OVERVIEW

Lucy is a very experienced criminal and regulatory practitioner, instructed in all aspects of criminal and regulatory law. She acts for both the Prosecution and Defence. She has a particular specialism in historical serious sexual offences and cases involving mental health issues. She is noted for her calm manner and ability to communicate clearly and directly with clients from all sections of society.

EXPERTISE

Lucy has particular experience in serious sexual offences. She was made a Recorder in 2016 and in 2017 was awarded a ticket to try serious sexual offences. She is a Grade 4 prosecutor and is instructed in complex and sensitive cases by the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences department of the Crown Prosecution Service, including pre-charge advice. 

 

Lucy dealt with her first murder case in 2007 as a junior at eight years call and has continued to be instructed in murders and serious violent offending since then, on behalf of the Defence and the Prosecution.

 

Lucy has substantial  experience of dealing with complex drug and financial cases including VAT fraud, dealing with Proceeds of Crime applications and Serious Crime Prevention Orders.

 

Lucy has a substantial practice instructed by the Police Federation including misconduct hearings, tribunal appeals and representation of Police Officers charged within the criminal justice system

 

Lucy is a member of the Crime Panel for the Welsh Government and has a significant regulatory practice in agricultural, fishing, animal welfare and environmental work for Welsh Government, Natural Resources Wales, and local authorities. Lucy has advised agencies from the initiation of proceedings from investigation, case preparation, disclosure and evidence.

 

Lucy has had four pupils and regularly assists in training events for pupils and new practitioners on the Wales circuit as well as talks and mooting competitions for local schools.

NOTABLE CASES

R v Phillips, Jones, Huchet, Hutchinson and Bateman

Murder case in which the victim was severely beaten over a drugs debt then later stabbed to death in a different location. Issues included the fact that not all the Defendants were present when the stabbing took place; joint enterprise. 

 

R v C******  

Rape/child assault/ coercive controlling behaviour. Defendant, a local GP acquitted within minutes after seven day trial in which estranged wife, also a local GP,  alleged increasingly serious offences against the Defendant whilst in the midst of a heated divorce with disputed child contact.

 

R v Hitchings  

Conspiracy to rape 7 year old child. Defence in a case where the Defendant and his female co defendant conspired to drug, rape her daughter whilst filming the abuse. Discussions of selling the recording on the internet. Issues included whether the discussions/acts taken amounted to an agreement to rape.  

R v Evans  

Death by dangerous driving. Succesfully defended young defendant who had lost control of vehicle in the early hours of the morning on straight road.  Defendant was so seriously injured that she had no recollection of the collision at all. Issues included whether a mobile phone had been used or whether there was other distraction.

 

R v Cooper, Thomas & Lee  

Defending in fraud case valued at just under £1million in which the Defendant was the wife of a well known local sports personality who was the victim in the case.

 

R v Payne 

Environmental prosecution of a vexatious litigant in person who was operating a waste refuse site without a license.

 

R v CCC    

Defending local authority charged with causing a water discharge activity resulting in pollution of local waterway.

Lucy Crowther

PRACTICE AREAS

General crime

White collar fraud

Regulatory crime

Animal welfare

Disciplinary tribunals

APPOINTMENTS & MEMBERSHIPS

Recorder (sex ticket)

CPS Grade 4 Prosecutor

Legal Member of Mental Health Tribunal

Rape Panel for Wales Circuit

Criminal Law Panel for Welsh Assembly Government

Pupil Supervisor

Criminal Bar Association

Inner Temple

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Email: clerks@apexchambers.net

Phone: 02920 2023 2032

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029 2023 2032

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