Cordelia Rayner is a Senior Associate in Quinn Emanuel’s London office. She joined the firm in 2018 from a London-based, silver circle firm. Her practice focuses on complex, international, commercial disputes, including antitrust litigation. At her previous firm she was the lead associate who acted for the successful claimants in the landmark equity case, FHR European Ventures LLP and Ors v Mankarious and Ors,. This case clarified an area of the law which the Supreme Court admitted had “produced inconsistent judicial decisions over the past 200 years”. Cordelia also acted for one of the defendants in iiyama Benelux BV and ors v Schott AG and Ors, which successfully challenged the English Court's jurisdiction over a follow-on cartel damages claim for approximately €260m. This is a rare example of the court refusing jurisdiction over an EU cartel damages claim. Cordelia also has experience of advising clients in abuse of dominance claims and general commercial disputes including contract, professional negligence and shareholder disputes. Through this work she has experience of closed evidence procedure, both in the High Court and the Upper Tribunal (Administrative Appeals Chamber).
Outside of the courtroom, Cordelia has acted for clients in numerous mediations, through which she has met and worked with several of the leading mediators in the UK.
Cordelia’s pro bono clients have included victims of terrorism and domestic violence. She also advised the All Party Parliamentary Group on Extraordinary Rendition on a pro bono basis in its successful appeal against the UK Ministry of Defence's and the Information Commission's refusal to grant Freedom of Information Act requests regarding HM Government's military policies.
Before her legal training, Cordelia researched and produced BBC radio documentaries on a range of issues including international trade, immigration and global warming.
- College of Law
- (L.P.C., distinction, 2009)
- BPP Law School
- (G.D.L, distinction, 2008)
- St. Catherine’s College, Oxford University
- (B.A., Geography, 2000)
- Solicitor, England and Wales