Lucy is managing director of a virtual law firm serving both private and commercial clients, but built her reputation as a mental health and human rights lawyer, and as a promoter and supporter of the profession and its values. She has been a Law Society Council member since 2002, was Law Society President during the 2012/13 term and is now Chair of its Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
Lucy is the House of Lords Commissioner for Standards, the Co-Chair of the Legal Aid and Access to Justice Committee of the International Bar Association, is also a commissioner with the Judicial Appointments Committee and sits as a Mental Health Tribunal judge.
She has been a member of the Bach Commission on Access to Justice, and a Mental Health Act Commissioner, was a founder member of the QC Appointments Panel, was a commissioner with Postcomm from 2008 to 2011, and is an associate with Verita, which carries out investigations on behalf of public bodies.
Many of her cases, taken by way of judicial review, including those before the ECtHR, have been reported over the years. One of her clients was the first person to obtain a declaration of incompatibility under the Human Rights Act. The resulting remedial order altered the discharge criteria affecting all those detained under the Mental Health Act.