Lucy Webster is a partner in the Litigation team in London. Lucy specialises in high-value domestic and cross-border disputes in court proceedings, as well as international arbitration under various institutional rules. Lucy is recognised particularly for her work in the environmental, social and governance (ESG), clean energy, sports and media sectors.

    Lucy's expertise extends to all types of alternative dispute resolution, including mediations involving multiple stakeholders and complex expert determination processes. Lucy also acts for high-profile clients where reputational risk is a material factor in the strategic direction of disputes.

    Lucy is one of only 23 private practice dispute resolution (commercial litigation) lawyers in London to be ranked as a Rising Star by The Legal 500, where she is recognised as “a brilliant solicitor – the sort of person round whom the rest of a legal team gravitates and on whom it depends”.

    Lucy is described by clients as “sharp, proactive and extremely personable” and “incredibly thorough, practical and dedicated, with a very strong knowledge of litigation process. She provides timely and common-sense strategies and advice, and is an extremely clear communicator”.

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    Clean Energy

    • Representing a multinational investment management corporation in a regulatory investigation by Ofgem concerning renewable energy assets, an associated civil fraud claim and related judicial review proceedings.
    • Representing a wind turbine manufacturer in a multimillion-pound dispute arising out of a catastrophic turbine fire.
    • Advising an aerospace multinational on its net-zero emissions plan and strategy, including risk analysis.
    • Acting for the UK’s largest wind industry participant, in proceedings in the Employment Tribunal and Administrative Court relating to the unlawful imposition of a statutory levy.
    • Acting in a London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) arbitration for a Japanese trading house in a dispute concerning emissions credits under the Kyoto Protocol and the disputed termination of an Emission Reduction Purchase Agreement.

    Sports and Media

    • Representing a show-jumper in a Court of Arbitration for Sport ad hoc arbitration concerning their selection to compete at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Following our success at an overnight hearing, the athlete went on to win a gold medal at the games.
    • Representing an American journalist in the High Court and Court of Appeal, in defence of claims in libel, malicious falsehood and misuse of private information, and involving the extra-territorial application of GDPR, involving issues in the US, Israel and Russia.
    • Advising a global sportswear brand on multiple long-term sponsorship deals with several high-profile sports teams, including in the Premier League and La Liga.
    • Advising on a hosting agreement with the Ladies European Tour for the Solheim Cup.
    • Representing a music manager and publisher in a dispute with a band involving alleged copyright infringement in a song.
    • Representing a deceased music artist’s estate in various High Court actions involving alleged fraud and infringements of performer’s rights.
    • Advising a Hollywood production company in an Independent Film and Television Alliance arbitration concerning the distribution rights in Spain of a major film.
    • Representing a global airline trade association in two High Court claims by which it sought to protect valuable database rights and key strategic interests.

    Pro Bono

    • Strategic management and coordination of a project to represent members of the Afghan judiciary and its broader justice system whose lives were at grave risk after the Taliban seized control of Afghanistan in 2021. This included assisting their efforts to relocate to the UK/another safe jurisdiction with their families (including through judicial review proceedings in a number of cases in order to challenge deficiencies in and/or the application by the UK government of specific immigration policies and procedures), as well as driving an initiative to support clients who do make it to the UK to resume their legal careers.

    Education

    • BPP Law School, L.P.C., 2007
    • University of Bristol, LL.B., 2006

    Admissions

    • England and Wales, 2009
    • Ranked in The Legal 500 as a Rising Star for Commercial Litigation in London in 2021 and 2022.
    • Leading member of the team that was Highly Commended (runner up) for “pro bono initiative of the year” at The Lawyer Awards 2022.

    • Contributor, International Arbitration: A Practical Guide.
    • Contributor, Privilege and Confidentiality: An International Handbook, IBA.

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