Lucie French Court of Protection & Social Care

Call: 2008

Introduction

Lucie came to the law in 2006 after achieving her first degree in Classics from Cambridge University in 2005. At law school in London, Lucie was awarded a ‘distinction’ grade on her graduate diploma course and ‘very competent’ at BVC, scoring the top assessment mark in the area of Family law. During this time, Lucie was twice selected as a scholar of the Inner Temple.

Lucie undertook pupillage at St. Philips in October 2008, in the area of Public law children work under the tutelage of Alistair MacDonald (now QC). Since successfully taking tenancy, she has continued to practice solely in the area of family law and the law relating to vulnerable persons and diminished capacity.

Lucie appears for professional and lay clients alike. She understands the importance of achieving trust and professional rapport. Lucie is fierce in defending her clients’ position, combining a commitment to detailed knowledge of the case papers with an in-depth understanding of the law.

Lucie has a pre-dominantly court based practice, but is able to advise on papers as required particularly in the areas of Family Finance and ToLATA.

Lucie is direct access qualified.

What the Directories Say:

Lucie is described in Chambers UK 2019 as a “admired junior” and being “well prepared and knows her cases inside and out. She delivers submissions with confidence.”

Qualifications and Appointments:

  • BA (Hons) University of Cambridge, Newnham College
  • LLB (Hons) College of Law (GDL & BVC)
  • Inner Temple Exhibition 2006/2007
  • Inner Temple Major Scholarship 2007/2008

Articles and Publications:

Lucie has spoken on the following topics:

  • Care Planning, Placement and Review Regulations 2010
  • Re W and the Importance of Promoting the Absent Parent
  • Schedule II, Children Act 1989 – The Inter-relation between Local Authority Obligations and Social Care Law.

Memberships:

  • FLBA
  • ALC
  • Resolution

Health & Welfare

Lucie has appeared in the Court of Protection, primarily in cases dealing with Health and Welfare and within MCA proceedings. Lucie is mindful of the sensitive and often emotive nature of proceedings; on one occasion, Lucie represented a vulnerable elderly gentleman opposing a Local Authority application to accommodate his disabled wife of 40 years.

Lucie has experience representing clients with issues in respect of their mental health and has appeared at Mental Health Review Tribunals taking place at secure units across the West Midlands, making applications under both s.2 and s.3 MHA.

Lucie has appeared for the Police in a number of applications within the remit of the Court of Protection seeking Forced Marriage Prevention Orders (FMPO) in respect of both children and vulnerable adults.

This is one example of the area of crossover between Public law children proceedings and social care law. Lucie has a particular interest in this crossover and the effect of part II of the Children Act particularly in light of statutory developments in care planning for vulnerable children; she has recently spoken on this area. Lucie is a member of the St. Philips Social Care Team and benefits from continued internal training in this developing area.

 

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