Elsie Blackshaw-Crosby Principal Associate

Speaks:  English

Qualified: 2014 - Solicitor of England & Wales

Primary office:  Birmingham

Elsie Blackshaw-Crosby

Elsie is a Birmingham-based principal associate who advises on all aspects of commercial litigation and dispute resolution, including international arbitration.

In advising her clients, Elsie's primary objective is to provide commercial and cost-efficient advice with the aim of resolving disputes with minimal disruption to her clients' businesses, from both a time management and cost perspective. She is an effective communicator and strives to deliver clear, tailored and comprehensive advice to her clients.

Elsie offers advice to clients across a range of sectors, with particular experience in natural resources and financial services.


Elsie defended two Cayman-domiciled SPVs in associated LCIA arbitrations relating to disputes arising from a convertible debenture and share subscription agreement. Elsie made successful security for costs applications in both arbitrations, each of which were later settled.

Elsie represents a major petroleum company in long-running ad-hoc arbitration proceedings brought against a national oil company relating to unfulfilled supply contracts.

Elsie is instructed by a major UK company in respect of contribution proceedings brought against it relating to the alleged blacklisting of UK construction workers. The proceedings are ongoing in the High Court and have involved a number of interim applications.

Elsie is advising a national food-manufacturing company in its claim for damages arising from breach of contract and negligence of an engineering sub-contractor.

Elsie defended a large international bank in a High Court claim by investors in respect of the alleged miss-selling of derivative products, a claim which was successfully settled through mediation.

Elsie advised the administrators of an investment bank as to the correct distribution of the significant surplus arising in the bank's estate, a complex matter involving both insolvency legislation and the interpretation of interest provisions in standard form ISDA Master Agreements

Elsie advised an international airline group in respect of a number of complex follow-on and standalone proceedings relating to alleged anti-competitive activity.

Elsie advised a large international corporate in respect of major product liability issues, a matter which has included the design and execution of a major internal investigation under significant time pressure.

Elsie also spends significant amounts of time working with clients on a pro-bono basis. Elsie is providing ongoing advice to the Human Dignity Trust on a pro-bono basis regarding the criminalisation of consensual same-sex sexual conduct in certain jurisdictions. This has involved detailed analysis of international jurisprudence and international human rights treaties. Elsie also volunteers at the Legal Advice Clinic in Birmingham, the Citizens Advice Bureau in London and has worked with Advocates for International Development to develop training programmes in respect of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Elsie spent six-months of her training contract working as the full time Legal Adviser to The Prince's Trust in London.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2020

    • Career
      July 2020
      Gowling WLG (UK), Principal Associate
  • 2017

    • Career
      October 2017
      Gowling WLG (UK), Senior Associate
    • Career
      April 2017
      Gowling WLG (UK), associate
  • 2014

    • Career
      September 2014
      Linklaters LLP, associate
    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Qualified, Solicitor of England & Wales
  • 2012

    • Career
      September 2012
      Linklaters LLP, trainee
    • Education
      College of Law, Moorgate, Legal Practice Course
  • 2011

    • Education
      College of Law, Bloomsbury, Graduate Diploma in Law
  • 2009

    • Education
      University of York, History, BA Hons

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