Lucy Colter’s practice is focused on the core areas of commercial litigation (including offshore work), professional liability claims, and construction.
Lucy is ranked as a leading junior in the Legal 500 for Commercial Litigation, Offshore, Construction and Professional Negligence and in Chambers & Partners for Construction, Professional Negligence and Professional Negligence: Technology and Construction. She was nominated for the 2020 Chambers & Partners Construction Junior of the Year award.
Lucy has been described as “Destined to be one of the stars of the English Bar – she is extremely bright, personable and tactically incisive”, “perfect with clients and one of the cleverest barristers I have worked with.” “She has incredible work ethic, forensic attention to detail, excellent responsiveness, and is a team player”, “she provides consistently excellent service and understands entirely what we and our insured and insurer clients want”, “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” and “a good team player who is insightful and responsive.”
In 2017, Lucy was identified as one of just twelve “Stars of the Bar” under 10 years’ call by Legal Week.
Lucy’s practice is dominated by large-scale litigation including that with a Russian/CIS connection. Led by Justin Fenwick QC, she is presently representing Beny Steinmetz in respect of US$1.2bn fraud claims brought by Vale S.A, which were recently dismissed by Mr Justice Andrew Baker midway through an 11-week Commercial Court trial. She represents Georgy Bedzhamov in respect of £multi-billion claims brought by Vneshprombank LLC. She also recently represented Oleg Deripaska in arbitral, High Court and Court of Appeal proceedings against Vladimir Chernukhin.
Lucy acts in challenging and high-value claims, both for and against professionals. She was instructed (led by Ben Hubble QC) by an ultra high-net worth client bringing lost litigation claims worth US$500 million+ against a leading City firm of solicitors in respect of claims arising out of a failed joint venture and the extraction and dissipation of the client’s interests and funds worldwide. She acted (led by Graeme McPherson QC) 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 very extensive experience and expertise in construction and engineering matters (in the TCC, arbitration and adjudication), acting for multinational construction service companies and development companies.
Lucy’s practice involves substantial and diverse offshore work in particular in the Channel Islands and Cayman. She is instructed in trust matters and litigation; construction matters concerning offshore arbitration or claims in the Royal Court; contractual disputes. Her commercial litigation practice very frequently involves an offshore element, in particular Cyprus, Cayman and the BVI.
Details of Lucy’s practice in each area can be found below.