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Lucie Wibberley

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Lucie practices exclusively in criminal defence with particular expertise in high value fraud and confiscation, appellate work, serious violence, drugs and sexual offending. She is a formidable, meticulous and intelligent criminal advocate.

Instructions in 2017 include: murder, s.18, arson of compounds storing police evidence (high value/ life endangered), rape (including of children), kidnap, bank fraud, fraud involving computer misuse, misconduct in public office and possession with intent to supply class A, including cases high in the supply chain. Lucie was also instructed in several multi-million pound confiscations arising out of drug cases.


Recent cases attracting significant publicity in which Lucie was instructed include:

  • R v Reeves 2017 (led junior). A pilot acquitted of misconduct in public office, further to an allegation of misuse of the helicopter’s camera to film naked members of the public, widely reported in the national media: see BBC coverage.
  • R v Norman 2016/17 (led junior). Robert Norman, a prison officer who was a source for the journalist Stephen Moyes, was convicted of providing information to newspapers in return for payment. His conviction has been widely reported and concerns raised in the national media: see Guardian coverage. Mr Norman has now appealed to the European Court of Human Rights. See Press Gazette coverage. Lucie and Keir Monteith, both instructed in the original crown court proceedings, are instructed in that appeal, led by Henry Blaxland QC. A seminar regarding this important case and the implications for journalistic sources, with Stephen Moyes and Robert Norman on the panel of speakers, will be held at Garden Court Chambers on 21st November 2017.
  • Brothel keeping case which collapsed at trial (2016): see Guardian report. Novel human rights arguments had been raised by Lucie challenging the unlawfulness of self employed prostitutes sharing premises for safety, but were not ruled on because the crown offered no evidence: A brothel keeping case in 2017 in which Lucie had put the crown on notice of similar arguments also collapsed pre- trial.


Lucie has a Masters in Political Philosophy (UCL) and a first class undergraduate degree. She worked in politics; at constituency level and subsequently for several years at Westminster (House of Commons for an MP and Minister), then for INQUEST (deaths in custody) before coming to the Bar. She continues her political work, regularly lobbying on the importance of diversity within the legal profession and contributing to the work undertaken by Garden Court to highlight this important issue. See Open Letter to Lord Justice Fulford, Garden Court Chambers response to AGFS consultation, ‘Court Sitting Hours: A Feminist Issue’ and ‘Bach to the Future’.

Lucie is a committee member of the Criminal Appeal Lawyers Association (CALA) and a member of the Criminal Bar Association (CBA) and the South Eastern Circuit (SEC). She is also an appointed Clerk for the Bar Tribunal Adjudication Service (which determines allegations of professional misconduct against barristers) and therefore has significant experience and knowledge of the law and regulatory framework for professional misconduct cases.


Serious Violence

R v T 2017 – Murder (led junior). Ongoing.

R v R 2017 – s.18 and robbery with co d resulting in life changing injuries.

R v M 2017 – Two arsons with co-d’s (one recklessly endangering life) of compounds storing a large number of vehicles seized by police in a car ringing case, and counts pertaining to the ringing. Acquitted of all charges.

R v H 2017 – Serial arsonist committed further arsons whilst detained under mental health act. Complex sentencing exercise.

R v K 2017 – Kidnap. Multi-defendant. Trial pending.

R v D 2016/17 – Violent Disorder – Political protest. ‘The East Street Defendants’. Successful application to dismiss for one defendant. Hung jury for a second defendant, followed by re-trial. Aborted part way through second trial further to defence medical evidence. Crown did not pursue a further trial. See artists’ drawings from the trials here.

R v F 2016 – Violent Disorder (use of weapons).

R v G 2016 – s.18. Female defendant. Stabbed partner through chest, life endangered. Self defence. Acquitted.

R v M 2016 – Arson (£500,000k) multi defendant. Acquitted (submission of no case).

R v P 2016 – Armed Robbery Newton on pressure/ coercion. Avoided dangerousness finding.

R v C 2016 – Possession of Firearm.

R v M 2015 – Firearm with Intent to Endanger Life – Acquitted. Sawn-off shotgun. Loaded. Co-D / Cut Throat.

R v S – Firearm with intent to endanger life.

R v R 2017 – Young man with Asperger’s (previously undiagnosed prior to reports prepared on Lucie’s advice). In possession of a stun gun discharged in public. Suspended sentence.

R v SG 2015 – Aggravated Burglary – Acquitted (watch mistaken for a knife during violent confrontation in which complainant was dragged from her home).

Fraud/ Confiscation

R v SD (2017) – Multi defendant fraud predicated on computer misuse (ongoing).

R v T & Others (2017) – Multi defendant bank fraud (ongoing).

R v I (2016) – Fraud – ‘Operation Rhino’- 38 prosecutions, 2 acquittals, of which this was one.

R v T (2016) – Money laundering further to confidence fraud.

R v S (2017) – Drugs confiscation. £8 million. Ongoing.

R v V (2017) – Drugs confiscation for well known MMA sportsman.

