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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 advisory and drafting work, and – in particular - to appear in interim applications. She enjoys the challenge of getting to grips with complex sets of facts and transactions, especially in relation to urgent matters. 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 is frequently instructed in advisory and drafting work and to appear in Court, both alone and as a junior. 

Construction & Engineering

Lucy's has particular experience and expertise in construction and engineering matters, having recently acted for several multinational construction service companies, for architects, and for quantity surveyors, 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 commenced practice in Chambers in 2009 upon successful completion of her pupillage with Neil Hext, Ben Elkington QC and Graham Chapman.

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

Lucy is a contributor to the 7th edition of Jackson & Powell on Professional Negligence (to be published in 2011), and contributes to Judicial Review, Insurance Law Monthly, and to Westlaw’s Civil Procedure Reports.

She is a member of ALBA, COMBAR and PNBA. 

Lucy is the current chair of the Young COMBAR committee, a sub-committee of the Commercial Bar Association Executive 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.