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).
Rae is a member of our global Business and Human Rights Risk team.
- 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.
News and client work
- Sustainable solutions: an interview with Marks & Spencer’s General Counsel and experts from private practice
5 July 2021
- Co-author, "State Immunity: Selected Materials and Commentary", (OUP 2004)
- Co-author, "Human rights responsibilities in the oil and gas sector: applying the UN Guiding Principles" (Journal of World Energy Law & Business, 2013)
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
- 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 Organisation
- 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
- Rae Lindsay stands out for her expertise in the area of business and human rights. She is routinely sought out by sovereigns states and multinationals, and is highly regarded for her sanctions work.
Chambers Global 2020 – Public International Law
- Respected lawyer Rae Lindsay is recognised among peers and clients for a long track record advising on sophisticated matters, often featuring human rights issues relating to sport. One interviewee remarks: "She is extremely knowledgeable in her field and deals with very complex commercial, personal and regulatory issues. She added nuance of understanding beyond the legal aspects."
Chambers Global 2020 – Business & Human Rights Law
- The "terrific" Rae Lindsay has an impressive reputation in public international law, and is noted for her expertise in the business and human rights space. She also advises institutions on issues of state immunity and sanctions. "She's extremely knowledgeable in her field and understands the international landscape very well," says one market source.
Chambers UK 2020 – Public International Law
- Band 1 Ranked Individual
Chambers Global-wide – Business & Human Rights Law 2020
- Band 1 Ranked Individual
Chambers UK – Public International Law 2020
- Hall of Fame
Legal 500 UK – Public International Law 2020