The Right Honourable Baroness Hale of Richmond was guest speaker at the recent Resolution Tees Valley regional group members meeting in Stockton.

Silk Family Law founding partner and Resolution Tees Valley chair, Margaret Simpson, invited Lady Hale to speak at the event on the topic of “Is family law going backwards or forwards”.

Meeting Lady Hale was described as “the highlight of our year” and “an incredible few hours” by members of the group, which includes representatives from a number of Tees Valley law firms, committed to promoting a non-confrontational approach to family problems.

Lady Hale of Richmond is a true pioneer who broke the mould to rise to the top of the judiciary and is a true icon of 21st Century jurisprudence.

She was the main architect of the Children Act 1989 and the Family Law Act 1996, ground breaking legislation which changed how family law was practised and ultimately led to the introduction of the Family Court.

In 1994, Baroness Hall was appointed a judge of the High Court Family Division. In 1999 she became only the second woman to be appointed to the Court of Appeal and in 2004 became the first woman appointed to the House of Lords as a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary. In 2017 she became the President of the Supreme Court.

Resolution is the national membership organisation that brings together family lawyers and other professionals who are committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes.

Lady Hale pictured with members of the Silk Family Law team.