Lucy Organ

Barrister

Year of Call

2006

Profile

Lucy is a criminal practitioner with expertise of prosecuting and defending cases right across the spectrum of offences. Between 2010 and 2014 Lucy worked as a defence attorney in the Cayman Islands where she was frequently instructed in the most serious of criminal offences appearing to Appellate level. Lucy has implemented this experience upon her return to the bar of England and Wales, establishing a practice of serious crime. She is now regularly instructed in criminal cases of the highest level primarily homicide and counter-terrorism.

Lucy has extensive experience of appearing in the Court of Appeal both on her own and as junior counsel.

 

“Devastatingly fair. She is an absolute powerhouse who displays forensic attention to detail.”

Chambers & Partners

“A fantastic brief. She takes no nonsense and is really forensic in her approach.”

Chambers & Partners

“Lucy has excellent judgement, a great court manner, is naturally clever and scrupulously fair and committed.” 

Legal 500

“She works collaboratively, enthusiastically so and as a result is a joy to work with. Forensic approach to papers, realistic and robust when necessary but still calm approach to challenging instructions from client.”

Legal 500

 

She has notable experience of assisting in the prosecution of anti-competitive activities and in assisting companies that are the subject of investigation by the SFO and FCA.

Lucy also has experience in assisting corporate entities with internal investigations. Lucy also has experience acting as independent counsel.

Expertise

Lucy is very experienced in defending in the full spectrum of criminal offences.

She has defended in fraud and white collar crime and represented high profile individuals charged with criminal offences. This has included advising and assisting high profile corporate clients.

Lucy has defended in high profile crime which runs the full gamut of offences including murder. She has successfully represented several defendants charged with murder, rape, death by dangerous driving, attempted murder, possession of firearms and fraud. She is able to fluently deal with complicated expert evidence. She is fully trained and experienced at cross-examining young and vulnerable witnesses.

Lucy is a Grade 4 prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service and prosecutes a range of offences including terrorism, homicide, serious violence and fraud.

Lucy regularly prosecutes multi-handed cases of homicide. Lucy has assisted in very large-scale prosecutions. This has included advising on potential prosecutions arising out of the Hillsborough Disaster.

Lucy has acted for the Secretary of State for Transport in respect of appeals against the removal of individuals’ driving licenses.

She has also acted for the Director of Border Revenue in the First-Tier Tax Tribunal.

She also has experience of appearing in the First Tier Immigration and Asylum Tribunal.

Lucy is on the panel of prosecutors of the Bar Standards Board.

She also has experience representing doctors at the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service. Most recently she successfully represented a doctor who was unable to return to the United Kingdom for the hearing, so gave evidence via the telephone.

R v Naylor: Lucy was led by Duncan Penny QC in a trial of gross negligence manslaughter. It was alleged that an electrician was grossly negligent when installing garden lights in a public house garden which led to the death of a 7-year-old.

R v Sawhney: Lucy prosecuted the owner of a guesthouse for a number of failings under the fire safety regulations ( Regulatory Reform( Fire Safety) Order 2005) in circumstances where a fire had occurred and a guest had been injured

Lucy is a grade 4 CPS prosecutor. She has extensive experience prosecuting and defending homicide.

Recent cases include:

R v Grant and Howard: Lucy was led by Annabel Darlow KC murder for gain of a vulnerable elderly lady. There was an issue over cause of death and how a bone had been broken in the deceased’s neck and Lucy called those who found the body, undertakers who moved the body and mortuary workers who examined the body to prove the bone must have been broken as a result of strangulation.

R v Jemma Mitchell: Lucy was led by Deanna Heer KC in this prosecution of a female for killing and decapitating her friend and forging her will in order to obtain money to complete the renovation of her own home. Lucy was instrumental in obtaining and preparing  e the telephone evidence from the download of the defendant’s telephone.

Winzar v Regina [2020] EWCA Crim 1628. Lucy was led by James Curtis QC. This was a second appeal, after a reference by the CCRC. The Appellant murdered her husband with insulin.The substantive hearing was in November 2020 with experts in immuno-assays, sepsis and spinal cord injuries giving evidence for three days before the Court of Appeal. Lucy and James Curtis QC are also instructed in the CCRC reference of Colin Campbell who murdered four women with insulin. Again the appeal turns on fresh evidence.

