Eleanor Lucas

Year of Call: 2018  


Overview


Eleanor prosecutes and defends, regularly appearing in the Crown Court as well as the Magistrates’ and Youth Courts.

Most recently, Eleanor acted in a trial on an eight-count indictment at Basildon Crown Court, involving serious violence, at the end of which her client was acquitted of four counts.

Eleanor has experience in a wide range of criminal matters including domestic violence, public order, racially aggravated offences, offensive weapons, sexual offences and dishonesty offences. Eleanor also has extensive experience with motoring offences.

Prior to joining 2 Bedford Row, Eleanor worked as an intern for Death Penalty Attorneys at the Texas Defender Service in both Houston and Austin. She assisted with client visitation and document review on both pre-trial and post-conviction cases.

Defence


Eleanor has a varied defence practice and regularly represents clients in the Crown, magistrates’ and youth courts for trial, sentencing and other preliminary hearings. Eleanor also has experience advising on and conducting appeals against conviction and sentence.

Eleanor has completed the Vulnerable Witness Training course at Middle Temple.

Cases:

R v MD. Trial on eight-count indictment. D acquitted of four counts including the most serious.

R v DM. Appeal against the imposition of an indefinite restraining order; appeal granted and restraining order quashed.

R v SM. D acquitted after trial of domestic ABH and assault.

R v MS. D acquitted after trial of two charges of assault on an emergency worker; trial involved four police witnesses.

R v MR. Crown offered no evidence on charge of assault after their application to admit the complainants evidence as res gestae was successfully resisted.

R v SD. Crown dropped all charges against vulnerable 18-year-old as a result of written representations to review the case.

R v RM. Successful submission of no case to answer in case of youth burglary.

R v BP. D pleaded guilty to charges of 20 GBH and ABH and received a suspended sentence order.

R v LJ. D acquitted of indecent exposure after trial involving vulnerable 15-year-old witness.

Prosecution


Eleanor regularly prosecutes in the magistrates’ and youth courts. She has particular experience prosecuting cases of domestic violence.

Eleanor also accepts regular instructions to prosecute on behalf of the Probation Service in relation to breach proceedings in the Crown Court.

Road Traffic


Eleanor is regularly instructed to represent clients charged with motoring offences, and has extensive experience dealing with summary trials, sentencing hearings and appeals as well as special reasons and exceptional hardship arguments.

Cases:

R v EG. Special reasons argument in relation to charge of driving with no insurance was successful; D received an absolute discharge.

R v GD. Trial on charge of driving without a licence. Defence of mistaken identity. D acquitted after trial involving four police witnesses.

R v LB. Successful exceptional hardship argument in relation to D who had ‘totted.’ D avoided mandatory six month disqualification.

R v JS. Successful appeal against conviction in relation to charge of failing to provide a specimen where the defence was needle phobia.

R v JD. Speeding trial involving defence of mistaken identity. D acquitted despite the Crown’s reliance on section 12 RTOA 1988 as evidence D was the driver.

Memberships


CPS Panel Advocate Level 1

Government Legal Department “Junior Junior” Counsel Panellist

Women in Criminal Law

 

Qualifications


Vulnerable Witness Training, Middle Temple (January 2020)

Bar Professional Training Course, BPP Law School: graded Outstanding

Graduate Diploma in Law, City Law School: graded Distinction

BA Hons Politics & Criminology, University of Manchester: graded 2:1

Scholarships/Awards

Hubert Greenland Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn

Buchanan Prize, Lincoln’s Inn

Overseas Placement Fund, Lincoln’s Inn

Lord Denning Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn

Hardwicke Entrance Award, Lincoln’s Inn

Advocacy Scholarship, BPP Law School

Damien Bourke Mooting Award, University of Manchester