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 appears as counsel in international commercial and investment treaty arbitrations across the Americas, Europe and Asia.
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 has been recently described as a "leading junior barrister and a tireless and highly intelligent lawyer" (Chambers and Partners 2021).
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 of whatever size. 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.
Contractual and IP dispute between US company and Chinese company (HKIAC Rules, Hong Kong) Lauren acted for a respondent Chinese company in an international commercial arbitration worth over USD100 million arising under a technology transfer licensing agreement.
Tower Insurance v Earthquake Commission (Auckland High Court) Lauren acted 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 concerned equitable subrogation, equitable contribution and recoupment.
Body Corporate v Auckland City Council (Auckland High Court) Lauren was 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.
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.
Lauren is ranked Band 3 for Junior Barristers in Chambers and Partners 2021. Lauren is described as "a rising star of the New Zealand Bar" who combines the skills of a "highly efficient litigator" in the domestic field with those of "an incredibly talented and passionate practitioner in the area of international arbitration". Lauren is also touted as a "a leading junior barrister and a tireless and highly intelligent lawyer". Chambers and Partners 2021.
"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
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)
Anna Kirk and Lauren Lindsay "Arbitration"  New Zealand Law Review 639
L Lindsay and S Trafford, New Zealand Chapter in "Force Majeure and Hardship in the Asia Pacific Region" (2021, Juris Publishing)
On 12 March 2020, the World Health Organization declared Covid-19 a pandemic. Almost two years later, Aotearoa New Zealand is facing, for the first time, large numbers of Covid-19 cases in the form of the Omicron variant. With Omicron now firmly in our community and with cases continuing to rise, contractual parties are starting to face real difficulties in the performance of their contractual obligations.