Lucy Hendry

Year of Call: 1988
Email Address: lucy.hendry@3pb.co.uk
Secure Email: lucy.hendry@3paper.cjsm.net
Telephone: 01202 292 102

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Family

Public Law

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

Private Law

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.

Recent cases:

  • 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.

Recommendations

‘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.

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Academic qualifications

  • LLB (Hons) Law, Kingston

Professional qualifications & appointments

  • Accredited Mediation Advocate

Professional bodies

  • Family Law Bar Association
  • Western Circuit