Chloe S. Steele Associate

Chloe is an associate in the firm's Business and Securities Litigation Department, assisting in a wide range of proceedings in the Court of Appeal, High Court, county courts and the London Court of International Arbitration. Her litigation experience includes assisting with the representation of individual and corporate, domestic and overseas clients.

Chloe joined the London office as a trainee solicitor in October 2011, after completing the legal practice course at the College of Law in Guildford. As a trainee solicitor, Chloe completed seats in the Private Wealth Services, Business and Securities Litigation, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Cross-Border Transactions departments.


Representation of Energy Venture Partners Limited (EVP), a British Virgin Islands company, in its US$200 million commission claim in the Commercial Court against Malabu Oil and Gas Limited, a Nigerian company, in relation to the disposal of a Nigerian offshore oil prospect licence. The action came to trial before Lady Justice Gloster in November-December 2012 and involved the Commercial Court sitting in Paris for 4 days. In a judgment handed down on 17 July 2013 ([2013] EWHC 2118 (Comm)), EVP was awarded US$110.5 million in damages.

Representation of third parties potentially affected by the long-running litigation between JSC BTA Bank and Mukhtar Ablyazov & others. This matter raises important issues surrounding the Masri/Chabra jurisdiction for extending freezing orders to third parties.

Representation of a tenant company that owns a mini-mill steel plant in an action relating to the ownership of assets at the plant. The High Court held that the company owned the vast majority of the assets in dispute at the steel making plant, on the basis that they are either removable tenant’s fixtures or chattels.

Representation of a minority shareholder in a group operating care-homes in relation to a multimillion pound unfair prejudice petition against fellow shareholders and the directors of the group. The action settled as it came to trial.

Advice to and representation of a European technology company in its dealings with HM Revenue and Customs related to the tax deductibility of legal costs and expenses incurred in the defence of a claim brought against multiple defendants.

Representation of a substantial client in relation to a multi-million dollar arbitration before the LCIA in respect of a claim under the tax indemnities in a sale and purchase agreement concerning a Russian natural resources business.

  • The University of Law, Guildford, Legal Practice Course, with Distinction, 2011
  • The University of Warwick, LLB, Honours 2:1, 2010
Winner of the Law Society Prize for Acquisitions, The College of Law, Guildford, 2011
  • Solicitor, England and Wales
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