Marie-Claire undertakes a wide range of commercial work including partnership disputes and insolvency.
She has recently been involved in litigation between parties to an exclusive distributorship agreement which gave rise to an issue of forum non conveniens. She has advised directors regarding a profit share agreement entered into with staff and how it impacted on the proposed sale of the business. She has also acted for directors opposing a claim to wind up the holding company in a group of family companies on the just and equitable ground, and has also acted successfully to defeat a claim that her client should be liable for the debts of a partnership on the grounds that he was held out as a partner.
She is praised by clients both for the effort and commitment she puts into all her cases and for the importance she attaches to communicating well with clients at every stage of the case.
She excels in the cut and thrust of advocacy in court, particularly witness actions where her skill at cross-examining witnesses and her mastery of the legal arguments and the trial bundles ensure that her clients feel that she has done everything possible to fight their corner.
In her advisory work she relishes complex legal questions, but ensures that her advice is practical, sensible, focused on the client’s commercial objectives and easy to understand.
Clients commend her user-friendly approach and the fact that she is a good team-player, always prepared to help out with all aspects of the preparation of the case when time or resources are tight.