Lauren Lindsay


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Lauren Lindsay is a commercial litigator and international arbitration lawyer.  In addition to appearing as counsel in litigation and arbitration, Lauren also accepts appointments as arbitrator.  Lauren has experience in drafting and advising on dispute resolution clauses concerning all types of contracts, including complex multi-party, multi-contract transactions. Lauren is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a fellow of the Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand (AMINZ).

Lauren is valued by her clients for international arbitration and litigation advice.  The General Counsel of a multinational company in the ICT sector recently (2019) described Lauren as “an outstanding advocate who delivered client-focused solutions in a clear and concise manner. She understood our business, was extremely responsive and provided innovative and insightful advice. Lauren quickly became our most valued advisor“.

Lauren maintains a broad commercial practice.  She has developed a particular interest in disputes arising in the life sciences, telecommunications and energy sectors.  Lauren also has considerable experience in formulating and responding to complex damages claims.  As a litigator, she has been instructed on cases before the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of New Zealand.

Lauren is ranked in a number of the major legal directories. Legal 500 (2018) refers to Lauren as a “key senior associate” within the Allen & Overy international arbitration team. Legal 500 (2017) recommended Lauren as someone who “has a strong scientific background, which is invaluable in cases related to pharmaceutical products”.

Before re-joining Bankside Chambers in November 2018, Lauren was a senior associate in Allen & Overy LLP’s international arbitration team.  Lauren has conducted cases under most arbitration rules, including those of the ICC, LCIA, SIAC, UNCITRAL and ICSID.  She has represented clients in international arbitrations in the pharmaceutical, telecommunications, insurance, energy, property, construction and financial services sectors.  Lauren has considerable experience in investment-treaty arbitration, having acted both for and against states.  Most recently, Lauren successfully represented a consortium of investors in claims against the Kingdom of Spain arising out of changes to the regulation of renewable energy investments.

Lauren has advised corporate clients and states on a range of public international law issues.  Her work in this area includes interpreting treaties for the purposes of constructing an oil pipeline; advising on the availability of force majeure under public international law arising out of the unrest in Syria and Libya; dealing with issues of state succession; and providing preliminary merits advice relating to renewable energy investments in a number of European Union member states.

Lauren grew up in Vanuatu, in the South West Pacific, a French-British condominium.  She obtained her LLB(Hons) and BSc from the University of Auckland in New Zealand and an LLM from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy on a full scholarship.  She has a Diploma in International Arbitration from the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.  Lauren is a bilingual French and English speaker and also has working knowledge of Spanish.

Lauren is dual-qualified and admitted to practise in New Zealand and England & Wales.

Recent and Notable Cases

International commercial arbitrations

Dispute between Production Sharing Partners (ICC Rules, London seat, English law governed)

Dispute between US Pharmaceutical Company v Insurers (LCIA-administered, English Arbitration Act 1996, London seat, New York law governed) (multiple arbitrations)

Investment-treaty arbitrations

EISER Infrastructure Limited and Energia Solar Luxembourg S.à.r.l v Kingdom of Spain (Energy Charter Treaty (the ECT), ICSID Convention and Arbitration Rules)

Antin Infrastructure Services Luxembourg S.à.r.l and Antin Energía Termosolar B.V. v Kingdom of Spain (ECT, ICSID Convention and Arbitration Rules)

RREEF Infrastructure (G.P.) Limited and RREEF Pan-European Infrastructure Two Lux S.à.r.l. v Kingdom of Spain (ECT, ICSID Convention and Arbitration Rules)

Dunkeld International Investment Ltd v The Government of Belize (PCA, UNCITRAL Rules (1976), UK Belize BIT)


Qualifications and Career


Diploma in International Arbitration, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Oxford, UK (November 2018)

LL.M in European Comparative and International Law, European University Institute, Florence, Italy (2009)

LL.B (Honours), University of Auckland, New Zealand (2006)

BSc (Biological Sciences), University of Auckland, New Zealand (2006)

Bar Admissions

England and Wales (2016)

New Zealand (2006)


2018-present: Barrister, Bankside Chambers

2011-2018: Associate/Senior Associate, Allen & Overy LLP (Litigation Department, International Arbitration Team)

2006-2008: Barrister, Bankside Chambers

2004-2006: Law Clerk to Sir David Williams, KNZM QC

Publications / Seminars

Arbitration Agreements: designing dispute resolution clauses that work, AMINZ Breakfast meeting, 14 February 2019

Hong Kong Arbitration Week 2018: the New HKIAC Arbitration Rules, NZBA Newsletter, December 2018

Stare Divisive: the doctrine of precedent and arbitration. A debate between Nicholas Till QC and Lauren Lindsay, AMINZ Conference, Wellington, 1 September 2018

The Anatomy of an International Arbitration: a two-hour lecture to the University of Auckland Law School (International Commercial Arbitration Class), 28 May 2018

Arbitration in the life sciences and pharmaceutical sector, Corporate Disputes Magazine (in association with WIPO), October 2017 issue, available at:

L Lindsay, “Trump and the TPP: un-writing history?” Practical Law Arbitration Blog, 28 February 2017, available at:



New Zealand Law Society, Member

New Zealand Bar Association, Member

Law Society of England & Wales, Member

Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Fellow

Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand, Associate


Young ICCA, Member

Young International Arbitration Group (LCIA)

International Law Association (NZ branch)