Joy Lewis

Called 2014

Joy Lewis


Joy practices in all areas of criminal defence work, including violent crime, public disorder, dishonesty, weapons and drugs offences. She is particularly committed to representing young and vulnerable clients in the Youth and Crown Courts.

Before coming to the Bar, Joy worked for five years as a paralegal, preparing serious criminal cases and supporting advocates in the Crown Court.

Whilst studying the GDL and BPTC, Joy successfully represented clients in the Employment Tribunal as a qualified Free Representation Unit representative, led an Innocent Project team investigating claims of miscarriage of justice, and volunteered in a Legal Advice Clinic where she worked on employment, discrimination and housing law cases. She was shortlisted for the Best Individual Contribution Award at the Attorney-General’s Student Pro Bono Awards in 2014 and won the Blackstones National Criminal Advocacy Competition in her law conversion year.

During pupillage at 25 Bedford Row, Joy gained experience working on a number of serious and high profile cases, including a 3-month honour killing trial, a multi-million pound NHS fraud, and cases before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.

Following successful completion of pupillage, Joy has established a busy practice in the Magistrates’ and Crown Courts, and is instructed in all criminal and ancilliary matters.

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

Nottingham Law School BPTC Advocacy Prize 2014 (highest mark in year across advocacy assessments)
Lincoln’s Inn BPTC Inter-Provider Moot Winner 2014
Lord Denning Scholar of Lincoln’s Inn
Blackstones National Criminal Advocacy Competition Winner 2013
Pepperdine University International Trial Advocacy Competition Winner 2013