About me

I’m a barrister, based at St John’s Chambers in Bristol. I qualified in 2002 and specialise in family cases involving children. I am a part time District Judge, dealing with civil and family cases.

I am recommended in the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners (legal directories) :

  • According to the Legal 500 I have an “impressive ability to get to the crux of a complicated and messy dispute” (2011), am “a strong advocate and hardworking” (2012). am “excellent on complex and tricky cases” (2013), “quietly astute and able” (2014), and I “will not be browbeaten by an opponent” (2015).
  • Chambers & Partners (2015) say “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 & Partners (2016) say “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.'”

I am the author of Family Courts without a Lawyer – A Handbook for Litigants in Person (2014), and have been involved in the production of materials for people trying to understand the Family Court experience in the form of Youtube video guides and a website.

You can read some of the things I have written on my blog Pink Tape, in The New Statesman and elsewhere.

I am the chair of educational charity The Transparency Project.

You can read a fuller “CV” on my chambers website profile here.

You can find me on twitter as @nofamilylawyer and @familoo, and I also have a Facebook page.