Biography

Jessica Lee is an Associate in the Firm’s Litigation & Arbitration Practice Group.

Jess has broad experience in complex and high value commercial litigation with particular experience in civil fraud, company and shareholder disputes, and financial services. She has acted on numerous complex cross-border civil fraud cases many of which have also involved advising on freezing, proprietary, and disclosure injunctions. Jess is part of Brown Rudnick’s Supervising Solicitors team and has recent relevant experience in the execution of search orders and delivery up orders. Jess has also advised on significant investigations and compliance matters including investigations by the US Department of Justice and the Serious Fraud Office. She has also previously undertaken several secondments to clients including in the banking and telecommunications sectors.

Jess is a keen advocate for diversity and social mobility and is a mentor at IntoUniversity and on the Urban Scholars Programme.

Prior to joining Brown Rudnick, Jess was an associate at Baker & McKenzie where she also trained. She attended Southampton University and the College of Law, Moorgate.

Awards

Representation

Litigation & Arbitration

Acting in a breach of confidence and privacy claim arising out of covert recordings of the Claimants and obtaining and executing delivery up orders in connection with the claim.

Acting in a large-scale fraud claim brought by a foreign public authority for sums in excess of £800 million involving allegations of bribery and corruption.

Representing numerous Defendants in a £1.5 billion fraud claim brought by a foreign tax authority and advising on freezing and proprietary injunctions obtained in connection with the dispute.

Acting on a dispute arising in the context of a commercial mortgage-backed securitisation involving a loan of £263 million in relation to the property portfolio of a major retailer.

Acting for two sub-participant claimants in an LCIA arbitration claim relating to the enforceability of a $250 million subordinated loan agreement.

Acting for the respondent in successfully defending a challenge to an LCIA arbitration award in excess of $72 million brought under s.67 Arbitration Act 1996 in the High Court and on the subsequent appeal in the Court of Appeal. Acting on associated interim applications including successfully discharging a worldwide anti-suit injunction.

Investigations & Compliance

Acting for a senior individual in connection with the investigation by the Serious Fraud Office into Rolls-Royce.

Seconded to the Corporate Governance and Risk team of a major telecoms provider dealing with compliance related matters including litigation, investigations and regulatory enforcement.

Seconded to and acting for a leading financial institution in a widescale investigation involving both competition and financial services regulatory issues and dealing with US, EU, and UK regulatory authorities.

Acting for a major financial institution in a disciplinary investigation concerning potential regulatory enforcement issues.

Representing an individual corporate director in connection with an investigation by the Serious Fraud Office into allegations of bribery, corruption and misfeasance.

*Some of the above matters were handled by Jessica prior to joining Brown Rudnick.

Education

College of Law, Moorgate – LPC, 2011
University of Southampton – LLB, 2010

Bar Admissions

Solicitor-Advocate (Higher Courts Civil Proceedings)
Solicitor, England & Wales
Publications
Co-author, "Commercial Fraud Litigation – London Pow-wow, June 2019", IBA Litigation Committee Newsletter, September 2019
Awards and Honors
The Legal 500 UK, Leading Firm, Fraud: Civil, 2021
The Legal 500 UK, Crime Fraud & Licensing Firm (Specialism) of the Year Award for Fraud: Civil, 2018