R v Anglin: Lucy defended in this gang killing where the issue was one of identity. The defendant was acquitted.

R v Tamasa: Lucy defended in this murder where the defendant was said to have provided the firearm and ammunition used. There was a successful submission of no case to answer at the close of the prosecution case.

Hani Ali v DPP [ 2020] EWCA Crim 1370: Lucy appeared for the DPP in this appeal by way of case stated. The appeal raised questions as to the presumption of reliability of an alcohol breath test machine, and the burden and standard of proof to be applied when evidence of unreliability is sought to be adduced.

Olajide v Stratford Magistrates Court [2018] EWHC 2159 (Admin): Lucy represented the Crown Prosecution Service as the Interested Party in this judicial review. The Claimant argued that the prosecution had failed to comply with section 16(3)(a) of the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988 which deals with the admission of documentary evidence as to specimens of breath obtained by the police.

R v Piercy: Lucy defended in this case of death by dangerous driving where the issues were who was driving and whether the driving was dangerous. The defendant was convicted, but on appeal Lucy successfully argued that the expert witnesses were not in fact suitably qualified and that there was not sufficient evidence that the driving was dangerous.

R v Jones: Lucy successfully defended in this allegation of rape of a partner.

R v Barnett: Lucy defended in this case of sexual activity with a child and grooming. The child gave evidence under the section 28 YJCEA 1999 procedures and so Lucy pre-recorded the cross-examination. Lucy is trained at dealing with young and vulnerable witnesses.

R v McLaughlin: Lucy defended in this case of historic rape. This involved the cross-examination of a young and vulnerable witness

R v Ziamani and Hockton: Lucy was led by Annabel Darlow QC in this trial of two serving prisoners for the attempted murder of a prison guard. This case was tried by Mrs Justice May. Both defendants were islamic fundamentalists and the prosecution case was the offence was a terrorist attack.

R v Benboukhemis: Lucy prosecuted this Newton Hearing for a defendant who pleaded guilty to dissemination of two terrorist publications but claimed she did so recklessly, rather than intentionally.

R v Mala: Lucy was junior counsel for the Crown in this first prosecution of an individual under section 16 (1) of the Terrorism Act 2000.

R v Rufus: Lucy was leading counsel in this successful prosecution of an ex-footballer for a  8 million pound fraud involving FX trading.

R v Commonwealth Evaluators: Lucy was leading counsel in the prosecution of a company and individuals for running an illegal immigration law firm.

 Lucy was led by Catherine Farrelly KC in this four-month trial. It was alleged that a businessman who was having his assets seized by the NCA in court proceedings retaliated by organising for fake bombs to be planted in Gray’s Inn and outside the prosecuting barrister’s chambers. This case involved recording of prison calls and of a visit.

Lucy regularly appears in both the Court of Appeal Criminal Division and the Divisional Court

R. (Hannon) v Bristol Crown Court [2023] EWCHC 105 (Admin). The issue was whether the behaviour of the judge in an appeal against conviction was such that the conviction was not safe. The Divisional Court dismissed the judicial review. Lucy represented the Crown Prosecution Service as the Interested Party.

Lucy appeared for the Respondent in the appeal to the Court of Appeal Criminal division in R v Binoku [2021] EWCA Crim 48 which is a case dealing with a judge who did enter the arena during the trial. However, the Court of Appeal found the conviction was safe.

R. ( Lawal) v Cambridge Crown Court [2023] EWHC 466 ( Admin). Lucy was led by Louis Mably KC for the Crown Prosecution Service as the Interested Party. The issue was whether on an appeal against conviction from the Magistrates’ Court the Crown Court could strike out a case from the list where an unrepresented appellant did not attend.

R v Whicker [2022] EWCA Crim 1330. Lucy represented the Attorney General in this appeal against sentence as unduly lenient for a drugs courier of a large quantity of drugs. The sentence was increased.

  • Member of the Criminal Bar Association.
  • Member of the Fraud Lawyers Association.

University of Cambridge, MA (Hons), History.

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