Katy Colton Associate

Contact Information

+44 20 3321 6216

Personal Profile

Katy is a litigator in Mishcon's Private department. She advises companies, individuals and not-for-profit organisations across a wide range of commercial disputes and reputation issues. In particular, Katy advises on complex commercial cases, including cross jurisdictional commercial litigation, commercial fraud, data protection and human rights. She also advises in relation to reputation management, defamation, breach of privacy and internet-related issues and provides pre and post-publication advice.

In 2014 Katy was seconded to the civil liberties organisation, Liberty, assisting the policy and legal teams in responding to draft legislation, writing policy papers and advising in respect of a wide range of human rights issues.  She previously worked for David Lammy MP, for the US Congressman Robert Wexler and was seconded to Obama for America as a campaigner in the swing state of North Carolina during the 2008 presidential election.

Key experience

  • Representing several defendants in High Court proceedings alleging a £110m fraud following the failure of a legal financing fund, with a 10 week trial listed in October 2015.
  • Advising a multinational company in respect of a Data Protection Act claim, advancing new legal arguments in relation to a previously untested section of legislation.
  • Representing a mining company in relation to multiple cross jurisdictional disputes involving the expropriation of its assets, including advising in relation to arbitration and judicial review proceedings.
  • Preventing the publication of defamatory statements about a leading tourist attraction, which would have had a devastating impact on its brand.
  • Advising a multinational organisation on the protection and subsequent enhancement of its reputation, in respect of its intended feature in an investigative TV broadcast.

Career History

Associate, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Solicitor, Mishcon de Reya
Trainee Solicitor, Mishcon de Reya
Secondee to Barack Obama's campaign team, North Carolina - Obama for America
Researcher for David Lammy MP, House of Commons
Legislative intern for Robert Wexler, United States House of Representatives