Lucy is a highly experienced criminal defence and prosecution advocate with an established record in crime. She is also an extremely experienced led junior and has regularly appeared for the defence and Crown in complex and serious cases. Her criminal practice encompasses most areas of regulatory law and she appears for the defence and prosecution in a wide range of regulatory cases.
Lucy has gained a wealth of experience in the field of defending and prosecuting sexual offence cases. She has acted alone and as a led junior in complex cases involving young defendants, multiple historic allegations and abuse cases involving young and vulnerable victims. She contributed to the original publication of the “Sexual Offences Referencer” (Oxford University Press) written by Eleanor Laws QC and HHJ Patricia Lees and is currently assisting with the second edition.
Lucy has a defence and prosecution practice spanning the spectrum of criminal offences including serious violence; drug possession, cultivation and supply; sexual offences; dishonesty; duty evasion and illegal entry; weapons and road traffic offences. In addition Lucy has considerable experience of a range of fraud, money laundering and financial crime offences. Including, in particular, cash forfeiture proceedings and confiscation under the POCA and has lectured the Police on the law and practice in this area. She is currently instructed by the defence in relation to an alleged VAT fraud.
Lucy has acted as a led junior in complex and multi-handed cases for both the prosecution and defence and has experience in cases involving covert surveillance: sensitive material and public interest immunity, expert evidence including DNA, fibres, computer, sat nav and mobile phone analysis incorporating cell site analysis, tachograph analysis, vulnerable victims and intermediaries and third party material disclosure issues. Examples of cases in which she has been led include:
R v Chappell & 5 Others – Defence – Acting for first defendant in a conspiracy to import large quantities of cocaine by use of a boat across the channel and concealing criminal property
R v Abu & Idemudia – Defence – 3 month trial for first defendant accused of forgery and counterfeiting of identification documents [passports and driving licences], credit cards and utility bills.
R v Wilson & 7 others – Defence – Multi million pound car ringing operation in South London
R v R & S – Prosecution – 2 handed historic sexual abuse allegations by a blind father and his partner against his three children
Lucy is regularly instructed in an advisory capacity by the Police in relation to serious matters concerning ancillary orders for Sexual and Dangerous Offenders. She has also appeared on behalf of the Police in relation to civil applications for Anti Social Behaviour Orders, Sexual Offences Prevention Orders, Foreign Travel Orders, Closure Orders and in Firearms Licence Appeals.
Lucy has experience in advising and appearing the criminal courts in cases involving food safety, trading standards and consumer protection, benefit fraud, planning enforcement and licensing. Specific cases she has been involved in include: a takeaway infested with rats where rat droppings were found in the food, unclassified pornographic films, the selling of counterfeit goods on eBay, unlicensed taxi cabs, council tax and benefit fraud and breach of planning requirements under the TCPA.
Court of Appeal
Lucy has considerable experience of representing the defence and prosecution on appeals in the Court of Appeal Criminal Division.
- Grade 3 CPS Prosecutor (London and South East)
- CPS Rape Panel
- Law LLB (Hons)
- BVC, Inns of Court School of Law
Cases in 2013 include:
R v B – Rape and ABH – Defended Offender accused of marital rape accompanied by sustained domestic violence.
R v Gale – Arson with intent to endanger life – Defended Offender who set fire to his house with his three children and partner inside, the youngest, a one year old baby was rescued by a neighbour.
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R v A – Sexual assault – Successfully defended Offender accused of sexually assaulting a vulnerable woman suffering from learning difficulties and a personality disorder in her own home.
R v Dash – S.18 OAPA – Prosecuted Defendant accused of gouging the eyes of his victim leaving his blind in one eye and impaired in the other.
Other cases of note:
R v Merrick  – Led Junior. Successfully defended a former head teacher of a boy’s school in Brighouse, West Yorkshire. Defendant charged with nineteen historic charges of serious sexual abuse upon four former pupils.
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R v Stannard  – Fraud offences –Defended Kent Social Services worker who stole thousands of pounds from her employer, taken from an emergency fund for vulnerable children, she was sentenced to a suspended prison sentence.
R v Wiggins and Wiggins  – S.18 OAPA – Prosecuted defendants accused of stabbing two family members. The first complainant suffered life threatening injuries with stab wounds to the stomach and back. The second complainant was stabbed twice to the breast area puncturing her lung.
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R v H  – Child cruelty – Defendant prosecuted for child cruelty against his partner’s 4 year old son. Evidence given by the son through an intermediary.
R v G  – Sexual offences – Defended 12 year old boy in the Youth Court charged with sexual offences against two girls aged 7 and 10 years old.
R v Brock  –Fraud offences – Prosecuted confidence fraudster sentenced to 12 months for series of confidence frauds in which he defrauded his victims out of money by posing as a wealthy businessman
R v Tapp & Wales – Indecent images – Prosecuted in nationally reported case involving a Mormon bishop who was charged with 34 offences relating pornography images (24,000). During the search of his computer equipment Police found evidence of extreme online chats with a 12 year old girl who was revealed to be his co-defendant, himself a convicted paedophile, whose own computer contained child pornography images.