Deans Court Chambers

Expert legal advice and advocacy, delivered by an outstanding team of Queen’s Counsel and barristers.


  • Sheffield Polytechnic. LLB Hons Law
  • Inns of Court School of Law - BVC


  • CPS Advocates Panel - Cat 4 (R)
  • Appointed Crown Counsel for the Falklands

Professional Associations

  • Health and Safety Bar Association
  • Criminal Bar Association


Lisa Judge fearlessly defends her clients. She is recognised as being one of the leading barristers in the field of health and safety law and regulatory work in this country. She combines her regulatory practice with a heavyweight criminal practice and has a particularly high success rate in defending rape and sexual assault allegations. She has represented a number of high-profile companies and individual clients and is recognised for her client care and ability to prepare cases diligently and present them in a manner which is jury friendly.

Notable Cases

  • Corporate Manslaughter

    R v Coupe

    Defence counsel for director in 2nd Corporate Manslaughter Prosecution to be pursued in the UK. Defendant acquitted

  • Health and Safety

    R -v- Henry

    Health and Safety fatality. Individual Health and Safety Manager prosecuted for fatality. Acquitted.

  • Health and Safety

    R -v- Carnaud Metal Box

    Individual Director Prosecuted for Health and Safety Offences resulting in the death of two contractors.
    Acquitted of the main offence.

  • Crime

    Advisory Work

    Greater Manchester Police Instructed Lisa Judge in relation to a high-profile prisoner who has thus far refused to disclose the whereabouts of the body of a child murdered a number of decades ago.

  • Crime

    Advisory Work

    A high-profile solicitor arrested for an offence of perverting the Course of Public Justice. Represented at the police station. No charges pursued.

  • Trading Standards

    R v Ward

    Largest trading standards prosecution in the UK. Defence Counsel for individual Director. Acquitted

  • Murder

    R v Wilson

    Mother and Two brothers indicted for murder. Junior Counsel for sole defendant acquitted of murder and all other charges

  • Money Laundering

    R v Woodward

    Multi-million pound investment fraud, money laundering and banking investment. No evidence offered on main charges acceptable plea to defendant of minimal involvement in mortgage fraud.

  • Drug Supply

    R v Schofield

    Defence Counsel in Conspiracy to Supply Class A drugs. Acquitted of main drugs charges. Sentence for mortgage fraud excess of 300K community punishment ordered.

  • Murder

    R v Powell

    Junior Defence counsel. Multi-handed Conspiracy to murder. Acquitted.

  • Fraud

    R v Page

    Defence Counsel. Mortgage fraud Acquitted

  • Rape

    R v Gary Young

    Defence counsel Rape. Acquitted

  • Rape

    Operation Advance

    Defence counsel First cold case review case acquittal. rape.

  • Money Laundering

    Operation Aerobic

    Defence counsel Female defendant acquitted. Money laundering and mortgage fraud

  • Motoring Offences

    R v Asif Mallu

    Cash for Crash guilty plea awaiting sentence. POCA negotiation successful.

  • Crime

    R v Bashir

    Conspiracy to Murder. reduced to Section 18 wounding. Gangland shooting

  • Murder

    R v Coghlan


  • Murder

    R v Hafiz


  • Rape

    R v Knott

    Rape. Defence counsel Client request.

  • Rape

    R -v- Knight

    Rape - Client request. Acquitted after trial

  • Rape

    R v Swindells

    Defence Pursuing Appeal against conviction for numerous rapes perpetrated against adopted daughter. Client request

What the directories say

‘Recommended for sexual offences cases.’

Legal 500, 2017

Regularly defends individuals and companies in major health and safety cases brought by various regulatory bodies. "She's a practical operator and a good tactician." "Lisa Judge does quite a bit of health and safety work and I highly rate her."

Chambers UK, 2017

Capable practitioner with a strong reputation in the health and safety space alongside her thriving criminal and regulatory practice. She is particularly known for her experience of handling cases involving sexual offences. "She really fights hard for her clients." "She's highly persuasive and a good person to have on your side."

Chambers UK, 2017

She has a strong track record in representing defendants in serious sexual offences cases'

Legal 500, 2015

One of the leading health and safety advocates on the Northern Circuit. She combines her regulatory work with a heavyweight criminal practice, and is noted by instructing solicitors for her highly skilled advocacy. "She is one of the best jury advocates around." "She has a no-nonsense approach and gets down to the heart of the matter."

Chambers UK, 2015

Handles a wide range of criminal law matters. She specialises in rape and sexual offences. "She is an excellent advocate; she is down to earth and very approachable, and has good client care skills."

Chambers UK, 2015

‘Prepares cases meticulously.’

Legal 500, 2014

"is focused, gets to the heart of a case and does a good job for her clients."

Chambers UK, 2013

'good manner with clients.'

Chambers UK 2012

' has an excellent reputation and is recommended'

Legal 500, 2011

'a QC-level jury advocate at half the price of a silk'

Legal 500. 2010

'continues to show herself to be an outstanding performer....admired for her "commanding respect of the court'

Chambers UK 2010

'has a strong junior practice in health, safety and regulation.'

Legal 500, 2009

‘Wins praise.’

Chambers UK, 2009

‘Very competent’

Legal 500, 2008

‘An excellent client manner....Diligent and well respected’

Chambers UK, 2008

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