Lisa McCormick

Lisa McCormick

LISA MCCORMICK

Year of call: 2013

Call clerks: 0113 297 1200

Email clerks: clerks@kbwchambers.com

 

  • Practice Summary

    Lisa is a Grade 2 Prosecutor

    Lisa has established herself as a criminal practitioner. She represents the Crown Prosecution Service and the Defence daily in cases concerning all manner of offences, including robbery, assault, drugs offences, fraud and driving offences. For example:

    – R v Thomas McLoughlin – as lead on the indictment, successfully defended Mr McLoughlin at his five-day trial for attempted robbery and assault of a 10-year-old girl. The case required a considered and tailored approach to the cross-examination of the 10 year old child.

    – R v Jason Sah – as lead on the indictment, represented Mr Sah at his trial concerning the supply of class A drugs. During which, she cross-examined five officers (two senior) as to their unethical conduct in a day long voire dire in an effort to exclude the confession evidence.

    – R v Kristian Hunter – successfully defended Mr Hunter who faced counts of sexual assault and exposure on two separate complainants. It was necessary to make an application under section 41 CJA 2003 to adduce the Complainants’ sexual history.

    – R v Luft-Holkham – was commended for her mitigation on behalf of Miss Luft-Holkham, a young and vulnerable lady in respect of one count of arson, reckless as to whether life was endangered. She received a suspended sentence.

    – R v Alexander Badger – represented the Crown in a trial concerning an allegation of wounding committed in a domestic setting. This case featured a legal argument as to the admissibility of hearsay, and fresh evidence which surfaced during the Complainant’s evidence.

    – R v Paul Seaman – appointed as Junior in this case concerning mixed historical and recent sexual abuse against seven victims Lisa gained a detailed understanding of the Crown’s disclosure process. Such exposure allows her to adopt a hands-on approach to matters of disclosure whether prosecuting or defending.

    Lisa is commended for her natural ability to establish a rapport with behaviourally challenging and vulnerable clients. In doing so, she explores, identifies and resolves the issues in the case with ease and sensitivity, whilst maintaining a professional and, where necessary, robust approach to the case.

    Quasi-criminal experience

    Lisa has represented ‘lifers’ and offenders subject to sentences of Imprisonment for Public Protection at their Parole Board hearings with the aim of securing release or a progression to open conditions.

    Lisa acts for the Police in various applications, including Gang Injunctions. She appears in the High Court in applications to withhold disclosure of material in Family Law care proceedings on public interest immunity grounds.

    She represents clients subject to Home Office forfeiture proceedings initiated in accordance with the Customs and Excise Management Act 1979.

    Lectures/Seminars/Articles

    Supreme Court: the Joint Enterprise U-turn’ (website article)

    ‘A New Wave of Victimless Prosecutions and Criminal Procedure Rules’, Autumn 2015

    ‘A Guide to the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014’, Autumn 2014

    ‘Criminal Case Law Update’, Spring 2014

  • Practice Summary

    Lisa undertakes work in all areas of public and private family law, representing clients from case management hearings through to issue resolution and final hearings.

    She acts in cases concerning complex factual issues, including allegations of domestic violence and sexual abuse against partners and children. Her background in criminal law makes her a good choice advocate to represent those disputing serious criminal allegations in the family law context. As an experienced trial advocate, she is able to adapt her cross-examination style to that which is appropriate for both expert and vulnerable witnesses.

    Lisa is commended for her natural ability to establish a rapport with behaviourally challenging and vulnerable clients. In doing so, she explores, identifies and resolves the issues in the case with ease and sensitivity, whilst maintaining a professional and, where necessary, robust approach to the case.

    Court of Protection

    Lisa has acted in proceedings initiated by the Office of Public Guardian for the revocation of her clients’ lasting power of attorney (financial and welfare) under the Mental Health Capacity Act 2005. She has particular experience of representing those who dispute the capacity of their close relative.

    She has challenged seemingly unlawful Deprivation of Liberty Orders on grounds including the infringement of human rights.

    Lisa is qualified to accept instruction from the public directly, and welcomes such instructions.

  • Practice Summary

    Lisa has experience representing Claimants in their claims of discrimination, unfair dismissal and wrongful dismissal.

  • Practice Summary

    Lisa represents both Claimants and Defendants in claims concerning general common law, including personal injury (Occupier’s Liability, RTAs and Employer’s Liability), other torts and contractual law.

    She regularly provides advices and opinions, and accepts instruction subject to conditional fee arrangements.

  • Qualifications

    Bar Professional Training Course (BPP Leeds)

    Graduate Diploma in Law (BBP Leeds)

    BA (Hons) English Literature and Language (University of Leeds)

    Scholarships

    Lincoln’s Inn Pupillage Eastham Scholarship Award  (October 2013)

    Lincoln’s Inn Scholarship Award (October 2011)

    University of Leeds Scholarship (2006 – 2009)