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Lucinda Shand

Senior Associate Solicitor-Advocate

"Hardworking and intelligent"

Legal 500


Lucinda is a Solicitor-Advocate who appears and advises in matters before both lower and higher Courts. She is respected for the tenacious, dedicated and determined defence of her clients and the exceptional client care she provides. As a consequence she has developed a strong and loyal following, receiving referrals from her peers, barristers and Courts.

She is instructed to advise and represent individuals at all stages of an investigation and prosecution, leading exceptional defence teams and instructing some of the country’s leading Barristers.

Representing individuals based in the UK and internationally she has particular experience in cases involving international arrest warrants and Letters of Requests for the disclosure of overseas information. Renowned for her thorough preparation of cases, she has established a particular reputation for the representation of clients involved in allegations of fraud and serious crime and is particularly recommended for this area of work in The Legal 500.

Throughout her career Lucinda has defended in cases brought by a variety of organisations including the Crown Prosecution Service, Financial Conduct Authority, Trading Standards, Serious Fraud Office, Department for Business Innovation and Skills, HM Revenue and Customs, Council Authorities, UK Boarder Force and the Iraq Historic Allegations Team.

Her experience includes defending in a wide variety of criminal offences including the following:

  • Serious Fraud and money laundering offences
  • Serious violent offences including murder
  • Sexual offences including complex historic allegations
  • Weapon offences
  • Drug offences
  • Immigration offences
  • Trademark and counterfeit goods offences
  • Traffic Act offences
  • What the directories say

    Rising Star, Legal 500, 2023

    • “Enthusiastic, empathetic with clients, very well prepared” – Legal 500, 2020
    • “Hardworking and intelligent” – Legal 500, 2017
  • Notable cases
    • R v DY (Operation Perhaps) – Represented an Accountant charged with a multi-million pound conspiracy to commit fraud. Defendant was the only one out of twelve defendant’s to be acquitted. Other defendants received sentences totaling 52 years.
    • R v CS (Operation Tidworth) – investigation and prosecution conducted by the Financial Conduct Authority. Defendant is one of six charged with fraud and FSMA offences relating to the alleged fraudulent sale of shares in an overseas property development company totaling £2.8million.
    • R v TR (Operation Stagecoach) – defendant is alleged to be the ‘controlling mind’ in the running of a fraudulent company selling investments in rare earth metals. Alleged value of the fraud totals £7 million.
    • R v CS (Operation Wintergreen) – representing defendant charged with conspiracy to defraud in the alleged selling of investments in carbon credits totally £1.5million.
    • R v W – representing an individual involved in the alleged bribery and corruption of Government Officials in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Investigation and prosecution initiated by the Special Investigation and Prosecution Team, specifically set up by UK Government following the recommendation in Sir Robin Auld’s Commission of Inquiry 2008-2009.
    • R v Stilwell [2016] EWCA Crim 1375 – Reported case in which Lucinda represented the Appellant. Case provides important reference and clarification to the appropriate starting point for sentences passed in respect of specific sexual offences. Appellants’ sentence was significantly reduced.
    • R v JH – Cold case review, three years after conviction for a number of historic sexual offences spanning a number of years. Represented the Appellant during appeal in which all convictions were quashed. Thereafter, successfully secured bail pending retrial and represented him during two retrials in which he was finally acquitted of all counts and his good character restored.
    • Appeal of Goldie Coats – Represented the Appellant following referral from the Criminal Cases Review Commission. Although the particular circumstances of this appeal did not result in the conviction being quashed, this case secured the recognition of “battered women’s syndrome” in cases of drugs importation

    Read the Guardian report here

    Read the Judgment here

    • R v DM – defendant was the owner of a chain of shops throughout the country. He was charged, following a lengthy Police investigation, with the supply of illegal drugs said to have been contained in so called ‘legal highs’ prior to the enactment of The Psychoactive Substances Act 2016. Successfully challenged the prosecution prior to trial, resulting in the discontinuance of proceedings.
    • R v CC (Operation Hermes) – Represented one of seven defendants accused of conspiracy to rob. Particularly complex case, involving a series of violent robberies in peoples homes and substantial cell site evidence.
    • R v JF (Operation Jambles) – Represented a vulnerable youth charged with manslaughter and arson. Case involved the instruction of psychologists to consider the aspect of foreseeability and an intermediary during trial. Successfully appealed sentence before the Court of Appeal.
    • R v VT (Operation Jabrun) – Represented one of three defendants charged with manslaughter and perverting the course of justice. Partially complex legal arguments advanced concerning the elements of ‘manslaughter by flight’ and undertook the multiple instruction of experts in blood splatter, DNA and video enhancement. Successfully challenged conviction before the Court of Appeal.
  • Memberships & associations
    • Member of the Female Fraud Forum
    • Member of the Young Fraud Lawyers Association

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