Meriel has a broad range of experience handling complex and high value litigation and arbitration, especially in the banking, international trade, commodities and shipping sectors. She also has particular experience advising on ship finance, charterparty and sale of goods disputes, as well as loan enforcement actions.
Meriel graduated from Oxford University with a first class degree in History, following which she spent a year working as an English teacher in Shanghai. After returning to London, she joined Stephenson Harwood LLP as a trainee solicitor and during her training contract she was seconded to the firm’s Hong Kong office.
Upon qualification, Meriel joined Stephenson Harwood’s Marine and International Trade disputes team, where she acted for a diverse range of clients including banks, commodities traders, ship owners and a state-owned oil company. Meriel joined Enyo Law in February 2019.
- Acting for a major European bank against a group of Greek ship owning companies in two connected loan enforcement cases, obtaining a judgment which decided a previously unclear aspect of the Recast European Judgments Regulation relating to asymmetric jurisdiction clauses.
- Acting for a major European bank against an Iranian state-owned group of shipping companies in a cross-border loan enforcement case relating to the effect of US and European sanctions against Iran on a loan agreement and guarantee.
- Acting for a ship owner in a dispute with an oil major concerning two explosions which occurred on board a vessel whilst it was on hire to the oil major.
- Acting for a major British steel trader and distributor in a sale of goods dispute relating to the purchase of non-coking coal.
- Acting for a South American state owned oil company against a Russian ship owner in a number of connected arbitrations relating to claims for unpaid hire and other sums alleged to be due under the various charterparties.