Lily is an experienced inquest practitioner who expertly represents bereaved families in complex cases that belie her junior level of call.
Lily Lewis has a multidisciplinary human rights and civil liberties practice. She specialises in inquests and public inquiries, public law, and social welfare law and is ranked as a Tier 1 Rising Star for Inquests and inquiries by The Legal 500.
She currently represents Core Participants who were subject to surveillance by undercover officers in the Undercover Policing Inquiry. She is also instructed on behalf of Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice in the UK Covid-19 Inquiry.
Lily has a particular interest in government decision-making, social policy and state accountability. She provides training and advice on legal and policy issues affecting bereaved families and is an active member of the INQUEST Lawyers Group. She is also a member of the executive committee of the Human Rights Lawyers Association.
Prior to her career at the bar, Lily worked in Parliament, providing research and policy advice for members of the opposition frontbench across a range of areas including home affairs, social welfare and human rights. She worked extensively on legislation, including drafting amendments on funding for legal aid at inquests and police accountability in the aftermath of the Hillsborough inquest findings. She was also a trade union representative.
Lily studied her BSc at Durham University and her MPhil at the University of Cambridge. She came top of her year in the Graduate Diploma in Law and obtained an Outstanding in the Bar Professional Training Course.
Lily is ranked as a Tier 1 Rising Star for Inquests and inquiries by The Legal 500.
Lily is currently instructed in two major public inquiries:
Lily also represents bereaved families in inquests arising from deaths in varied, complex and often high-profile circumstances, in both Article 2 and non-Article 2 contexts. Her expertise includes deaths resulting from mental health conditions in detained and community settings, deaths in police custody or following police contact, and deaths of children and young people involving multiple agencies.
Notable cases include:
Lily is a member of the INQUEST Lawyers Group and works with the organisation on legal and policy issues, including the Judicial Review & Courts Bill and INQUEST’s response to proposals on the British Bill of Rights.
Lily’s public law practice covers her core areas of practice with an emphasis on cases involving human rights issues. She acts in judicial reviews relating to inquest law, social security and welfare entitlement and equality and discrimination.
Lily has experience across the full spectrum of housing and homelessness law, including possession, homelessness appeals, claims for unlawful eviction and housing disrepair, committal and injunction applications.
She is particularly interested in statutory appeals under section 204 of the Housing Act 1996, as well as in cases involving policy issues, Equality Act 2010 and public law arguments. She has a growing specialism in cases involving capacity issues, as well as with young tenants and care leavers.
Lily previously volunteered at the Greater Manchester Law Centre representing clients in ESA appeals. She worked alongside solicitors and caseworkers at the Law Centre to assist clients with complex mental health needs, disabilities and intersecting housing and welfare issues.
She accepts instructions in public law challenges to social security decisions and is currently particularly interested in benefit overpayment cases.
Lily also assisted with CG v Department for Communities (C-709/20) and Fratila v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.
She has also been trained as a duty advocate at the Asylum Support Tribunal for the Asylum Support Appeals Project (ASAP).
The Inner Temple (awarded the Otto & Sadie Rix Pupillage Prize, Major BPTC Scholarship and Exhibition Award)
Human Rights Lawyers Association (Executive Committee)
Constitutional and Administrative Bar Association
Young Legal Aid Lawyers
Legal Sector Workers United
The Howard League for Penal Reform
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