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Ainslie Cranwell

Ainslie Cranwell

Senior Associate (Australia)

Ainslie is a senior associate in the dispute resolution team in our London office.



Since joining Herbert Smith Freehills, Ainslie has been involved in some of the largest cases in the Commercial Court of England and Wales in recent years.

Ainslie has sound experience in general commercial litigation matters, with an emphasis on professional and financial services disputes. Over the past few years Ainslie has advised financial institutions, government bodies, private corporations and individuals. Ainslie's work has included advice on shareholder claims, professional negligence matters, partnership disputes, and case management of complex and multi-party disputes.    

Ainslie has a keen interest in the consumer product sector, including product liability disputes, emerging and disruptive technology and class actions.

Lately, Ainslie has worked closely with and managed an expert witness in Commercial Court proceedings, from initial instructions through to the preparation of written Reply Reports. 

Ainslie's experience includes: 

  • defending RBS in respect of shareholder litigation in the UK arising from a prospectus liability claim brought under section 90 of the Financial Services and Markets Act, following the near collapse and government bail-out of the bank in October 2008
  • acting for The Financial Services Compensation Scheme in relation to large scale High Court litigation following the collapse of Keydata Investment Services Limited
  • advising a partner of an international law firm in connection with a partnership disputes
  • acting for the corporate owner of an off-shore pipe-laying and accommodation barge, in a series of contractual disputes in connection with the charter of the barge for a gas project





Ainslie has a degree in Law from the Flinders University of South Australia, and has been practising in the UK for seven years.