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Lauren has a wide-ranging commercial litigation and international arbitration practice. Lauren has been instructed on cases before the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of New Zealand, and frequently appears as counsel in international commercial and investment treaty arbitrations across the Americas, Europe and Asia.

Education

  • Diploma in International Arbitration, CIArb, 2018
  • LLM, European University Institute, Italy , 2009
  • LLB(Hons), University of Auckland, 2006
  • BSc(Biological Sciences), University of Auckland, 2006

Bio

Lauren has a wide-ranging commercial litigation and international arbitration practice. Lauren has been instructed on cases before the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of New Zealand, and frequently appears as counsel in international commercial and investment treaty arbitrations across the Americas, Europe and Asia.

Lauren is admitted in New Zealand and England & Wales and maintains practising certificates in both jurisdictions. She is also a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (England & Wales) and a fellow of the Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand (AMINZ) and sits as arbitrator in both domestic and international disputes.


Lauren acts as lead and junior counsel on all types of commercial cases. She has particular expertise in the life sciences, pharmaceutical, telecommunications, energy, insurance and financial services sectors. She is often instructed to assist parties to deal with complex damages claims.


Lauren also provides support on contentious corporate and transactional issues. Lauren has expertise in advising on public international law, on force majeure clauses and in issues concerning frustration of contracts. Lauren frequently advises on the drafting of dispute resolution clauses for all types of contracts, including complex multi-party, multi-contract transactions.


Before joining chambers, Lauren was a senior associate in Allen & Overy LLP’s international arbitration team in London.


Lauren grew up in Vanuatu, in the South West Pacific, a French-British condominium. She obtained her LLB(Hons) and BSc (majoring in genetics) 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 a working knowledge of Spanish.

Work Highlights

Tower Insurance v Earthquake Commission (Auckland High Court) Lauren currently acts for Tower insurance in its claim against EQC, arising out of the Christchurch Earthquake Sequence and the proper allocation of respective claim settlements for over 3,000 properties. The case concerns equitable subrogation, equitable contribution and recoupment.


Body Corporate v Auckland City Council (Auckland High Court) Lauren is currently part of the counsel team defending the Auckland Council against the largest ever defective building claim in New Zealand, with a particular focus on complex quantum evidence, including experts from multiple disciplines.


Contractual and IP dispute between US company and Chinese company (HKIAC Rules, Hong Kong)

Lauren is currently counsel for a respondent Chinese company in an international commercial arbitration worth over USD100 million arising under a technology transfer licensing agreement


Dispute between US Company and Chinese Company (ICC Rules, London)

Lauren acted as counsel for a large multinational Chinese company in the ICT sector in a multi-billion dollar, multi-jurisdictional licensing and competition law dispute concerning the fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) licensing of standard essential patents.


Dispute between Malaysian entity and Asian state (ICSID, Washington DC)

Lauren acted for an Asian state, defending a claim of expropriation by a Malaysian developer, concerning a multi-billion dollar development. The case concerned the still novel claim of judicial expropriation.

What Others Say

Lauren is someone who “has a strong scientific background which is invaluable in cases related to pharmaceutical products”, Legal 500 - Insurance law for Policyholders - 2017.

"Lauren is an 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", General Counsel, Multinational company in the ICT sector, 2019

Publications

  • Polly Pope and Lauren Lindsay “Confidentiality in Commercial Litigation and Arbitration” (NZLS CLE, 2019)

  • Lauren Lindsay and Jovana Nedeljkov “Damages for Breach of Contract” (Thomson Reuters, Practical Law, 2019)

  • Lauren Lindsay and Sam Jeffs “Frustration of Contract” (Thomson Reuters, Practical Law, 2019)

Memberships

  • Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand (Fellow)
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Fellow)
  • New Zealand Law Society (Member)
  • Law Society of England & Wales (Member)
  • New Zealand Bar Association (Member)
  • Auckland Women’s Lawyers Society (Member)
  • Lawyers for Climate Action New Zealand (Member)
  • IBA, Arbitration Committee (Member)
  • ICCA and Young ICCA (Member)
  • International Law Association (Member)
  • New Zealand Dispute Resolution Centre (Arbitrator Panel)
  • New Zealand International Arbitration Centre (Arbitrator Panel)