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Lisa Hardy

Year called:


Lincoln’s Inn

Qualified as Solicitor 1996, Higher Rights Of Audience gained 2006, Called to the Bar 2011

Criminal Law Defence

Criminal Law Prosecution, (Grade 3, RASSO panel member)

Coroner’s Inquests


Committee Member of Women in Criminal Law Association 

Member of the Midland Circuit

Criminal Bar Representative Nottingham Law Society

Member of the Criminal Bar Association

Lisa was called to the Bar in 2011, having already had a successful 15 year career as both a defence solicitor and later as Senior Crown Prosecutor and Crown Advocate.

She now enjoys a balanced defence and prosecution practice, is a Grade 3 Prosecutor and an approved RASSO member of the CPS Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Panel, reflecting her previous background as a member of a niche public protection team whilst at CPS.

Lisa’s unique background has given her a depth of knowledge and experience that goes well beyond her date of call.

She is well known locally as a thoroughly prepared jury advocate whose attention to detail and exceptional client care skills set her apart from others. Due to this, she is frequently instructed either to prosecute or defend in cases where the Defendant suffers from Mental Health issues or is otherwise vulnerable by virtue of learning disabilities or age.

Her current caseload includes Homicides, large scale drugs conspiracies, Armed Robberies, kidnap, blackmail and firearms cases.


R v CB (a child) (2018)(defending) Defendant charged with rapes of his former 15 year old girlfriend. Advice given with regard, in particular, to the obtaining of specific unused material which was potentially undermining. Submissions then made to the CPS on the basis of the Unused Material, the case was reviewed and subsequently No Evidence Offered.

R v MILLER – (defending) – (2018)

Defendant charged with several Burglaries with intent to commit sexual offences. Prosecution case based on cell site location and introduction of previous Bad Character. Successful application to dismiss made, based on understanding and interpretation of cell site data and submissions re: introduction of Bad Character.

R v SENTENCE – (prosecuting) (2017)

Defendant charged with several armed robberies of elderly victims over the course of several days. Circumstantial evidence collated and presented resulting in Guilty pleas and life sentence imposed.

R v HART – (prosecuting) (2018)

Defendant was originally charged with possession of c. 2000 indecent images of children and pleaded Not Guilty. Advice given re: future conduct of case and examination of encrypted areas resulting in 21 count indictment and sentence outside the sentencing guidelines.

R v VAGAROSO (defending) (2018)

Defendant charged with s.20 x 2. Trial. Judge directed Not Guilty Verdicts following submissions made at the end of the Prosecution Case.

R v PARSLEY & PARSLEY (prosecuting)(2018)

Defendants charged with [Armed] Robbery and trial date fixed. This was a late return with several hours of CCTV evidence to be reviewed. Draft admissions and additional evidence served on day of trial due to the examination of unused material. Defendants pleaded Guilty as a result.

R v KS (a child) (defending) – child one of 6 defendants charged with Murder.

Successfully argued before High Court Judge that the child was being unlawfully held by GeoAmey and landmark ruling made as a result, meaning special facilities had to be arranged for the detention of the child in the Crown Court. The child was later acquitted.

Other Information

  • Committee Member of Women in Criminal Law Association.
  • Committee Member – Criminal Bar Representative of Nottinghamshire Law Society.
  • Member of the Criminal Bar Association.
  • Member of the Midland Circuit.