Joy Lewis

Called 2014

Joy Lewis


Joy practices in all areas of criminal defence, with an emphasis on serious violent crime, drugs and public order offences. She also has a growing reputation for Public Inquiry work, and is currently instructed on behalf of a key core participant in a major Public Inquiry.

Joy is known for her outstanding client care and robust advocacy in defence of her clients. She has a particular interest in representing young and vulnerable clients, and has experience working with clients with mental health disorders, including appointment by the court to represent defendants found ‘unfit’ to stand trial.

She is instructed alone and as a led junior, and appears before the appellate courts.

Joy is currently instructed on behalf of a core participant in a major Public Inquiry. She has impressed with her command of the extensive body of material under examination and ability to work within and lead a team of other lawyers.  

Joy appears regularly in hearings before the Inquiry Chair, where she demonstrates her grasp of the complex and sensitive issues and her ability to establish a rapport with the tribunal.


  • LLM International Criminal Justice and Armed Conflict, University of Nottingham, Distinction (2015)
  • BPTC, Nottingham Law School (2014)
  • GDL, Nottingham Law School, Distinction (2013)
  • BA History, University of Sheffield (2007)


  • French


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


  • Criminal Bar Association


Joy is a Trustee and Board member of the Prisoners’ Advice Service (PAS), a charity which provides legal advice and support to prisoners across England and Wales.