Lois Horne > Macfarlanes LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Macfarlanes LLP

Work Department

Litigation and dispute resolution


Lois advises financial institutions, corporates and entrepreneurs on a broad range of complex, cross-border commercial matters in High Court and international arbitration, with particular experience in corporate and shareholder disputes, contract disputes, banking litigation and financial crime.

Lois has broad experience in acting for corporates, or individuals with corporate interests, across a range of sectors, including private equity, financial services, aviation, energy, retail, beverages and commodities.

Lois’ High Court and arbitration experience includes complex post-deal warranty and indemnity disputes, claims for fraudulent misrepresentation, valuation issues, shareholder rights and unfair prejudice claims, banking disputes concerning complex financial products and breach of commercial agreement claims. She also advises on directors’ duties and employment issues with respect to senior officers, team moves and breaches of confidence. As well as advising on the resolution of disputes, Lois advises on the prevention of and investigation into financial crime, including bribery and fraud.

Lois is often involved in dealing with highly sensitive matters which go to the heart of a corporate’s commercial objectives. She understands the importance of resolving disputes in the context of broader commercial, reputational and often regulatory contexts. Her breadth of experience enables her to deploy a smart strategy to achieve her client’s objectives in a pro­active manner.

Lois’ work is cross-border, often advising a foreign party on English law disputes, including India, Africa, US, and Asia, as well as throughout Europe. She has expertise in High Court and international arbitral trials, as well as expert determination and alternative dispute resolution.

She is a qualified solicitor-advocate and a Committee Member of the London Solicitor Litigation Association, City of London Law Society Litigation Committee and the Commercial Litigation Association.


Qualified 2005; partner 2014


Lois is a qualified solicitor-advocate and member of the Financial Services Lawyers Association, ArbitralWomen and the Commercial Litigation Association.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium

(Leading individuals)

Lois HorneMacfarlanes LLP

Macfarlanes LLP‘s ‘genuinely premium‘ department leverages the dual strength of its private client and corporate practices to skillfully represent entrepreneurs, senior executives, shareholders, family offices and corporate entities connected to them. Practice head Matt McCahearty  is described by one client as being ‘good at managing large teams in the most complex commercial litigation‘. The group also fields ‘legendary figureIain Mackie  and ‘superstarLois Horne . Newly made up Christopher Charlton is ‘everything you would want in a partner‘.