1999, Middle Temple
BA (Hons), Oxford Brookes
Lucy joined chambers in 1999 as a specialist criminal practitioner. She quickly developed a Crown Court practice and conducted trials daily on behalf of both prosecution and defence. She was frequently led in lengthy trials involving a range of the most serious offences from allegations of money to serious gang violence including murders, people trafficking and drugs.
Following a period of maternity leave Lucy returned to chambers in 2011 and established herself in the fields of Personal Injury, Court of Protection and Education Law.
Given her wealth of advocacy experience Lucy is equally able to fearlessly pursue vigorous cross-examination in an adversarial matter or work creatively and collaboratively with other parties as the work and forum requires.
Lucy enjoys fostering close working relationships with her instructing solicitors in order to pursue the claim in the most effective way. She believes that counsel should offer their instructing solicitors an "open door" relationship so that each case is discussed thoroughly at an early stage and in order that any difficulties are anticipated well in advance and prepared for. Lucy understands the importance of assessing each case through realistic eyes in order not to waste costly time and resources. Her approachable manner means that her instructing solicitors are assured of an excellent service and know they can discuss any aspect of the case without hesitation or apprehension.
Lucy is recognised by both instructing solicitors and other members of the bar as a skilled and highly experienced advocate. Her style, intellect, cross examination techniques and powers of persuasion are acknowledged as being highly effective.
Lucy accepts instructions in all matters relating to the following areas:-
1. Personal injury including:-
i) Employers' Liability including industrial disease particularly asthma and NIHL;
iii) Accidents and Illness abroad;
iv) Public Liability.
2. Court of Protection (Joint Head of the Court of Protection Team) including:
i) Mental Capacity Act 2005 and the relevant Codes of Practice,
ii) Assessments of capacity and Best Interests decisions;
iii) Deprivation of Liberty Safeguarding (DoLs);
iv) Mental Health Act 1983 and 2007 including nearest relative disputes;
v) Detention and restraint;
vi) Sexual relations and capacity to consent to.
vii) Issues surrounding consent to medical treatment;
viii) Anticipatory declarations.
3. Education Law including:
i) Exclusion appeals;
ii) SENDIST cases,
iii) Appeals against the EHCP (Education, Health and Care Plan);
iv) Complex admission arrangements and appeal; and
v) Judicial Review.
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