Lucy Ginsberg


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Phone:0207 520 6000
Email:chambers@18rlc.co.uk

Lucy is a tenacious barrister with an impressive academic background. Her varied practice demands a consistently high level of advocacy and she offers a robust and persuasive approach.

Lucy has been instructed as sole counsel in a wide range of serious allegations and is a diligent and efficient junior. She has been led in a variety of matters across the criminal spectrum, from causing an explosion likely to endanger life to historic 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 currently instructed as part of the team assisting Dame Linda Dobbs DBE with the Dame Linda Dobbs Review, considering whether the issues relating to HBOS Reading were investigated and appropriately reported to authorities at the time by Lloyds Banking Group, following its acquisition of HBOS.


Crime

Lucy’s growing experience has provided her with a solid foundation on which she continues to build her busy criminal practice. Some of her most recent cases are listed below.

General Crime

  • R v P and Others (2019) - led by Stephen Rose. Multi-handed conspiracy to burgle and possession of an imitation firearm.
  • 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 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 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 T and F (2017) – ABH following an assault with a pair of pliers. The second defendant washed away blood from the scene and disposed of the weapon.
  • R v L (2017) – causing serious injury by dangerous driving following a three-vehicle collision which left one driver with life changing injuries.
  • R v S and another (2017) – string of serious robberies in the South East resulting in sentences of over 20 years’ imprisonment.
  • R v Z and S (2017) – two-handed case involving multiple firearms and drugs offences.
  • R v H (2017) - domestic incident during which the defendant broke the complainant’s back.
  • 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 during a search of the defendant’s property. In relation to the latter, Lucy successfully argued that “exceptional circumstances” applied meaning the mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years was avoided.
  • R v C (2016) – assault outside a public house in Essex during which part of the complainant’s nose was bitten off.
  • R v H (2016) - arson in circumstances where the defendant had set fire to a previous employer’s premises after losing his job, causing upwards of £300,000 worth of damage.
  • R v L (2016) - armed robbery with a meat cleaver.
  • R v P and others (2015) – led junior in a multi-handed conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

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 sending an electronic communication of an indecent nature.
  • 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.


Fraud

  • R v S (2019) - defence counsel for a carer alleged to have stolen significant sums of money from a client.
  • 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 for a defendant accused of a ‘social media fraud’ involving various sites and multiple complainants in the UK and abroad.
  • R v R (2018 - defence counsel for a defendant alleged to have defrauded an elderly friend to the value of £50,000 following a bereavement.
  • R v C (2017) – defence counsel in a ‘Right to Buy fraud’ where the defendant was alleged to have continued the right to buy process following the death of a family member.





Education

LLB Law - First Class Honours

Bar Professional Training Course - Outstanding

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

Memberships

Lincoln’s Inn

Criminal Bar Association

South Eastern Circuit

Professional Appointments


CPS Advocates Panel – Grade 3

Awards


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)