One of the region’s most prominent solicitors; Stefan Cross has been named on the annual list of Honorary Queens Counsel (QC) appointments. Honorary Queens Counsel is awarded to lawyers who have made a major contribution to the law in England and Wales outside of the practice of courts. This is a very rare award, which has only been made 50 times since 1992 and to only 15 practising solicitors. There are currently 125000 practising solicitors so be granted this award is a huge honour.
The official Ministry Of Justice citation reads, "Mr Stefan Tylney Cross was admitted as a solicitor on 1 August 1985. He has worked widely in the area of equal pay law. Stefan fought for equal pay rights for women who had not been heard by unions; on a no win no fee basis. He brought about substantial changes for several hundred thousand women, some of which received tens of thousands of pounds owed to them. Overall, more than £1billion has been paid to low paid women as a result of his work. Stefan has worked on 44 reported equal pay cases and has also championed the cause of low paid men." These cases have included successful claims against all the councils in the north east including settlements currently being made to clients in Sunderland.
Stefan Cross, who founded Stefan Cross Solicitors in 2003, said, "I am thrilled to have been granted this award. There has been a lot of opposition to the equal pay cases we have fought so to have our work recognised in this way was a big surprise but enormously satisfying. I am especially grateful to the longstanding support of my staff and our barristers but most of all to our brave clients who have made the fight possible."
The ceremony will take place on 27th March 2013.
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