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Portrait of Lisa Hillary


Lisa is a partner in our London commercial dispute resolution group and a member of the international trade, commodities, shipping and commercial litigation teams. She specialises in international trade, trade finance, general commercial litigation and shipping disputes arising under sale contracts, charterparties and bills of lading.

She is active in both the commodity and energy sectors having been involved in much high profile, multi-jurisdictional trade disputes and commercial and shipping litigation. She also advises on marine and energy-related insurance disputes. Lisa acts for a broad range of clients including banks, insurers, traders, P&I clubs, shipowners, charterers and cargo interests in connection with court, mediation and English and international arbitration proceedings before FOSFA, GAFTA, ICC, LCIA and LMAA.

She qualified as a solicitor at Thomas Cooper LLP in 1999 before becoming a partner in 2014. She is an active member and co-chair of the membership committee of the International Energy Credit Association (IECA). Lisa is regularly highlighted and praised in The Legal 500 for being “up and coming”, “standing out for litigation matters”, and “well regarded for shipping and trade disputes”.

Recent work highlights

  • Advising liquidators on the recovery of losses totalling in excess of $40 million sustained by multi-national trade finance and investment banks following a global metals fraud.
  • Representing a Swiss trader in ICC arbitration proceedings against a multi-national conglomerate concerning failures of inspection duties.
  • Acting for a Russian national in arbitration proceedings before the LCIA against a global electronic records management company.
  • Advising a Swiss-based grain trader on multi-party and multi-jurisdictional claims totalling $15 million following contamination to cargo.
  • Acting for a ship crew and management agency in a successful action to the Court of Appeal on a point of law regarding the territorial scope of the duty of collective consultation under s.188 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 (TULR(C)A).
  • Advising a Greek ship owner in a successful claim against a major Swiss investment bank for mis-selling of investments.

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