Lucy is qualified in three jurisdictions. She is a barrister in England & Wales, an advocate in Scotland and an attorney at law in New York. She specialises in international dispute resolution, with particular interest and expertise in international commercial arbitration. Lucy has extensive experience as an advocate dealing with commercial litigation, commercial contracts, investment funds and associated regulatory issues, charity law, sale and carriage of goods, international trade, property disputes, oil & gas, product liability and professional negligence. Lucy gained invaluable experience in international oil & gas matters early in her career as counsel in the team representing Occidental Petroleum in the Piper Alpha disaster arbitrations and her interest in international arbitration and energy-related matters developed from there.
Lucy is qualified as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and holds the Chartered Institute’s Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration. Her enthusiasm for international arbitration extends to conducting lectures and training on the subject, particularly in relation to advocacy in international arbitration. She recently presented training seminars on this topic to legal professionals in the Netherlands. Being qualified in three jurisdictions, Lucy has the ability to work across legal borders with ease. Her facility for languages has also been invaluable in many instances and she has particular competence and experience in working on cases in German.
As a New York lawyer, Lucy has developed links with legal professionals in the USA and is available to advise on issues of US Federal Law and New York State Law.
In addition to her expertise as counsel in civil cases, Lucy has extensive experience as a criminal advocate, having held an appointment in Scotland as Crown Counsel (Advocate-Depute). She has strong capability in dealing with white-collar crime, fraud, asset recovery proceedings and corporate investigations. She has an excellent record of success in this area.
Lucy’s breadth of experience has included a judicial appointment in Scotland as a part-time Sheriff sitting in the sheriff courts in both civil and criminal cases. She has appeared in courts at all levels in Scotland and has taken a case from first instance to the House of Lords. She is an extremely competent advocate whose advocacy experience ranges from interlocutory matters to complex appeals. Lucy was awarded a Certificate of Excellence in Advocacy by the Faculty of Advocates in 2016. She recently acted for a medical professional in the longest Fatal Accident Inquiry (Inquest) held in Glasgow Sheriff Court, a complex and challenging matter involving a number of specialisms.
Lucy also has extensive experience as an advocate in the UK domestic market. She has dealt with a range of commercial litigation matters, in particular commercial contract disputes, sale and carriage of goods, shipping and international trade, charity law, banking and insolvency, investment funds and associated regulatory issues such as MiFID II. Her practice also includes property disputes relating to building contracts and dilapidations. Lucy has excellent experience in product liability issues, most recently having worked on the Volkswagen diesel emissions cases. Lucy also specialises in professional negligence cases, especially in the area of clinical negligence, where she has been involved in some complex cases involving issues of haematology, neurosurgery and oncology. She recently acted for a medical professional in the longest Fatal Accident Inquiry (Inquest) held in Glasgow Sheriff Court, a complex and challenging matter involving a number of specialisms.
Lucy has expertise in the oil & gas sector, particularly relating to the North Sea industry. She gained invaluable experience in international oil & gas matters early in her career as counsel in the team representing Occidental Petroleum in proceedings relating to the Piper Alpha disaster and her interest in energy-related matters and international dispute resolution developed from there.
Lucy also specialises in Consumer Law.
Lucy’s expertise is not limited to the professional practice of law. She co-founded a start-up specialist wine importing business and gained hands-on experience of the challenges of entrepreneurship. Lucy not only developed an appreciation of excellent wine but also acquired significant experience in dealing with international supply contracts, shipping and distribution contracts, compliance issues, sales and general management.
• LLB University of Strathclyde
• Diploma in Legal Practice, University of Strathclyde
• Certificate in International Commercial Arbitration, University of Dundee
• Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
• Chartered Institute of Arbitrators: Fellow (FCIArb)
• The Worshipful Company of Arbitrators
• The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
• Faculty of Advocates, Scotland
• New York State Bar Association
• American Bar Association
• International Council for Commercial Arbitration
• Oil & Gas Arbitration Club, London
• Swiss Arbitration Association
• Arbitration Ireland
• The Incorporation of Wrights in Glasgow
• Netherlands Arbitration Institute Jung Oranje group: devised and presented workshop on “The Art of Cross-Examination in International Arbitration”, Leiden University 2018
• Loyens & Loeff, Amsterdam: conducted seminar on “The Art of Cross-Examination” for the firm’s Dutch offices, Amsterdam 2018
• Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, Vienna: Arbitrator 2019 & 2020
• “The Prague Rules: A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing”: Journal of Enforcement of Arbitration Awards (Juris Publishing)