Top Five Barristers
Lucy Stone is a big-money heavyweight and ‘one of the most impassioned advocates at the family law bar’ who will use her ‘extraordinary judgement’ to ‘fight your cause to the end’, a peer promises. It is no wonder she’s earned the apt moniker ‘Lucy-No-Stone-left-unturned’ and has a thank-you plaque from a Rolling Stone on her office wall.
The former head of chambers at QEB specialises in cross-border battles in jurisdictions such as Hong Kong, the US and the Isle of Man. Stone understands that discretion is key for someone of her stature, particularly with the sensitive nature of her cases.
The silk is optimistic about the current state of the law, deeming it a ‘flexible regime capable of adapting to current mores’. But 30 years’ experience has taught her that reform is crucial, especially in issues such as no-fault divorce and heterosexual civil partnerships. ‘These both seem like no-brainers to me,’ she says.
However, Stone is particularly passionate about the need for a rethink on the rights of cohabitees: ‘This must be given a proper statutory framework; the current position is a nonsense.’
Stone’s practice covers a wide range of family issues. She recently acted for three brothers who tried to protect their deceased sibling’s estate from the wife in WA v The Estate of HA (Deceased) and Others . She’s also expert in cases involving Sharia law and Jewish law.