Ranked number 1 by both the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners, the top independently researched guides to the Legal Profession, Lucy Stone QC is now able, in an appropriate case, to offer her services on a Direct Access basis.
As a leading barrister, in practice for over 30 years, and a QC for almost half that time, Lucy acts for high net worth individuals from every walk of life in complex divorce and civil partnership proceedings, and in cohabitation disputes and Inheritance Act claims. These include financial proceedings in the UK after overseas divorces, and jurisdictional disputes. As well as divorce proceedings, Lucy also drafts domestic and international nuptial agreements. She also deals with claims for the children of unmarried parents, and applications for permission to remove children from the country to live overseas. She has dealt with numerous matters involving Jewish law, and the Beth Din; and with Sharia law.
Lucy is known for her easy manner towards clients, her comprehensive preparation and realistic advice. She is highly numerate, and has a meticulous eye for detail. She has extensive experience of complex trust, tax and corporate structures, and of business and property valuations. She has relationships at the highest level with specialist practitioners in all these areas, both in the UK and overseas.
Notwithstanding the nature of her work, Lucy believes that the most effective outcome is achieved by combining forcefulness with courtesy. She seeks to avoid Court proceedings wherever possible.
Although many of her clients are household names, she understands the need for complete confidentiality and discretion.
Lucy was formerly Head of Chambers at Queen Elizabeth Building, the leading set of family law barristers. She is a Fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and member of the Family Law Bar Association. She has extensive experience of proceedings in overseas jurisdictions, including Hong Kong, the US and the Isle of Man.