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Georgina Thomson

Associate

London

Thomson Georgina
Georgina Thomson

Associate

London

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Publications: 17 DECEMBER 2019

Cryptocurrency treated as property in freezing order

The High Court has granted a freezing order over GBP1.5million worth of Bitcoin and Ethereum cryptocurrency against a trading platform and its directors, in only the second known example of the court treating cryptocurrency as property. The question of whether cryptocurrency is property is relevant to determining competing rights parties may have in it: Elena Vorotyntseva v Money-4 Limited t/a Nebeus.Com, Sergey Romanovskiy, Konstantin Zaripov [2018] EWHC 2596 (Ch)

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Publications: 09 MAY 2019

Disclosure obligations override foreign criminal law breach

The Court of Appeal has ordered production of unredacted documents, subject to confidentiality measures, in the interests of ensuring a fair trial, even though complying with this order would place the disclosing party in breach of Iranian criminal law.  The case illustrates how the English court exercises its discretion to make such an order, concluding here that the importance of the documents to the fair disposal of the proceedings outweighed the risk of prosecution: Bank Mellat v HM Treasury [2019] EWCA Civ 449

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Publications: 25 FEBRUARY 2019

Landmark benchmark manipulation claim fails

Marme v Natwest Markets & Others The High Court today (25 February 2019) handed down judgment in the case of Marme Inversiones v Natwest Markets plc & Others([2019] EWHC 366 (Comm)), dismissing Marme's misrepresentation claims regarding the EURIBOR benchmark, which had sought rescission of interest rate swaps with five banks, and granting the Defendants' requests for declaratory relief in relation to the validity of the termination of those swaps.  

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Publications: 08 MAY 2018

Employee litigation and waiver of privilege over internal investigation report

​Documents created during an internal corporate investigation were protected by litigation privilege.  Although the documents, including an internal investigation report, were also used during an employee disciplinary process, the dominant purpose of the documents was to investigate complaints (and threats of litigation) from a client. However, litigation privilege in the internal investigation report had been waived because the company (employer) had provided it to one employee, without any limitations, during disciplinary proceedings.  During subsequent litigation, that employee had disclosed the report to a co-defendant thus privilege was lost as against that other defendant. The ruling provides a cautionary tale about why it is important for any party disclosing a privileged document to be very careful about the terms of the waiver: FM Capital Partners Ltd v Marino & ors [2017] EWHC 3700 (Comm), 15 December 2017

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Qualifications

Professional

Admitted as a solicitor, England and Wales, 2014

Academic

LLB Law, University of Law (London), 2012

BA, Philosophy, Politics and Economics, University of Oxford, 2006