Lucy is an associate solicitor in the fraud and criminal litigation team.
Lucy has worked at Russell-Cooke since 2011, having trained and qualified in the firm. Prior to joining Russell-Cooke, Lucy commenced her training to be a barrister and had been called to the Bar, but subsequently cross-qualified to become a solicitor.
Lucy is a passionate and effective advocate who is adept in appearing for clients appearing in the Magistrates Court and the Youth Court. She is also a qualified accredited police station representative and therefore is able to represent individuals detained at the police station for a full range of offences in both a private and legal aid capacity.
Lucy has experience of the full range of criminal offences including high value burglaries, drug offences, serious assaults and sex offences through to the Crown Court and Court of Appeal. Lucy also has experience representing youths both in the Youth Court and Crown Court in a wide range of offences.
She has a keen interest and developing specialist practice in motoring law. Lucy often represents professionals charged with driving offences and has been successful in ensuring driving bans are kept to a minimum and in some cases avoided.
She has also developed expertise in representing client’s in relation to benefit and council tax fraud allegations of all varieties. She has an extremely high success rate in ensuring her clients avoid prosecution by ensuring they are represented at interview and when necessary, drafting representations for the investigating bodies to consider when deciding whether to prosecute.
Lucy has assisted other senior fee earners in complex fraud cases, including boiler room frauds, money laundering, defrauding HMRC and confiscation matters.
Lucy has also developed a specialism in the niche area of representing clients charged under the Dangerous Dogs Act.
- R v B – client was originally charged with 22 Burglaries. Following representations to the Crown Prosecution Service they agreed to accept a plea to one count of burglary and six counts of handling stolen goods charges;
- R v H – defended a client charged with four counts of supplying heroin to an undercover Police Officer;
- R v B – acted for a young man accused by his best friend’s mother of attempted rape. Following a six day trial the jury returned in under an hour to unanimously acquit him;
- R v V – the Court accepted arguments at a special reasons hearing that her client, a bus driver, had his drink spiked and therefore was unaware that he was over the legal limit. Lucy was able to ensure her client avoided a driving ban which meant he was able to keep his job;
- R v M – made representations to the Council, which were accepted, that despite her client signing several documents fraudulently to claim council tax reductions it would not be in the public interest to prosecute. Lucy’s client was subsequently given a council caution (which does not appear on a criminal record) and ordered to repay the overpayment claimed at a rate her client could afford;
- R v G – Lucy assisted Jae Carwardine (partner and head of department) in the trial, subsequent appeal and confiscation proceedings for a client charged with conspiracy to import over 26kg of cocaine into the UK; and
- R v Johannes Skulason – Lucy assisted Jae Carwardine (partner and head of department) in his acquittal of a multi-million pound boiler room fraud.
- Member of the London Criminal Courts Solicitors' Association
- Member of the Young Fraud Lawyers Association
- Member of the Young Legal Aid Lawyers Association