Lucy qualified as a solicitor in 2008 and has over 14 years' experience in litigation (11 years pqe).
Her specialisms include commercial and residential property disputes, landlord and tenant disputes, negligence (including professional negligence), misrepresentation, defamation, disputed wills, probate and trusts, contractual disputes, debt recovery, and insolvency. Lucy has acted for individuals, companies, and trusts, including fee-paying schools.
Lucy has recently completed a three-year course to become an associate member of the Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS). This organisation is a forum for solicitors who specialise in disputed wills, probate, and trusts to exchange experience and knowledge on this complex and growing area of law.
Lucy is extremely conscious of the costs involved with litigation and feels it unjust that only the wealthy can financially justify their day in court. As a result, Lucy is a strong advocate of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), including mediation, and is currently training to become a mediator herself.
Lucy is friendly and approachable, enabling her to put her clients at ease and build trust and rapport quickly. Lucy adopts a similar approach when liaising with her opposite number. Lucy is known for her ‘no-nonsense, down-to-earth’ approach. She can cut through the legal jargon and pomposity that often exists within the legal profession, often causing disputes and litigation to drag and unnecessary costs to be incurred, to achieve a more timely and cost-effective result for her clients. She always has her clients’ best interests, both commercially and emotionally, at heart.
Lucy is married with three children under the age of 10. She lives with her family in Somerset and is a Parent Governor at her daughter’s school. She has worked for well-known regional firms and in her last role was a Partner, Head of Litigation and Office Manager.
What Lucy's clients say
“Highly recommended. Prompt to act, giving clear and concise information and advice.”
- JF,March 2020
“Our situation was stressful and emotional. Lucy Milton-Downes dealt with us in a helpful and kind manner. She felt like our friend and we could talk to her easily. We would highly recommend her.”
- Mr and Mrs H,March 2020
“I have worked with Lucy on both personal and commercial matters over the past 5 years. In each case, Lucy has understood the situation and drilled down into the key issues of the case quickly and succinctly in order to move the situation on and bring it to a conclusion as quickly as possible. I would have no hesitation in recommending Lucyâ€™s services in either personal disputes or commercial litigation.”
- SM,November 2019