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Lucy Colter

Call: 2008


Lucy’s practice is focused on the core areas of commercial litigation, professional liability claims, and insurance. Ranked as a leading junior in Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500 for Professional Negligence and Professional Negligence: Technology & Construction (Chambers & Partners), Lucy has been described as “first-rate - someone who works hard under difficult circumstances and is very approachable and normal", "she is excellent, good at the detail, very positive and has a good knowledge of the law", ”extremely hard-working, very bright and has an exceptional mastery of the detail of complex matters. She provides invaluable input", “she has often been the most junior member of the team… but provides invaluable input” and "a good team player who is insightful and responsive."

Commercial litigation

Lucy is frequently instructed on commercial matters. She is currently instructed on an LCIA arbitration representing a high-net worth client. The arbitration concerns a shareholder dispute and unfair prejudice/oppressive conduct claim relating to real estate in Moscow. She is equally comfortable working individually or as part of a counsel team, and has been frequently led by senior members of Chambers in relation to this type of work.

Professional Liability

Lucy's professional liability works includes claims for and against a range of professionals, including financial consultants, valuers, surveyors and lawyers. She was recently instructed in a claim against a senior tax barrister instructed as an expert in respect of the demerger of a property empire, involving allegations of conflict and bias. 

Construction & Engineering

Lucy has extensive experience and expertise in construction and engineering matters, having recently acted for several multinational construction service companies including AMEC and Carillion, for development companies and for the full range of construction professionals, both in the TCC and in arbitration.

Insurance & Reinsurance

Lucy is also instructed in relation to coverage disputes, both in litigation and arbitration, in cases concerning the construction of policy-wording.

Other areas of practice

Lucy has experience acting in arbitrations, especially under the LCIA rules.

Lucy is also keen to develop her practice relating to fraud, in the context of commercial disputes, but also of insurance and professional liability claims.

Details of Lucy’s practice in each area can be found by following the relevant links.

Further information 

Lucy is a member of Lincoln’s Inn. She was awarded the Lord Brougham, Lord Mansfield and Lord Sheldon scholarships.

Lucy is a contributor to the 8th edition of Jackson & Powell on Professional Negligence.

She is a member of COMBAR and PNBA. 

Lucy was chair of the Junior COMBAR committee, a sub-committee of the Commercial Bar Association Executive Committee, and now sits on the Equality & Diversity Committee.


Lucy read English Language & Literature at Trinity College, Oxford, where she achieved a First Class Degree (coming top of her year in Moderations). She was a Percival Exhibitioner and Scholar at Trinity College, and won the Mrs Claude Beddington and the Violet Vaughan Morgan university prizes. She obtained a distinction in the law conversion (CPE), and took a year out to travel in Russia, China, Hong Kong and South East Asia, before the Bar Vocational Course.