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Clementine Makower has experience in a broad range of commercial disputes in litigation and arbitration.

Clementine is regularly instructed in matters spanning Chambers’ practice areas including shipping and shipbuilding, construction, insurance, professional negligence and banking, both in her own right and as a junior. Clementine has been instructed in several substantial international arbitration hearings, led by silks in Chambers.

Clementine is part of the Attorney General’s Junior Juniors Scheme and is currently instructed on a high-value and complex government case.

Before coming to the Bar, Clementine studied Geography at the University of Cambridge and graduated with the highest mark in her year. She then studied Chinese at Tianjin Foreign Studies University for four months and completed an internship at a Chinese law firm specialising in shipping and insurance law. While studying the BPTC she taught undergraduate law at City University as a visiting lecturer.

Clementine’s recent experience includes:

  • Commercial disputes and arbitration
  • Shipping and shipbuilding
  • Construction
  • Insurance
  • Technology & Telecoms
  • Banking
  • Professional Negligence

Clementine has particular interest and experience in shipping law. She is regularly instructed in LMAA and other arbitrations on her own and as a junior. Clementine has experience in charterparty disputes, cargo claims, shipbuilding and jurisdictional issues. She is a member of the YMP (Young Maritime Professionals) Committee and has given talks on related topics, including speaking at an oil operations and demurrage conference in May 2022.

Featured Shipping, shipbuilding and international trade cases


Acted with Sean O’Sullivan KC in a multi-million dollar unsafe port dispute, culminating in a two-week Hong-Kong seated arbitration.


Acted with Alexander Wright KC in a four-day arbitration in a shipbuilding dispute about the sale and purchase of offshore equipment.


Instructed with Alexander Wright KC in a charterparty dispute involving the imposition of sanctions.


Instructed with Sean O’Sullivan KC in a section 69 appeal on a point of law from an arbitration award involving novel issues about the arrest of a vessel and the application of the Supreme Court decision in The Global Santosh [2016] UKSC 20.


Instructed as junior to Sean O’Sullivan KC in an LMAA arbitration in a shipbuilding dispute, successfully obtaining an award for specific performance of the obligation to deliver the vessel.


Advised (with Alexander Wright KC) on issues of jurisdiction and enforcement arising out of a charterparty dispute.


Frequently instructed in time and voyage charterparty disputes. Recent experience includes claims relating to freight, hire and off-hire, laytime and demurrage, detention and the exercise of a lien.


Instructed as sole counsel in a charterparty dispute which turned on the interpretation and application of the BIMCO Infectious or Contagious Diseases Clause in relation to delays due to Covid-19 testing and quarantine, and secured a successful outcome.


Instructed to advise on the interaction between a contractual time-bar in a charterparty and the one-year time bar under the Hague Visby Rules in relation to a cargo claim.


Advised on jurisdictional issues and enforcement of a High Court judgment outside of the jurisdiction.


Instructed in a dispute involving the carriage of goods by road under the CMR.


Frequently instructed in marine insurance claims. Previous experience includes advising on frustration in relation to a fire on a yacht, shipbuilding/defects disputes and professional negligence.


Assisted with Argos Pereira Espana SL & anor v Athenian Marine Ltd (mv “Frio Dolphin”), including on the novel issue of whether the doctrine of transferred loss applies to equitable compensation claims.


Attended and worked on an arbitration preliminary issue hearing with Nick Vineall KC and Alexander Wright KC, which concerned the correct measure of damage when a vessel contains a latent defect which does not materialise during the period of hire.

Clementine has been instructed in a range of construction disputes involving contractual issues and professional negligence.

Featured Construction cases


Instructed as a junior to draft Particulars of Claim in a multi-million pound construction dispute involving cladding, fire safety issues and compliance with the Building Regulations 2010.


Instructed as sole counsel in a dispute between a homeowner and a contractor involving professional negligence.


Instructed to defend a claim against a surveyor for alleged professional negligence.


