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Meriel Hodgson-Teall

T: +44 20 7809 2381 Email Meriel | Vcard Office: London

Awards

Winner - The i-law Maritime Law Award

Winner - The i-law Maritime Law Award

Meriel Hodgson-Teall Associate

Contact details

Meriel Hodgson-Teall

T: +44 20 7809 2381 Email Meriel | Vcard Office: London

Meriel has a broad range of litigation and arbitration experience in the banking, shipping and international trade sectors.  She has worked on a number of high profile cases in the Commercial Court, including in the Financial List and has experience of LMAA and LCIA arbitrations.
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Meriel worked on the landmark Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft v Liquimar Tankers Management Inc case ([2017] EWHC 161 (Comm)) which decided a previously unclear aspect of the European Judgments Regulation, relating to how this Regulation applies to asymmetric jurisdiction clauses. This decision is significant for financial institutions, in particular when it comes to enforcement of loans.

She has also worked on a series of complex LMAA arbitrations involving charterparty disputes between a Venezuelan oil company and a number of Russian shipowning companies, as well as several commodities disputes.

  • Banking and financial services litigation
  • Marine and international trade

Commerzbank loan enforcement

Meriel has worked on two connected commercial court litigations acting for Commerzbank, seeking to recover monies due from shipowners under a loan and guarantee, advising on complex issues relating to jurisdiction and governing law. 

This case (Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft v Liquimar Tankers Management Inc [2017] EWHC 161 (Comm)) is one of great importance for banks and other parties involved in international finance as it decides a previously unclear aspect of European law relating to the enforceability of asymmetric jurisdiction clauses, a corner-stone of loan enforcement.

Secondary trading of sureties

Meriel assisted on a case in the Financial List of the Commercial Court involving a dispute over the subject matter of a trade of a surety bond, interpreting standard form documentation published by the Loan Market Association (GSO Credit v Barclays Bank Plc, [2016] EWHC 146 (Comm)).

Loan enforcement case involving a LIBOR manipulation claim

Worked on a case before the Court of Appeal involving a US$170 million loan claim by Deutsche Bank and other syndicate banks, and an associated US$12 million swap claim (Deutsche Bank AG v Unitech Global Limited ([2013] EWCA Civ 1372). This involved complex questions as to whether LIBOR manipulation claims can be brought against banks.

More: Banking and financial services litigation

Shipbuilding disputes and claims under refund guarantees

Acted in a number of shipbuilding disputes, including disputes as to the scope and pricing of a contract, delays and cancellations of shipbuilding contracts. Meriel has experience of LMAA arbitrations in this regard.

Charterparty disputes

Meriel has worked on various matters involving charterparty disputes over issues such as payment of hire, demurrage, detention, off-hire and disputes relating to the sale of newbuild vessels.

LMAA arbitrations

Meriel has a wide range of experience of LMAA arbitrations, having acted for charterers in various charterparty disputes and for buyers in relation to shipbuilding disputes.

Commodities disputes

Meriel has worked on a number of disputes relating to the sale and purchase of commodities, involving complex issues as to payment for goods delivered, late or non-delivery of goods, and claims for damages. Meriel has experience of LCIA and GAFTA arbitrations in this regard.

More: Marine and international trade

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  • Banks and banking

Charterparty disputes

Meriel has worked on various matters involving charterparty disputes over issues such as payment of hire, demurrage, detention, off-hire and disputes relating to the sale of newbuild vessels.

LMAA arbitrations

Meriel has a wide range of experience of LMAA arbitrations, having acted for charterers in various charterparty disputes and for buyers in relation to shipbuilding disputes.

Shipbuilding disputes and claims under refund guarantees

Acted in a number of shipbuilding disputes, including disputes as to the scope and pricing of a contract, delays and cancellations of shipbuilding contracts. Meriel has experience of LMAA arbitrations in this regard.

More: Shipping

Loan enforcement on behalf of a German bank

Meriel has worked on two connected commercial court litigations for a large German bank, seeking to recover monies due from shipowners under a loan and guarantee, advising on complex issues relating to jurisdiction and governing law. 

This case (Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft v Liquimar Tankers Management Inc [2017] EWHC 161 (Comm)) is one of great importance for banks and other parties involved in international finance as it decides a previously unclear aspect of European law relating to the enforceability of asymmetric jurisdiction clauses, a corner-stone of loan enforcement.

Secondary trading of sureties 

Assisted on a case in the Financial List of the Commercial Court involving a dispute over the subject matter of a trade of a surety bond, interpreting standard form documentation published by the Loan Market Association (GSO Credit v Barclays Bank Plc, [2016] EWHC 146 (Comm)).

Loan enforcement case involving a LIBOR manipulation claim

Worked on a case in the Court of Appeal involving a US$170 million loan claim by Deutsche Bank and other syndicate banks, and an associated US$12 million swap claim (Deutsche Bank AG v Unitech Global Limited ([2013] EWCA Civ 1372). This involved complex questions as to whether LIBOR manipulation claims can be brought against banks.

More: Banks and banking

Awards

Winner - The i-law Maritime Law Award

Winner - The i-law Maritime Law Award

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