Call 2002 (Lincoln’s Inn)
Qualifications Bar Vocational Course, Inns of Court School of Law (2002), PGDip Law/CPE City University (2001), MRes Humanities & Cultural Studies, Birkbeck, University of London (1998), BA(Hons) Exon English Studies (1997).
Professional Memberships Family Law Bar Association, Association of Lawyers for Children, ADR Group, Human Rights Lawyers Association, Western Circuit.
Judicial Office Deputy District Judge
The focus of Lucy’s practice is on children work.
In public law cases Lucy acts for parents, children, local authorities and extended family. Lucy has experience of handling cases in cases involving suspected non-accidental injury, mental health or learning difficulties, special educational needs, substance abuse and addiction, sexual abuse and domestic violence.
Lucy also often acts in complex, multi-party or high conflict intractable private law disputes, where children are separately represented. Lucy has acted both for parents and children in such cases, through CAFCASS and NYAS.
Lucy has experience of private law disputes involving same sex parents, leave to remove, internal relocation, parental alientation, serious domestic or sexual violence and allegations of abuse of a child or NAI.
Lucy also has experience of international child abduction work including Hague Convention, and international adoption matters.
Lucy has a particular interest in issues concerning the privacy of children proceedings.
- “Lucy appears in High Court cases concerning serious domestic violence and child abuse matters. She is widely praised for her skilled handling of vulnerable clients with learning difficulties or substance abuse problems. ‘Her client care is fantastic.’ ” Chambers UK, Family/Matrimonial (2016)
- “Lucy specialises in children law and domestic violence cases. She regularly represents vulnerable parties on particularly challenging cases that involve international elements, serious allegations of harm and contentious medical considerations. ‘She has excellent expertise and is highly experienced.’ ‘She is very accessible, with a sound understanding of all the latest developments within family law.’ ” Chambers UK, Family/Matrimonial (2015)
- “Lucy will not be browbeaten by an opponent.” Legal 500, Family and Children(2015)
- “Lucy is quietly astute and able.” Legal 500, Family and Children (2014)
In addition to her children practice Lucy is able to deal with Court of Protection work.
Lucy has a background in education law and has represented clients at SENDIST Tribunals, and her family work often involves acting for children or the parents of children with special educational needs in the form of learning difficulty, emotional or behavioural difficulty or physical ill health / disability, or for the local authority responsible for their education and welfare.
Lucy is a family law specialist and has practiced in family law throughout her professional career. Her practice now spans all areas of family law with a particular emphasis on children work. She often acts in complex, multi-party or high conflict intractable private law disputes. In public law children cases she acts for parents, children, local authorities and extended family. Lucy has experience of handling cases involving suspected non-accidental injury and FGM/C, sexual abuse, neglect and domestic abuse, where there are parental mental health, learning disability or capacity issues, concerns around substance abuse and addiction, and involving children with special educational needs and disabilities / complex medical needs.
Lucy also has experience of international child abduction work including Hague Convention, and of wardship and international and contested adoption matters.
Her practice also encompasses Pt IV Family Law Act injunctive work, including forced marriage.
In appropriate cases Lucy will undertake family work via direct public access.
Lucy writes and talks on family law and has particular interests in issues arising from the involvement of litigants in person in family cases, and in issues surrounding the publication of information arising from family proceedings and transparency.
Lucy has a background in education law and has represented clients at SENDIST and Child Support Tribunals, and she is able to draw upon her experience in that field in family work.
Lucy is the author of ‘The Family Court without a Lawyer – A Handbook for Litigants in Person‘ (2nd edition 2014, Bath Publishing).
Lucy has also produced a series of free self-help videos for Litigants in Person. The three videos are available to view for free on YouTube here or via the website accompanying the book (www.nofamilylawyer.co.uk).
In March 2011 Lucy was named one of The Times’ best legal bloggers for her Pink Tape family law blog. In May 2011 The Guardian described Lucy as “one of the best legal bloggers for style and content”. Lucy was awarded the Family Law Readers Commentary Award 2012, and was shortlisted for Most Innovative Family Lawyer for her writing on Pink Tape. In October 2014 Lucy was shortlisted for a third time for the Readers’ Commentary award. Lucy writes for the New Statesman.
Lucy has been actively involved since 2009 with the Family Law Bar Association, attending meetings at the House of Lords, Children’s Commissioner and the Family Justice Review Panel in respect of legal aid and family justice reform. She is a member of the Family Law Bar Association National Committee and editor of the FLBA website and assistant editor of Family Affairs.
Lucy is a Bar Pro Bono Unit panel member.
Lucy was appointed as a Deputy District Judge in 2013.
Lucy is a qualified mediator who specialises in mediations regarding children, finance and court of protection matters. Lucy is a member of ADR Group, which is a member organisation of the Family Mediation Council.