“Elizabeth is a senior associate specialising in complex commercial disputes. She has acted and advised on a wide range of matters both in the UK and in New Zealand”

Elizabeth regularly represents high-net-worth individuals and SME clients in financial services, banking and technology related disputes, and has experience in advising clients subject to regulatory investigations. She also has a wide advisory practice relating to all aspects of the law and regulation of cryptoassets, regularly advising clients on the application of UK regulatory requirements to particular cryptofinance products and services, and representing crypto-businesses who are subject to FCA enquiries in this field.

Elizabeth also has a particular interest in civil fraud disputes. She has expertise in obtaining all manner of urgent injunctive relief, including freezing orders, disclosure orders, passport orders and search orders. She is interested in matters relating to cybercrime, and is experienced in litigation relating to cryptoassets. She acts for the victims of major cryptocurrency thefts and has successfully obtained disclosure orders against crypto-currency exchanges to aid in the tracing and recovery of stolen assets. She has also advised respondent exchanges.

While practising in New Zealand, Elizabeth gained experience in the insolvency, recoveries and enforcement area, representing both insolvency practitioners and major government clients. In addition to her civil experience, Elizabeth worked as a Crown prosecutor in New Zealand, conducting jury trials and other criminal hearings as Counsel.

The Chambers & Partners 2024 Fintech Guide ranks Elizabeth as an “Associate to Watch” for cryptoasset disputes. She is described as “highly effective at managing cases that could get out of control” and as being “acutely aware of what the client needs”.

Legal 500 (2024) recommends Elizabeth as a Key Lawyer for Civil Fraud and for Commercial Litigation (Premium). Legal 500 (2023) recommends Elizabeth as a Key Lawyer for contentious financial services work, describing her as “exceptional to work with”.


Elizabeth, a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand, joined Cooke, Young & Keidan in November 2017. Previously, she was a senior solicitor at Meredith Connell, the Office of the Crown Solicitor in Auckland, New Zealand. She began her career as a solicitor at Russell McVeagh in New Zealand.

Elizabeth graduated from the University of Otago with a First Class Honours degree in Law and a Bachelor of Science majoring in Pharmacology. She holds a Master of Laws from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Professional Groups

Elizabeth is a committee member of the Tech Disputes Network and the SCL Women in Technology Law group. She is also the co-founder of the New Zealand Litigators’ Group, a network for New Zealand qualified practitioners working in the London disputes market.

Publications and articles

When Smart Contracts Go Wrong’ – Stephen Elam and Elizabeth Meade (Finextra.com, June 2022)

NFTs, the courts and the role of injunctions’ – Sam Roberts and Elizabeth Meade (Legalfutures.co.uk, June 2022)

Avoiding NFT phishing scams’ – Natalie Todd and Elizabeth Meade (ePrivateClient, June 2022)

‘Guarding against the fraud risks brought about from COVID-19’ – Sam Roberts and Elizabeth Meade (Med-Technews.com, October 2021)

 ‘Can we expect a rise in medtech fraud?’ – Elizabeth Meade (CYK Law, October 2021)

‘Ransomware attacks: Should ransom payments to hackers be banned in the UK under legislation?’ – Elizabeth Meade (Finextra, August 2021)

‘What does the Garmin ransomware attack teach us about the future of ransomware and its legal implications?’ – Elizabeth Meade (CYK Tech, September 2020)

Corporate criminal liability: a step in the right direction?‘ – Thomson Reuters: Regulatory Intelligence, co-author, March 2020

Eleventh Circuit overturn lower court ruling requiring arbitration in Florida’ – Matthew Gale and Elizabeth Meade (The Barrister, September 2018)

Starting a civil fraud claim – a practical guide’ – Arish Bharucha and Elizabeth Meade (Lexis®PSL, March 2019)

Speaking engagements

Panellist, ‘Understanding the Obligations and Duties of a Crypto Exchange’, ThoughtLeaders4Disputes, London (June 2023)

Panellist, ‘Regulatory Ramifications in the Twilight of Crypto Bankruptcies and Bank Failures’, IWIRC Europe (May 2023)

Panellist, ‘Understanding the Obligations and Duties of a Crypto Exchange’, ThoughtLeaders4Disputes, London (June 2023)

Panellist, ‘Regulatory Ramifications in the Twilight of Crypto Bankruptcies and Bank Failures’, IWIRC Europe (May 2023)

Panellist, ‘Claims against crypto exchanges’, ThoughtLeaders4Disputes, London (October 2022)

Panellist, ‘Tech Law in Practice: Tech Disputes and Current Concerns’, SCL Annual Conference 2022 (September 2022)

Panellist, ‘Wirecard – Money Men: A Hot Startup, a Billion Dollar Fraud, a Fight for the Truth’, ThoughtLeaders4FIRE, London (July 2022)

Opposition Speaker, ‘This House believes that cryptocurrencies and NFTs are a hyped-up fad’, English Speaking Union Debate, London (May 2022)

Panellist, ‘Don’t bank on it – Old targets, new claims and how technology has made banks vulnerable to litigation’, Tech on FIRE, London (April 2022)

Panellist, ‘Juggling multiple defendants in fraud litigation’, FIRE Starters Global Summit, Dublin (February 2022)

Panellist, ‘Hacked Off? Navigating your way through a ransomware attack’, Tech Disputes Network, London (November 2021)

Cases of Note

  • Tulip Trading Ltd v Bitcoin Association for BSV & Others: acting for the 15th and 16th Defendants in proceedings valued in excess of £4 billion for the recovery of bitcoin on four different blockchains. The claim involves novel allegations of breaches of fiduciary duty against software developers and counter-allegations of fraudulent claims to ownership.
  • Topalsson GmbH v Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd  [2023] EWHC 1765 (TCC): acting for a German software development company against the luxury car manufacturer Rolls-Royce in relation to a software project to deliver a real-time configurator for the Rolls-Royce Ghost.
  • A and B  -v- C, D and E [2020] EWCA Civ 409 and [2020] EWHC 258 (Comm): acting for the successful appellants in the Court of Appeal and Commercial Court in an application under s. 44 Arbitration Act 1996 to compel the evidence of a non-party witness in aid of a New York arbitration.
  • Morley v The Royal Bank of Scotland [2019] EWHC 2865 (Ch) and [2020] EWHC 88 (Ch): acting for a property developer against the Defendant bank including on successful applications for specific disclosure and to summon two former bank employees to give evidence at trial.
  • Successfully obtaining and executing an ex parte search order and passport order against a former employee of a global business suspected of misappropriating confidential business information and personal data.
  • CMOC Sales & Marketing Limited v Persons Unknown & 30 ors [2018] EWHC 2230 (Comm): acting for international commodities business subject to a sophisticated Business Email Compromise fraud. Obtained first-known reported worldwide freezing injunction against ‘Persons Unknown’.