Lisa has established a thriving practice in high value, legally and factually complex Chancery/Commercial litigation in the Business and Property Courts of the High Court of Justice of England and Wales. The focus of Lisa’s practice for several years has been on substantial shareholder and partnership disputes, insolvency litigation, directors’ duties and breach of contract claims, having previously undertaken a broad range of Chancery/commercial litigation in the High Court since pupillage. Lisa was Junior Counsel to the Crown (Attorney General’s Regional Panel) for three consecutive terms. Lisa has been consistently recommended and praised by Chambers & Partners UK and Legal 500 as a leading junior in company, insolvency, chancery and commercial litigation for many years.
Lisa’s current case-work includes acting for the defendants to a £5 million misfeasance and transaction defrauding creditors claim, brought by the liquidators of an offshore partnership, to be tried in 2021. In 2020 Lisa was Counsel in the precedent case on good faith clauses in shareholder agreements, Unwin v Bond  EWHC 1769 (Comm), one of the first trials to take place remotely in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. In 2017 Lisa acted in Atlantisrealm Ltd v Intelligent Land Investments  EWCA Civ 1029, concerning legal professional privilege in a share sale dispute in the energy sector.
Recent highlights of Lisa’s practice in commercial fraud include:
- Successfully obtaining settlement for Defendants to serious claims of knowing assistance, knowing receipt and related tracing claims, brought by a company registered in Gibraltar, acting by its liquidators, where the claims and costs were in excess of £1 million.
- Successfully defending injunctive relief proceedings brought by a major manufacturer of bed products that had purchased a portfolio of properties from administrators in a “fire sale” and obtaining a favourable settlement of claim before a six day trial. The claim centred on allegations of civil fraud and was related to high profile criminal proceedings relating to the premises.
- Successfully representing the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in winding up numerous companies in the public interest.
Lisa is acclaimed for her excellent and versatile written and oral advocacy at trial, in mediation and in applications. She is an extremely effective trial advocate, skilled in cross-examination of both factual and expert witnesses, including forensic accountancy experts.
Lisa positively leads teams through the demands of complex litigation and makes sound strategic decisions on challenging issues under pressure. She brings a creative and practical perspective to legal issues in a commercial context and is adept at applying the law both within and outside her specialist areas of practice. She brings considerable commercial acumen to her case-work.
Lisa is widely published in her fields of specialism.
Lisa is also a member of the advisory board of the Centre for Business Law and Practice at the University of Leeds.