Lucy is a human rights barrister and specialises in public law, immigration and asylum and international family rights and appears regularly in the High Court and the Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber). Lucy represents clients in immigration and asylum appeals, deportation appeals and immigration bail hearings and is particularly noted for representing vulnerable clients who are victims of human trafficking, torture and sexual or other forms of exploitation. Lucy has developed a specialism in trafficking including representing victims of trafficking in their asylum appeals as well as challenging negative Conclusive Grounds trafficking decisions by way of judicial review.
Lucy also provides a Public Access service.
Lucy was called to the bar in 2011 and was shortlisted for a Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year award in 2014. Before coming to the bar, Lucy worked in the field of human rights for over a decade, most recently at Human Rights Watch, during which time she opened and managed the first Jerusalem field office and researched and authored several full length human rights reports. She has also worked as a freelance consultant for several international aid agencies and holds a masters degree in Human Rights from Columbia University. Lucy undertook pupillage at Garden Court North and was Pete Weatherby QC's pupil.
Lucy regularly undertakes pro bono work with Bail for Immigration Detainees and in other circumstances where clients are not able to afford representation.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Lucy is an experienced public law practitioner with particular familiarity of immigration and prison law judicial reviews. Lucy is available for drafting advices and grounds of judicial review and appearing at oral permission and full substantive hearings in the High Court and the Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber). Lucy has experience of applying for interim relief including urgent injunctions.
Lucy has developed a specialism in trafficking including representing victims of trafficking in their asylum appeals [see recent cases here and here ] and in judicial reviews challenging negative Reasonable Grounds and Conclusive Grounds trafficking decisions and refusals to grant discretionary leave to victims of trafficking.
Lucy recently succeeded in challenging a failure by the National Referral Mechanism to have regard to evidence from a specialist trafficking organization and medical evidence before making a Conclusive Grounds decision (see R (on the application of AB) v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWHC 1490 (Admin) Free Movement commentary )
Lucy was instructed in the first reported successful substantive CART-type JR case in the High Court in which she represented a Nigerian trafficking victim against the Upper Tribunal.
Lucy is available to advise and represent victims of trafficking in compensation claims, public law challenges against the police where they have failed to investigate a credible allegation of trafficking and in unlawful detention claims.
Lucy regularly writes about and appears as a speaker on trafficking issues including at conferences organized by Barnardos, Lancaster University, the Public Law Project and the AIRE Centre. Lucy was also recently a guest discussion panelist following the debut performance of Eve Ensler's trafficking monologue "Avocado" at the West Yorkshire Playhouse (May 2015).
Immigration and Asylum
Lucy regularly represents clients in immigration and asylum appeals, deportation appeals and immigration bail hearings.
Lucy is particularly noted for representing vulnerable clients who are victims of human trafficking (see above section), torture, domestic violence and sexual or other forms of exploitation. Lucy also has a special interest in foreign national prisoner cases including representing clients at bail and deportation hearings as well as bringing unlawful detention judicial review claims and civil claims for damages for false imprisonment.
Lucy appears regularly in the First Tier and Upper Tier Tribunals and has had success appealing to the Court of Appeal. She also has experience bringing CART judicial reviews against the Upper Tribunal.
Lucy's approach to immigration and asylum cases is substantially informed by her detailed knowledge of domestic, regional and international human rights law due to her previous career with Human Rights Watch.
Lucy has experience advising businesses on civil penalties and Tier 2 sponsorship suspension and revocation. Lucy’s experience in judicially reviewing the revocation of Tier 4 sponsorship licenses, including obtaining interim relief to allow those institutions to keep operating during the litigation, places her in a prime position to advise upon and bring judicial review claims in Tier 2 cases. Lucy also has vast experience representing individuals who have been refused under the points based system and has delivered training on business immigration
Lucy has a particular interest in parallel immigration and family proceedings. She has advised family and immigration solicitors as to how to maximise the evidence from both proceedings and in using the protocol for information sharing between the family court and the immigration tribunal to the best effect of the client. She has experience representing in contact cases where the client is subject to immigration control and where the contact proceedings will effect the outcome of the immigration proceedings.
Leading Junior Immigration: Northern (2016) "Frequently handles public and civil actions for unlawful detention and is regularly engaged in cases involving trafficked victims. Solicitors are keen to praise her client care skills. " Strengths: "She is consistently excellent all round; she is a real fighter for her clients." Chambers and Partners 2016
PUBLICATIONS & SEMINARS
- 2/3/16 - High Court finds Claimants grounds of appeal are “plainly right”, despite refusals of permission by both the FTT and UT (Free Movement guest blog)
- 27/5/15 - Unlawful for Home Office to ignore expert evidence in trafficking decisions (Free Movement guest blog) re R (on the application of AB) v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWHC 1490 (Admin).
- May 2014 - Alumni Story (MMU).
- 18/7/12 - Supreme court strikes down Home Office's back-door changes to immigration rules (the Guardian).
- June 2012 - Dangerous Dogs: Do new sentencing powers have more bite (Lexis Nexis Current Awareness).
- January 2012 - Death by Incarceration (The Justice Gap) - recent ECHR judgment in Vinter & Others v UK which found that the UK's "whole life" tariff did not constitute inhuman or degrading punishment contrary to article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights (by a narrow 4-3 majority).
MEMBERSHIPS & ASSOCIATIONS
Member of Young Legal Aid Lawyers where she acts as a mentor to aspiring human rights lawyers and is on the steering committee of Save Northern Justice, an ad hoc group formed in Manchester last year to campaign against the cutbacks in legal aid.
Lucy serves on the Executive Committee of the Bar Human Rights Committee where she engages in pro bono international human rights work, including recently contributing to a report on sexual violence and torture perpetrated by the Sri Lankan authorities against Tamils. More details including link to report.
Lucy regularly volunteers to speak to students and community groups including recently at an Access to Advice Conference in Manchester, where she discussed the strategic use of judicial review litigation, and at a public meeting on Roma Rights. Lucy delivers training on all aspects of asylum and immigration law particularly trafficking, unlawful detention and EEA Regulations.