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:

TRA v Radford (2021): Represented the TRA as Presenting Officer in a case involving allegations of a historic sexual relationship between a student and teacher. Hearing took place via video over 4 days. It involved preliminary applications relating to admissibility and whether the panel ought to recuse themselves in the circumstances. The case required sensitive witness handling given the nature of the allegations, the passage of time and the online forum of the hearing. All the allegations against the teacher were found proven. The teacher has been prohibited from teaching indefinitely, with no opportunity for review.  [LINK TO REPORT https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9466625/Assistant-head-banned-teaching-having-sexual-relationship-14-year-old-pupil.html]

H v Engie (2021): advised and drafted pleadings for a Claimant in relation to an employers’ liability multitrack claim. Proceedings were issued several months after limitation had expired due to file handler error. Liability remained in dispute and a limitation defence raised. Preparations were made for an application to disapply limitation pursuant to Section 33 of the Limitation Act 1980, following which the claim was settled at £50,000.

T v B (2021): advised a child Claimant in respect of a Part 36 offer for severe facial scarring and psychological sustained as a result of a road traffic accident. Further scar revision treatment was outstanding (having been put on hold due to the pandemic), necessitating careful advice due to the competitive nature of the Part 36 offer. The Defendant was persuaded to increase their offer to enable court approval.

T v AA Underwriting (2020): successfully represented a Claimant in an RTA liability trial. The Defendant alleged that no accident had taken place and sought a finding of fundamental dishonesty against the Claimant. To the contrary, the court found that the Defendant driver caused an accident and was under the influence of alcohol at the time. The Defendant driver was found to have wholly mislead the court in evidence.

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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