Lucy Sweetland prosecutes and defends in a wide range of criminal matters, appearing daily in the Crown Court, the Magistrates’ Court and the Youth Court.
Lucy’s practice also encompasses regulatory and other quasi-criminal work. Instructed to advise the owners of a Shisha bar in a case brought by the local authority, she successfully negotiated the withdrawal of charges against one defendant and represented the others at a sentencing hearing before the magistrates.
Lucy is frequently instructed to represent individuals charged with road traffic offences and has been successful in helping clients to retain their licences.
Between November 2015 and January 2016 Lucy was seconded to the National Crime Agency as part of an independent panel reviewing the compliance of search warrants and production orders with the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 and the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. This review covered all the NCA’s live cases, featuring highly serious and complex investigations.
Prior to pupillage, Lucy spent five months at the Gulf Region Advocacy Centre in Texas, representing prisoners on Death Row, where she worked on drafting appeals to the state and federal courts.
Lucy has represented clients in the Crown Court, Magistrates’ and Youth Court facing allegations including serious assaults, possession of weapons, drug offences, theft and fraud. She is adept in handling cases involving vulnerable witnesses and defendants.
Lucy is regularly instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service to conduct the full range of hearings and trials in both the Magistrates’ and Crown Court. She also receives instructions from prosecuting bodies such as the National Probation Service and Transport for London.
• R v PR: representing a defendant who was acquitted of assaulting his ex-partner and her two year old child
• R v CB: representing a youth charged alongside two co-defendants with three violent street robberies which had garnered local media attention; one charge was dismissed at the close of the Crown’s case and the defendant acquitted on the other two
• R v FB: acting for the defence, required to cross examine an 11 year old witness; the defendant was acquitted of all charges
• R v FC: instructed to represent the defendant; written submissions resulted in the dismissal of the possession of a bladed article charge by the Crown Court
Lucy has particular experience in defending road traffic offences. She has secured acquittals relying on the defences of duress and post-driving consumption or the “hip flask” defence, as well as advancing successful arguments at the sentencing stage to avoid the imposition of points or disqualification.
Lucy is frequently instructed to act in confiscation proceedings for both the prosecution and the defence. In a recent case, acting for a defendant after conviction for a large scale drugs conspiracy, Lucy was able to agree a benefit amount of less than 25% of the Crown’s figure.
Lucy has also amassed considerable experience representing clients facing enforcement of confiscation orders in the Magistrates’ Court and in cash forfeiture proceedings.