R v I (2017) – Confiscation (sole junior). Benefit of £27.5 million alleged (drugs)

R v K (2016) – VHCC confiscation (led junior). Alleged benefit of £12.5 million related to £27 million fraud. Further to conviction on an MTIC VAT fraud (contra trading).

R v Q (2016) – Confiscation (led junior). £14.5 million benefit (drugs).


R v Reeves (2017) – Misconduct in Public Office. Police helicopter pilot acquitted of misuse of helicopter camera to film naked people. Widely reported in national press. Led by Keir Monteith.

R v G (2017) – Sophisticated pick-pocketing.

R v S (2016) – Multi-handed conspiracy to steal. Acquitted. Fraudulently obtained parcels intercepted using insider information about Royal Mail IT systems. Cut throat. Successfully applied to adduce evidence of co-d’s ‘confession’, secretly recorded by defendant.

R v RN (2015) Misconduct in Public Office – ‘Operation Elveden’ – ‘The Belmarsh Mole’. Led by Keir Monteith. CCC. Senior Treasury Counsel (Leader and Junior). Prison Officer accused of selling information to a journalist at the Mirror/NotW. Article 10 defence. Complex legal submission on abuse, submission of no case, admission of NEO for Co-D and on ‘Article 10’ jury directions. Widely reported in national press.

R v A (2015) – Blackmail. Acquitted. Family feud. Defendant’s belief in aliens formed part of the defence.

R v TP (2014) – ‘Operation Gemini’ (118 persons charged). Possession of ID Documents with Improper Intent. Abuse of Process (Entrapment) – TP traded passports in a shop staffed by UCOs. Back room ‘goodies’ featured. TP invited to supply a firearm. Detailed and legally complex disclosure arguments relating to RIPA 2000 authorisations and PII argument. Cross examination of senior authorising operational officers (including Police Commander) and of undercover officers. (See linked appeal case of R v Palmer, Gyamfi & Cooke [2014] EWCA Crim 1681).

Sexual Offences

R v O (2017/18) – Rape – multiple child complainants. Trial Pending.

R v C (2017/18) – Acquaintance rape. Trial pending.

R v A (2017) – Sexual assault (unfit to plead).

R v H (2017) – Brothel Keeping. Novel legal argument raised regarding unlawfulness of women sharing premises to work as self employed prostitutes for reasons of safety. Argument not ruled on because crown offered no evidence close to trial.

R v A (2016) – Acquaintance Rape (Child- Historical) – Acquitted

R v C (2016) – Acquaintance Rape – Acquitted

R v JY – Brothel Keeping (2016) – NEO at Trial

R v I (2015) Sexual Assault (Stranger) – Acquitted

R v A (2015) – Street Rape (Weapon) – Acquitted.

R v L (2015) – Acquaintance Rape (Child)


R v M (2017) – Supply cat A further to police raid of defendant of good character living an ostensibly unassuming life.

R v S (2017) – Instructed for female defendant in case concerning large quantity of cocaine for onwards supply with co-d. Extensive phone/ cell site evidence.

R v S (2017) – Multi handed drug supply into prison (ongoing).

R v D (2017) – Supply with co-d Cat A, large quantity of cocaine for onward supply (ongoing).



R v Norman, Appeal Conviction – [2016] EWCA Crim 1564. Operation Elveden case. Misconduct in Public Office. Belmarsh prison officer accused of providing information to a journalist. Led by Keir Monteith. Appeal proceedings predicated on Article 10 arguments. Widely reported in national press.

R v Graham Bathgate [2016] EWCA Crim 930 – Appeal Sentence – Allowed. Activation of suspended sentence overturned

R v Jackson-Mason [2015] 1 Cr. App. R. 6 – Admissibility of expert evidence (suggestibility). Ghosh direction. Sir Brian Leveson, PQBD.

R v Palmer, Gyamfi & Cooke [2014] EWCA Crim 1681 (led junior) Shop staffed by UCOs. Abuse (entrapment). Disclosure of RIPA 2000 authorisations. UCO gave evidence for the appellant after writing a book in which he criticised the operation (Christian Plowman, Crossing the Line, Mainstream Publishing, 2013). See coverage in the Guardian.

R v OD & HA [2011] EWCA Crim 1395 Youth affray sentencing. Appeal allowed.


R v C (2017) – Pending. Sentenced as an adult for offences of PWIT A, possession of stun gun and related offences committed as a child.

R v Donoghue (2016/17) – Instructed by the Centre for Criminal Appeals to draft submissions to the CCRC (decision pending) for Elizabeth Donoghue- serving life for the murder of her husband. See: ‘Junk’ science landed mother of three in jail for husband’s killing’

R v L (2017) – Sentence reduced on appeal despite offence being committed during operational period of a suspended sentence for similar type offending (stealing from cash machines).

R v N 2016 – Controlling Prostitution. Mother with a history of vulnerabilities and joint custody of a child resident abroad. Sentence varied from immediate to suspended imprisonment further to expedited appeal.

R v KA 2016 (CCRC Referral. Assigned by Registrar) – Asserting negligent professional advice in a possession of false documents case.