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Lydia Allaby

Managing Associate

Personal Profile

Lydia Allaby is a Managing Associate in the Commercial Litigation team. She has experience advising on complex multijurisdictional English court proceedings, as well as disputes across a range of other subject matters including regulatory investigations, crisis management, civil fraud and public law. She has advised clients across a number of sectors, including financial services, technology, real estate and transport.

Lydia holds a particular interest in human rights strategic litigation, and has spent time working at and with various human rights NGOs including REDRESS, ILGA-Europe and the European Council for Refugees and Exiles, bringing strategic litigation against governments in both the European Court of Human Rights and the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights.

Key Experience

  • Acting for the Government of Nigeria in High Court proceedings challenging a $10 billion arbitral award in favour of a BVI company arising from a failed gas deal, on the basis that the underlying contract and the award itself were procured through fraud and corruption.
  • Acting for a leading high street financial institution in High Court proceedings relating to historic FX trading.
  • Acting for an international ridesharing company in a licensing appeal resulting from Transport for London’s refusal to renew its Private Hire Vehicle licence.
  • Advising a private wealth management firm in financial crime proceedings brought by the Bahamian Director of Public Prosecutions in the Supreme Court of the Bahamas.
  • Acting for a leading challenger retail bank in regulatory investigations brought by the Prudential Regulation Authority and Financial Conduct Authority relating to its risk-weighted assets and disclosure obligations under the Listing Rules.
  • Acting for a multinational financial institution facing prosecution in the German courts for historical cum/ex trading.
  • Advising a multi-billion-dollar international software company in a High Court dilapidations dispute.
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