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Lucy is a career changer undertaking pupillage at 1MCB. She has extensive experience working with vulnerable and socially excluded clients, and is committed to upholding the rights of others. Lucy was highly commended at the 2019 Access to Justice Foundation award category at the LawWorks/Attorney General’s National Student Pro Bono Awards, recognising individuals and organisations who have made a significant contribution to access to justice.
Lucy is the founder of CommUnify, an award-winning pro bono advice project for social housing residents. She is 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 as an executive member of NFTMO (the National Federation of Tenant Management Organisations).
During her previous career, Lucy was a trade union representative for UNISON, accustomed to handling employment, discrimination and health and safety matters, having had 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.
As a voluntary caseworker at Bail for Immigration Detainees (BiD) 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. Lucy’s work at BiD exposed her to community care law, which complimented her work for the Free Representation Unit, where Lucy volunteers representing clients in disability benefits appeals at the Social Security Tribunal.
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.
Lucy has a background in the performing arts. Her first degree was in Commercial Music, where she studied law relating to the music industry, music business and performance. Lucy was awarded the Rosie Keene Memorial Scholarship to study the BPTC LLM at City Law School, where she previously undertook the GDL (Commendation awarded for both). She received the ‘Writer’s Award for Excellence’ for her contribution to the City Law Journal in 2017, and was a prize-winner at the Social Enterprise Festival ‘Pitch for Good’ competition 2018, where entrepreneurs pitched their business plans to an expert panel.