Lucy Blake

Dispute Resolution Managing Associate, London

"Drawing on my extensive experience in business crime investigations, crisis management and public law, I provide clear, tactical and pragmatic advice to resolve business-critical challenges." 

Overview

Professional experience

Education and qualifications

Overview

Lucy has a broad practice, advising multi-national corporates and financial institutions on a range of business crime, ethical and public law issues. In particular, Lucy has extensive experience of working on complex, cross-border investigations into allegations of bribery and corruption, money laundering, fraud, cyber-crime, data privacy and other forms of wrongdoing. She also advises clients on public law issues including public inquiries, parliamentary hearings and judicial review.

Drawing on her experience in investigations and high-profile business-critical matters, Lucy offers clients strategic guidance to help them prepare for, and respond to, crisis situations. She also helps clients develop and implement robust policies and procedures to promote a genuine compliance culture and prevent crises and wrongdoing from taking place.

Lucy has been named as a “Rising Star” in Legal 500 for Corporate Governance in 2019 and 2020.

In 2014 she spent six-months working on secondment in BP’s Anti-Bribery and Corruption Legal Team.

Work highlights 

Lucy’s experience includes advising:

  • Amec Foster Wheeler in relation to the Serious Fraud Office’s investigation into bribery and corruption allegations, including its alleged dealings with Unaoil
  • Grant Thornton as liquidators of various companies in the Saad group in its successful defence of the US$9.2 billion Cayman Islands litigation – described as "one of the largest financial frauds in history"
  • in relation to a multi-national criminal investigation by the Environment Agency
  • a global investment bank on a sensitive internal investigation into allegations of money-laundering, tax evasion, fraud and bribery
  • a global company on the ICO’s investigation into the use of data analytics in political campaigns
  • a global FMCG company with strategic crisis management advice in relation to a potential product liability issue overseas
  • a global investment bank in relation to a joint investigation by the Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority into the bank’s systems and controls to prevent financial crime
  • News’ Corporations Management and Standard Committee in relation to all investigations connected to the phone hacking and police corruption investigations, including the police investigation, Select Committee hearings, Leveson Inquiry and civil litigation

Professional experience

Lucy has been a member of the board of directors of Amnesty International UK since 2016. She is also an elected fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Her previous work included working on death row appeals at the Texas Defender Service in Houston.

Lucy has written, spoken at events and produced various webinars on bribery and corruption and cyber-crime.

Education and qualifications

Lucy studied English Literature at the University of York.