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Stephanie Huts

Stephanie Huts


Stephanie Huts

Stephanie Huts is a dual qualified (England & Wales and New South Wales) litigation partner. Stephanie advises on a wide range of contentious matters including general corporate, commercial and financial litigation.

Stephanie is a member of the firm’s Aerospace and Defence sector and has significant expertise in disputes in the aviation sector advising manufacturers, airlines, lessors, MROs and financiers on a range of contentious issues. She acts on a range of complex corporate and financial services disputes, including for several global banks, and has particular experience in high value, complex cases in the High Court in London.

Aviation highlights

  • Acting for Airbus in defending a claim brought by Qatar Airways arising from an aircraft manufacture agreement and surface degradation issues on the A350 programme.
  • Advising an aircraft manufacture, lessors, an MRO and an airline in relation to sanctions and export control issues, force majeure, frustration and termination issues arising from the events in Russia and Ukraine.
  • Advising a MRO in relation to several issues arising out of engine maintenance agreements.
  • Advising a financier in relation to a dispute relating to redelivery condition discrepancies in the context of Residual Value Insurance Policies.
  • Advising lessors in the context of income reassessment proceedings brought by the Indian tax authorities in relation to sale and lease back agreements.
  • Advising various financial institutions and lessors on significant disputes in the aviation sector involving lenders, finance lessors and operating lessors, often arising in the context of troubled airlines and including, for example, cross-border enforcement and recovery issues (including metal and engine repossessions). Stephanie has advised on the SpiceJet, Thomas Cook, Wow, Corsair, Flybe, and Virgin Australia airlines distress situations.

Corporate highlights

  • Acting for a technology company in respect of claims brought by a global technology company alleging breaches of a 'Customer Agreement'.
  • Acting for a private equity firm in respect of a USD 1 billion dispute in relation to ownership of assets arising in the context of a distressed investment.
  • Advising a private equity firm in respect of a USD 530 million shareholder dispute in respect of one of its portfolio companies.
  • Advising an exploration and production company in respect of a breach of warranty claim and completion accounting dispute.

Banking highlights

  • Acting for Barclays in respect of claims brought by the Federal Deposit Insurance Company on behalf of 39 bankrupt US banks in relation to LIBOR.
  • Acting for Citibank on a claim brought by a Dutch social housing association in relation to derivatives transactions.
  • Acting for Barclays in respect of claims relating to alleged market manipulation and misuse of confidential information.
  • Acting for DB Trustees in an action concerning contractual interpretation of commercial mortgage-backed security agreements, relating to the proposed replacement of servicers
  • Advising a consortium of noteholders in respect of the collapse of Banco Espírito Santo, and acting in related proceedings.
  • Acting for Citibank in successfully defending a USD 2.4 billion claim relating to alleged misrepresentations in the context of the EMI acquisition.

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Career and qualifications

  • Tipstaff to the Honourable Justice Robert McDougall of the Supreme Court of New South Wales 2008
  • Admitted as a solicitor in New South Wales 2009
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP 2010
  • Admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales 2011
  • In-house Litigation Counsel at Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (in administration) 2012
  • Joined Clifford Chance 2014
  • Partner since 2021

Professional bodies

  • London Solicitor Litigation Association
  • Financial Services Lawyers Association

Awards and citations

  • Rising Star
    Legal 500 2020: Banking Litigation