Lucy Stone QC

Lucy Stone QC

CALL: 1984

“The very best of the best, with an astonishing eye for detail.” Legal 500

“A Superstar.” Chambers & Partners

Lucy was once again ranked this year as a first tier matrimonial finance silk by the Legal 500, where she was described as “absolutely outstanding”, and as a first tier matrimonial finance silk by Chambers & Partners, which described her as having the “right balance of legal and commercial understanding. She has an incredible grasp of the detail and is one of the best cross-examiners around”. She is recommended in Spear’s 2017 at a Top 5 Barrister in Family Law, described by a peer as “one of the most impassioned advocates at the family law bar’ who will use her ‘extraordinary judgment’ to ‘fight your cause to the end’”.

Lucy has been described as “The very best of the best, with an astonishing eye for detail and an outstanding memory” and “quite simply the most accomplished all-round family law silk” (Legal 500) and as “a revered matrimonial finance silk” and “gold-plated counsel” (Chambers & Partners). Reviewers said, “When you want one of the best legal brains in the business, go to Lucy” and “With Lucy on board, you’ll know from day one that your client and your team are going to win”
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In silk since 2001, Lucy acts in the most complex financial matters for ultra high net worth individuals from all walks of life. She has had many clients from the worlds of sports and entertainment. Lucy regularly advises on and drafts nuptial agreements, both domestic and international. She also specialises in claims under Schedule 1 of the Children Act and Part III of the Matrimonial and Family Proceedings Act 1984; and in jurisdictional disputes.

She has been involved in a number of cases in Hong Kong, including appearing successfully in a leading case in the Hong Kong Court of Appeal. She has dealt with numerous matters involving Jewish law, and the Beth Din; and with Sharia law.

Lucy is highly numerate, has a meticulous eye for detail, and is known for her exceptional and comprehensive preparation and realistic advice. She has an easy manner towards both her professional and lay clients. In Court, she combines a mastery of her papers with powerful and persuasive advocacy. Notwithstanding the nature of her work, she believes that the most effective outcome is achieved by combining forcefulness with courtesy.

Over the years she had been reported to inspire “laudatory comment for her “meticulous preparation, pragmatism and accessibility to clients””, combining “excellent intellect with effective communication skills”, and has been described as “pretension-free, very sensible, kind and sympathetic.”
“’Lucy-no-Stone-left-unturned,’ as she is known, is one of the best-prepared advocates at the Bar. Those instructing her have complete faith in the fact that “she’ll always be up to speed and have the clients eating out of her hand.” Furthermore, she cuts to the chase admirably: “Stone extracts information in five minutes that others would take half an hour to get.”” “Once in court she impresses with her “punchy, incisive advocacy”.

Direct Access

Lucy accepts direct access work. Please email the clerks or telephone on 0207 797 7837 or complete and send the enquiry form which can be downloaded here.

Appointments and Memberships
Lucy was Head of Chambers from 2007 to 2010. In 2010, she was appointed a Bencher of the Middle Temple. She is a Fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and member of the Family Law Bar Association and has in the past served on the Bar Council and on the Committee of the FLBA.

Cases and publications
Z v A [2012] EWHC 1434
K v L (Non-Matrimonial Property: Special Contribution) [2011] EWCA Civ 550, [2011] 2 FLR 980
HJFG v. KCY CACV127/2011 (Hong Kong Court of Appeal)
K v L (Ancillary Relief: Inherited Wealth) – [2010] 2 FLR 1467
S v S (No 2) (Ancillary Relief: Application to Set Aside Order) – [2010] 1 FLR 993
Jones v Jones [2010] EWCA Civ 890
SR v CR (Ancillary Relief: Family Trusts) – [2009] 2 FLR 1083
H v H (The Queen’s Proctor Intervening) (Validity of Japanese Divorce) – [2007] 1 FLR 1318
L v L (Leave to Remove) – [2003] 1 FLR 900
C v C (Variation of Post-Nuptial Settlement: Company Shares) – [2003] 2 FLR 493

Education & Personal

Lucy has a degree from Cambridge University in Classics and Law.

Lucy is married with one teenage son. Blessed with an ability to survive on little sleep, she combines a prestigious practice with a full family life.

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