and assets in Asia and Africa