Experience

Lorraine’s experience includes:

  • Advising on the £1 billion Phones 4U litigation concerning allegations of anti-competitive arrangements by mobile network operators
  • Acted for 313 institutional investors in the group litigation against RBS regarding its 2008 £12bn rights issue
  • Acting on a misrepresentation claim brought in the Commercial Court against a firm and its former partners
  • Advising a world leading online trading firm in relation to various multi-jurisdictional disputes
  • Acted for defendants in claim concerning allegations of diversion of business opportunities, including responding to worldwide freezing and search/document production orders
  • Acted for the liquidators of three venture capital trusts (Core VCTs) investigating allegations concerning the former manager and liquidators of the companies
  • Advising a world leading asset finance software company in relation to a shareholder dispute
  • Advising on a series of high-value contractual disputes with major banks and companies in respect of the misuse of core computer systems
  • Advised a major tobacco company on the judicial review of the decision to introduce plain packaging of tobacco products and in relation to its challenge of the EU Tobacco Products Directive II
  • Advised on a number of high-value multiparty private competition follow-on damages actions in the High Court representing various global enterprises including a major oil and gas company
  • Acted on a large-scale multi-jurisdictional bribery and corruption investigation

Expertise

Lorraine specialises in general commercial disputes and has experience in a wide range of high-value contentious matters acting for both claimants and defendants, including banking and financial services litigation, civil fraud and asset recovery, shareholder disputes, insolvency, competition damages actions, judicial review, partnership disputes, and bribery and corruption.

Career

Lorraine trained at Ashurst LLP, qualifying in March 2010. She worked in Ashurst’s dispute resolution team until October 2015, when she joined Stewarts.

Lorraine has written her career story and experience of Stewarts for our careers section, you can view her story here.

Publications

  • Lexology: What is the indirect impact of Practice Direction 57AC on witness statements in support of interim applications  (24 August 2022)
  • Contributed to the Ministry of Justice’s Call for Evidence on Dispute Resolution in England and Wales (2022)
  • The Lawyer: Women and the Pandemic: has the conversation changed? (8 March 2021)
  • International Comparative Legal Guide to Class & Group Actions 2015: Competition Law Private Actions in England & Wales: Access to Collective Redress & Plans to Reform
  • International Comparative Legal Guide to Competition Litigation 2015: England & Wales
  • International Comparative Legal Guide to Class & Group Actions 2013: Competition Law Private Actions in England & Wales: Access to Collective Redress & Plans to Reform
  • Contributed to the UK Government’s consultation on reforming private actions in competition law (2012)
  • The Training Contract & Pupillage Handbook 2012: Solicitor Practice Areas – Commercial Litigation

Recognition

The Legal 500 2022 recognises Lorraine as a key Commercial Litigation lawyer, having “deep experience of heavy litigation” and experience which “span[s] a range of litigation”. She is described as having “superb client skills” and as “one to watch”. She has been described in previous editions as “a star”, and praised as being “fantastic with clients”, someone who “works incredibly hard” and a “key person to have on the team”.

 

 

Personal

Lorraine’s interests include music, dance, reading, yoga, the great outdoors (preferably the North York Moors) and spending time with family and friends. She has a passion for mentoring others within the legal profession, particularly maternity leave returners, and is a member of Stewarts’ parent buddy scheme.