Lucy McGarr

Lucy McGarr

Call: 2020


Lucy specialises in the prosecution and defence of serious, sexual, and violent crime. Lucy has a busy Crown Court practice and has appeared in the Court of Appeal on behalf of both lay clients and the Crown Prosecution Service.  Lucy is an accredited vulnerable witness advocate and a CPS Grade 2 Panel Advocate. As a qualified Direct Access practitioner, Lucy is available to accept instructions from both professional and lay clients in a broad range of criminal work.

Lucy is a fearless and committed advocate with a personability that enables her to achieve exceptional results. She is extremely adept at thinking on her feet and conducts her cases with considerable vigour. Lucy’s advocacy abilities have been commended by Judges as ‘brilliant’ and has been described as a ‘model of professionalism’ and ‘skilled beyond her call’.

As an engaging and effective jury advocate, Lucy frequently secures unanimous verdicts in a variety of criminal trials. Lucy recently secured unanimous guilty verdicts in a two-week GBH trial where she disproved self-defence. In addition to this, Lucy prosecuted a £100 million fraud case and had conduct of the subsequent confiscation proceedings. Lucy is particularly accomplished in cases involving modern slavery and is well-versed in the practice of discharging the legal burden under s. 45 of the MSA 2015.

Lucy has experience drafting Sexual Harm Prevention Orders, Restraining Orders, International Letters of Request, and recommending cases for Judicial Review.

Recent Cases

R v C, Woolwich Crown Court, 2024. Successfully prosecuted a drugs conspiracy trial concerning the supply of over 15 kilograms and £68,000 worth of cocaine and cannabis. The trial involved extensive cell-site evidence and communication interpretation data. The defendant was unanimously convicted and sentenced to 10.5 years’ imprisonment.


Bar Professional Training Course – The University of Law; Very Competent
Graduate Diploma in Law – The University of Law; Commendation
BA (Honours) Criminology and Sociology with Italian – University of Exeter; 2:1


The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple
Criminal Bar Association
Association of Women Barristers