Lucy Sweetland

Year of Call: 2014  


Lucy Sweetland prosecutes and defends in a wide range of criminal matters.

Lucy’s practice also encompasses professional discipline, regulatory and other quasi-criminal matters such as cash forfeiture and enforcement. As well as defending in these areas, Lucy has been instructed to present cases on behalf of bodies such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the Metropolitan Police.

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 assisted in drafting appeals to the state and federal courts.


Lucy has represented clients charged with offences involving serious violence, possession of drugs and weapons, arson, burglary, theft and fraud. She was recently instructed as junior counsel for the second defendant in an attempted murder trial at Basildon Crown Court.

Lucy is adept at handling cases involving young or vulnerable witnesses and has successfully represented children and young people facing serious charges such as robbery and grievous bodily harm in the Youth Court.

Lucy also appears in the magistrates’ court to defend clients charged with 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 has also successfully appealed decisions to the Crown Court.


  • R v MM (2017): defending, first on the indictment; acquitted of intent to supply Class A drugs following a police raid on an address in Kent alleged to have been taken over by London-based drug dealers
    • R v JB (2017): representing the first defendant in an alleged conspiracy to burgle the home of a former business associate; acquitted following a successful submission at the close of the Crown’s case
     R v R and H (2017): junior counsel for H; facing three counts of attempted murder in shooting incident, H was convicted of lesser offences after a three week trial
    • R v CB (2016): representing a youth charged alongside two co-defendants with three violent street robberies, involving issues of identification and joint enterprise; one charge was dismissed at half-time and the defendant acquitted of the other two
    • R v FB (2016): defending allegations of domestic abuse, requiring cross examination of an 11 year old witness; the defendant was acquitted of all charges


  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Young Fraud Lawyers Association


  • Megarry Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Lord Denning Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Lord Brougham Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Bar Professional Training Course, Kaplan Law School, Outstanding
  • Graduate Diploma in Law, Kaplan Law School, Commendation
  • BA History, University of Cambridge