Lucy Brown

Year of call:

2016 (Solicitor 2007)

Education:

2003 - The University of Hull LLB Hons Law & Sociology, 2:1

2004 - The University of Sheffield Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Commendation

Career:

2007 - Qualified as a Solicitor

2012 - Granted Higher Rights of Audience (Criminal Proceedings)

2016 - Called to the Bar (Middle Temple)

2016 - Tenant at Park Square Barristers

2016 - CPS Advocate Panel 2016-20 General Crime at Level 2

2019 - Grade 3 Prosecutor

Memberships:

Criminal Bar Association North Eastern Circuit Association of Military Court Advocates Women in Criminal Law

Lucy defends and prosecutes. She is a Grade 3 prosecutor and has experience of defending serious allegations of violence and sexual offences.

Lucy’s practice includes dealing with proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act, including confiscation and re-determination.

Lucy has extensive experience in dealing with motoring offences, including dangerous and careless driving and excess alcohol cases. She frequently deals with Special Reasons and Exceptional Hardship arguments.

Lucy has an interest in Court Martial proceedings. Most notably, Lucy represented one of the defendants in a trial of 10 army instructors alleged to have systematically abused teenage recruits on a training exercise. All defendants were acquitted. The case attracted significant media attention.

 

Notable Cases

  • Operation Fallstoke [2021] – Leeds Crown Court – Prosecution junior in a multi handed prosecution for possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life. 3 of the 4 defendants were convicted.
  • R v Smith [2021] – Leeds Crown Court – Instructed by the CPS Complex Case Unit to prosecute allegations of perverting the course of justice. Defendant pleaded guilty during the course of the trial.
  • R v M [2021] – Doncaster Youth Court – assigned counsel representing a youth facing an allegation of sexual activity with a child.
  • R v Johnson [2021] – Leeds Crown Court – successful submission of no case to answer on behalf of a defendant who was unfit to plead.
  • R v Truong [2021] – Bradford Crown Court – successfully defending an allegation of cannabis production at trial. The defendant raised the statutory defence under the Modern Slavery Act.
  • R v MM [2020] – Bradford Crown Court – defence junior to Kitty Colley in a case of child cruelty with substantial unused material and complex expert evidence.
  • R v Awan [2019] EWCA Crim 1456 – Court of Appeal – Successful appeal against a Restraining Order. The case was reported https://www.bailii.org/cgi-bin/format.cgi?doc=/ew/cases/EWCA/Crim/2019/1456.html&query=(awan) and featured in CrimeLine Updater 65
  • R v Battensby [2019] – Leeds Crown Court – defence junior to Robin Frieze in a trial involving allegations of sexual abuse against 5 complainants over three decades.
  • R v Thompson [2019] – Leeds Crown Court – successfully defending an allegation of sexual assault at trial.
  • R v Ali [2019] – Leeds Crown Court – suspended prison sentence for defendant convicted of sexual assaulting a lone female passenger in his taxi.
  • R v Kerin [2018] – Bradford Crown Court – Junior to Gillian Batts, defending in a case involving 24 counts of historical sexual abuse by a single defendant, against 7 complainants over a period of 30 years. The defendant was acquitted of all counts.
  • R v Horsley [2018] – York Crown Court – prosecution of a defendant who had stolen from his elderly parents. The complainants died during the course of proceedings and the case was pursued on the basis of hearsay evidence. The defendant was sentenced to 12 months immediate imprisonment.
  • R v M Irons & others [2018] – Sheffield Crown Court – defending in a multi-handed conspiracy to defraud in relation to the repair and sale of vehicles with false histories and identities. The case involved a large volume of evidence including cell site analysis.
  • Hillsborough Disaster prosecutions [2017] – instructed to assist with the disclosure review for the prosecutions arising out of the Hillsborough disaster
  • R v Fisher [2016] – Sheffield Crown Court – successfully defended in a multi handed violent disorder trial arising out of clashes between far right and anti-fascist protestors. Issues arose in relation to media coverage of a related trial.
  • R v Imran [2016] – Leeds Crown Court – successfully defended a taxi driver in an appeal against conviction for sexual assault of a passenger.

Court Martial Cases

  • R v Warren [2018] Catterick Military Court – representing a military police officer who faced an allegation of dishonesty, the case was discontinued on the day of trial as a result of representations made to the Service Prosecuting Authority.
  • R v Thomas and others [2018] Bulford Military Court – defending at trial one of 10 army instructors alleged to have abused teenage recruits during a bayonet training exercise. Cpl Thomas was acquitted before the conclusion of the trial when the Crown reviewed the evidence against him.
  • R v Drake & Walder [2009] – Sennelager Military Court Centre, Germany – defending 2 of 4 soldiers charged with affray in a 2-week trial. Both were acquitted. There were a large number of witnesses and significant disclosure issues to deal with during the trial.

Lucy draws on her extensive experience in criminal matters to enable her to act in a range of regulatory proceedings including:

  • Licensing matters including appeals against Firearms licensing decisions
  • Disciplinary proceedings before the Farrier’s Registration Council;
  • Proceedings in the Magistrates’ Court on behalf of agencies including the Food Standards Agency and DVLA;
  • Appearing before the Traffic Comm
  • Proceedings in relating to behavior orders such as Sexual Harm Prevention Orders, Violent Offender Orders, Serious CrimePrevention Orders, Closure Orders.
  • Enforcement proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act;

 

Notable Cases

  • Traffic Commissioner v TMS Barriers [2021] – representing a transport operator in a public enquiry in respect of their operator’slicence.
  • Humberside Police v Barker [2021] – successfully resisting a firearms licencing appeal
  • Griffiths v FRC [2016] – represented a farrier who admitted gross professional misconduct following a criminal conviction whichresulted in a prison sentence. He avoided suspension or termination of his registration