Laura Feldman is a Visiting Professor at King’s College London and Lecturer in Private Law at the University of Oxford. At King’s College London, Professor Feldman primarily teaches the Trusts Law course, covering all aspects of the syllabus, ranging from discretionary trusts and powers to equitable remedies and trusts in the modern world. She has developed expertise on issues related to equitable rights in the context of insolvency, regulatory frameworks and securitisation. Professor Feldman has advised professional trustees on complicated matters in the commercial environment, including pension schemes, investment trusts, and the duties of bond trustees.
At the University of Oxford, Professor Feldman teaches Contract Law and the foundations of other Private Law topics (Property, Restitution, Tort and Trusts). From her practical experience, she has extensive expertise in relation to the changing in the judicial approach to contractual interpretation. Professor Feldman has also handled cases addressing construction of terms following Brexit (including versions of the ISDA Master Agreement), exclusion or altering of liability in the context of alleged mis-selling claims (mainly in the field of complex financial instruments such as derivatives and swaps), claims on the grounds of contract and restitution for payments induced by fraud, and oral variations to Loan Market Association finance agreements and related defences on the grounds of estoppel.
Alongside academic commitments, Professor Feldman is a Senior Associate (Barrister) at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP and advises on contentious issues facing a wide range of clients, including domestic and international banks, investment funds and vehicles, professional trustees, and sovereign states. She has acted in high profile, international, complex disputes, and has broad experience of diverse sectors.
The International Chamber of Commerce UK (ICC) identified Professor Feldman as a rising star within the finance sector, and Legal 500 recognised Laura as a next generation lawyer. Laura is also the Coordinator/Chair of the ICC Young Finance Forum. The Panel of Recognised International Market Experts in Finance (P.R.I.M.E Finance) appointed Professor Feldman as a Special Rapporteur and she is a member of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association’s (ISDA) Arbitration and Financial Law Reform and the Commercial Court and Financial List User Committees. She is widely published in established legal texts, including reputable books and journals.
Professor Feldman received a BA Honours in Jurisprudence from the University of Oxford and was presented with several awards and prizes during the course of her academic studies. The Middle Temple Inn awarded Laura the Astbury Scholarship to complete the BVC, and subsequently the Fox Scholarship to complete a LLM specialising in Commercial Law at the University of Toronto, in turn receiving a distinction and Fellowship from the University.
Selection of publications
- UK case-law update section, International Bar Association (IBA) Litigation New
- Disclosure Pilot Scheme updates, Civil Procedure News. Following a popular contribution, the editor appointed Laura to prepare further updates from 2019 to 2020.
- English High Court recognises rights of secured creditors in response to a Freezing Order over charged assets, University of Oxford Business Law Blog.
- European Account Preservation Orders, IBA Litigation News and Butterworth’s International Journal of Banking and Financial La
- Brexit and finance contracts, Butterworth’s International Journal of Banking and Financial Law and Lexis Nexis Dispute Resolution Blog. In light of well-received contributions, the editor of the Journal has approached Laura to contribute further articles and she was invited to the Halsbury Annual Legal Awards.
- Joint tort claims: litigation or arbitration, LCIA Arbitration International.
- UK legal developments section, Journal of Banking and Finance Law and Practice.
- Derivative arbitral action not recognised in the High Court, International Arbitration Law Review.
- A new era for financial services dispute resolution, Asian Dispute Resolution.
- Recent trends in the conduct of arbitrations, Journal of International Arbitratio
- Jurisdiction over joint tort cases, Global Arbitration Review.
- General Editor, Financial List section in the Commentary to the Civil Procedural Rules (i. the White Book). Thomson Reuters appointed Laura in 2015 to edit the White Book and she has been retained to prepare the quarterly and yearly updates thereafter.
- Emergency Arbitration chapter, Arbitration in Hong Kong: A Practical Guide.
- Bonds and Guarantees chapters of Bullen Leake and Jacob's Precedents of Pleadings (Hong Kong Edition). Laura co-authors chapters with Mrs Justice Jefford QC (High Court Judge).
- Chitty on Contracts (Specific Contracts, Hong Kong Edition). Laura edits select chapters and co-authors the Mediation Chapter with Mr Justice Lam QC (Hong Kong Court of Appeal Judge).