Lucy’s practice focuses on children law (private and public) and surrogacy, with a particular interest in appellate work. Since joining chambers in September 2018 after the successful completion of her pupillage, Lucy has acted in some of the most consequential and high-profile cases in family law, including a number of cases before the Court of Appeal.
Lucy has appeared both in her own right and instructed as junior counsel in cases as diverse as Re Al M, AA v BB, Re H-N, Griffiths v Tickle and the recent case of K v K. In particular, Lucy has appeared in many of the recent, significant cases developing the court's approach to domestic abuse, rape, and coercive control.
Lucy is currently researching a book considering the consequences of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) on the tenth anniversary of its coming in to force.
Family Finance & Property
Lucy is a straight forward but forceful advocate and combines a forensic eye for detail with a pragmatic approach to advising and running financial remedies cases.
Lucy practices in all aspects of financial remedies including freezing orders, TOLATA, Schedule 1 applications, enforcement, and private FDRs. Lucy is also available to advise on and draft pre- and post-nuptial agreements.
Children (Private Law)
Lucy brings compassion and care to private law children work and has considerable experience dealing with s8 applications, including cases involving alienation, enforcement, serious allegations of abuse, and complex issues of mental or physical illness of parents and children.
International Family Law
Lucy has experience in cases involving international family law, including international child abduction and international relocation.
Children (Public Law)
Lucy practices for all parties in public law children proceedings. During pupillage and in practice, Lucy has had exposure to complex public law children work including cases involving terrorism, non-accidental injury, and neglect.
Domestic Violence & Injunctions
Lucy has experience in a range of Family Law Act applications, including non-molestation orders, occupations orders and transfer of tenancy applications.
Modern Families & Surrogacy
Lucy has experience acting in modern family and surrogacy cases.
What the directories say
"Lucy Maxwell is well prepared, empathetic, calm and insightful." Up and Coming - Chambers and Partners, 2024
"Impressive in how well she masters the detail of a case." Up and Coming - Chambers and Partners, 2024
"Lucy Maxwell is always very well prepared and has a good manner with clients." Up and Coming - Chambers and Partners, 2024
"Lucy is razor-sharp and firmly a star in the making, very bright, capable and calm." Legal 500, 2024
"Lucy fights tooth and nail for clients and makes sure she's available for hearings during her leave in order to ensure continuity of counsel for clients. She is capable of taking on numerous complicated matters." Up and Coming - Chambers and Partners, 2023
"Lucy is a real rising star. She's a well-prepared, thorough and tenacious advocate." Up and Coming - Chambers and Partners, 2023
"Lucy is brilliant with clients and makes them feel at ease. She gives honest and thorough legal advice and is able to grasp the legal issues succinctly. Her preparation is thorough and detailed. She is an extremely strong and effective advocate. She is decisive when it comes to case strategy and gives her cases a lot of time and thought to ensure that the best outcome is achieved. She is able to argue a client’s case ferociously yet respectfully to the judiciary when needed." Tier 1 - Legal 500, 2023
19 October 2023
Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2024 – Leading Set in Family: Children
We are pleased to announce that we have been included as a leading set in Family: Children in the 2024 edition of Chambers and Partners, with 38 barristers ranked in this category.
04 October 2023
The Legal 500 2024 – Leading Set in Children Public and Private Law
1GC Family Law is pleased to announce that we have been included as a Top Tier set in Family: Children and Domestic Abuse in the 2024 edition of Legal 500.
20 October 2022
Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2023 – Leading Set in Family: Children
We are pleased to announce that we have been included as a leading set in Family: Children in the 2023 edition of Chambers and Partners, with 35 barristers ranked in this category.
Chambers and Partner
Up and Coming
Chambers and Partner
Up and Coming
Tier 1 - 2023