Lucy Reed


Lucy Reed

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, Human Rights Lawyers Association, Western Circuit.
Judicial Office Deputy District Judge

Expertise


The focus of Lucy’s practice is on children work.

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’s practice includes matters with international aspects, including abduction, leave to remove and cross border families. Lucy is also experienced in dealing with in post-care applications such as applications for discharge of care or placement orders, leave to oppose adoption orders and contested adoptions.

In addition, Lucy is experienced in cases involving Human Rights Act claims or issues relating to reporting restriction orders or publicity.

Lucy is instructed at first instance in the Family Court and High Court and in appellate work. In appropriate cases Lucy will undertake family work via public access.

 

 

Recommendations

  • “Lucy specialises in children work, and is able to act for clients on a wide variety of public and private cases. She regularly advises on matters involving challenging or vulnerable parties, such as parents with substance abuse or mental health issues, and children with disabilities and learning difficulties. ‘Lucy is humane, sensible and crafts her submissions with precision and insight.’ ‘Combines a massive intellect with really meticulous forensic preparation, and has enormous humanity as well.’ ” Chambers UK, Family/Matrimonial (2017)
  • “Lucy is rigorous in her analysis of every argument.” Legal 500, Family and children (2016)
  • “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)

 

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.

Practice Overview

Lucy is a family law specialist and has practiced in family law throughout her professional career. She has recently been awarded Bristol Law Society’s ‘Barrister of the Year’ 2016. 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’s practice includes matters with international aspects, including abduction, leave to remove and cross border families. Lucy is also experienced in dealing with in post-care applications such as applications for discharge of care or placement orders, leave to oppose adoption orders and contested adoptions.

In addition, Lucy is experienced in cases involving Human Rights Act claims or issues relating to reporting restriction orders or publicity. Her practice also encompasses the range of injunctive work, including Pt IV Family Law Act and forced marriage.

Lucy is instructed at first instance in the Family Court and High Court and in appellate work. In appropriate cases Lucy will undertake family work via public access.

Other

Alongside her court practice 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 has written for various publications including the New Statesman and Guardian. Lucy is the Bristol Law Society’s ‘Barrister of the Year’ 2016.

Lucy is a member of the Family Law Bar Association National Committee and editor of the FLBA website.

Lucy is the chair of The Transparency Project. Lucy is involved with local initiatives to develop support for litigants in person, including the www.familycourtinfo.org.uk website.

Lucy is a Bar Pro Bono Unit panel member.

Lucy was appointed as a Deputy District Judge in 2013 (private family ticket).

Other Expertise

Lucy is a trained mediator (non-practising).