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Lisa is a partner in the London commercial dispute resolution group. She has extensive experience in international commercial litigation, including insurance/re-insurance (marine and non-marine), international trade and shipping disputes arising under COAs, multi-party vessel sharing agreements, charterparties, bills of lading, and ship sale/purchase and repair contracts.

Frequently involved in complex and high-profile insurance/reinsurance, shipping, and trade litigation, Lisa has recently successfully represented clients in high-value multi-jurisdictional claims before the High Court concerning maritime casualty, war, and political risk. She is currently involved in the multi-billion aviation insurance litigation arising out of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Lisa is also active in the commodity and energy sectors. With a broad range of clients, she acts for banks, insurers, traders, P&I clubs, shipowners, charterers, and cargo interests, in connection with court, mediation, and English and international arbitration proceedings before the ICC, LCIA, LMAA, GAFTA and FOSFA.

She sits on the European committee and chairs the membership committee of the International Energy Credit Association (IECA). Lisa is ranked as a ‘Recommended Lawyer’ in The Legal 500, in which she has regularly been featured and praised for being ‘an energetic and diligent litigator’, and ‘well regarded for shipping and trade disputes’.

Recent work highlights

  • Acting for Beirut-based insurers in relation to High Court litigation of a political risk dispute brought by Syrian claimants.
  • Acting for Libyan-based owners in High Court litigation of a USD45 million multi-jurisdictional dispute under a war risks policy in relation to the taking of a vessel at sea.
  • Advising liquidators on the recovery of losses totalling in excess of USD40 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.
  • Advising a Swiss-based grain trader on multi-party and multi-jurisdictional claims totalling USD15 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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