Lisa Hancox

Call 2006

My Expertise
Lisa Hancox

Introduction

Lisa is instructed in serious and sensitive cases both as sole counsel and junior counsel led by Queen’s Counsel. She is a Grade 4 Prosecutor and has been appointed to the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Panel and the specialist  Serious Crime Panel. Her practice focuses on offences against children; child homicide, non-fatal violence and serious sexual offences. Lisa has experience in cases involving complex medical evidence and examination of expert witnesses. She is often briefed in cases where the defendant and/or witnesses are vulnerable. She dedicates the time required to prepare every case in detail. Her sound judgment and persuasive advocacy produce excellent results time and time again.

 

Crime

Lisa is an extremely capable and respected jury advocate. She prosecutes  (Grade 4) and defends serious cases in the Crown Court and has successfully taken cases to the Court of Appeal. Her ability to tactfully deal with difficult and emotive cases mean she is often instructed in cases that are particularly sensitive.

Recent cases (2020),   crimes committed against infants:

Lisa was prosecution junior led by Queen’s Counsel in R v Thompson; a case of abusive head trauma to a 7 week old baby.  The father of the child was convicted after trial. The case involved complex and voluminous medical evidence.

R v Loasby: Lisa was led by Queen’s Counsel for the prosecution in a case of Manslaughter. It was alleged that the defendant had violently shaken his 5 month old step-daughter. A conviction for manslaughter was secured.

In the case of Operation Manta Lisa was prosecution counsel led by Queen’s Counsel; the defendant was convicted after trial of assaulting her 7 week old baby. Experts in the fields of neuroradiology, neurosurgery, paediatrics, and ophthalmology were called during trial. It was proved that numerous injuries had been inflicted including a fractured skull, multi-compartmental bleeding in the brain, multiple haemorrhages in the eyes and bruising to the child’s face and body.

 

Serious Sexual Offences

Lisa holds a busy practice and is often instructed in cases of serious sexual offences. She has been appointed to the specialist prosecution panel for Rape and Serious Sexual Offences (Grade 4). Lisa has been briefed by the prosecution and defence in cases involving individuals who are vulnerable by virtue of age, trauma, psychological or psychiatric diagnosis; she is skilled at dealing with such sensitive cases. Lisa has been instructed in cases across the range of sexual offences. She is adept at dealing with the complex law in this area, s.28 hearings and the involvement of intermediaries.  Her down to earth, common sense approach coupled with her persuasive advocacy result in excellent client relations and jury rapport.

Cases include:

R v S: Defended an elderly defendant charged with historic rape of his step-daughter, rape of his former partner and sexual assault of his Granddaughter.

R v H: Led junior in a case representing a 17 year old student accused of grooming and sexually assaulting 14 year old schoolgirls.

R v CT: Represented a cricket coach charged with sexual activity with a child.

R v L: Defended in a case of sexual activity with a child and indecent assault of a 4 year old.

R v M: Client acquitted after trial of all counts including rape of a 6 year old girl and indecent assault of a second young child complainant.

R v N: represented a youth charged with rape of a girl under 13. Application for Judicial Review of the decision to prosecute resulted in the Prosecution reviewing their charging decision.

R v E: secured a conviction in a case of historical sexual assault where the child complainant was so psychologically traumatized that she refused to communicate with any male including professionals.

R v B: Led junior counsel for the prosecution in case of sexual abuse by a care worker of a child in a care home. Very sensitive case attracting much media attention.

Operation Barzini: Client already serving an IPP sentence for previous child sex offences was unanimously acquitted by the Jury of 3 counts of rape of a child following a 3 month trial.

R v H: Client required an intermediary at trial. He was acquitted of all counts of historic indecency with a child.

R v G: Represented a 16 year old defendant charged with offences against a fellow student of the same age contrary to sections 2, 3 and 4 of the SOA 2003. Case was extremely sensitive due to the ages of the parties involved.

R v H: represented a Prison Officer charged with sexually assaulting 2 colleagues. Client was acquitted.

R v A: defended a teacher charged with sexual activity with a pupil at his school

 

Homicide (Murder and Manslaughter)

Lisa is briefed as junior counsel in cases of Murder and Manslaughter. She was prosecution junior led by Queens Counsel in Operation Anchorage. The principle offender pleaded guilty to Manslaughter during the prosecution case.

Recent cases: 

R v Loasby (November 2020): Lisa was led by Queens Counsel for the prosecution in a case of Manslaughter. It was alleged that the defendant had violently shaken his 5 month old step-daughter. A conviction for manslaughter was secured.

Organised Crime and Terrorism

Lisa regularly appears in serious cases, both as sole counsel and as a led junior. She confidently tackles difficult legal and factual issues in cases that are often voluminous:

Operation Toffy: Sole counsel for the prosecution in a 7 handed, 17 count indictment alleging conspiracy to produce counterfeit passports. Convictions secured. Subsequent POCA proceedings resolved with success.

 Operation Longhorn: Led junior for the prosecution. Convictions secured after trial for Conspiracy to Supply Firearms and supply ammunition.

 Operation Lanon: sole counsel for the prosecution in a 13 handed case of Conspiracy to Supply Class A drugs.

 R v J:  Instructed by the defence. J, a medical student & prominent figure within the Midlands Sikh community, was acquitted of conspiracy to commit violent disorder following a six week trial. The case was prosecuted by Treasury Counsel. Case involved complex cultural, religious and political issues.

 

Fraud

Operation Toffy: Sole counsel for the prosecution in a 7 handed, 17 count indictment alleging conspiracy to produce counterfeit passports. Convictions secured. Subsequent POCA proceedings also resolved with success.

R v Kulich – Client acquitted after trial of Conspiracy to defraud a Kazakhstan businessman of 1.2million US dollars held in a bank account in Hong Kong. Case was prosecuted by Queens Counsel and involved voluminous papers and complex financial evidence.