Her expertise covers cases involving alleged negligence on the part of hospitals, individual doctors or other medical practitioners (including GPs, private doctors and physiotherapists) and on the part of nursing or care homes. Lucy's work also includes a wide range of personal injury cases, including road traffic and other types of accident.
Lucy is very experienced in helping those who have suffered catastrophic injuries as a result of negligence to obtain substantial compensation, including for childbirth-related injuries (for mothers and children) and for delayed diagnosis of cancer. Lucy also specialises in fatal claims arising from a person's death.
Lucy represents individuals and organisations at inquests in the coroners' courts and has acted for bereaved families in cases involving deaths in hospital and care homes, deaths resulting from road traffic accidents and deaths which could result in a suicide verdict. She also advises health and social care organisations in relation to inquests.
Lucy has a degree in law from Oxford University and qualified as a solicitor in 2007. She was made a senior associate in 2013 and a partner in 2018.
EXP v Barker – Lucy acted for a member of the judiciary who suffered a catastrophic brain haemorrhage as a result of a ruptured aneurysm. Life-saving surgery was performed but the claimant was left with severe injuries. The claimant alleged that the aneurysm had been visible on a brain scan reviewed by the defendant doctor, but which he had failed to pick up on. Had he done so, the aneurysm was overwhelmingly likely to have been treated and the rupture and haemorrhage avoided. The defendant denied liability and the claim went to trial, after which judgment was given in favour of Lucy’s client. The Defendant appealed but the Court of Appeal upheld the original judge’s decision. The claim ultimately settled for a seven-figure sum.
AB (acting as personal representative of the estate of CD deceased) v The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust - Lucy represented the husband of a woman who had died as a result of an allegedly negligent delay in diagnosing and treating breast cancer. Liability was denied but a settlement was achieved for compensation of £400,000.
- DF v Isle of Wight NHS Primary Care Trust – Lucy's client underwent spinal surgery following which he experienced persistent pain and altered sensation in his right leg and foot as well as aggravated pain in his lower back. In investigating the claim, it was found out that screws inserted during the surgery had been misplaced and that this was causing the client’s symptoms. He received compensation of £150,000.
- Ms X –v- Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust – Lucy’s client suffered a bleed into her chest during a kidney transplant, which negligently was left untreated for several days afterwards. She required blood transfusions and a thoracotomy (during which approximately four litres of blood were removed from her chest). Very sadly, she lost the transplanted kidney and had to go back on dialysis, on which she remains to this day (though it is hoped that she will at some stage receive a second transplant). She also developed chronic post-thoracotomy syndrome, causing permanent chest pain and other symptoms. Ms X settled her claim for a six figure sum two weeks before trial.
- Listed as a key lawyer in The Legal 500 (2020)
- An "associate to watch", "hugely talented" and "a rising star" Chambers UK (2016)
- Member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)
- Oxford University law degree
- Distinction in the Legal Practice Course at BPP Law School, London
- Trained and qualified at Russell-Cooke 2005-2007, remaining at Russell-Cooke in the clinical negligence and personal injury team
- Promoted to senior associate in 2013, five years post-qualification