Lucy Ginsberg

Phone:0207 520 6000

Lucy read Law at the University of East Anglia and graduated with First Class Honours. Graded as ‘Outstanding’ on the Bar Professional Training Course, she was called to the Bar in 2013. She now enjoys a busy and diverse criminal practice.

She has been instructed as sole counsel in a wide range of serious allegations and is an efficient junior, having been led in allegations of large-scale drug supply, fraudulent evasion of duty and sexual offences. Lucy also has experience in appearing in the High Court following a case stated appeal concerning the “duty to retreat” in the context of self-defence.

Lucy has a balanced practice of prosecution and defence work. She is a Grade 3 prosecutor for the CPS and has extensive knowledge of the disclosure process having assisted with disclosure on major prosecutions by the Serious Fraud Office and the Police of Gibraltar.

Lucy is qualified to accept instructions from clients on a Direct Access basis.


Lucy’s growing experience has provided her with a solid foundation on which she continues to build her busy criminal practice. She is regularly instructed both to prosecute and defend across the full spectrum of offences. Her varied practice demands a consistently high level of preparation and advocacy and she is able to quickly and effectively grasp the issues in a case.

General Crime - Prosecution

R v S and others (2018) - four-handed drug supply case. Lucy advised on the charges to which all defendants ultimately pleaded guilty at various stages.

R v D (2018) - racially aggravated assault following an incident at Victoria tube station in London.

R v M (2018) - attack in Ipswich during which the complainant was assaulted at knife-point.

R v T and F (2017) - ABH following an assault with a pair of pliers.

R v L (2017) - causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

R v S and another (2017) - string of serious robberies in the South East.

R v Z and S (2017) - two-handed case involving multiple firearms and drugs offences.

R v C (2016) - assault outside a public house in Essex during which part of the Complainant’s nose was bitten off.

R v P and others (2015) - led junior in multi-handed conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

General Crime - Defence

R v J (2018) - led by Stephen Rose. Successful defence of a defendant charged with causing an explosion likely to endanger life or cause serious injury to property. The allegation involved the construction and delivery of an improvised explosive device.

R v N (2018) - Threats to kill and assault case which required legal argument seeking to exclude the defendant’s interview after she was interviewed with notable injuries and without an appropriate adult.

R v S (2018) - defendant with significant mental health difficulties who was made subject to a hospital order following repeated breaches of a mon-molestation order.

R v B (2017) - s18 wounding. The complainant refused to assist police so the case centred around hearsay of his account at the scene captured on body worn camera.

R v W (2017) - defence counsel for a close protection security guard accused of stalking by fitting trackers to cars and installing cameras. Police found a stun gun in his property. In relation to the latter, Lucy successfully argued that “exceptional circumstances” applied meaning the mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years was avoided.

Sexual Offences

R v N (2018) - led junior defending multiple counts of rape and sexual assault.

R v M (2017) - prosecution counsel in case of electronic communication of an indecent nature, concerning a video of the defendant’s ex-partner.

R v E (2017) - prosecution of a prisoner alleged to have sexually assaulted a prison guard.

R v S (2017) - defence counsel in case of sexual assault and being drunk on an aircraft.

R v D (2017) - defence counsel for a young defendant charged with multiple child sexual offences including sexual touching and grooming.


R v K and others (2018) - led junior for the second defendant in a large-scale fraudulent evasion of duty.

R v F (2017) - high profile prosecution of an ‘eBay fraud’ where the defendant listed and sold items which were never sent to the buyer.

R v S (2018) - defence counsel in a sophisticated fraud involving various social media sites and multiple complainants. The prosecution ultimately accepted guilty pleas to money laundering.

R v C (2017) - defence counsel in a ‘Right to Buy fraud’.


LLB Law - First Class Honours

Bar Professional Training Course - Outstanding

South Eastern Circuit Advanced International Advocacy Course (Keble College, Oxford)


Criminal Bar Association

South Eastern Circuit


Criminal Bar Association Bursary (joint first-prize) (2018)

Criminal Bar Association Bursary (2014)

Lincoln’s Inn Pupillage Award (2013)

Lincoln’s Inn Bursary (2013)

Lincoln’s Inn Buchanan Prize for Outstanding Grade (2013)

Lincoln’s Inn Helen Grindrod Bursary (2012)

Lincoln’s Inn Hardwicke Scholar (2012)