Judy Fu

Judy Fu

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)

"Judy is fantastic. A superb advocate who already has a fearsome reputation, no quantum expert wants to be cross-examined by her."

- Legal 500 UK Bar (2024)

Practice Overview

Named a “Rising Star” by The Legal 500, Judy is a commercial barrister with broad experience in complex disputes.  She has been praised in the directories as being “brilliant academically”, “superb under pressure”, “a fantastic junior”, and having “an excellent intellect”, “an eagle eye for detail” and “strong legal analysis”.

Judy has a broad litigation practice, including in commercial, civil fraud, company, banking, and ESG litigation.  She is also a highly experienced arbitration practitioner, having acted in disputes conducted under the major sets of arbitration rules, including LCIA, ICC, SCC, ICSID, HKIAC, and SIAC Rules, and ad hoc arbitration under UNCITRAL Rules.

Before joining 3VB, Judy practiced in the International Litigation and Arbitration Group at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in London, 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 or cross-border element.  In particular, as a native of Hong Kong, Judy has worked extensively in Asia and is fluent in Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese).  She is a member of the BVI Bar and can accept offshore instructions.

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

Alongside practice, Judy is the Consulting Editor of the Arbitration title in Halsbury’s Laws of England.  She is a YIAG Regional Representative for Europe for the LCIA.

Recent instructions include:

  • Advising a non-profit organisation on its global climate litigation initiative, as part of a multi-disciplinary counsel team.
  • Acting in a derivative action against the directors of an oil and gas company, in connection with the business’ climate change strategy. Led by Edward Brown KC and Daniel Saoul KC, with Sam Goodman.
  • Acting in a vicarious liability claim alleging fraud on behalf of a bank employee. Led by Matthew Parker KC.
  • Acting in an FX brokerage dispute. Led by Rajesh Pillai KC.
  • Acting in a swaps mis-selling case. Led by Farhaz Khan KC.
  • Acting for a law firm in disclosure applications following an authorised push payment fraud. Led by Peter de Verneuil Smith KC.
  • Acting for an interdealer broking firm in claims arising out of a cyber fraud. Led by Rajesh Pillai KC.
  • Acting for a property investment company in a 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. Led by Adam Kramer KC.

Recent instructions include:

  • Acting in enforcement proceedings in the Commercial Court of a New York Convention award under s. 103 of the Arbitration Act, as sole counsel.
  • Acting for a commodities trading company in an HKIAC arbitration against a Chinese state-owned enterprise, with related proceedings before the Hong Kong and BVI Courts. Led by Ali Malek KC, Peter de Verneuil Smith KC, and Penny Madden KC of Gibson Dunn.
  • Acting for a Middle Eastern construction company in an ICC arbitration, in connection with a dispute in West Africa. Led by Jane Davies Evans.
  • 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 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 KC of Skadden and Ciccu Mukhopadhaya SA.
  • Acting for a commodities trading company in an HKIAC arbitration. Led by Ali Malek KC and Nigel Rawding KC 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 KC 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 KC with Cameron Miles.

As arbitrator

  • LCIA Arbitration (2022). Appointed as wingperson in a demurrage claim dispute.
  • LCIA Arbitration (2021). Appointed as sole arbitrator in a sports sponsorship dispute.
  • LCIA Arbitration (2020). Appointed 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.

Judy is admitted to the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) List of Arbitrators.

Prior to joining 3VB, Judy practiced as a Solicitor-Advocate 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 Statefor 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.

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.

Judy is the Consulting Editor of the Arbitration title in Halsbury’s Laws of England.  She also sits on the Consulting Editorial Board of LexisPSL Arbitration.

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 co-authored 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.

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