Ms Laura Evans

Laura Evans

Lawyer biography

Laura Evans has a broad range of experience across the commercial disputes spectrum, including in arbitration, corporate crime and litigation.

Prior to joining RPC in July 2017, Laura trained and practised at international law firm Kirkland & Ellis International LLP between 2013 and 2017, where she represented clients in: (i) bribery and corruption investigations; (ii) institutional and ad hoc arbitrations around the world; (iii) international investment dispute resolution; and (iv) commercial litigation disputes in the UK.



The art of the (settlement) deal
United Kingdom | 23 July 2019

According to the Court of Appeal, giving up a right which a debtor does not even know it has is sufficient consideration for settling a debt. However, the vexed question of what amounts to 'good' consideration remains uncertain enough for those entering into a contract to always consider whether good consideration has been given. Among other things, parties should consider whether good consideration has been provided and, if there is any doubt, pay the contractual counterparty a nominal amount.

Time waits for know-ledge: but what does that mean for limitation?
United Kingdom | 12 February 2019

Section 14A of the Limitation Act sets out the position on latent damage in negligence claims. Litigation around the application of Section 14A has predominantly centred on when the claimant has the requisite knowledge to bring a claim and if a claim could, and should, have been brought earlier. This has been brought into sharp focus in a recent case relating to a claim brought against the Bank of Scotland.

Non-party access to documents on court file: normal service resumes
United Kingdom | 21 August 2018

A master's decision to allow a non-party to proceedings to access a wide range of documents in the proceedings was recently reviewed by the Court of Appeal. As well as providing useful guidance on how the court should deal with applications by non-parties for access to documents, this case is a reminder to parties to proceedings that they should be aware of the potential loss of confidentiality.

Bribery Act – when are prevention procedures adequate?
United Kingdom | 24 April 2018

In the first contested case of its kind since the Bribery Act 2010 came into force, a company was found guilty under Section 7 of the act for failing to prevent bribery after its defence of having adequate procedures in place to prevent bribery was unsuccessful. Given that there is no one-size-fits-all rule for what constitutes 'adequate procedures', it will be difficult for a company to assess whether it falls on the right side of the line.

Service by email – lessons from Glencore Agriculture BV v Conqueror Holdings Limited
United Kingdom | 19 December 2017

The English High Court recently found that service by email of arbitration proceedings was not valid under Section 76 of the Arbitration Act 1996 on the basis that the correspondence had been directed to the email address of an employee who did not have the authority to accept service. The judge found that in circumstances where service is by way of an individual email address, validity of service depends on the application of agency principles.

High Court rejects trustees' use of bankrupt's privileged documents
United Kingdom | 05 September 2017

The High Court recently considered and applied the principle that the right to waive privilege is not property of a bankrupt which is capable of being vested in the trustee in bankruptcy, thus confirming the Court of Appeal decision in Shlosberg v Avonwick Holdings Ltd and rejecting the application of the Crescent Farm principle in bankruptcy cases. The decision prevented the trustees in bankruptcy from using potentially privileged documents as evidence to support a claim.