Fabian Picardo

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The Honourable
Fabian Picardo
QC MP
Fabian Picardo in London (portrait).jpg
Chief Minister of Gibraltar
Assumed office
9 December 2011
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor
Preceded by Peter Caruana
Personal details
Born (1972-02-18) 18 February 1972 (age 45)
Gibraltar
Nationality British
Political party Gibraltar Socialist Labour Party
Spouse(s) Justine Olivero (m.2011)
Children Sebastian, Oliver
Alma mater Oriel College, Oxford
Website Official website

Fabian Raymond Picardo QC (born 18 February 1972) is a Gibraltarian politician and barrister who is the current Chief Minister of Gibraltar. Picardo was elected as leader of the Gibraltar Socialist Labour Party in April 2011, replacing long-term leader Joe Bossano. In December 2011 he was elected Chief Minister of Gibraltar, replacing Sir Peter Caruana.

Following the 2015 Gibraltar General Elections which took place on 26 November 2015, Picardo was re-elected to another four-year term by the people of Gibraltar.

Early life and education[edit]

Picardo was born on 18 February 1972 in Gibraltar and grew up in the Upper Town area. He has said that the area where he grew up "always made me think about the huge potential that the bay of Gibraltar could have as long as we were able to work together with our Spanish neighbours." His father was a clerical worker for the Ministry of Defence on Gibraltar, and his mother was a personal assistant to Joshua Hassan, the founder of Hassans law firm and a Chief Minister of Gibraltar. Picardo has said that "My parents instilled in me the simple principle of equality, that nobody is better than anybody else and that we shouldn’t look down on absolutely anyone because all of us are created equal."[1] Picardo's grandmother was Spanish, although he has said that the Picardo line came to Gibraltar during the Napoleonic Wars and that he's "particularly proud of that part of [his] bloodline."[1]

Picardo first entertained the idea of becoming a lawyer as the "result of a discussion with a teacher, who I was particularly keen to argue with, who told me that if I wanted to argue I should charge people for it and become a lawyer." He visited Hassans law firm when he was 14-years-old to discuss the idea with the lawyers.[1] From 1990 to 1993, Picardo studied jurisprudence at Oriel College, Oxford.[2] His studies were supported by the grant system introduced by Joe Bossano's Gibraltar Socialist Labour Party government in 1988.[1] Oriel College paid tribute to Picardo's election by flying the flag of Gibraltar,[3] and Picardo has also spoken at Oriel Law Society since his election.[2][4] Picardo then studied at the Inns of Court School of Gray's Inn and was called to the bar by Middle Temple in 1994.[5][6]

Legal career[edit]

In September 1994, Picardo joined Hassans, the largest law firm in Gibraltar, as an associate. He became a partner in 2000.[7] He was appointed as a Queen's Counsel on 12 June 2014.[8]

Political career[edit]

Picardo was a co-founder of the Gibraltar National Party in 1991, the predecessor to the Liberal Party of Gibraltar. In 2003, he joined the Gibraltar Socialist Labour Party (GSLP) and was elected as a Member of Parliament (MP) for the GSLP in that year's general election.[9]

Picardo has described what made him interested in politics as a lawyer in Gibraltar: "I started to wake up to politics and see what Hassan had done, and I started to understand what Joe Bossano was doing. I realised that if I had the ability to become a lawyer then I should use that ability also in the interests of Gibraltar. Gibraltar is a place where all of us have to pull our weight; we all have to do what we can and I wanted to do what I could in politics." Picardo became the leader of the Gibraltar Socialist Labour Party in 2011, taking over from Joe Bossano. He won the 2011 election, forming a coalition government with the Liberal Party.[1]

Picardo said that the "crowning achievements" of his first term were two new schools, a university, a new bank, and a new 700-berth marina. He also appointed Gibraltar's first Minister for Equalities and passed the Civil Partnerships Act in 2014, ending legal discrimination against same-sex couples.[10] In October 2015, he said that if Brexit took place, Gibraltar "would have to carefully reconsider what the economic prospects for Gibraltar are and how we would be positioned."[1]

Personal life[edit]

Picardo is married to Justine Olivero, who works for Hassans law firm, and they have two sons, Sebastian and Oliver.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Profile of chief minister Fabian Picardo". The Guardian. 8 October 2015. Retrieved 3 April 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "CM to address Oriel College Law Society". Gibraltar Chronicle. 11 November 2016. 
  3. ^ "Oriel College, Oxford, Flies Gibraltar Flag". Panorama. 12 December 2011. Retrieved 3 April 2017. 
  4. ^ "Oriel Law Society's Annual Dinner 2016". Oriel College, Oxford. Retrieved 3 April 2017. 
  5. ^ "Gibraltar profile - Leaders". BBC. 17 February 2016. Retrieved 3 April 2017. 
  6. ^ "Calls to the Bar". The Independent. 13 October 1994. Retrieved 3 April 2017. 
  7. ^ Neate, Rupert (2 June 2013). "Hassans: the law firm with close links to Gibraltar's government". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 April 2017. 
  8. ^ "Hassans' partners appointed Queen's Counsel". Hassans. Retrieved 3 April 2017. 
  9. ^ "Q&A With Gibraltar's Honorable Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo". Forbes. 30 June 2014. Retrieved 3 April 2017. 
  10. ^ Simmonds, Charlotte (30 June 2015). "The Gib Statesman: Chief Minister interviewed". New Statesman. Retrieved 3 April 2017. 

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Joe Bossano
Leader of the Gibraltar Socialist Labour Party
2011–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Peter Caruana
Chief Minister of Gibraltar
2011–present
Incumbent