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Rae Lindsay

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Rae Lindsay

Rae Lindsay specialises in international law, litigation, economic sanctions and the emerging area of business and human rights. She is co-head of the firm's Public International Law practice.

Rae represents governments, governmental agencies and international organisations, as well as multinational corporations and international financial institutions. She manages global investigations for clients and advises on anti-corruption matters, sanctions law and regulation, compliance issues, investigations, enforcement and licensing.

Rae also advises clients in a variety of sectors on risk management and corporate governance with a focus on financial crime and regulation, and on the emerging regulation of business and human rights.

Rae is a trustee and international board member of the Institute for Human Rights and Business, and a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Human Rights. She is Treasurer of the British Branch of the International Law Association. Rae is co-author of "State Immunity: Selected Materials and Commentary" (OUP, 2004).

  • Claims to United Nations Compensation Commission: Representing Kuwait's oil sector companies in their claims to the UNCC for damage to Kuwait's oil resources and industry infrastructure as a result of the Gulf War, and secured multi-billion dollar awards in respect of these.  Represented Kuwait and Jordan in the claims for environmental damage to the UNCC.
  • Business and Human Rights: working with clients concerned with issues arising in conflict zones and countries affected by sanctions, and leading on projects to implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights within various business sectors, including oil & gas and other extractives.

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Career and qualifications

  • University of Leicester (LLB) 1981
  • University of Toronto (LLM and MA) 1982
  • Admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales 1990
  • Admitted as an Attorney-at-Law to the Bars of California 1986, New York 2004, Washington DC 2002 and Alberta, Canada (non-practising) 1984
  • Partner since 1997
  • Speaks English, French and German

Professional bodies

  • Treasurer, British Branch of the International Law Association.
  • Member of the International Law Association's Committee on Reparations for Victims of War.
  • Served as a member of the International Law Association's Committee on the Accountability of International Organisations
  • Served as a member of the United Nations Environment Programme's Working Group of Experts on Environmental Damage resulting from Military Hostilities.
  • Served on government-sponsored working groups of experts on sanctions (the Interlaken, Bonn-Berlin and Stockholm processes).
  • Trustee and board member, Institute for Human Rights and Business.

Awards and citations

  • "One of the consummate international law solicitors in London"
    Chambers UK 2014 – Public International Law
  • "Market commentators hold group joint co-head Rae Lindsay in high esteem for her dedication to this field and broad base of expertise
    Chambers UK 2013 – Public International Law
  • Sources say Rae Lindsay "really understands the client's needs, however complex." She has "core expertise in state and diplomatic immunities, economic sanctions and international human rights."
    Chambers Uk 2012 - Public International Law