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Practice Overview

Lucy specialises exclusively in children law, in the public and private law fields. She is described in Legal 500 as ‘An outstanding junior, who exhibits a blend of natural talent, hard work and strong client care’ and by Chambers and Partners as ‘phenomenal. She’ll be a QC one day. She makes others look inefficient and has an incredibly good way about her. She’s painstakingly thorough, does brilliant notes and is just fantastic.’

In the public law arena she is instructed on behalf of parents, local authorities and children and frequently appears in cases involving serious allegations of domestic violence, non-accidental injury, children with complex needs and more recently the radicalisation of children.

In the private law field she has extensive experience of complex child arrangements disputes and is regularly instructed in intractable cases, as well as having experience acting on behalf of the child and in cases involving alternative families.

  • Children (public law)

    Lucy has considerable experience representing parents in care proceedings at all levels of court. She is regularly instructed in cases involving serious allegations of domestic violence, illegal substance or alcohol abuse, non-accidental injury and child sexual abuse and exploitation. She has also been involved in a number of cases in the rapidly emerging field of radicalisation.

    Lucy has a developing practice representing children within public law proceedings and is now regularly instructed on behalf of Guardians in cases involving children with highly complex needs. Lucy also represents Local Authorities.

    Reported cases include:

    The London Borough of Wandsworth v M & Ors [2017] EWHC 2435 (Fam)
    http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Fam/2017/2435.html

    Re J (Children) [2017] EWCA Civ 398
    http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/Civ/2017/398.html

    Kent County Council v M and O (children, criticism of local authority) [2017] EWFC B12
    http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWFC/OJ/2017/B12.html

    London Borough of Tower Hamlets v B [2016] EWHC 1707 (Fam)
    http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Fam/2016/1707.html

    Re D (A Child) (No 3) [2016] EWFC 1
    http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWFC/HCJ/2016/1.html

    Derbyshire County Council v SH [2015] EWFC B102

    Re D (A Child) (No 2) [2015] EWFC 2
    http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWFC/HCJ/2015/2.html

    Re D (A Child) [2014] EWFC 39
    http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWFC/HCJ/2014/39.html

    A Father v SBC & Ors [2014] EWFC 6
    http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWFC/HCJ/2014/6.html

    Re E (A Child) (Application to withdraw Proceedings, Grounds for Emergency Removal of a Child) [2013] EWHC 2400 (Fam)
    http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Fam/2013/2400.html

    Re A (A Child) [2012] UKSC 60
    https://www.supremecourt.uk/cases/docs/uksc-2012-0193-judgment.pdf

  • Children (private law)

    Lucy regularly acts for parents engaged in complex child arrangements disputes: she often represents parents in cases involving allegations of parental alienation and which may require enforcement proceedings to be brought: she has frequently acted for parents in applications to relocate with their children, either within this jurisdiction or abroad; she also represents children through their rule 16.4 Guardian. 

    Lucy has a developing practice in cases involving alternative families, particularly in the field of declarations of parentage applications following errors made by fertility clinics and those cases involving the application of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008.

    Reported cases include:

    In the Matter of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 (Cases P, Q, R, S, T, U, W and X) [2017] EWHC 49 (Fam)
    http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Fam/2017/49.html

    Re G (Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008) [2016] EWHC 729 (Fam)
    http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Fam/2016/729.html

    F v M & Others [2015] EWHC 3601 (Fam)
    http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Fam/2015/3601.html

    Q v Q (No 3) [2016] EWFC 5
    http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWFC/HCJ/2016/5.html

    Re A and others (Human Embryology and Fertilisation) (Legal Parenthood: Written Consent) [2015] EWHC 2602 (Fam)
    http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Fam/2015/2602.html

  • International family law

    Lucy also acts in children law cases involving an international element. She has advised in cases of international adoption; has represented parents dealing with issues arising from child abduction and cross border child arrangements disputes; and acted in wardship proceedings following attempted abduction.

    Reported cases include:

    In the matter of N (children) [2016] UKSC 15:
    https://www.supremecourt.uk/cases/docs/uksc-2016-0013-judgment.pdf

  • Domestic violence & injunctions

    Lucy has extensive experience of representing both those individuals needing the protection of the Family Court when they have been subjected to harassment, violence or other forms of molestation and those people who are responding to injunctions made against them in relation to allegations of violence or the occupation of the family home.  

  • Administrative and Human Rights Law

    Lucy has considerable experience of the application of human rights law to children law cases, in particular claims for damages made against Local Authorities and the obtaining of injunctions to restrain actions taken by public bodies. Lucy has acted pro bono in a test case involving issues of legal aid, human rights and the lawfulness of actions taken by the legal aid agency.

    Reported cases include:

    Re D (A Child) (No 2) [2015] EWFC 2
    http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWFC/HCJ/2015/2.html

    Re D (A Child) [2014] EWFC 39
    http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWFC/HCJ/2014/39.html

    A Father v SBC & Ors [2014] EWFC 6
    http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWFC/HCJ/2014/6.html

  • What the directories say

    2018/2019: "She is knowledgable, calm and thoroughly prepared, even in the most complex children cases." "She has really great client care skills, and is technically superb." Chambers UK

    2018/2019: "Deals with difficult issues with aplomb." Legal 500 

    2017/2018: “She’s phenomenal. She’ll be a QC one day. She makes others look inefficient and has an incredibly good way about her. She’s painstakingly thorough, does brilliant notes and is just fantastic.’  Chambers UK

    2017/2018: "An outstanding junior, who exhibits a blend of natural talent, hard work and strong client care."  Legal 500 

    2016/2017: "Lucy is exceptionally bright and extremely personable with clients. She deals with the most complex cases and is always prepared. She's a pleasure to work with." Chambers UK

    2016/2017: "Thoroughly dedicated and tactically savvy."  Legal 500

    2015/2016: "Lucy has an acute legal brain and thinks holistically. Her client care skills are exceptional. She has managed vulnerable and deeply troubled individuals with sensitivity and tact."  Chambers UK

    2014/2015: "She's a very committed public law barrister who works very hard for her clients. She is a very good technical lawyer."  Chambers UK

    2013/2014: "Lucy debuts in the rankings this year. She handles all types of family law, and has particular experience of representing parents in both public law and private law children matters. She has a good career in front of her. She is really empathetic towards her clients when they are going through a difficult time."  Chambers UK

Chambers UK Bar

Ranked Barrister

2019

Legal 500

Leading Individual

2019