Assisted in an expert determination regarding a local authority recycling agreement, which concerned various contractual issues and the effect of a duty to act in good faith.


Assisted in advising a building contractor on whether it was entitled to an extension of time and/or prolongation costs in relation to delays to construction projects caused by Covid-19 and associated lockdowns.


Assisted in drafting position statements for two mediations involving claims against building contractors.


Assisted with trial preparation on a multi-million pound construction dispute involving alleged fraudulent misrepresentations about the methodology a contractor would employ throughout a building project.

Featured Insurance cases


Frequently instructed in subrogated claims, particularly involving P&I clubs in relation to charterparty disputes. Recently acted in an arbitration involving issues about the impact of a P&I club’s subrogation on the recoverability of loss claimed.


Frequently instructed in maritime insurance claims.


Instructed to advise on a coverage dispute involving the interpretation of various exclusion clauses.


Instructed as sole counsel to defend a health insurance claim involving alleged fraudulent representations.


Worked on an advice about the correct interpretation of a liability cap in an insurance contract in relation to a professional negligence claim against a structural engineering company.

Featured Other commercial litigation cases


Instructed as a junior in a multi-million pound lending dispute to research a novel issue of mitigation of loss by a special purpose vehicle established for a specific transaction.


Instructed to advise on whether brokers retaining commission amounts to a conflict of interest and/or breach of fiduciary duties.


Instructed in various disputes involving gambling and betting.


Instructed as sole counsel to defend a claim for management time brought by an independent financial adviser against a pension provider.


Frequently instructed by banks in relation to PPI disputes.


Assisted with submissions to the Court of Appeal in a fraud case, in relation to whether an innocent party that receives cash from a fraudster should have to give credit for the “time value” of that cash as a “benefit received” from the transaction: Tuke v Hood [2022] EWCA 23.


Assisted with and observed a summary judgment hearing in relation to a gambling case, on the issue of whether a gambling company should pay “winnings” won by a player due to a software glitch in an online game.

Featured IT cases


Worked on a claim brought by a software development company against a large retailer for money due in relation to the building of a website. The dispute concerned the scope of the contractor’s obligations to service and upgrade the website and the extent to which problems were caused by customisations demanded by the retailer.


Worked on a case involving intellectual property licenses for hydrogen fuel cell technology, including drafting an advice on whether the license was terminable on reasonable notice.

Tenke Fungurume Mining S.A. v Katanga Contracting Services S.A.S. [2021] EWHC 3301 (Comm): High Court upholds award of third-party funding costs

The recent decision of Mrs Justice Moulder DBE in a challenge to an arbitration award brought under section 68 of the...

Galtrade Ltd v BP Oil International Limited [2021] EWHC 1796 (Comm)

The recent decision of Adrian Beltrami QC (sitting as a Deputy Judge of the High Court) provides useful guidance on the...

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  • BPTC: Barstow Scholarship (third highest mark in year), William Rose Drafting Prize (City Law School)
  • Exhibition Award, Inner Temple
  • McMahon Law Studentship (St John’s College, University of Cambridge)
  • Undergraduate prizes: George Aldridge Prize (highest mark in year), William Vaughan Lewis Prize (dissertation) (Department of Geography, University of Cambridge), McAuley Scholarship, Wright Prize and Hughes Year Prize (St John’s College, University of Cambridge)
  • “Still Waiting” – Refugee Rights Data Project (field researcher for a report on the Calais Jungle refugee camp, August 2016).
  • “Learning from the Nepal earthquake for preparedness through transboundary collaboration among experts of Himalayan countries”, Current Science, July 2016 (article written during internship at an environment and development NGO in India).

Inner Temple

  • Bar Practice Training Course (Outstanding), The City Law School
  • Graduate Diploma in Law (Distinction), The City Law School
  • BA in Geography (Double First Class), St John’s College, University of Cambridge
  • Chinese – intermediate (HSK 4)
  • French – intermediate

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