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Head of Commercial Litigation Costs
Lucy, a Costs Lawyer, co-heads the Commercial Litigation team alongside Fiona Dumolo. Since starting her costs career in 2008, Lucy has developed a reputation for her ability to understand commercial claims alongside the commercial needs of her clients; her attention to detail; and proactive approach.
An active member of the local legal community, Lucy is chair of the Women Lawyers Division and a member of Bristol Junior Chamber as well as Women in Banking and Finance. She has also provided costs training to a number of groups, recently providing training on Costs Management at the Bristol Law Society Dispute Resolution Conference. Lucy also regularly provides in house training for clients on a number of costs related subjects.
Lucy is experienced in dealing with all areas of commercial litigation and also specialises in banking and finance litigation; having undertaken work for a number of leading banks. Acting for both paying and receiving parties, Lucy is highly skilled in drafting bills and statements of costs but now focusses the majority of her time on preparing complex costs budgets, undertaking high value paying party work, and providing bespoke advice to clients.
Lucy’s knowledge and experience means she can be relied on to achieve the best possible results. She is skilled in negotiating settlements, but also in recognising when negotiations are no longer effective and the court's input is required. Her sound understanding of accounts means that Lucy is able to assess the commercial implications of settlements for her clients. Lucy commonly deals with the full detailed assessment process and is a frequent advocate dealing with detailed assessments, applications and costs case management conferences.
Recently, Lucy has prepared a significant costs budget and provided advice to her clients in a matter which spans two jurisdictions and where costs were incurred both in the UK and abroad.