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“I cannot recommend her work enough – she is hard working, diligent and has an eye for detail. She researches and prepares her cases thoroughly and is a pleasure to deal with personally.”

Edward Marshall Solicitors

“A great result for the client, who had been advised it may be best to enter guilty pleas prior to her taking the case due to the difficulty of discharging the burden against him.”

Landmark Legal

“Meticulous and conscientious in her approach to case preparation and always professional and extremely helpful to deal with.”

Ann Blyth-Cook & Co

“Strongly defends her clients’ best interests… She fearlessly defended the client in order to ensure he was treated fairly.”

Fahrenheit Law

“[We] have benefited immensely from Lucy’s attendance, her care for clients highlighted by her compassion, [and] assertiveness when dealing with the CPS.  Lucy is extremely approachable and easy to get along with”

Taylor Rose MW

“Lucy’s work is of an exceptionally high quality…  Lucy had come up with unique points that [the client] couldn’t ever have dreamed of.”

Asghar & Co Solicitors

 

An engaging, creative and tenacious advocate, Lucy combines meticulous case preparation and strategy with a down to earth manner and impeccable client care.  Practising in criminal defence, family, housing, employment, discrimination, and dangerous dogs and animal welfare law, she is eager to develop her practice in actions against the police, community care, prison, public and regulatory law. Lucy’s unique background and multidisciplinary practice equip her to advise clients and approach cases in a holistic manner.

Lucy has a busy practice in the family and criminal courts, and also regularly appears in the county court. She has extensive experience dealing with vulnerable and socially excluded individuals and is committed to upholding the rights of others.  Lucy received the Access to Justice Foundation award (Highly Commended) at the LawWorks/Attorney General’s National Student Pro Bono Awards 2019, which recognise individuals and organisations who have made a significant contribution to access to justice.

A former trade union advocate, Lucy benefits from six-years’ experience in her previous career for a local authority representing employees in workplace employment, discrimination and health and safety matters. She has an interest in housing and social welfare law, running her own award winning pro bono project for social housing tenants, CommUnify, having advocated for tenants’ rights as an executive committee member of the National Federation of Tenant Management Organisations (NFTMO) and through her tenant management organisation, and representing clients in disability benefits appeals in the social security tribunal for the Free Representation Unit.  Lucy is therefore well placed to undertake employment, discrimination and regulatory matters, as well as advising on community care and public law matters which involve local authorities and public bodies.

An interest in international fundamental rights led Lucy to research and volunteer with NGOs  in the UK and in Latin America.  This included communications work for Justice for Colombia, casework for Bail for Immigration Detainees (BiD) in the Article 8 Deportation Advice Team, and a delegation to Cuba, where she explored human rights under the embargo. Lucy has written on her research for various publications, highlighting legal and social issues such as the marginalisation of social housing tenants and the injustice of the US Cuban blockade.

Lucy is direct access qualified and able to deal directly with members of the public for certain matters, whether that is legal advice, drafting, or representation at hearings in court.

Crime

Lucy has a busy criminal defence practice in the magistrates’ and crown courts.

She is a persuasive, commanding advocate who combines approachability, meticulous case preparation, and tactical skill on behalf of her clients.

Lucy has extensive experience dealing with vulnerable and socially excluded individuals which she brings with her to practice, making sure the legal process is demystified and the voices of those who need it most are amplified.

Lucy prides herself on going the extra mile and is a firm favourite with professional and lay clients alike.

Cases

  • R v S (Wimbledon Magistrates Court) – acquittal at trial for client accused of obstructing police, after he was racially profiled by the police and stopped without cause.
  • R v W (Wimbledon Youth Court) – acquittal at trial for youth client accused of assaulting a police officer who was punched in the face twice.
  • R v H (Stratford Youth Court) – acquittal on joint enterprise youth robbery charge.
  • R v M (High Wycombe Magistrates Court) – acquittal at trial for client facing domestic violence related assault charges.
  • J Ltd v S (Hendon Magistrates Court) – represented a young refugee facing a 12-charge private prosecution brought by a vape industry giant. Secured an acquittal on eight counterfeiting charges by discharging the defence’s evidential burden. On conviction of the remaining four tobacco regulation charges successfully mitigated sentence to a conditional discharge.
  • R v H (Romford Magistrates Court) – charges of violence to enter premises, assault by beating and two counts of criminal damage. Succeeded in convincing the magistrates that hearsay evidence could not be relied on resulting in collapse of the prosecution case at trial.
  • R v K (Stratford Youth Court) – aggravated stalking charge, covering stalking of a teacher over a 4 year period. Client was an extremely vulnerable youth with learning disabilities and multiple mental health conditions, subject to a child in need plan. Tenaciously advocated for the needs of the client and her mother, finally resulting in the prosecution dropping the case.
  • R v X (Highbury Corner Magistrates Court) – multiple assault charges. Made successful submissions on admissibility of prosecution evidence resulting in the prosecution offering no evidence.
  • R v A and Ors (Snaresbrook Crown Court) – representing A, a youth client being sentenced for his lead role in a multi-handed robbery involving a machete, and four subsequent knifepoint robberies, two bladed article and two fraud charges.
  • R v A (Highbury Corner Magistrates Court)– successful bail application following guilty plea to possession of £50,000 stolen cash and facing multiple possession of class A with intent to supply charges.
  • R v S (Thames Magistrates Court) – successful bail application for client facing possession with intent to supply a kilo of class B drugs and a GBH charge.
  • R v D (Croydon Crown Court) – representing client for breach of non-molestation order after being harassed by police.
  • R v I (Croydon Crown Court) – representing a significantly vulnerable defendant accused of spitting at an emergency worker despite indications that ability to form mens rea was not present at the time, having attempted suicide.
  • R v G (Harrow Crown Court) – representing a traumatised client who was charged with theft following a violent sexual assault.
  • LB L v B (Inner London Crown Court) – POCA. Representing the defendant in setting aside a restraint order against a local authority prosecutor.
  • R v M  (Snaresbrook Crown Court) – representing a client in a possession with intent to supply matter involving a modern slavery defence.

