Lucy is the managing director of the firm. She set it up in 1987, after the birth of her first child, as she wanted the flexibility of self-employment to combine work with motherhood. At that time, she was starting to specialise in mental health and human rights law, and for several years the firm expanded gently into other areas of social welfare law as word of mouth spread about the freedoms and benefits of working for a virtual law firm.
In recent years, Lucy has spoken and written widely on the benefits of this way of working, and the firm now covers private client and commercial work. As its growth has been incremental, Lucy has been able to ensure that the guiding principles of excellence in client service and friendliness within the firm have been maintained.
Lucy has not only built her firm, but has also 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 is a member of the Bach Commission on Access to Justice.
Lucy has been 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.