Year of Call: 2011
Inn of Court: Inner Temple
A committed and charismatic advocate, Stephanie understands the importance of crafting case narratives to channel the most persuasive arguments for her client.
Stephanie prosecutes and defends at all levels of court. In July 2017, she completed a 9-month secondment to the Crown Prosecution Service as a Senior Crown Prosecutor and was appointed Prosecution Junior Counsel in the first, ever redundancy payment fraud in July 2018 https://www.charterchambers.com/news/operation-chum-redundancy-fraudsters-convicted/. She is on the CPS specialist fraud list and is also a level 2 CPS Advocate. Regularly instructed to prosecute offences of the utmost seriousness including aggravated burglary and grievous bodily harm, Stephanie recently secured unanimous, guilty verdicts for perverting the course of justice, robbery and handling.
Stephanie is quickly developing an extensive practice in regulatory work. Having undertaken pupillage in employment law Stephanie understands the intricacies and sensitivities attached to cases involving issues at work. She has represented a range of healthcare professionals including a clinical scientist, social worker, physiotherapist, paramedics, nurses and midwives. Recent feedback from a client described Stephanie as the “most knowledgeable and passionate barrister” for whom Stephanie showed the Health and Care Professions Council that an allegation concerning misuse of the time-lapse “EEVA” system – used to monitor embryo development – could not be proved and that the client’s demonstrable experience since the allegations meant that her practice was not impaired.
R v S – Unanimous guilty verdict in less than an hour for perverting the course of justice where Defendant had given brother’s name to police to evade prosecution (December 2018) https://www.charterchambers.com/news/unanimous-verdict-on-perverting-the-course-of-justice/
R v K – Secured unanimous guilty verdict for handling (November 2018)
R v M – Junior Counsel in first, ever UK redundancy payment fraud concerning money laundering and conspiracy to cheat the public revenue, 9 weeks, Croydon Crown Court. 9 convictions. (July 2018)
R v B – Secured conviction for robbery against grandmother by granddaughter following trial at Wood Green Crown Court
R v. S – Secured 3 convictions for fraud and handling stolen goods following trial in Croydon Crown Court
R v. Y – Secured 7 convictions against 7 youths following 3-day trial for charges involving harming a witness and assault occasioning actual bodily harm
R v. C – Secured conviction for s.18 stabbing in Youth Court
R v. A – Secured conviction for s.20 offence where victim’s nose was fractured.
R v. A – Securing a suspended sentence with no requirements for a defendant convicted of stealing several thousand pounds from a vulnerable person
R v. D – Securing acquittal of a youth charged with fraud by false representation through effective cross-examination of the police and a Bank employee
R v. C – Securing acquittal of defendant who – as a result of being found possessing a blade and plastic shopping bags – was charged with possession of bladed article and going equipped.
BP v HCPC – Represented a Clinical Scientist in final hearing. Through robust cross-examination Stephanie showed that the allegation of misuse of the “EEVA” – a system which monitors embryo development – could not be proved. Stephanie also elicited from her client evidence demonstrating that despite a proven allegation of failing to transport liquid nitrogen safely, the Registrant had remedied this error such that her practice was no longer impaired. (2019)
RC v HCPC – Stephanie successfully persuaded the Panel that despite the application for an interim suspension in view of an allegation of assault, this was neither necessary nor in the public interest and declined to impose any interim sanction at all. (2018)
LP v NMC – At a review hearing, Stephanie successfully persuaded a Panel to reframe an interim conditions of practice order to reflect a Preceptorship programme enabling the Registrant Midwife to remain in work, having unsuccessfully applied for numerous other midwifery roles. (2018)
GC v HCPC – Stephanie persuaded the Panel to lift an interim conditions of practice order after showing that the Registrant Physiotherapist’s practice was no longer impaired. (2018)
- LL.B (Hons), University of Reading
- BPTC, Kaplan Law School
- Kalisher Scholarship (2016)
- Inner Temple Exhibition Award
- Duke of Edinburgh Scholarship
- Grade 2 CPS panel advocate
- Grade 2 CPS specialist fraud panel advocate
- Inner Temple
- Criminal Bar Association
- South Eastern Circuit
- Behind the Gown
Areas of Specialism
She is a Grade 2 CPS Advocate and completed a secondment with the CPS in July 2017. She defends at all levels of court.
Employment & Regulatory Law
She successfully secured an adjournment of a Social Worker Registrant’s Final Hearing before the Health and Care Professions Council in Birmingham. She has a keen interest in the medical professions and aims to use her experience from the Employment Tribunal to develop a practice in regulatory work.
Instructed by FRU, she secured compensation for a claimant alleging unfair dismissal, having firstly established her ‘employee’ status. She also secured over £15,000 compensation on behalf of a care worker following a three-day hearing encompassing claims for whistleblowing, unfair dismissal and sex discrimination.
She has acted as a voluntary advisor on the Employment Law Telephone Advice Service (ELTAL) offering free advice to members of the public facing issues at work. She is also regularly instructed by Irwin Mitchell for advice on the merits of claims.
Prison & Public Law
Interested in the criminal justice system more holistically, she also received a Kalisher Scholarship sponsoring a secondment with The Parole Board in the Ministry of Justice. Within the Litigation Team, she successfully defended a judicial review challenge made against the Board, linked to a decision not to direct the release of a prisoner.
She also dealt with hundreds of claims for compensation from prisoners due to the delay in having their oral hearings heard under Article 5 (4) ECHR.
Her interest in prison law work was borne out of representing a prisoner recalled for breaching license conditions at HMP Wayland. She has also represented youths in adjudications at Feltham YOI.