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Lucy Clayton

Year of Call: 2009
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Telephone: 0117 928 1520

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Lucy Clayton (pronouns: she / her / hers) is a specialist family lawyer with an emphasis on private family law matters and cases involving financial provision following separation, dissolution or divorce.

Lucy has particular expertise in disputes involving domestic violence, sexual abuse, mental health issues, internal relocation and implacable hostility. She has a keen interest in cases involving parental alienation, abduction, LGBTQIA+ parenting and surrogacy and the misuse of social/digital media.

Lucy is a forensic and pragmatic advocate whose sensitive and personable approach make her popular with professional and lay clients alike.

In recent years, Lucy  has cultivated her interest in academia through her role as a Senior Lecturer, teaching postgraduate professional ethics and advocacy at Bristol Law School. She regularly uses her witness handling skills to deliver advocacy training to solicitors and trainee advocates, having done so nationally and internationally, in concert with the University of Gibraltar.

Lucy is an accredited Civil / Commercial mediator and was awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship Grant to research international minimal acrimony litigation tools and dispute resolution programs in private family law child cases. Prior to embarking upon pupillage, Lucy undertook a six-month internship in the Hague working with defence counsel on the Lukić appeal at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.

In her spare time, Lucy enjoys paddleboarding, open water swimming, watching rugby and chasing her two young sons around the garden.


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    Private Law Children - All s8 Children Act matters including:

    • Child Arrangement Orders
    • Fact-finding hearings
    • Applications for a Prohibited Steps Order
    • Applications for a Specific Issue Order
    • Enforcement Applications
    • Guardians
    • Expert evidence
    • Local Authority involvement
    • The Local Authority acting as an intervener
    • Allegations of domestic violence
    • Allegations of child abuse
    • Cases involving a foreign element (i.e., removal from the jurisdiction).
    • Non-Molestation and Occupation Orders under Family Law Act 1996

    Reported case

    Re D + Ors (Children) 2017 EWFC B87

Academic qualifications

  • Undergraduate Degree (2004 – 2007)
  • Law LLB, University College London
  • Post-graduate qualifications (2008 – 2009)
  • Bar Vocational Course, BPP Law School, Holborn, London


  • Gray’s Inn Prince of Wales Scholarship 2008
  • Stage Scholarship 2009
  • Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship 2010

Professional bodies

Family Law Bar Association