March 31st, 2017
Last week I was watching News night on BBC and one topic was; how diverse are the judiciary and whether there is a fair representation of society today. Interestingly enough it was made quite clear that something had to change and the higher up the chain, the less representative it is: of 37 lord’s justices of appeal, 33 are men and four are women. On the Supreme Court, 11 justices are men and one a woman.
A report from the House of Lords constitution committee argues a more diverse judiciary would improve the way the system works and also looks at the concept of "merit" which defines who becomes a judge. It says:
“The concept of merit incorporates a range of different skills and qualities, in addition to the intellectual capacity necessary to become a judge. A number of our witnesses drew attention to the fact that merit is still regarded by many in the legal profession as equating to high quality advocacy; this naturally favours QCs, and it is QCs who are most likely to fit the white male stereotype”.
The report suggests that ultimately it would bring different perspectives on the development of the law and to the concept of justice itself if there was a more diverse judiciary.
Stacey qualified as a Solicitor in 2011 having completed her training with Hine Solicitors in Beaconsfield. Stacey has since worked for the Legal 500 firm, Duncan Lewis Solicitors in London. Stacey has extensive experience in all areas of family law including advising clients in relation to co-habitation, divorce, matrimonial finances, pre & post-nuptial agreements. Stacey was delighted to join specialist practice Hawkins Family Law described by The Legal 500 (2019) as "a very professional team that delivers a high-class service and has strength-in-depth from senior to junior level") in February 2016 and has considerable experience resolving children issues whether they are in relation to where a child should live or issues regarding contact.
Stacey has represented a number of parents in proceedings before the High Court including International Relocation and Child Abduction matters. Stacey is a strong advocate and is an experienced Collaborative lawyer and is also a Resolution Accredited Specialist Family Lawyer across three areas; Complex Financial Remedies, Cohabitation & TOLATA and Private Children Law.
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