Elizabeth Lambert’s practice focuses on serious, complex and high profile cases in general crime and fraud. Her experience in general crime includes cases involving serious and organised crime, international cybercrime, firearms offences, drugs conspiracies, and a spectrum of sexual offences. Many of the cases that she is instructed upon have an international dimension. Elizabeth has also been instructed in a wide range of complex fraud cases throughout her career. She has appeared both as leading counsel and junior counsel in several notable trials. She is a passionate advocate who is dedicated to providing high quality representation for her clients. Her approach is calm, measured and efficient. Elizabeth is featured in the 2019 Legal 500 directory as a leading junior in General crime. ‘She defends in gang-related violence and firearms cases.’ (Legal 500 – Crime). Prior to commencing her career at the bar, Elizabeth gained experience working with two international human rights organisations.
Areas of Expertise
Elizabeth accepts regular instructions in the following areas:
- General Crime;
- Financial Crime;
R v A (2019) - Leading counse
Multi-million pound revenue fraud.
R v Q (2019) - Junior alone
International Cybercrime. Read BBC Article
R v B & Others (2018)- Led junior
Multi-handed conspiracy to commit GBH. Gang turf war. Acquitted after 7 week trial.
R v N & Others (2018) - Junior alone
Huddersfield Grooming Gang. Link: BBC News
R v A & Others (2018) – Led Junior
Conspiracy to defraud the LAA. Perverting the course of Justice. Hung jury after 7 week trial in 2018. Re-trial scheduled in 2019.
R v S & Others (2018) – Junior alone
R v E (2018)
Case involved a vulnerable defendant accused of committing numerous sexual offences against his very vulnerable step-daughter. After numerous defence disclosure applications, the prosecution offered no evidence.
R v H (2018) - Attempted sexual grooming of an online decoy
The case involved the defendant being apprehended by a vigilante group in the midlands.
R v M (2017) – Junior alone
Multi-jurisdictional stalking. The case involved a vulnerable defendant suffering with Asperger's Syndrome.
R v X & Others (2017) Junior alone
An extremely serious case of GBH in which the victim suffered life changing injuries and permanent disability as a result of a random assault. The defendant was a young man suffering with severe learning disabilities.
R v A & Others (2017) - Junior alone
Gang-related conspiracy to possess a firearm (sawn-off shotgun) with intent to endanger life. Trial lasted 3 months. Defendant accused of being party .to an agreement to commit a revenge shooting following a murder the previous day.
R v H & Others (2017) Junior alone
Conspiracy to possess firearms with intent to endanger life. The defendant was alleged to have supplied a firearm and ammunition to others intent on carrying out a revenge shooting. Acquitted after 6 week trial.
R v W & Others (2017)
The defendant was accused of biting off the ear of male during an altercation between two groups in Maidstone. Link: The Sun
R v H & Others (2016)
Conspiracy to steal and Handling Stolen Goods. Conspiracy to steal luxury items from Louis Vuitton in London. Link: The Evening Standard
R v S (2015) - Acquitted of attempted rape
Defence of sleepwalking. Case involved the parties calling two world renowned experts to give evidence in this specialised area at trial.
R v B (2014) – Junior alone. Banking Fraud
Case involved the use to computer technology to uncover a fraud that had been committed internally by Barclays bank employee.
R v L & Others (2013)
Represented the alleged ringleader in an allegation of conspiracy to kidnap/blackmail/false imprisonment. Acquitted after a 5 week trial. Link: News
R v M & Others (2012)-. Shooting in South London
The defendant was alleged to be the shooter. Evidence of multiple experts/cell site/examination of firearms discharge residue evidence.
R v E & Others (2012) - Leading counsel
Multi-handed conspiracy to defraud the Department of Works and Pensions (DWP) and Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
R v H (2011) – Junior alone. Attempted murder
Stabbing committed in response to racial taunts in public transport. The victim was unable to give evidence due to suffering from permanent brain damage.
R v Ahmed, Imtiaz, Imtiaz  EWCA Crim 1805
Sentence disparity. Money laundering.R v AB, CD, EF  EWCA Crim 534 - A local authority had no power, either under the Local Government Act 1972 s.222 or otherwise, to bring a prosecution in respect of a fraud on the Legal Aid Agency allegedly perpetrated by a solicitors' practice based outside the local authority's area. It was not in the public interest for a local authority to offer a national prosecutions unit as an alternative to the Crown Prosecution Service.
Vaganovs -v- The Governor of HMP Wandsworth & The Republic of Latvia  EWHC 1077 (Admin)
Application for a writ of habeas corpus ad subjiciendum and parallel judicial review regarding a decision of a District Judge who refused to discharge under s.4 of the Extradition Act 2003.
Examples of recently reported cases - Crime
- Inns of Court School of Law - BVC (2000)
- Kingston University – LLB Law
Elizabeth is interested in human rights, international relations, travel, yoga, running and fine art. She speaks French.
- Criminal Bar Association
- Human Rights Lawyers Association