Tracy Lacey-Smith

Tracy Lacey-Smith

Joint Head of Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution
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With years experience of dispute resolution, I help organisations across a wide range of sectors including healthcare, education and not-for-profit.

I guide clients through commercial disputes using mediation, settlement negotiations or litigation if necessary. I have considerable expertise in enforcing restrictive covenants, shareholder and boardroom disputes. I also advise on complex contractual matters, professional negligence issues and insurance matters.

I also offer niche expertise in negligence claims against regulatory organisations, professionals and public bodies.

I regularly write articles on a range of matters for the media and the SA Law website – you can read some of them here.


  • Successfully defended injunctive relief proceedings in light of alleged breaches of restrictive covenants and confidentiality. Damages sought in excess of £250,000.
  • Advising a number of organisations in claims arising out of the Buncefield explosion.
  • Broad-ranging contractual advice and assistance to clients in the healthcare sector, including NHS trusts.
  • Enforcing personal guarantees and contracts against UK individuals and companies on behalf of US clients.
  • Successfully pursuing breach of contract claims against insurers that sought to avoid cover.
  • Successfully defending education establishments in claims pursued in accordance with the Equality Act.
  • Experience in high value contract dispute arising out of termination of logistics contract with online retailer.
  • Dealing with breach or supplier and breach of distributor agreements.
  • Experience in commercial debt recovery.
  • Dispute with Administrators regarding ownership of assets caught up in Administration process.
  • Dispute arising out of the alleged poor workmanship of the refurbishment of multiple sites.
  • Dispute arising out of a purchasers failed to collect stock and sellers right to dispose of it
  • Represented a client in connection with investment schemes authorised by the FCA.
  • Defended professional misconduct proceedings brought by HCPC in connection with allegations of breach of duty of care.
  • Advised a medical regulator in connection with multiple professional misconduct proceedings arising out of allegations of financial misconduct and fraud.
  • Defended a doctor in proceedings brought by the GMC arising out of allegations of negligence.
  • Defending Judicial Review proceedings brought by a registrant challenging sanction to strike off.


  • Qualified as a solicitor in 2002
  • Trustee for The Living Room 

What my clients say

"Tracy Lacey-Smith is so approachable and is able to get to the heart of the problem very quickly. She understands the pragmatic needs of an in-house legal team. Tracy is friendly, proactive, and able to deal with demanding matters, she always goes the extra mile for clients." - Legal 500 2024

"Her immediate responses and ability to point in the right direction is extremely valuable." - Chambers & Partners 2023

"Tracy is direct, organised and effective. She is unworried by making difficult decisions, clear on her views and a pleasure to work with. She is an experienced and excellent lawyer." - Chambers & Partners 2022

"Tracy Lacey-Smith is a go-to litigator for key clients across a range of sectors, with recent experience in matters such as defamation and shareholder disputes. She is held in high regard as a "knowledgeable and easily contactable" lawyer whose "presence is echoing around the industry." - Chambers & Partners

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