Lucy specialises in criminal regulatory law with a focus on health and safety, inquests and inquiries.
Lucy has a reputation as an impressive trial advocate, adept with legal argument and meticulous in her preparation. She is one of the most sought-after junior counsel for complex and high-profile cases in her fields of experience. Recent instructions have included proceedings alleging corporate and gross negligence manslaughter and health and safety offences involving death or serious injury.
In Court, Lucy is described as commanding the respect of the Judiciary and Jury for her knowledgeable, incisive and measured approach.
Lucy is regarded by those who instruct her as being exceptionally organised and having an incredible work ethic. She has a reputation as being impressive in her ability to process, analyse and dissect out the relevant evidence to the advantage of her client.
Lucy always places her client at the centre of the trial preparation process and she takes considerable pride in creating a successful working partnership. She has experience of acting for clients from Directors to employees together with insured clients on behalf of a number of insurers. Those who instruct her, often describe her as a real ‘team player,’ and praise her ability to adapt and tailor her approach to the giving of advice to cater to the needs of both her Professional and Corporate clients and/or individual clients with limited understanding of the legal system.
Health and Safety
R v PS– Representing a mill manager in proceedings alleging corporate and gross negligence manslaughter of four employees from the explosion at Bosley Mill.
R (HSE) v HMRL and others– Representing both Companies in the proceedings following the death of five men at a scrap metal recycling plant in Birmingham.
R v MW– Representing a Director in proceedings alleging corporate and gross negligence manslaughter following the death of an employee during a roofing project.
R v DST– Represented the Company in proceedings alleging gross negligence manslaughter following the death of a roofing contractor
R v GF – Led Junior for the Crown in proceedings alleging both corporate manslaughter and gross negligence manslaughter of two employees who had entered a road tanker containing pig feed.
R v SJ and RCL– Led Junior for the Crown in proceedings alleging gross negligence manslaughter of an employee who died having entered a baling machine.
R (Derby CC) v GBP– Representing the Company in proceedings where an employee was crushed and catastrophically injured by falling stock inside of a shipping container.
R (HSE) v CEF– Representing the Company in proceedings where an employee suffered the almost total amputation of a hand in an unguarded industrial guillotine.
R (HSE) v DWB– Representing the Company in proceedings where an employee suffered the total amputation of his arm in an unguarded dough mixer.
R (EA) v JH– Representing a Director of an open-cast coal mine in proceedings following the discharge of trade- effluent into Harley Burn.
R (HSE) v DNA – Representing a director after an employee’s fall from height.
Inquest touching upon the death of LF – Representing the Local Authority who were a PIP
Inquest touching upon the death of SJH – Representing supported housing co who were a PIP
Inquest touching upon the death of ID– Jury inquest. Representing the Company who were the deceased’s employers at the time of his death and who died during the course of his employment.
Inquest touching upon the death of VP– Representing the Care Home where the deceased was resident at the time of her death.
Inquest touching upon the death of SJ– Jury inquest. Representing the Company who were the deceased’s employers at the time of his death and who died during the course of his employment.
Inquest touching upon the death of MM- Art. 2 inquest. Representing three departments of the Local Authority who were a PIP.
Inquest touching upon the death of MMH– Representing the family of the deceased.
Grenfell Tower Inquiry – Representing three clients involved in Phase 2 of the Inquiry.
Brook House Inquiry – Representing two former employees of Brook House Detention Centre.
Lucy has considerable experience in representing the holders of Operators Licences at Public Inquiries before the Traffic Commissioner. She has experience of acting across a wide range of cases including those concerning allegations of serious misconduct on behalf of the Operator to those where there has such non-compliance that there was the risk of total revocation of the Operator’s licence or a significant curtailing of the number of vehicles on the Licence.
- Manslaughter trial results in fine and suspended sentences
- Members of Crown Office Chambers Regulatory Team secure Gross Negligence Manslaughter acquittals
‘Lucy immerses herself in the case, mastering every document and drilling down into every detail. She has a phenomenal work ethic and has built up a reputation as being a sought-after junior for the bigger cases. She is always on the lookout for the killer point which may unlock a case, she is able to balance a diamond-sharp legal mind with sympathetic handling of an anxious client. One to watch as she will make it to the top in this area.’
Ranked: Tier 1- Legal 500, 2023
‘Lucy is an excellent advocate, very hard working and extremely intelligent. She is a diligent barrister.’
Ranked: Band 2- Chambers and Partners, 2023