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Lucy Reed

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St John's Chambers (Chambers of Susan Hunter)

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Lucy is a family law specialist and has practiced in family law throughout her professional career. Her practice now spans all areas of family law with a particular emphasis on children work. She often acts in complex, multi-party or high conflict intractable private law disputes. In public law children cases she acts for parents, children, local authorities and extended family. Lucy has experience of handling cases involving suspected non-accidental injury and FGM/C, sexual abuse, neglect and domestic abuse, where there are parental mental health, learning disability or capacity issues, concerns around substance abuse and addiction, and involving children with special educational needs and disabilities / complex medical needs.

Lucy also has experience of international child abduction work including Hague Convention, and of wardship and international and contested adoption matters.

In addition, Lucy is experienced in cases involving Human Rights Act claims or issues relating to reporting restriction orders or publicity. Her practice also encompasses the range of injunctive work, including Pt IV Family Law Act and forced marriage.

Lucy is instructed at first instance in the Family Court and High Court and in appellate work. In appropriate cases Lucy will undertake family work via public access.


Alongside her court practice Lucy writes and talks on family law and has particular interests in issues arising from the involvement of litigants in person in family cases, and in issues surrounding the publication of information arising from family proceedings and transparency.

Lucy has a background in education law and has represented clients at SENDIST and Child Support Tribunals, and she is able to draw upon her experience in that field in family work.

Lucy is the author of ‘The Family Court without a Lawyer – A Handbook for Litigants in Person‘ (2nd edition 2014, Bath Publishing).

Lucy has also produced a series of free self-help videos for Litigants in Person. The three videos are available to view for free on YouTube here or via the website accompanying the book (

In March 2011 Lucy was named one of The Times’ best legal bloggers for her Pink Tape family law blog. In May 2011 The Guardian described Lucy as “one of the best legal bloggers for style and content”. Lucy was awarded the Family Law Readers Commentary Award 2012, and was shortlisted for Most Innovative Family Lawyer for her writing on Pink Tape. In October 2014 Lucy was shortlisted for a third time for the Readers’ Commentary award. Lucy has written for various publications including the New Statesman and Guardian.

Lucy is a member of the Family Law Bar Association National Committee and editor of the FLBA website.

Lucy is the chair of The Transparency Project. Lucy is involved with local initiatives to develop support for litigants in person, including the website.

Lucy is a Bar Pro Bono Unit panel member.

Lucy was appointed as a Deputy District Judge in 2013.

Other Expertise

Lucy is a trained mediator (non-practising).


Called 2002, Lincoln’s Inn; National Committee FLBA. Publications: Pink Tape family law blog, ‘Family Courts Without a Lawyer – A Handbook for Litigants in Person’ (2nd Edition Bath Publishing 2014). DDJ 2013.


FLBA; HRLA; ALC; Western Circuit.


Inns of Court School of Law (2001 BVC); City University (2001 CPE/PGDip Law); Birkbeck, University of London (1998 MRes); Exeter University (1997 BA Hons).

Regional Bar : Western Circuit

Family and children law

Within: Family and children law – Leading juniors

Lucy Reed - St John’s ChambersAn extremely able barrister, who is liked by her clients.’

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