Patricia has been involved in a number of complex and high-value oil disputes, including disputes relating to drilling and exploration rights, foreign state taxes, oil trading, jurisdiction and damages for breach of commercial agreements.
Commercial Court claim - arising out of sale of African petroleum interests and related issues of taxation.
Arbitration - arbitration concerning exploitation of licences to drill Russian oil fields. The assessment of damages required detailed valuation reports by expert accountants.
Dana Petroleum v Woodside Energy - junior to Iain Milligan QC in a seven week Commercial Court trial of a US$200 million off-shore oil drilling dispute. The defendant decided to postpone exploration of a site in Kenya where the claimant maintained it was contractually bound to drill. The case raised novel and important legal issues of how to assess damages for any lost chance of discovering oil, in relation to which extensive geological and geochemical expert evidence was adduced. (Case settled at court.)
Oil Company v Foreign State - complex claim arising out of a foreign state's levy of tax on oil production.
Patricia has a growing aviation practice including particular experience in relation to international commercial contracts and leasing disputes, international safety standards and technical mechanical and engineering issues. She is recommended for work in aviation; the Legal 500 notes that "Her drafting is first class and she has excellent judgement on which points are worth pursuing".
Thai Airways v Koito Industries  EWHC 1250 (Comm);  EWHC 1476 (Comm) - acted for the claimant in a Commercial Court dispute concerning liability for delay and non-delivery under contracts for the supply of aircraft seats. Successfully recovered damages in excess of US$100 million for losses suffered by the airline in consequence. Case raised many important legal issues including novel issues of mitigation.
ICC arbitration – claims in relation to multiple aircraft arising out of compliance with international regulations and alleged breaches by manufacturer.
NAS v Wind Rose – Commercial Court claim under aircraft leasing agreements, including technical issues as to the condition in which aircraft were kept and returned and the cause of engine problems.
Minster v Simcoe (28 March 2014) - Commercial Court claim in which the judge dismissed an application by the claimant for permission to substitute the assignee of aviation reinsurance claims in place of the assignor as claimant after the limitation periods had expired. Although he found that the criteria under CPR r.19.5(2) were satisfied, in the exercise of his discretion he refused permission on account of the claimant's delay in bringing the application. As a result, the entirety of the action was dismissed.
Shipping and Commodities
Patricia advises and acts in a wide range of shipping and commodities matters, with a particular emphasis on high value contractual and insurance disputes. She has acted in a number of substantial arbitrations arising out of non-performance of long-term COAs, raising a wide variety of issues as to liability and quantum. She has also been instructed on several large shipbuilding disputes, including claims for damages following alleged wrongful termination of contracts. In interim court proceedings, she has successfully obtained a variety of interim relief measures to protect contractual rights, including anti-suit injunctions in support of English proceedings.
Brillante Virtuoso  EWHC 42 (Comm) –US$80 million Commercial Court claim arising out of a piracy attack off Yemen, following which the vessel was alleged to be a CTL. Raised a series of novel issues of marine insurance law in relation to liability for and assessment of loss.
ITC Offshore BV v Marsol DP2 Shipping Ltd & Marine Logistics Solutions (Marsol) LLC - Commercial Court dispute arising out of the exercise of purchase options in respect of two vessels under bareboat charters. Issues include alleged breaches and termination of the charters, whether the purchase options were exercised validly, and discharge of mortgages over the vessels.
X v Y  EWHC 1104 (Comm) - defendants to challenges under sections 67 (jurisdiction) and 68 (serious irregularity) of the Arbitration Act 1996 successfully sought an order for security for costs. Teare J declined to order a payment into court of the damages awarded by the tribunal pending the court challenges.
Buyers v Shipyard - instructed by shipyard in an arbitration in relation to a US$25 million guarantee dispute raising a variety of complex construction issues.
Arbitration - successfully acted in an arbitration of a multi-million dollar dispute arising out of a long-term contract. Issues raised included force majeure and frustration in the context of the global financial crisis.
Shipowners v Insurers - instructed on behalf of insurers in a long-running arbitration of a US$10 million sue and labour dispute following the sinking of a vessel.
Glencore v Delek - acted for the claimant in a Commercial Court claim under a circle out agreement, by which gasoline was notionally sold through a chain of parties.
LMAA arbitration - acted with Robert Bright QC for the successful respondents to a claim worth in excess of US$100 million concerning valuation of vessels and raising issues of construction of purchase options.
Shipowner v Shipper - arbitration to determine liability for US$17 million of losses suffered following a large coal fire onboard a vessel.
The WD Fairway  2 All ER (Comm) 399,  2 Lloyd's Rep 191 and  2 Lloyd's Rep 420 - appeared as junior counsel to Jonathan Gaisman QC in two Commercial Court trials of disputes relating to a mega-size trailer hopper dredger which became a constructive total loss following a collision.
Disponent Owner v Charterer - multi-million dollar arbitration in relation to liability to perform under a long-term contract of affreightment, the timing of shipments to be performed, and the applicable principles in the assessment of damages.
Owners v Charterers - acted successfully (alone) in an arbitration involving cross-examination on detailed expert evidence regarding a vessel's ability to berth safely at a particular port in light of its characteristics and equipment.