Justina Stewart > Chambers of James Counsell KC and Keith Bryant KC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of James Counsell KC and Keith Bryant KC
Outer Temple Chambers
THE OUTER TEMPLE, 222 STRAND
LONDON
WC2R 1BA
England

Living Wage

Work Department

Banking and Finance, Civil Fraud and Asset Recovery, Commercial Litigation, Company, Joint Venture and Partnership, Fintech, Insolvency and Restructuring, Interim Injunctions and Freezing Orders, International Arbitration, Professional Negligence

Position

Barrister specialising in Banking and Finance, Civil Fraud and Asset Recovery, Commercial Litigation, Company, Joint Venture and Partnership, Fintech, Insolvency and Restructuring, Interim Injunctions and Freezing Orders, International Arbitration, Professional Negligence.

Career

Justina Stewart’s practice encompasses the full range of commercial litigation, with a particular emphasis on banking and financial servicescivil fraudinsolvency and international arbitration.

She is ranked as a Leading Junior in several areas:

Justina is ranked as a Leading Junior in Chambers UK Bar, Chambers Global, Legal 500 and Legal 500 Middle East.

Comments in legal directories have included “phenomenally bright”, “an absolute delight to work with”, “a hard-hitting litigator.  She is able to parachute into a dispute and turn it 180 degrees in favour of her clients” “brilliant for banking litigation”, “no matter how stressful the situation, Justina has a way of calming matters so that the focus is always on the issues at hand”, “impressive”, “strong, dynamic and commercial”, “great to use on difficult insolvency claims”, “a highly intelligent and tenacious litigator, she is also far more financially literate than most barristers”, “incredibly impressive and a force to be reckoned with” and “a fantastic communicator, , “a phenomenal addition to any team when you have claims against banks” with “outstanding legal acumen”.

Justina’s cases frequently involve multi-jurisdictional elements and matters which are notable for their complexity and novelty.

Before coming to the Bar, Justina was an international investment banker, working with top-ranked corporate finance teams on complex transactions.  This, together with her economics degrees, gives her a level of financial acumen and familiarity with financial products that is rare at the Bar.

She is appointed to the Attorney General’s C Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown, is DIFC Part II registered and is a contributor to the forthcoming edition of Gough on Company Charges.

Examples of cases in which Justina has been involved are provided below.

Languages

French (Fair), Polish (Fair)

Memberships

  • Lincoln’s Inn
  • COMBAR
  • Chancery Bar Association
  • Commercial Lawyers Fraud Association
  • Financial Services Lawyers Association
  • R3
  • Professional Negligence Bar Association

Education

• LLB (First Class)
• BVC (Outstanding, first in year group)
• GDL (Distinction)
• M.Phil (Economics) (Oxford)
• BSc.Econ (LSE)

Lawyer Rankings

Middle East: The English Bar > Commercial

(Leading juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Justina Stewart  – Outer Temple Chambers ‘Justina is a hard-hitting litigator. She is able to parachute into a dispute and turn it 180 degrees in favour of her clients.’

London Bar > Insolvency

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

Justina StewartOuter Temple Chambers ‘Justina is a strong insolvency lawyer who has the benefit of a non-insolvency background and so can bring a different perspective to cases.’

London Bar > Financial services regulation

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Justina StewartOuter Temple Chambers ‘A true expert in the financial regulation space. She is also extremely user friendly and attacks difficult cases with relish, whilst giving sensible and measured advice

Outer Temple Chambers  is commended for its ‘excellent depth in criminal/regulatory work‘ with clients also noting a ‘real strength in cryptocurrency offering with juniors and seniors well-versed in the area’. Members have strong expertise in regulatory advisory matters, as well as assistance on related enforcement and criminal proceedings. On the investigations side, Michael Bowes KC has been leading Oliver Powell in defending a senior fund manager against an FCA investigation. Justina Stewart  has also developed a good reputation for advising financial services companies on their interactions with the DIFC and its regulatory ecosystem. On the insurance side, James Counsell KC represented Lloyds in The Council of Lloyd’s v Equity Syndicate Management Company Limited and Others, concerning an inquiry into the conduct of a Lloyd’s Managing Agent.

London Bar > Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Justina StewartOuter Temple Chambers ‘Extremely user friendly, technically strong and commercial astute. Particularly strong in banking due to her career as a former banker. One of thgo to senior juniors for banking work. Also a persuasive advocate and good for difficult cases.’

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

Justina StewartOuter Temple Chambers ‘Justina has a laser like focus on the important issues in any case and is able to whittle away the inevitable fluff, which is often important to the client but clouds the main issues, in a way that is pragmatic and tactful leaving the client feeling they are in safe hands.’