Lucy Scott

Senior Associate

+64 9 984 4218

+64 27 311 5964


Lucy Scott is commercial litigator and regulatory lawyer with a particular interest in regulatory issues and contractual, shareholder, and property disputes. She works across the private and public sectors for clients including insurers and financial services providers. Conduct and culture issues and matters involving the Financial Markets Authority and the Commerce Commission are some of the areas clients come to Lucy for. She has an in depth knowledge of financial services regulation, competition/antitrust issues and contract and company law. She has represented clients in the High Court, and at mediation and arbitration.

Lucy has gained strong experience since she graduated in 2010, starting her career at a large Auckland law firm before taking on an in-house role at the Royal Bank of Scotland in London. There, she was the head of the legal division advising on a large regulatory investigation and customer remediation scheme in relation to mis-selling of interest rate hedging products. She has been with Anthony Harper since 2017.

Clients describe Lucy’s working style as commercial and pragmatic. She is quick to grasp commercial issues, and provides balanced advice taking into account legal risk and other factors. Having worked in a management role in-house, Lucy gained valuable experience dealing with internal and external stakeholders, and has an interest in advising on regulatory and risk issues.

Key Transactions


  • New Zealand's leading life insurer on its response to the joint FMA/RBNZ conduct and culture review.
  • A derivatives issuer on an investigation by the Financial Markets Authority into an alleged breach of its standard licence conditions.
  • An FMCG client on the competition law aspects of a potential merger.
  • A Super Rugby franchise in the High Court and at mediation in relation to a contractual dispute.
Acted for:
  • A trust to obtain a High Court sale order for a property in novel circumstances. The trust's debtor owned a share of the property, but the trust claimed that it was the beneficial owner of the other registered proprietors' shares. The court ordered a sale of the property with proceeds to be distributed to the trust.
  • A tourism industry client on a successful High Court application for judicial review against Tourism New Zealand regarding a licence dispute.
  • An NZX listed commercial landlord on several property disputes.


Bachelor of Laws (LLB), (First Class Honours), University of Canterbury

Admission to the Bar

New Zealand, 2011

Directorships and Trusteeships

Women in Restructuring and Insolvency, Committee Member, 2020-2021

When Lucy isn’t at work, she enjoys time at the beach or on the ski field with her husband and young daughter.

Contributed Articles

  • Managing the fallout from cyberattacks and major business incidents

    The Australian Federal Court has released a decision of considerable interest to businesses investigating incidents and potential wrongdoing. Optus has lost its bid to keep secret the cause of a cyberattack in 2022, which resulted in exposure of personal information for almost 10 million customers (Robertston v Singtel Optus Pty Ltd [2023] FCA 1392). Optus […]

  • Impact of COVID-19 on contractual obligations

    With the widespread disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses will be worried about how this impacts contractual performance. In particular, the first lockdown, and the recent sudden move to Alert Levels 2 and 3 will have a significant impact on business across the country. If you or your business is suddenly unable to […]

  • Buyer or Agent beware?

    What does “plus GST, if any” really mean? Real Estate agents and purchasers alike will be interested in a recent case, which found that a vendor’s agent may be liable in negligence to the purchaser for using the words “plus GST, if any” in a sale and purchase agreement. You can read the case here. Facts The […]

  • Court of Appeal ruling challenges confidentiality of documents provided to the Financial Markets Authority

    Court of Appeal ruling challenges confidentiality of documents provided to the Financial Markets Authority The Court of Appeal has issued a much-awaited judgment regarding the ability of the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) to disclose to third parties documents and information obtained compulsorily pursuant to notices issued under section 25 of the Financial Markets Authority Act […]