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Lucy in a Director in the award-winning Commercial Litigation team with over 10 years of experience in advising on commercial disputes.

Lucy acts for individuals and businesses of all sizes, in a wide range of complex and high-value commercial disputes across a number of sectors.  She has extensive expertise in of advising in a number of sectors and disciplines including:

  • A number of complex and/or high value Partnership disputes
  • Claims for breach of Directors’ duties
  • Professional negligence claims against accountants, solicitors, financial advisors and other professionals
  • Insurance claims against both insurance brokers and insurers, including claims involving breaches of warranty and non-disclosure along with complex evidential issues
  • Complex and high value contractual disputes
  • Privy Council Appeals – a particular expertise in representing overseas clients when bringing or defending Appeals in the Privy Council


Lucy’s experience includes:

  • Partnership disputes – including acting in a for a partner in a long running family wholesale business and property letting portfolio.  This complex and high value claim required complex factual and legal analysis of partnership and property related issues. An excellent result was ultimately achieved for the client at mediation;  Further partnership disputes including one in relation to a farming partnership and various GP partnership disputes.
  • Insurance – claims against insurers and brokers involving complex insurance related issues including breach of warranty and non-disclosure along with related professional negligence claims against insurance professionals. Lucy was part of the team which represented the successful claimant in the High Court case of Maritsave Ltd v National Farmers’ Union Mutual Insurance Society [2011] All ER (D) 12 (Jul).
  • Insurance – Acting for a large insurer client (along with their insured) on various IT related disputes which fall for coverage under the insureds’ PI policies.  Including advising on policy and coverage issues and analysis of complex contractual issues.
  • Privy Council Appeals – Acting on a numerous Privy Council Appeals for overseas clients when either bringing or defending claims.  Lucy’s extensive work in this area means she has an in depth knowledge of the specialist rules and procedure governing appeals to the Privy Council along with a strong working relationship with the Registry, ensuring that clients’ appeals run as smoothly and cost-effectively as possible.
  • Breach of Directors’ duties – Advising a large Housing Association in relation to a complex claim against a former member of its executive team for breach of directors’ duties involving various Regulatory issues.
  • Contractual disputes – Acting for a major provider of outsourcing services in a dispute about termination and step-in rights in connection with a large financial institution
  • Professional negligence – Acting on a complex and high value claim by a private individual against a solicitor and barrister.
  • Advising a large land owning client in relation to a multi-million £ negligence/nuisance claim caused by flooding and the consequent collapse of a culvert.  The matter involved providing assistance and advice to the client over a number of years, handling and liaising with insurers in relation to a substantial number of complex insurance claims both as Claimant and Defendant.

Expertise: Services



Private Individuals

Public & Third Sector

What people say

  • Robert Glassford and Lucy Cleghorn have been very personable and professional at all times.

    Legal 500
  • Robert Glassford is a very good lawyer, experienced, strong analytically, balanced and measured. Joe Kelley is hardworking, practical and calm. Tim Toomey and Russell Ward have a sound judgment and maintain good relationships with clients. Lucy Cleghorn is practical.

    Legal 500, Client quote
  • Lucy Cleghorn must be a rising star. Great client management coupled with an extremely good eye for detail. Really thoughtful litigator.

    Legal 500, Client quote