Lucy Williams

Legal Counsel


“bright and articulate," and is praised for the way that she "always gets stuck in and deals with things effectively.”

Chambers UK 2017, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession

"is an excellent solicitor whose client relationship skills win her particular praise. She regularly works on complex clinical cases”. Ranked as an “Associate to watch”

Chambers UK, A Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession, 2016

Lucy is Legal Counsel in the Regulatory Department with a particular specialism in legal, healthcare and financial regulation. 

In her defence practice Lucy represents regulated professionals and organisations facing professional disciplinary proceedings, including law firms, solicitors, barristers, doctors, nurses, psychotherapists and teachers.

Lucy acts for several regulators in professional disciplinary matters as well as providing advice on policy issues and drafting rules, regulations and policy documents.  Lucy has prosecuted and defended a wide range of regulatory cases, from simple conviction and misconduct matters to cases of dishonesty and sexual misconduct to complex clinical cases and allegations involving financial maladministration.

The regulators Lucy has investigated and presented cases on behalf of include the General Dental Council (GDC), Health and Care Professions Council, (HCPC) and Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA).  Lucy has undertaken secondments with the Security Industry Authority (SIA) and IFoA.   

Lucy’s advisory work for regulators includes drafting rules and standards, assisting with the preparation of and response to consultations and advising on policy issues. Lucy is the author of several sections of Cordery on Legal Services, the leading textbook on legal services regulation.


Publications and articles


Professional societies and Memberships


Recent Work

  • Advising law firms and individual partners in relation to investigations by the SRA in relation to alleged sexual misconduct in the workplace;
  • Advising law firms in relation to their reporting obligations to the SRA and the conduct of internal investigations;
  • Drafting rules and decision making schemes for regulators and membership organisations;
  • Drafting guidance for the non-commercial sector in relation to the SRA Standards and Regulations;
  • Advising individuals on the scope of the Reserved Legal Activities.

"She is a pleasure to work with and deals with complex cases and witnesses in a calm, professional manner."

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession,  2018

‘pleasure to work with’, ‘has a real grasp of the issues in a case’

Legal 500 UK 2017

..."bright and articulate," and is praised for the way that she "always gets stuck in and deals with things effectively.”

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession,  2017 'excellent solicitor' whose client relationship skills win her particular praise. She regularly works on complex clinical cases.

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession,  2016

Clients regard Lucy Williams as genuinely exceptional'.

Legal 500 UK 2014

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General Chiropractic Council strike off a Chiropractor for sexually motivated misconduct

Dog attacks – the Royal Mail bites back with private prosecutions

The Care Quality Commission's powers and process

NMC revalidation has arrived

Nursing shortages – is there light at the end of the tunnel?

Case Update: Regulatory bodies cannot simply rely on delays in criminal trials to justify interim order extensions

Proposed changes to midwife regulation - how will this affect you?

Specialist medical practitioners - what are the requirements?

Case Update: Fajemisin v The General Dental Council [2013] EWHC 3501 (Admin)

Regulatory Press Round-Up: July 2013

Case Update: Gillie Christou and Maria Ward v London Borough of Haringey [2013] EWCA Civ 178

Case Update: SRA v Anderson Solicitors [2012] EWHC 3659 (Admin)

Case Update: Tinkler v Solicitors Regulation Authority [2012] EWHC 3645 (Admin)

Case Update: Rashid v General Medical Council [2012] EWHC 2862 (Admin)

Do you know what your regulatory obligations are before becoming a Trustee?

“Regulation beyond the echo chambers”: who is listening?

Train of thought: The Jackson-Salmond Saga

Changes to the SRA’s Reporting Obligation

SRA Handbook: The 5 changes you need to know about

SRA Price Transparency FAQs

Solicitor suspended for offensive tweets

Private prosecutions – Lawyers must explain the risks as well as the rewards to their clients

European Parliament laments the level of support for victims of crime

Is it time to re-visit Bolton?

Dealing with sexual allegations in the workplace

Brexit and practising rights for lawyers

New (over-complicated) professional standards for UKCP and BACP members

Junior Solicitors struck off for dishonesty

SRA Handbook 2019 – Time to start preparing

Dreamvar: innovate to survive

Case analysis: admissions lead to SRA dropping a dishonesty charge

GDPR: A guide for therapists

The results are in: revalidation is working and is here to stay

Successful lawsuit may increase the scope for challenging CQC ratings

Adverse employment disciplinary findings do not spell the end of your career

Judicial Review challenge to new rules in relation to advice given by legally qualified chairs to fellow panel members

Does the CPS Victims’ Right to Review (VRR) Scheme do enough for victims of crime?

Referrals to the Nursing and Midwifery Council from members of the public increase by nearly 50%

Be silent and be ignored

Selective licensing scheme - Hyndburn sees first prosecutions of private landlords

The devil is in the detail for preventative regulation

Security company directors ordered to pay large sum in private prosecution

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) to introduce English language checks from January 2016

NMC publishes findings from revalidation pilot sites

New standards for Nurses and Midwives to comply with: the revised NMC Code

Alastair Brett v Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) [2014] EWHC 2974 (Admin)

Case Update: General Medical Council (GMC) V Dr E [2014] EWHC 1620 (Admin)

Case update: The Law Society (Solicitors Regulation Authority) v Emeana, Ijewere and Ajanaku [2013] EWHC 2130 (Admin)

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