Lucy Hendry > Chambers of David Berkley QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

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Lucy Hendry specialises in all areas of public and private children’s law.

She is a highly experienced and capable practitioner.  Renowned for preparing her cases and deploying advocacy skills with a forensic attention to detail, she is well respected by the judiciary, her opponents and her clients (both lay and professional).

Public Law

Lucy accepts instructions on behalf of parents, children, wider family members and local authorities.

She has particular interest and expertise in the following:

  • Allegations of extremely serious physical injury or death – complex medical and scientific evidence
  • Allegations of child sex abuse
  • Mental health and personality disorders
  • Children and / or parents with special needs / cognitive impairment / capacity issues
  • Cultural diversity
  • Wardship / Inherent Jurisdiction

Private Law

Lucy is renowned for dealing with sensitive and seemingly intractable private law cases.  First and foremost, a highly effective advocate in the courtroom, Lucy is also willing to take a collaborative child focused approach to try to achieve agreed and enduring arrangements for children, averting the need for a trial.

Recently reported cases:

  • Lancashire County Council -v- M (1) F (2) and  C (3 By his Children’s Guardian) [2020] EWFC 43
  • PR v JS & TR [2019] EWHC 791 (Fam)
  • Re T (A Child) [2018] EWCA Civ 650

Recent cases:

  • Re W (2017). Representing a mother who tried to drown her 5 year old son whilst suffering with a serious psychotic / mental illness.  Parallel criminal proceedings.  The central issue at final hearing was whether it was in the child’s best interest for him to be rehabilitated to his mother’s care.
  • Re R (2017). Representing a father falsely accused of perpetrating sexual abuse against his daughter. Exonerated after a fact finding hearing.
  • Re C (2017). Representing a 14 year old child.  Risk to self and others was deemed to be so serious that she required detention, assessment and treatment under the Mental Health Act in a secure psychiatric unit.
  • Re B (2017). Representing a vulnerable mother whose son was accused of sexual activity with his sister.
  • Re S&G (2016). Junior counsel representing parents of three children whose adoptive placements had broken down.
  • Re K (2016). Sought and received permission from the Court of Appeal for a mother to defend adoption proceedings in respect of her two children.
  • Re S (2016). Instructed on behalf of the guardian.  The subject child was made a ward of court so that a best interests medical plan could be achieved.
  • Re K (2016). Representing the children.  Findings of inflicted head injury to 6 month old baby made against both parents. Post assessment the court was able to approve a final care plan for the children to be cared for by their parents whilst living with members of their wider family.
  • Re G (2015). Junior counsel representing a father accused of shaking his baby.  Both parents exonerated and the family was reunited.
  • Re L (2015). Representing the children whose mother had been murdered by their father.  Achieved placement with the maternal grandmother.


Called 1988, Inner Temple.


Accredited Mediation Advocate; FLBA; Western Circuit.


LLB (Hons) Law, Kingston

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Family and children law

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 1

Lucy Hendry3PBCombines second-to-none client skills with great intellect and a faultless work ethic.