Lily Hayes

Lily Hayes



Law LLB, University of Exeter
BPTC LLM, BPP University


CPS Panel Advocate (Level 1)


The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple

Scholarships & Prizes

Inner Temple Exhibition Award
Inner Temple Public Speaking Award 2020
BPP Advocacy Scholarship


Lily joined Chambers in October 2023 after successfully completing pupillage.

Lily regularly appears in in the Youth, Magistrates’, and Crown Courts, defending and prosecuting. Lily has also prosecuted on behalf of Local Authority’s and individuals.

Prior to commencing pupillage, Lily worked as a Crown Court paralegal at leading firm ABV Solicitors. She managed her own caseload and secured acquittals in cases involving sexual offences, ABH, Harassment, burglary, and witness intimidation. Further, Lily assisted partners and directors in a range of cases particularly focussing on allegations of murder, serious sexual offences, and drug conspiracy cases where the defence of modern slavery was raised or involving Encrochat evidence. Lily gained invaluable insight and knowledge of the entire criminal justice process from police investigation through to appeal and other post-conviction and acquittal matters. Further Lily has gained experience in civil and family matters including Misuse of Private information and Public Child law.

In her spare time, Lily is a keen member of the Inner Temple Drama Society, having directed and acted in a number of productions

Notable Cases

R v C (Reading Magistrates’ Court, 2023) – Instructed to represent a defendant accused of domestic assault. Despite C failing to attend, I successfully applied to exclude video evidence, resulting in the Crown having to offer no evidence.

R v S (Snaresbrook Crown Court, 2023) – Instructed to represent S at a sentence hearing. S had pleaded guilty to one offence of robbery, involving the use of a hammer. I successfully persuaded the Court that S was not dangerous despite numerous recent previous convictions for violent offences.

R v C-L (Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court, 2023) – Instructed to represent C-L who was accused of assaulting four police officers. I successfully raised a defence of mistaken self-defence on the basis that C-L, due to mental health difficulties, mistakenly believed that she was being attacked.

R v P (Ealing Magistrates’ Court, 2023) – Instructed to represent P who was accused of harassment and breach of a non-molestation order. The complainant, P’s son, attended court and gave evidence. After a successful half-time submission in relation to the harassment, the Court found that there was no case to answer. Further, the court acquitted P of the breach charge.

R v S (Stevenage Magistrates’ Court, 2023) – Instructed to represent S who was accused of domestic assault. The complainant was a vulnerable adult with numerous physical and mental health difficulties. Further, a number of eyewitnesses attended and gave evidence. S was acquitted.

R v A (Wood Green Crown Court sitting at Hendon, 2023) – Instructed to represent A at trial involving an assault of a police officer. Following oral representations made on day one of trial, the Crown offered no evidence. Further, A was awarded costs of over £3,500.00.

R v H (Aylesbury Crown Court, sitting at Amersham, 2023) – Instructed to represent H, a youth, at an appeal against sentence hearing. H had been convicted of domestic burglary. I successfully appealed a Youth Rehabilitation Order, despite H having previous convictions for the same offence and not attending the appeal hearing. H was re-sentenced to a Youth Referral Order.

R v L (Luton Magistrates’ Court, 2023) – Instructed to represent L who was charged with threatening to commit criminal damage. L was accused of threatening to commit arson with intent to endanger life. Despite the complainant giving evidence, I successfully made a submission of no case to answer in that the Crown had not raised any evidence that there was a threat to damage property.