A popular lawyer among HNW business people and high-fliers (and their spouses), Lucy Gould regularly acts for well-known figures in entertainment and sporting arenas. She says the potential (‘or actual’) media interest in clients’ personal lives during her cases ‘adds a layer of complexity to an already stressful situation’: ‘Ultimately, these clients need someone savvy, discreet and effective – which is what we do at Stewarts’ (a firm blessed with very many ‘very clever and very fun people’). When probed for current challenges, the biggest she says is ‘how to resolve seemingly intractable disputes within a court system, which is chronically under-resourced, and where overstretched, judges will need to prioritise some of the most difficult children issues arising up and down the country’ (the main opportunity meanwhile rests with arbitration, which Gould hopes will become ‘the go-to method of dispute resolution’). All of Gould’s cases involve assets or connections with at least one other jurisdiction and, for the majority, multiple jurisdictions. Highlights include one judgment in which Gould and her team successfully defended a client against claims of a sham trust, and acting for a ‘very high-profile’ individual in a private children matter across numerous countries. Friendly and down-to-earth, Gould trained and qualified at Withers in London. She joined Stewarts in January 2014 and was made a senior associate in April 2017.