Clara Johnson > South Square > London, England > Lawyer Profile

South Square


Clara is frequently instructed to act for office holders, directors, creditors and individual debtors. Her experience extends to fraudulent and wrongful trading claims, misfeasance and breach of fiduciary duty, unlawful distributions, disputes involving trusts of land, antecedent transactions, provisional liquidations, liquidators’ remuneration, director’s disqualification proceedings and all aspects of bankruptcy.

Clara is frequently instructed on cases which have cross-border elements, or where urgent injunctive relief is required (most often, freezing or asset preservation orders, including worldwide freezing orders, where assets are located out of the jurisdiction), freezing orders against third parties under the Chabra jurisdiction, orders for disclosure in relation to the whereabouts of assets or the tracing of funds.

Clara’s civil fraud practice has particular emphasis on multijurisdictional claims, which raise issues of jurisdiction, foreign law and international sanctions.  Clara recently acted for the joint liquidators in Maplecross Properties Limited, a case involving a Guernsey company whose 50% ultimate beneficial owner is the Libyan Investment Authority; and for two defendants in case where it was alleged the sale of an oil rig was in breach of EU sanctions: IOEC v Dean  8 ors [2019] 1 WLR 82.

Clara’s practice also extends to claims involving bribery, conspiracy, knowing assistance and breach of trust in a range of civil and commercial contexts.  Clara was junior counsel to Aeroflot in OJSC Aeroflot v Berezovsky & Forus Group (ChD, 2017) in its application for freezing orders and for permission to enforce them in Switzerland (applying the Dadourian Guidelines); and junior counsel to the Defendants in BFS Group Limited v Ricotta (QBD, 2017) in a claim for rescission of a share purchase agreement worth £45 million on the grounds of bribery and deceit.

Clara regularly acts in shareholder and/ or company law disputes, including claims against directors, unfair prejudice petitions, winding up petitions and derivative claims. Clara was recently junior counsel to the claimant in Stubbins Marketing Limited v Stubbins Food Partnerships Limited & 6 ors (ChD, 2019) in proceedings against its former directors in relation to a management buyout.


Called to the Bar in 2005


London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association


2003    UCL – Masters in Legal and Political Philosophy (Distinction)

2001    University College, Oxford, BA (Honours) Politics, Philosophy and Politics (2:1)

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Insolvency

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

Clara Johnson – South Square  ‘Clara is so obviously an expert in the area of insolvency, she quietly exudes confidence and is completely unflappable.’

The English Bar Offshore > The English Bar Offshore

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 4

Clara JohnsonSouth Square