Family

Lucy has a busy family law practice, most often representing applicants and respondents in private children and section 8 matters including non-molestation orders, occupation orders, specific and prohibited steps orders, often involving domestic abuse. She is able to assist clients at short notice with what can be very emotive and distressing issues.

Lucy provides exceptional client care and views her cases with a tactical eye. She has a background working in public services with significantly vulnerable clients and children, running her own pro bono clinic, CommUnify, and volunteering for Bail for Immigration Detainees and the Free Representation Unit which make her approachable, adaptable and well-liked by lay clients.

Having a multidisciplinary criminal and civil practice, Lucy is able to effectively cross examine witnesses in fact finding and final hearings, having performed forensic case analysis to identify issues which the court should consider, for example, where it transpires that there is supporting evidence that allegations appear to be made to have been made in order to secure social housing or immigration status.

 Increasingly, following Brexit, Lucy has been instructed in proceedings to recognise the parental responsibility of parents from EU countries which do not adhere to the UK model, so that children can travel without both parents and a single parent is able to apply for their EU nationality. She has also assisted with injunctions to avoid children being removed from the UK by a parent against the wishes of another.

Lucy is keen to develop her practice in public family work and family finance.

Housing

Lucy is keen to build her practice across all areas of housing, currently representing clients in the county court in disrepair, possession and homelessness matters.

 Lucy has a keen interest in the intersection between equalities, disability and housing, with a specific interest in social housing.

Lucy is the founder of CommUnify, an award-winning pro bono advice project for social housing residents. She is a committee member and former chair of her tenant management organisation, representing hundreds of residents on her estate and negotiating to improve conditions for the community.  She additionally advocates for social housing tenants’ rights nationally, having been an executive member of the National Federation of Tenant Management Organisations (NFTMO).

Lucy has written on the stigmatisation of social housing tenants, safety issues and the need for systematic change within the social housing sector for publications including the London Business Journal and Socialist Lawyer (the magazine of the Haldane Society).

Community care

Lucy is keen to build a practice in community care law, having received training in the cross over with immigration law during her time as a voluntary caseworker at Bail for Immigration Detainees, and having volunteered representing claimants at the social security tribunal for the Free Representation Unit.

Lucy is well placed to advise on community care, discrimination and public law matters. Lucy is an ex-trade union advocate, having six-years’ experience in her previous career representing local authority employees in the workplace, and having obtained public law experience through the Free Representation Unit, where Lucy volunteered representing clients in disability benefits appeals at the social security tribunal.

Employment & discrimination

Lucy has a growing employment and discrimination practice, and is able to accept instructions from  individuals and trade unions.

 Lucy is able to provide advice on legal matters and best practice, having advised organisations on employment law matters, such as the Equal Rights Trust who consulted her on redrafting their employment policies in line with equalities law.  Lucy holds a TUC Diploma in Employment Law.

During her previous career, Lucy was a trade union representative for UNISON, accustomed to handling employment, discrimination and health and safety matters. She gained six years’ experience undertaking casework and advocacy for clients at workplace hearings, as well as representing the workforce collectively in bargaining and negotiations with the employer.  Lucy held various elected positions within the union, including branch vice chair, and was a national conference delegate on several occasions, writing and moving a motion that was made union policy on disability discrimination.  Lucy has particular knowledge of policy and practices relating to public services, having formerly worked for a local authority in both management and frontline roles.

Lucy’s interest in workers’ rights has led her to volunteer with NGO Justice for Colombia, and take part in a delegation to Cuba over International Workers’ Day. She has written articles about her research in Cuba and life under the blockade.

Regulatory law

Lucy is well suited to disciplinary and regulatory advocacy, due to her trade union background.

Lucy offers practical negotiation and representation skills combined with a sharp legal and analytical mind.  Lucy has represented workers from a wide variety of professions and is quickly able to become accustomed to jargon, workplace terminology, policies and procedures in order to effectively represent her clients.

