Belfast-based Lisa McLaughlin has been promoted to Herbert Smith Freehills Partnership

Herbert Smith Freehills is pleased to announce the promotion of Lisa McLaughlin to its Partnership from 1 May 2020.


Lisa was previously  Director – UK & EMEA and Global Solutions for the firm's Alternative Legal Services (ALT) practice. She will be the firm's first Belfast-base. Lisa originally joined the firm in London in 2003 as a Trainee, before qualifying into the International Arbitration group – as part of which she acted on a number of complex, high-value arbitration matters, as well as commercial litigation and expert determination disputes.


In 2011, Lisa was integrally involved with the launch of the firm's office in Belfast – as the first near-shore offering of any major international law firm, and the first of its ALT hubs.

As the ALT practice has grown and evolved, Lisa's role has expanded to assume responsibility for leading ALT's teams across Belfast, London and Johannesburg. Indeed, Lisa was responsible for the launch of ALT's market-leading team in Johannesburg in 2017.

She also spearheads the practice's global Client Solutions effort – which seeks to drive growth in ALT’s revenue generation through the optimisation of ALT’s products and services to better address its clients’ challenges.


In her role as Partner, Lisa will continue to lead ALT's teams in UK & EMEA, and to strategically direct the work of the global Client Solutions team.

In 2019, Lisa was named International Director of the Year at the Institute of Directors NI 'Director of the Year' Awards, and was subsequently 'Highly Commended' in the same category at the national UK-wide Awards.



Herbert Smith Freehills is a global law firm. Its ALT business is the newest Practice Group of the firm, a global business, and a fully-integrated part of the firm's international network. It seamlessly delivers high-quality, cost-competitive, technology-enabled legal services for data-intensive, defined-process matters.


ALT's cross-practice, multi-disciplinary team collaborates with colleagues across the firm to provide end-to-end, risk-wrapped services to clients, and also partners with clients and prospects of the firm directly.

ALT's impressive growth in its nine years in business has been driven by client demand – evolving it from a single-location business in Belfast with 19 fee-earners, to a global offering across 11 strategic locations harnessing the talent of more than 350 lawyers, legal analysts and technologists across its network.


This global platform – across New York, Belfast, London, Johannesburg, Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney – enables ALT's teams to work seamlessly around the clock to meet challenging deadlines and maximise efficiency.

In 2018-2019, ALT generated in excess of £42m in revenue globally.


For further information on the firm's promotions to the Partnership globally this year, you can visit their website.