“We can never thank you enough for your dedication, professionalism and expertise in proving X’s innocence. You’re a fantastic barrister whose composure, guidance and support helped us enormously during the trial. We will always be grateful for everything you did.”
“My family is forever thankful to you for representing X at such a crucial time in his life.”
“My hope was restored today by your honesty and kindness.”
“I know it is your job but I just wanted to say thank you for all your hard work and for giving me my life back.”
“I expect to see you rise through the profession and consider you to be of stellar quality. You have all the right credentials: good lawyer, great judgement, intelligence and a good grasp of what this job is all about, brilliant communicator and not suffering fools lightly; pragmatism combined with humanity, and much more.  Get your name down soon [application for QC/Recorder]. You are thought of very highly for your ability as both a lawyer and advocate. (Leading Counsel)”
“Lucy Tapper was brilliant from the start. She was understanding and considerate to the whole family. I could not have asked for any more of her and most of all I felt like she truly cared. Many thanks from the whole family.”
“It is rather hard to put into words just how grateful we are, not only for the incredible job you did but for your kindness throughout the whole process. You were, in short, amazing. We have had a few family meals since the verdict and each time we have raised a glass to you and I imagine we will continue to do so for many years to come… You have given the ultimate gift of liberty to X. Thank you.”
“Lucy was perfect.”

Lucy Tapper

Door Tenant

Oxford , City of London

01865 260230

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Areas of law:

Advisory & Consultancy Work, Appeals Against Conviction and Sentence, Assault and Offences Against the Person, Drug Trafficking and Other Drug Offences, Firearm Offences, Fraud and Financial Crime, Homicide, Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery, Internet Law and Computer Crime, Money Laundering, Proceeds of Crime and Confiscation, Motoring Offences, Private Prosecutions, Regulatory Law, Robbery, Burglary, Theft and Handling, Sexual Offence Solicitors


After 8+ years as a Director of Reeds, Lucy has recently returned to the Independent Bar and accepted a tenancy at Furnival Chambers.  Having enjoyed a strong relationship with Reeds and built up a loyal client following in the Oxford area, we are pleased to confirm that Lucy will be retaining close links with Reeds as a Door Tenant available for both private and legal aid instructions.

Memberships & Awards

Linnell’s Prize for highest marked law degree (1st class)

Blackthorn Scholar (Middle Temple) and Jules Thorn Scholar (Middle Temple)

Member of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple

South Eastern Circuit

Thames Valley Bar Mess

Criminal Bar Association

Female Fraud Forum

Fraud Lawyers Association

Notable Cases

Syed v DPP [2010] EWHC 81 (Admin) – Appellant appealed by way of case stated against his conviction for assaulting a constable in the execution of his duty. Appeal allowed – the test of ‘concern for the welfare of someone within the premises’ was not of itself sufficient to justify entry by the police into premises, by force, without a warrant, under s. 17(1)(e) PACE 1984 and by doing so they were not acting in the execution of their duty. Entry was limited to cases where it was apprehended that something serious was otherwise likely to occur or had occurred. It was a serious matter for a citizen to have his house entered against his will and by force and it was important to meet that level in any particular case. Lucy has received several direct instructions from clients on the basis of this result.

R v S – Female radio DJ acquitted of all charges of sexual activity with a child (a 15 year old girl), incitement etc. Acted alone.

R v H – Operation Bullfinch, Oxford Child Sex Exploitation case tried at the Old Bailey before HHJ Rook QC. Represented one of only two defendants acquitted. The remaining seven received total sentences of 95 years for 59 counts including rape, abuse, grooming, trafficking and prostitution of young girls in the care system. Led by Eleanor Laws QC. Attracted significant media interest.

R v G – 19 year-old Oxbridge student acquitted of all charges relating to sexual activity with a child, grooming, incitement etc. Acted alone.

R v S – Stepfather accused of rape, multiple sexual assaults and incitement of his 10 year-old stepdaughter – acquitted of all counts. Acted alone.

R v E – Female defendant acquitted of murder of her partner, convicted of manslaughter. Led by Andrew Hall QC.