Lucy has six years’ experience representing trade union members for UNISON at workplace disciplinary, capability and other hearings, representing employees in grievance hearings, and undertaking employment, discrimination and health and safety casework, as well as representing the workforce collectively in bargaining and negotiations with the employer.  Lucy held various elected positions within the union, including branch vice chair, and was a national conference delegate on several occasions, writing and moving a motion that was made union policy on disability discrimination.  Lucy has particular knowledge of policy and practices relating to public services, having formerly worked for a local authority in both management and frontline roles.

Dangerous dogs & animal welfare

Lucy is able to accept instructions in criminal and civil dangerous dog and animal welfare work. Having two dogs herself, Lucy is a fearless advocate for both her clients and their furry friends.

Lucy represents defendants and claimants in the county court in civil matters matters relating to animals, such as tortious and contractual animal ownership disputes. Lucy was recently instructed on behalf of a dog rescue facing a malicious claim from a party who gave up their severely ill dog for adoption, then changed their mind after the dog was given a new lease of life and found a suitable home.

Being a persuasive criminal advocate, Lucy is able to defend in dangerous dogs matters in the criminal courts and will do her utmost to ensure the best outcome for clients and pets.

Lucy supports the campaign against breed specific legislation, and for dog theft to be made a specific offence.

Prison law

Lucy is able to take on parole board, adjudication and other hearings and is keen to build her practice in civil actions on behalf of clients.

Lucy’s background in working for a local authority and as a trade union representative in public services gives her knowledge of policies, procedures and compliance in a public services context.

Actions against the police

Lucy is eager to build her practice in actions against the police and public bodies. Having a mixed criminal and civil practice means that Lucy is well placed to take on actions against the police work, which requires astute witness handling ability.

 Lucy’s background in working for a local authority and as a trade union representative in public services gives her knowledge of policies, procedures and compliance in a public services context.

Public law & judicial review

Lucy is passionate about access to justice and upholding the rights of others.  She is keen to build on her experience prior to coming to the bar, and draw on her multidisciplinary practice, to advise on and undertake public law challenges to misuses of executive power.

Lucy has particular knowledge of policy and practices relating to public services, having formerly worked for a local authority and having six-years’ experience in her previous career representing local authority employees in the workplace. She obtained experience of public law through the Free Representation Unit, where Lucy volunteered representing clients in disability benefits appeals at the Social Security Tribunal, and through her role as a voluntary caseworker for Bail for Immigration Detainees.  In addition, Lucy’s project CommUnify often involves advising residents on issues involving local authority landlords.

International human rights

As a voluntary caseworker at Bail for Immigration Detainees in the Article 8 Deportation Advice Team, Lucy worked on deportation appeals involving the application of human rights and EU law arguments, and provided advice to detainees on immigration bail matters.

An interest in international fundamental rights led Lucy to research and volunteer with NGOs in the UK and in Latin America. This included communications work for Justice for Colombia, and a delegation to Cuba, where she explored human rights under the embargo.

Lucy has written on her research for various publications, highlighting legal and social issues such as the marginalisation of social housing tenants and the injustice of the US Cuban blockade.

Achievements

Qualifications

  • BTPC LLM (Very Competent – BPTC, Distinction – LLM), City Law School
  • GDL (Commendation), City Law School
  • TUC Stage 3 Diploma in Employment Law, WEA
  • Commercial Music BA Hons. (Upper Second Class Honours), University of Westminster

Scholarships and awards

  • Access to Justice Foundation Award (Highly Commended), LawWorks/Attorney General’s National Student Pro Bono Awards 2019
  • Rosie Keane Memorial Scholarship, City Law School, 2018
  • Writer’s Award for Excellence, City Law Society Journal, 2018
  • Runner Up, Pitch for Good,  Social Enterprise Festival, 2018
  • PASS Scholar, Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, 2017

List of publications

  • ‘Stigmatised: marginalisation and the need for representation in social housing’, Socialist Lawyer, Haldane Society #81, 2019
  • ‘Last Tango in Havana? One step forward, two steps back: Cuba, the US embargo and human rights’, Socialist Lawyer, Haldane Society #79, 2018
  • ‘No Más Bloqueo: Cuba, the US Blockade and Human Rights’, City Law Society Journal, 2018
  • ‘The Need for Entrepreneurship in Social Housing’, London Business Journal, 2018
  • ‘Motion 18: Mental Health Awareness in the Workplace’, UNISON National Delegate Conference, 2014

Speaking events, training and seminars

  • BBC Radio 4 Saturday Live, speaking about her unconventional journey to the bar
  • “Disability at the Bar” event, 2020
  • Bar Council ‘Applicants with a Disability’ panel, Pupillage Fair 2020
  • Panellist, Inner Temple Pegasus Access and Support Scheme event ‘Getting the most out of a mini pupillage’

Other relevant information

  • Founder of CommUnify, an award winning pro bono social housing advice and support clinic aiming to improve equality of access to advice services, allow residents to be heard, and enable record keeping to prevent safety issues in council and housing association properties.
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