Leeds-based Parklane Plowden grows family team

Harriet Stacey

Leeds and Newcastle-based Parklane Plowden Chambers has announced that a new barrister has accepted an offer of tenancy after successfully completing their pupillage with the set.

Harriet Stacey has joined chambers as a tenant having initially been called in 2021 and will sit within the set’s family practice area.

A specialist in family law with a particular focus on finance, Harriet commenced her specialist family finance pupillage in April 2021 under the supervision of Elizabeth Darlington and Julia Nelson. She has gained experience in complex and high net worth financial remedies work including pre and post-nuptial agreements, and the non-disclosure of assets.

In its 2022 rankings, barristers’ directory, Chambers & Partners, placed Parklane Plowden as Band 1, the highest ranking a chambers can achieve, for family: children and Band 2 for family: matrimonial finance.

Prior to her pupillage, Harriet worked as judicial assistant to at the High Court (Family Div). During this time, she gained experience across a broad range of family and Court of Protection work through providing research, reviewing the merits of applications to appeal and drafting judgments.

Harriet said: “Parklane Plowden has a fantastic reputation as a progressive chambers, with a family law practice renowned for its outstanding expertise.

“Following the completion of my pupillage, I look forward to helping further develop and strengthen the family team’s expertise as a tenant to help our existing and future clients.”

Formed in 2007 following the merger of Parklane Chambers in Leeds and Plowden Chambers in Newcastle, Parklane Plowden is home to 124 members.

The set recently announced the reopening of its 11,000 sq ft premises on Westgate in Leeds city centre follow a six-figure refurbishment. In addition to its Leeds chambers, Parklane Plowden also has chambers on Lombard Street in Newcastle city centre.

Parklane Plowden’s senior practice director to the family team, Mark Williams, said: “I am very pleased Harriet has accepted the offer of tenancy with chambers.

“Throughout her pupillage, she has been able to gain experience within family finance which will only benefit the set and our clients across the North Eastern Circuit and beyond.”

Chambers & Partners also placed Parklane Plowden as Band 1 across its chancery; clinical negligence; employment; and personal injury practice areas. Additionally, the set was ranked Band 2 for inquests and inquiries.

The 2021 edition of legal directory The Legal 500 recommends 73 of the set’s barristers across 13 practice areas.

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