Lisa specialises in commercial and Chancery dispute resolution in the Business and Property Courts of the High Court of Justice. Lisa has a wealth of experience in representing a diverse range of companies and individuals in business disputes and insolvency litigation that are often high value and/or complex and whether before action, at mediation or through to trial. She is effective at positively leading the teams within which she is working and making sound strategic decisions on challenging issues under pressure. Lisa brings a creative and practical perspective to legal issues in a commercial context.
Lisa is recommended by Chambers & Partners UK Bar Guide 2021 as a leading junior in the practice areas of Chancery, restructuring/insolvency and commercial dispute resolution. Comments include “experienced and has the confidence of the court” and “her knowledge and expertise is first-rate.” She is praised by Chambers and Partners UK Bar Guide 2020 as an insolvency specialist who is “knowledgeable, persuasive in court and excellent on complex legal problems.” Lisa is also recommended in Legal 500 UK 2021 as a Tier 1 leading junior in company and insolvency who is a “great advocate and is very persuasive”. Lisa is noted as a top tier barrister in the fields of commercial, banking, insolvency and chancery law who is “very highly-regarded both as a lawyer and as an advocate” by Legal 500 UK Bar 2020 and by Legal 500 UK Bar 2019 as “imperturbable and impressive in court; a force to be reckoned with”.
Lisa is a popular choice as Counsel for advocacy, advice and drafting in contested cases in the following practice areas:
- Shareholder disputes;
- Corporate and personal insolvency;
- Directors’ and trustees’ duties and related claims;
- Secured lending disputes, including Law of Property Act receiverships;
- Commercial Contract disputes;
- Conflict of laws;
- Commercial litigation (commercial fraud, conversion, equitable remedies including injunctions, confidential information, agency and nuisance);
- Partnership, joint venture and LLP disputes;
- Proprietary estoppel claims (particularly relating to farms);
- Real property and trusts;
- Public interest winding up petitions, directors’ disqualification and tax-related litigation.
Recent highlights of Lisa’s practice include:
- Successfully defending a challenge to the court’s jurisdiction and claim that England was forum non conveniens and consequently securing payment of the underlying contractual claim.
- Currently acting for the defendants to a £5 million misfeasance and transaction defrauding creditors claim brought by the liquidators of an Isle of Man partnership.
- Unwin v Bond  EWHC 1769 (Comm), a leading case on good faith clauses in shareholder agreements, the trial of which took place remotely.
- Acting for minority shareholders in obtaining payment of just over £600,000 following presentation of a petition to wind up a crowd-funded property development company.
- Securing a settlement of just under £1 million for a shareholder in unfair prejudice petition proceedings involving a company specialising in niche pipeline product supplies.
- Advising a local authority on successfully exiting an onerous contract relating to mortuary services.
- Successfully defending a claim under a joint venture agreement and by proprietary estoppel to a valuable quarry at an 8 day trial.
- Laurence Bassini v Inner Circle Investments Limited  EWHC 3024 (Comm)
- Representing a partner in a family farming partnership in a dispute involving an enviable Yorkshire Wolds arable farm valued in excess of £6 million in which a proprietary estoppel claim was made.
- Successfully obtaining permission to continue a derivative action by a minority shareholder on behalf of a company against a company director in respect of alleged substantial misappropriation from the company which had held a valuable residential property portfolio. An indemnity of costs from the company to a specific stage in the proceedings and injunctive relief was also ordered.
- Re Graico Property Co Ltd (in administration)  BCC 15 (Norris J)
- Representing the Claimant in a substantial claim of over £1 million for breach of warranties in a share purchase agreement involving a wind farm in Scotland. The case settled before a 10 day trial and following a high profile appeal involving disclosure of privileged documents by the Defendant Atlantisrealm Ltd v Intelligent Land Investments (Renewable Energy) Ltd  EWCA Civ 1029,  C.P. Rep. 39.
Lisa is also a member of the advisory board of the Centre for Business Law and Practice at the University of Leeds. She has published articles on specialist insolvency topics in Sweet & Maxwell’s Insolvency Intelligence and R3’s Recovery, including on the “new” moratorium and furlough and administration and in Sweet & Maxwell’s the Company Lawyer, on corporate topics including directors’ duties.