Lucy specialises in all areas of public and private children’s law.
She is a highly experienced and capable practitioner. Renowned for preparing her cases and deploying advocacy skills with a forensic attention to detail, she is well respected by the judiciary, her opponents and her clients (both lay and professional).
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Lucy accepts instructions on behalf of parents, children, wider family members and local authorities.
She has particular interest and expertise in the following:
- Allegations of extremely serious physical injury or death – complex medical and scientific evidence
- Allegations of child sex abuse
- Mental health and personality disorders
- Children and / or parents with special needs / cognitive impairment / capacity issues
- Cultural diversity
- Wardship / Inherent Jurisdiction
Lucy is renowned for dealing with sensitive and seemingly intractable private law cases. First and foremost, a highly effective advocate in the courtroom, Lucy is also willing to take a collaborative child focused approach to try to achieve agreed and enduring arrangements for children, averting the need for a trial.
Recently reported cases:
- PR v JS & TR  EWHC 791 (Fam)
- Re T (A Child)  EWCA Civ 650
- Re W (2017). Representing a mother who tried to drown her 5 year old son whilst suffering with a serious psychotic / mental illness. Parallel criminal proceedings. The central issue at final hearing was whether it was in the child's best interest for him to be rehabilitated to his mother’s care.
- Re R (2017). Representing a father falsely accused of perpetrating sexual abuse against his daughter. Exonerated after a fact finding hearing.
- Re C (2017). Representing a 14 year old child. Risk to self and others was deemed to be so serious that she required detention, assessment and treatment under the Mental Health Act in a secure psychiatric unit.
- Re B (2017). Representing a vulnerable mother whose son was accused of sexual activity with his sister.
- Re S&G (2016). Junior counsel representing parents of three children whose adoptive placements had broken down.
- Re K (2016). Sought and received permission from the Court of Appeal for a mother to defend adoption proceedings in respect of her two children.
- Re S (2016). Instructed on behalf of the guardian. The subject child was made a ward of court so that a best interests medical plan could be achieved.
- Re K (2016). Representing the children. Findings of inflicted head injury to 6 month old baby made against both parents. Post assessment the court was able to approve a final care plan for the children to be cared for by their parents whilst living with members of their wider family.
- Re G (2015). Junior counsel representing a father accused of shaking his baby. Both parents exonerated and the family was reunited.
- Re L (2015). Representing the children whose mother had been murdered by their father. Achieved placement with the maternal grandmother.
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Lucy is an Accredited Mediator.
Experienced children law specialist whose expertise extends across public and private law. She attends to a wide tranche of issues including adoption, abuse, neglect, addiction and mental health. Her clients include parents, guardians and local authorities.
"Incredibly bright and hard-working." "A formidable advocate. She is always professional and pays excellent attention to detail."
Chambers UK 2019/Family - Matrimonial - Western (Bar)
‘A fabulous junior with the makings of a silk.’
Legal 500 2018/19/Regional Bar - Western Circuit, Family and children law – Leading juniors
‘Subtle in her dealings and very effective in court.’
Legal 500 2017/Regional Bar - Western Circuit, Family and children law – Leading juniors
'Hardworking, persistent and excellent on her feet.'
Legal 500 2016/Regional Bar - Western Circuit, Family and children law – Leading juniors
'She is sensible in negotiations, exerting a calming influence on the case as a whole.'
Legal 500 2015/Regional Bar - Western Circuit, Family and children law – Leading juniors
'3PB’s Lucy Hendry ‘stands out’.'
Legal 500 UK Directory 2013/14/Western Circuit, Family.
- LLB (Hons) Law, Kingston
Professional qualifications & appointments
- Accredited Mediation Advocate
- Family Law Bar Association
- Western Circuit