Lisa Wilson
  • A very articulate barrister with sound judgement.

    Chambers UK 2023, Crime

  • Lisa is a consummate professional and a fearsome courtroom advocate.

    Legal 500 2023, Crime

  • She is a brilliant advocate who is always willing to go the extra mile.

    Chambers UK 2022

  • The complete package of the industry, charm, talent, dedication and fearlessness. 

    Chambers UK 2021

  • She has a tireless work ethic and sound judgement.

    Legal 500 2021

  • A good battler.

    Legal 500 2020

Called 2006

Lisa Wilson

"Tenacious, talented and fizzing with a crusading spirit." Legal 500.

Lisa is a specialist defence practitioner, instructed in cases covering all aspects of criminal law. Recognised as a leading individual in crime, she is sought-after to defend in cases involving serious violent crime, including murders, armed robberies, kidnaps and serious sexual offences. She has developed particular expertise in baby shaking cases. She is also frequently instructed in complex frauds and multi-laundering offences and major drug trafficking offences.

Lisa is an Advanced Advocacy Trainer of the Inner Temple. She is a skilled and sensitive court advocate and cross examiner and is highly adept at dealing with both complex legal challenges and difficult witnesses. With a background in medical ethics and having received training from the National Autistic Society, Lisa is regularly instructed to defend those who are suffering from mental health difficulties. She is recognised for her skilful handling of cases involving young and vulnerable defendants and is experienced in examining Consultant psychiatrists and working with intermediaries. Consequently, she is regularly instructed in high-profile cases, including the David Beckham and Keira Knightly ‘stalker cases’.

Lisa is highly committed to the defence of those she represents, which has resulted in numerous successful appearances at all levels including in the Court of Criminal Appeal. She has a busy Court of Appeal post-conviction referral practice, including advising on appeal against convictions and sentences.

In August 2023, Lisa was appointed a Governing Master of the Bench of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple. 

Recent Case Highlights

  • R v Patterson – Attempted Murder and Firearms – Junior alone. Acquitted of all counts.
  • R v Nguyen (Op Unveil) - £850,000 Money Laundering Conspiracy involving people smuggling, drug trafficking and sham marriages. Instructed to take over role as leading counsel during trial at request of lay client.
  • R v Kirkman – ‘Baby-Shaking’ case representing mother. Avoided imprisonment.  
  • R v Bell – ‘David Beckham’ stalker case. Avoided conviction.

Associated Work

  • Bernard Sunley Award (Knights of the Round Table)
  • Advanced Advocacy Trainer, Honourable Society of Inner Temple
  • Lead Scholarship Interview, Honourable Society of Inner Temple
  • Criminal Bar Association Working Group on Court Capacity
  • Policy Committee, Women in Criminal Law
  • Vice President of the Association of Women Barrister
  • Lectures on regulatory law and procedure.
  • Pegasus Scholar, 2015-16 (Meredith Connell, Auckland, NZ; Crown Law, Wellington, NZ)
  • Judicial Assistant at Southwark Crown Court, 2008 (R v Rastogi & Others - £340 million metal fraud)

Recent Testimonials 

  • "Lisa is a consummate professional and a fearsome courtroom advocate." Legal 500 2023, Crime
  • "She is a brilliant advocate who is always willing to go the extra mile." Chambers UK 2022
  • "Forever effervescent, able and prodigiously hard-working, Lisa is a hugely capable lawyer, persuasive advocate and masters all aspects of complex cases in an organised and timely fashion. She is a pleasure to lead and a delight to be in a case with" Legal 500 2022, Crime
  • "The complete package of the industry, charm, talent, dedicaiton and fearlessness." Chambers UK 2021 
  • "She has a tireless work ethic and sound judgement." Legal 500 2021
  • "A good battler." Legal 500 2020 


  • 'Lady Hale makes her own luck’, The Times, The Brief, 24 July 2017
  • ‘DNA in the Courtroom’ (Stuart Miller)
  • ‘Would you rather be a Bitch or a Bimbo?’ (Counsel magazine)
  • ‘An Overview of Previous Working Party Reports’; Appendix to the Bar Working Party Final Report (Lord Neuberger).

Professional Memberships

  • Association of Women Barristers (Vice President)
  • South Eastern Circuit
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Women in Criminal Law