Judy Fu

Judy Fu

Call: Call: 2019; 2014 (Solicitor)

“A fantastic junior. Superb under pressure and an eagle eye for detail. Strong legal analysis.”

- Legal 500 UK Bar (2023)

"Incredibly quick to get across the detail of claims and forensically hones in on the crucial legal issues. Brilliant academically with an excellent intellect."

- Legal 500 UK Bar (2022)

Practice Overview

Named a “Rising Star” in international arbitration by The Legal 500, Judy is a commercial barrister with broad experience in complex disputes.  Judy has acted in disputes conducted under the major sets of arbitration rules, including LCIA, ICC, SCC, ICSID, HKIAC, and SIAC Rules, as well as ad hoc arbitration under UNCITRAL Rules.  Judy also has a broad commercial litigation practice, including in civil fraud.

Before joining 3VB, Judy practiced in the International Litigation and Arbitration Group at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, where her experience included advising some of the world’s largest companies in high-value disputes. As a former solicitor, Judy is equally comfortable working independently, as co-counsel or junior counsel, or as part of a team.

Judy’s matters often have an international element.  She has experience of numerous jurisdictions and has represented clients in Courts and Tribunals in England, France, Luxembourg, India, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Cayman Islands.  She has worked extensively in Asia and is fluent in Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese).

Judy sits as an arbitrator and has experience both as sole arbitrator and as part of a panel.

Recent instructions include:

  • Acting for an investor in the energy sector in Angola in an LCIA arbitration, with related proceedings in the Southern District of New York and in ICC arbitration. Led by Nick Vineall KC and Adam Kramer KC.
  • Acting for a commodities trading company in an HKIAC arbitration against a state-owned enterprise. Led by Ali Malek KC, Peter de Verneuil Smith KC, and Penny Madden KC of Gibson Dunn.
  • Acting for a power plant operator in an SCC arbitration, as sole counsel.
  • Acting for an advertising company in an LCIA arbitration, as sole counsel.
  • Acting in a promoters’ dispute of a listed airline company in an LCIA India arbitration. Led by David Kavanagh QC of Skadden and Ciccu Mukhopadhaya SA.
  • Acting for a commodities trading company in an HKIAC arbitration. Led by Ali Malek QC and Nigel Rawding QC of Freshfields with Ben Woolgar.
  • Acting for a European state-owned asset management fund in an LCIA arbitration concerning a privatization in the gambling sector. Led by David Kavanagh QC of Skadden.
  • Republic of Korea v Dayyani & Ors [2019] EWHC 3580 (Comm). Acting for Iranian investors opposing a challenge under s. 67 of the Arbitration Act to a bilateral investment treaty award against the Republic of Korea. Led by Ali Malek QC with Cameron Miles.

Recent instructions include:

  • Acting in a swaps mis-selling case. Led by Farhaz Khan KC.
  • Acting for a law firm in third-party disclosure applications following an authorised push payment fraud. Led by Peter de Verneuil Smith QC.
  • Acting for an interdealer broking firm in claims arising out of a cyber fraud. Led by Rajesh Pillai QC.
  • Acting for a property investment company in a contract dispute under an asset management agreement, as sole counsel.
  • Acting for a litigation funder in a misfeasance claim against a former director, as sole counsel.
  • Acting for a manufacturer in a dispute arising out of the construction of the Elizabeth Line (the London Crossrail project). Led by Adam Kramer QC.

As arbitrator

  • LCIA Arbitration (2021).  Appointed by the LCIA Court as sole arbitrator in a sports sponsorship dispute.
  • LCIA Arbitration (2020). Appointed by the LCIA Court as wingperson in a commercial arbitration concerning the metals industry in the Middle East.

As arbitral tribunal secretary

  • Serving as Tribunal Secretary to Ali Malek QC as sole arbitrator in an UNCITRAL arbitration brought by an investor against a Central Asian state.
  • Serving as Tribunal Secretary to Ali Malek QC as sole arbitrator in an LCIA arbitration concerning the ownership interest of a hedge fund.

As a solicitor, Judy practiced in the International Litigation and Arbitration Group at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in London.  She initially trained and qualified in the Commercial Disputes Group at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London and was seconded to the firm’s disputes teams in Singapore and Hong Kong.

Judy’s experience as a solicitor encompassed a wide range of commercial litigation, challenges before the English and European Courts, international arbitration, and tax controversies. Examples include:

  • DP World Limited v. Kingdom of Belgium (ICSID Case No. ARB/17/21). Acting for a UAE investor in a dispute concerning the treatment of a strategic port concession in Flanders under a bilateral investment treaty.
  • Acting in an ICC arbitration, concerning ownership control over one of India’s largest petrochemical businesses, with related proceedings in India.
  • Shulman v Kolomoisky and Bogolyubov [2018] EWHC 160 (Ch). Acting for Mr Gennadiy Bogolyubov in a challenge to the jurisdiction of the English Court.
  • Acting for Philip Morris in Case C-547/14 Philip Morris v Secretary of State for Health before the Court of Justice of the European Union, challenging the second Tobacco Products Directive.
  • R (British American Tobacco) v Secretary of State for Health [2016] EWHC 1169 (Admin). Acting for Philip Morris in a challenge to the UK plain packaging regulations.
  • Tempo Group Ltd v Fortuna Development Corp and ors, Cayman Islands Grand Court [2015]. Acting for the defendant in an eight-week trial in the Cayman Islands of a shareholder dispute.

Judy has also worked as a Research Assistant in the Commercial and Common Law Team at the Law Commission for England and Wales, where she worked on the reform of insurance contract law. Many of the Law Commission’s recommendations culminated in the Insurance Act 2015.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Judy worked with the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) on its “Breathing Space” project, examining the effect of the pandemic on commercial contracts and disputes. Judy is a co-author of the project’s research Concept Note, together with Sir William Blair, Professor Eva Lein, and Professor Louise Gullifer QC.

Other recent publication highlights include: Matthew Parker and Judy Fu, “Knowledge and ignorance in contractual construction: an analysis of Lehman v Exotix”, (2020) 1 JIBFL 28.  The article is cited in Lewison, The Interpretation of Contracts, 7th ed.

From January to March 2021, Judy served as Judicial Assistant to HHJ Pelling QC (in the Commercial Court and London Circuit Commercial Court) and Zacaroli J (in the Chancery Division).

In addition to English, Judy is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese and has working knowledge of French.

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