Lucy Burtenshaw


Lucy Burtenshaw


As a Criminal Defence Solicitor, I have vast experience in serious crime. I have a solid knowledge of all offences ranging from large scale drug conspiracies, Money Laundering, Fraud, serious Offences against the Person, dishonesty offences and sexual offences.

I regularly attend the police station and Magistrate’s court and I am a Duty Qualified Solicitor. I also manages a vast case load of serious, complex Crown court cases.

I previously led a Confiscation team which focused on complex Confiscation cases. I specialised in multi-million pound confiscation cases which often involved asset restraint and cash forfeiture.

I began my career in crime in 2009 and I have worked for several firms in different areas of London building up my excellent client care skills. My training began with a large caseload of Magistrates’ court, Crown Court, prison appeal and police station work. This gave me a vast experience of a variety of cases and procedures which I have developed throughout my career.

I was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in 2012.

Notable cases

Serious Crime

Operation Castrum (St Albans Crown Court) 2016

Conspiracy to Burgle, Conspiracy to Steal, Burglary x3, Theft x2, Possession of a Firearm with Intent – ANPR evidence, Air Support Unit evidence. Two youths linked with one adult.

Operation Cloomaghmore (Isleworth Crown Court) 2016

18 counts of historical Indecent Offences spanning over a decade . Covert police operation involving Forensic Scientist analysis of computers and devices.

Operation Sandhaven (Central Criminal Court) 2015

Multi-handed Conspiracy involving an organised crime group participating in a large scale, highly sophisticated ATM and counterfeit bank fraud

Operation Valetta (Portsmouth Crown Court) 2015

Multi-handed Conspiracy to steal across several police districts involving extensive CCTV surveillance and ANPR evidence

Operation Poundal (St Albans Crown Court) 2015

Multi-handed Conspiracy of ‘street approach’ frauds and distraction burglaries committed throughout the South of England. These incorporate offences within Hertfordshire, Avon & Somerset, Thames Valley and Surrey.

R v Y & T (Canterbury Crown Court) 2015

Conspiracy to facilitate illegal entry into the UK from France involving cell site evidence

R v S (Northampton Crown Court) 2015

Harassment of an ex-partner involving over one thousand text messages within a three month period.

R v K (St Albans Crown Court) 2015

Four counts of Robbery and four counts of Threatening with a bladed article in a public place. Two counts successfully discontinued prior to trial as based solely on modus operandi.

R v H (Harrow Crown Court) 2015

Multi-handed Aggravated Burglary of a residential property with the use of knives. The case relied upon DNA evidence located on a discarded holdall containing weapons and clothes, items in a car located nearby and items discarded at the time of arrest.

R v G (Central Criminal Court) 2015

Actual Bodily Harm allegation made by an ex-partner. The defendant was acquitted after trial.

R v M (Grimsby Crown Court) 2014

Rape allegation made by a prostitute. The case was discontinued against the defendant on the first day of trial.


R v S (Blackfriars Crown Court) 2014

£430 million global fraud investigation spanning 22 countries, led by the US Secret Service, FBI and SOCA and prosecuted in the UK by the CPS received order for £950.00.

Operation Lambda (Guildford Crown court) 2014

£3m cultivation of cannabis and fraud

R v LC (Taunton Crown court) 2014

£2.4m fraud involving skimming account details from cash machines

R v DH (Central Criminal Court) 2014

£1.6m conspiracy to supply Class A drugs

R v BA (Central Criminal Court) 2014

Estimated £1m conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation on instant messenger and Gumtree website

Operation Brian (Harrow Crown Court) 2014

£921,000 pharmaceutical fraud and money laundering

Education and qualifications

  • LLB (Hons) Law Degree (2008)
  • Professional Diploma in Legal Practice (2009) Nottingham Law School
  • Police Station Accreditation – Cardiff Law School (2010)
  • Appropriate Adult – London Borough of Sutton (2009)
  • Professional Skills Course – London College of Law (2012)
  • Management Course Stage One – The Law Society (2013)
  • Duty Solicitor Qualification – Data Law (2014)

Memberships and associations

  • The Law Society
  • Female Fraud Forum