Joy Lewis

Called 2014

Joy Lewis


Joy practices in all areas of criminal defence work, including violent crime, public disorder, dishonesty, fraud, weapons and drugs offences.

Before coming to the Bar, Joy worked for five years as a paralegal, preparing serious criminal cases for Crown Court trial. She joined 25 Bedford Row in March 2017 following successful completion of her pupillage, during which she gained experience working on a number of serious and high profile cases, including an honour killing trial, a multi-million pound NHS fraud, and cases before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.

Joy has now established a busy Crown Court practice, and appears before the appellate courts. In December 2017, she secured an acquittal in the first case to hear expert evidence challenging whether nitrous oxide is a psychoactive substance under the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016, and has developed specialist experience dealing with cases under this controversial new law. During 2018, she was led in a number of complex and serious cases, including an £8m Royal Mail fraud and a conspiracy to commit armed robbery involving a firearm. She has a particular interest in representing young and vulnerable clients.


2015 – LLM International Criminal Justice & Armed Conflict, Univ. of Nottingham, Distinction
2014 - BPTC, Nottingham Law School
2013 – GDL, Nottingham Law School, Distinction
2007 – BA History, University of Sheffield


Lord Denning Scholar of Lincoln’s Inn
Nottingham Law School BPTC Advocacy Prize 2014
Blackstones National Criminal Advocacy Competition Winner 2013