Clarissa Coleman is a partner in the complex commercial litigation and disputes group in K&L Gates' London office. Legal 500 2020 stated “Clarissa is clever, tenacious, energetic and a great team manager.”
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 worked on the high profile board Dispute between Stobart Group Plc and its founder, Mr. Tinkler.
Clarissa has extensive experience (private practice and in-house) of claims relating to private equity structures, fee agreements, shareholder agreements, failed joint ventures and contractual disputes and regulatory investigations and she has been advising on Covid related issues such as force majeure.
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 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 and financial 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 in the 8th & 9th edition of the Expert Guides, Women in Business law and as a leading lawyer for the UK in 2017, 2018 and 2019 in Who's Who Legal: Investigations in the Conjunction with Global Investigations Review.
Prior to joining the firm, Clarissa was a partner in the disputes resolution practice of an international law firm based in London.
Clarissa acted 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.
- 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
Clarissa regularly presents at events and conferences on litigation, commercial fraud and crisis management issues such as cyber attacks. She delivers client training in these areas.
Clarissa has authored/featured in the following recent publications:
- "The ethical front line," Skanska - Upfront Magazine, 23 September 2017
- 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