Lucy Ginsberg

Call: 2013

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Red Lion is well known to be a dynamic set with many barristers operating at the top end.

Legal 500, 2022
Red Lion Chambers

Personal profile

Lucy is a tenacious barrister with an impressive academic background. She brings tactical acumen to all her cases and offers a robust and persuasive approach.

Lucy has substantial experience prosecuting and defending in cases involving Crime and Sexual Offences and is a member of the CPS Advocate Panel (Grade 3). Lucy is also an experienced Inquests & Inquiries barrister as well as being experienced in cases involving Business Crime & Fraud.

She is a diligent and efficient junior and has been led in a variety of cases, including allegations of murder, causing an explosion likely to endanger life and historic Sexual Offences.

Lucy has also developed notable experience of large-scale reviews, particularly involving Fraud & Business Crime. She has extensive knowledge of the disclosure process having assisted with disclosure on major prosecutions, including by the SFO.

Lucy is currently instructed as part of the team of counsel assisting Dame Linda Dobbs DBE with the Dame Linda Dobbs Review, considering whether the issues relating to HBOS Reading were investigated and appropriately reported to authorities at the time by Lloyds Banking Group, following its acquisition of HBOS.


Lucy has a broad crime practice, with a particular interest in Serious Violence and Sexual Offences work.

Featured cases

  • General Crime
  • R v C – Led by Michael Goodwin KC. Instructed to represent a defendant charged with murder following a stabbing in East London.
  • R v P and Others – Led by Stephen Rose. Multi-handed conspiracy to burgle and possession of an imitation firearm.
  • R v J – Led by Stephen Rose. Successful defence of a defendant charged with causing an explosion likely to endanger life or cause serious injury to property. The allegation involved the construction and delivery of an improvised explosive device.
  • R v S and others – A four-handed drug supply case. Advice on the charges was provided, leading to all defendants ultimately pleading guilty at various stages.
  • R v N – This case involved threats to kill and assault, which required legal argument seeking to exclude the defendant’s interview after they were interviewed with notable injuries and without an appropriate adult.
  • R v S – This case involved a defendant with significant mental health difficulties who was made subject to a hospital order following repeated breaches of a non-molestation order.
  • R v T and F – This case involved ABH following an assault with a pair of pliers. The second defendant washed away blood from the scene and disposed of the weapon.
  • R v L – This case involved accusations of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, following a three-vehicle collision which left one driver with life changing injuries.
  • R v S and another – A string of serious robberies in the South East resulting in sentences of over 20 years’ imprisonment.
  • R v Z and S – This was a two-handed case involving multiple firearms and drugs offences.
  • R v H – This case involved a domestic incident during which the defendant broke the complainant’s back.
  • R v W – Instructed as defence counsel for a close protection security guard accused of stalking by fitting trackers to cars and installing cameras. Police found a stun gun during a search of the defendant’s property. In relation to the latter, successful arguments that “exceptional circumstances” applied were presented, meaning that the mandatory minimum sentence of five years was avoided.
  • R v C – This case involved an assault outside a public house in Essex during which part of the complainant’s nose was bitten off.
  • R v H – This case involved an arson in circumstances where the defendant had set fire to a previous employer’s premises after losing his job, causing substantial damage and financial loss.
  • R v L – This case involved an armed robbery with a meat cleaver.
  • R v P and others – Instructed as led junior in a multi-handed conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

Sexual Offences

Lucy has experience prosecuting and defending cases involving Sexual Offences and has developed a strong interest in this area.

Featured cases

  • R v N – Instructed as led junior defending multiple counts of rape and sexual assault.
  • R v M – Instructed as prosecution counsel in case of sending an electronic communication of an indecent nature.
  • R v E – Instructed as prosecution counsel of a prisoner alleged to have sexually assaulted a prison guard.
  • R v S – Instructed as defence counsel in case of sexual assault and being drunk on an aircraft.
  • R v D – Instructed as defence counsel for a young defendant charged with multiple child sexual offences including sexual touching and grooming.

Business Crime & Fraud

Lucy has developed her practice in cases involving fraud and business crime, particularly in the context of large-scale Reviews.

Featured cases

  • R v S – Instructed as defence counsel for a carer alleged to have stolen significant sums of money from a client.
  • R v K and others – Instructed as led junior for the second defendant in a large-scale fraudulent evasion of duty.
  • R v S – Instructed as defence counsel for a defendant accused of a ‘social media fraud’ involving various sites and multiple complainants in the UK and abroad.
  • R v R – Instructed as defence counsel for a defendant alleged to have defrauded an elderly friend to the value of £50,000 following a bereavement.
  • R v F – The high profile prosecution of an ‘eBay fraud’ where the defendant listed and sold items which were never sent to the buyer.
  • R v C – Instructed as defence counsel in a ‘Right to Buy fraud’ where the defendant was alleged to have continued the right to buy process following the death of a family member.


  • LLB Law: First Class Honours
  • Bar Professional Training Course: Outstanding
  • South Eastern Circuit Advanced International Advocacy Course, Keble College, Oxford


  • Criminal Bar Association Bursary, joint first-prize (2018)
  • Criminal Bar Association Bursary (2014)
  • Pupillage Award, Lincoln’s Inn (2013)
  • Bursary, Lincoln’s Inn (2013)
  • Buchanan Prize for Outstanding Grade, Lincoln’s Inn (2013)
  • Helen Grindrod Bursary, Lincoln’s Inn (2012)
  • Hardwicke Scholar, Lincoln’s Inn  (2012)

Professional appointments

  • CPS Advocates Panel (Grade 3)


  • Lincoln’s Inn
  • CBA
  • South Eastern Circuit