SARAH LAINCHBURY is a Solicitor-Advocate, her practice focuses on the resolution of complex corporate and commercial cross-border disputes by way of litigation and arbitration, as well as contentious regulatory work and cross-border investigations.
Sarah has considerable experience of conducting litigation in the High Court (particularly the Commercial and Chancery Divisions) and Court of Appeal, as well as proceedings in off-shore jurisdictions.
Sarah acts for clients in a wide range of industries, with a particular focus on the banking and financial services sectors. Sarah has acted in multi-jurisdictional disputes involving breach of contract, joint venture agreements, international sale and purchase agreements, shareholder agreements and private equity structures. She has worked on a number of swap mis-selling cases and is co-author of a maintained guide on the mis-selling of interest rate hedging products.
Sarah has further experience with the disputes processes associated with complex cross-border insolvency matters and is part of a team acting for Deutsche Bank, representing the interests of subordinated bondholders in the administrations of two companies in the Lehman Brothers group.
Sarah also has experience in contentious employment matters (including acting for Investec Bank PLC in a high profile bonus dispute in the Commercial Court and Court of Appeal) and insurance/reinsurance disputes.
Sarah’s arbitration experience includes acting for clients with cases being conducted under ICC and LCIA rules, with arbitral seats in London and New York. Sarah regularly advises clients on the drafting of arbitration clauses in a transactional context.
Sarah has extensive experience of regulatory work and investigations. She has acted in a number of major enquiries such as investigations by the UK Financial Conduct Authority and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and recently assisted in the representation of the Corporate Compliance Monitor of HSBC Holdings plc, who was appointed by the U.S. Department of Justice, the UK Financial Conduct Authority, and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, in connection with a monitorship resulting from a US$1.9 billion resolution of money laundering and sanction violations. Sarah has also worked on a number of contentious internal investigations, most recently in the pharmaceutical and auto-motive sectors.
Sarah is also involved in a wide range of pro bono work, including most recently applications in the County Court and challenges to Personal Independence Payment decisions before the Disability Benefits Tribunals in London.
Sarah trained as a solicitor at Sidley where she gained experience in the corporate, global finance (with a particular focus on derivatives) and corporate restructuring and insolvency practices. As part of her training contract, Sarah also gained experience in Sidley’s competition practice, assisting the Brussels office with the preparation of a number of submissions to the General Court and Court of Justice of the European Union.