Stanley Crossick

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Stanley Crossick (1935-2010) was an influential lawyer and lobbyist who focused his work on EU integration and the development pro business policies within the EU. In his later years Crossick was committed to strengthening trade and diplomatic relations between the EU and China. In 1997 Crossick co-founded the European Policy Centre a Brussels based think tank driven by business interests in internal and external EU affairs. Jacques Chirac awarded Crossick with Ordre Nationale du Mérite for his services to Europe in 2007 and he received an OBE in 2010. [1]


Crossick graduated from University College London in 1956, where he founded the universities basket ball club, before becoming a solicitor in 1959. [2]


A profile of Stanley Crossick in the Economist called him the ‘grandfather of lobbying’ in the home of the EU institutions. [3] An obituary written by John Wyles, a senior adviser at the European Policy Centre, points to one of Crossick's greatest lobbying successes, the insertion of a 68-word paragraph in the 1992 Maastricht Treaty that allegedly saved the European pensions industry $1bn-$2bn. [4]

A previous treaty, the Treaty of Rome had enshrined equal pay for men and women. A subsequent ruling by the European Court of Justice had presented the possibility of this equality being applied, retrospectively, to pension claims dating back to 1957. Crossick's paragraph prevented women from raising such challenges and in turn potentially saved the insurance industry billions of Euros. The Economist felt that Crossick's actions "may well represent the high point of the lobbyist’s art as practised in Brussels this half-century" [5]

Tobacco Industry Advocate

Stanley Crossick undertook work on behalf of British American Tobacco (BAT) from the mid 1980s. When working as a consultant for BAT in Europe he was also Senior Vice-Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce EC Committee, BAT was also a member. [6]

Career History

  • 1997-2010 Director and Founding Chairman of the European Policy Centre
  • 1990-1997 - Chairman of the Belmont European Policy Centre and Belmont European Community Office
  • 1987-1989 - Chairman and Senior Partner of C&L Belmont
  • 1979-1987 - Founder and Managing Partner Belmont European Community Law Office Brussels
  • 1974-1979 - International Consultant Franks Charlesly & Company London
  • 1961-1974 - Partner and Senior Administrative Partner Franks Charlesly & Company London
  • 1994-1997 - Senior Vice-Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce EC Committee
  • 1981-1984 – President European Secretariat of the Liberal, Independent and Social Professions (SEPLIS)
  • 1979-2010 - Honorary Vice President International Union of Lawyers (UIA)
  • 1977-1982 - Deputy Secretary-general Consultative Council of the Bars and Law Societies of the European Community (CCBE)
  • 1971-1979 - Secretary-general International Union of Lawyers (UIA)
  • 1970-1982 – Member Law Society's International Relations Committee, and Joint Bar/Law Society Committees
  • 1971-1974 – Member British Council of the European Movement
  • 1971 – Recipient Ralph C Yablon Bursary - Not a membership appointment
  • 1967-1972 - Honorary Secretary Law Society's Solicitors' European Group [7]

Books & Publications

  • Stanley Crossick & Etienne Reuter, (2007) China-EU: A Common Future. World Scientific Publishing, London. ISBN-13:978-981-270-176-5, ISBN-10:981-270-776-X
  • Stanley Crossick, (1983) European banking law An analysis of community and member state legislation. Financial Times Business Information, London. ISBN-13: 9780903199629, ISBN-10: 0903199629
  • Margie Lindsay & Stanley Crossick, (1986) European Company Law A Guide to Community and Member Share Legislation. Cartermill International, St Andrews Scotland, ISBN-13: 9780903199988, ISBN-10: 090319998X


  1. The Scotsman, Obituary: Stanley Crossick OBE, European policy expert 28th November 2010, accessed 8th November 2011
  2. China Europe International Business School,Stanley Crossick accessed 8th November 2011
  3. John Wyles, Stanley Crossick: obituary Public Affairs, accessed 8th November 2011
  4. John Wyles, Stanley Crossick: obituary Public Affairs, accessed 8th November 2011
  5. The Economist, The Brussels lobbyist and the struggle for ear-time 13th August 1998, accessed 8th November 2011
  6. ASH, Smoke Filled Room 2010, accessed 7th November 2011
  7. China Europe International Business School,Stanley Crossick accessed 8th November 2011