Stella Young BSc (Hons)
Partner (Head of Family Law)
Stella is a Partner at Jefferies and Head of the Family Law Department which she manages and leads. The departments profile and reputation has blossomed under her leadership, has expanded significantly and is acknowledged nationally as noteworthy.
She qualified in 1993 and joined Jefferies in 1997 from the Court Service where she had been a Senior Legal Adviser specialising in Crime and Family work. Since she became a partner at Jefferies she has led the family Department which is now recognised as the leading provider of advocacy services to children and families in Essex.
She has undertaken children work since the inception of the Children Act 1989 which came into force largely in 1991.
She has been consistently and repeatedly instructed by CAFCASS on behalf of children since she was accredited to the Children Panel nearly 15 years ago. She has also represents parents and other relatives in care cases and private law cases.
The department rivals the Bar in terms of advocacy services for children and families. The department continues to expand and uniquely provides a seamless start to finish services as hand on Solicitors with day to day conduct through to complex hearings appearing as advocates.
Stella is a highly skilled and robust advocate and obtained her Higher Rights of Audience and has appeared in all tiers of Court save for the Supreme Court. She is a member of the Law Society’s Children Panel and as such is an accredited specialist in children cases. She regularly acts as an assessor for the Law Society for new applicants to the panel.
Stella is particularly skilled and experienced as an advocate in complex cases of suspected non-accidental injury as demonstrated in her case studies and is acutely aware of the potential for miscarriages of justice in this complex field where medical evidence can sometimes be controversial and requires appropriate enquiry and challenge. She is also very experienced in cases involving large sibling groups. She has dealt with a number of complex appeals and has appeared as an advocates in the High Court and Court of appeal.
Stella is also very experienced in dealing with complex Adoption cases
She is responsible for the firms communities initiatives and is a member of the first Multi Academy Trust in Southend.