Lucy Coulson

Year of Call: 2013


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Education

University of Nottingham - LLB (Hons)
Nottingham Law School - BPTC


Professional Memberships

Personal Injury Bar Association
Attorney Generals Civil Panel C Panel - 2020
Northern Circuit


Lucy specialises in all aspects of civil and personal injury law. She now takes instructions on the full range of personal injury cases including multi-track and fast track trials, Stage 3 hearings, disposal hearings and interlocutory hearings including applications and costs and case management conferences. She has also developed a busy paperwork practice, both advisory and drafting.

Lucy receives instructions from both claimants and defendants and will accept instructions on a Conditional Fee basis where appropriate. Lucy appreciates the importance of engaging with cases at an early stage in order to identify issues and prepare thoroughly.

Lucy has a particular interest in regulatory proceedings. Lucy has regularly appeared in Teaching Regulation Agency (formerly the NCTL/GTC) cases, prosecuting cases of unprofessional conduct. She has worked with vulnerable witnesses in order to bring cases to hearing and advised the NCTL on achieving best evidence. In addition, Lucy has received instructions to represent the Care Quality Commission in the Health, Education and Social Care Tribunal.

Lucy is keen to develop her practice in regulatory and disciplinary law, including health and safety and environmental law.

Lucy was appointed to the Attorney General’s Civil Regional C Panel in 2020.

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Recent cases:

M v H (2020): advised and drafted pleadings in a multitrack public liability case. The Claimant had sustained a long spiral comminuted fracture of her mid and distal femur when she fell down an open manhole cover. The psychological trauma also resulted in the development of Crohn’s disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Advised on the extensive care and assistance, aids and equipment claim, as well as the complex and unusual gastrointestinal injuries sustained. Considered causation issues due to the Claimant’s pre-existing health conditions. Following issue, the claim settled in the sum of £175,000.

N v UK Insurance (2020): represented a Claimant at fast track trial whose breast implant was dislodged as a result of a road traffic accident. The implant moved out of place, resulting in the Claimant’s breast being asymmetrical and necessitating breast re-augmentation surgery under general anaesthetic.

Williams v Bolton Borough Council (2019): Successfully represented a Claimant cyclist and established 100% liability against a pedestrian who stepped out from behind a refuse wagon without looking.

M v Ministry of Justice (2019): Represented a Claimant who fell ill with food poisoning after breaking his Ramadan fast in an immigration detention centre. Successfully established causation of post infective irritable bowel syndrome which was likely to be permanent.

NCTL v Pedley (2018): {BBC Report} Secured a finding of unacceptable professional conduct arising from the use of racist and/or derogatory language in front of pupils.

M v G (2018): Advised Claimant on liability and quantum in an employer’s liability claim where the Claimant lost his forefinger in machinery. The Claimant had not received training on that particular machine but did have significant experience in industry and similar machines which gave rise to an argument of contributory negligence.

NCTL v Rogers (2017): {BBC Report} Assisted in securing a finding of unacceptable professional conduct arising from the use of inappropriate language towards pupils and actions that were found to be sexually motivated.

HSE v B (2017): Advised Defendant in a HSE prosecution for breach of duty involving alleged breaches of duty by removing asbestos from a site without a licence and represented at sentencing hearing.

Q v D (2017): Successfully appealed a first instance Stage 3 hearing decision to award general damages outwith the relevant bracket of the JC Guidelines.

 

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Lucy is a regular contributor to ‘Inside 18’. Previous articles have addressed late acceptance of a Claimant’s Part 36 offer in fixed cost cases, the scope of MOJ portal admissions and credit hire.

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