“A very sharp junior punching above her call.”
Rebecca Drake specialises in high value commercial and construction disputes, both domestic and international. She represents a diverse clientele of businesses, representing FTSE-rated companies, property professionals, offshore investors, private developers, SMEs, and high-net-worth individuals.
“Able to deal with complex issues quickly.” Legal 500 2020
“The Lara Croft of the construction Bar: adversaries would do well not to underestimate her, she packs a powerful punch” Legal 500 2019
“Her team spirit proves vital on long-running matters.” Legal 500 2016
“A very sharp junior punching above her call.” Legal 500 2015
“She has a tenacity in court generally associated with someone of a much more senior call” Chambers UK 2013
Rebecca specialises in high value commercial and construction disputes, both as a junior and as sole counsel. She appears regularly in complex cases in the TCC and the Commercial Court and in arbitrations, both domestic and international.
Rebecca is particularly experienced in international arbitrations, in particular in the Middle East and Far East. Recent examples include:
Recent examples of her construction experience include:
Rebecca has extensive adjudication experience, both as a junior and as sole counsel. She has also been instructed in adjudication enforcement proceedings in the TCC. Her experience includes:
Rebecca has particular experience in commercial fraud, contempt, asset tracing and obtaining injunctions in support of the same, both domestic and worldwide. She was junior counsel to James Ramsden QC in a series of Court cases in which they acted for former Yukos Oil head Konstantin Kagalovsky, including New Media Distribution Company SECZ Ltd v Kagalovsky  EWHC 2876 (Ch) and Wilcox & Kagalovsky v Balmore Invest  EWHC 3876 (QB) (Comm). They succeeded in an application for committal for contempt in relation to Orders made under S.25 CJJA in aid of proceedings before the Commercial Court in Kiev. The claim was to recover ownership of TVi, one of the few independent media outlets in Ukraine. The Respondent was sentenced to 18 months in prison. During the proceedings Rebecca obtained multiple emergency orders and interim injunctions as sole counsel.
Other commercial fraud experience includes:
Rebecca’s other commercial experience is wide ranging. Recent experience includes appearing in enforcement proceedings in the Commercial Court arising out of an international arbitration worth AED 80 million, appearing in the Chancery Division in a £14m dispute over the wording of a share purchase agreement, and appearing in the Queen’s Bench Division in a case involving breach of confidence and privacy issues.
Rebecca has experience of acting in cases concerning IT issues; she has been instructed in a case concerning the purchase of defective software, and arbitration concerning disputes on IT related matters.
Rebecca’s commercial law experience also extends to instructions in cases concerning international shipping, insolvency and insurance. She regularly acts for insurers in policy dispute and indemnification matters, including involving questions of subrogation.
Rebecca has a broad common law practice including cases involving property damage, nuisance, and professional negligence.
Rebecca has a specialist equine law practice. As an experienced horsewoman with her own horses, she understands technical terminology. She acts in cases involving high value racehorses and competition horses, up to Olympic level standard. She has experience of a number of areas of dispute in this field, including breach of contract for sale, agency, pre-purchase vetting, doping, disputes with racehorse trainers, and breaches of contract and/or negligence arising after purchase.
Rebecca has acted in a large number of property damage cases, ranging from damage caused by tree roots, to damage caused by fires, floods and industrial spillages in residential buildings and large commercial premises, factories and warehouses. She has acted in several property damage matters which have contained product liability issues.
Rebecca has acted in a wide range of product liability cases. She has been instructed in relation to defective transport (a car and a motorbike) as well as several defective agricultural machinery cases.
Her product liability experience extends to consequential damage by fire, with multi million pound losses.
Rebecca has experience of the Building Regulations and advising on them.
She has experienced a number of planning and environmental law cases, including an appeal against the refusal of planning permission, a prosecution brought by the environment agency, waste disposal contracts, and odour and noise nuisance cases.
Rebecca has been recommended for Construction law in Chambers UK & The Legal 500.