Introduction Introduction Stephen is a practitioner in criminal and regulatory law. He prosecutes and defends a wide range of criminal offences, including sexual offences and offences of violence and fraud. He is also instructed in POCA proceedings. Stephen appears in the magistrates’ court and the Crown Court, as well as before disciplinary tribunals and regulatory bodies. He has extensive experience dealing with vulnerable witnesses and is a fierce and skilful advocate who offers his clients an attentive ear and a clear view of the matters at hand. Outside of court, Stephen frequently advises local authorities and regulators in respect of licensing and regulatory prosecutions, providing meticulous, comprehensive, and robust written advice. Stephen also has experience in pre-charge investigations and in the preparation of case strategy – experience gained through secondments at the Serious Fraud Office and a boutique solicitors’ firm. Before being called to the Bar Stephen volunteered for the Prisoners’ Advice Service, advising inmates on legal issues. He also served as a panel member for Islington's Youth Offending Team, drafting the terms of offenders’ Referral Orders. These experiences not only provided him with a detailed knowledge of sentencing law, but also gave him an insight into the practical and legal issues faced by offenders on a daily basis. In 2013 Stephen was employed as a paralegal at Birnberg Peirce and Partners. He was part of a team that worked exclusively on the Hillsborough Inquests, representing over 70 of the victims' families. Qualifications Qualifications Bar Professional Training Course, BPP Law School Graduate Diploma in Law, City Law School DPhil in Philosophy, University of Oxford MA in Philosophy (distinction), University of Warwick BA in Philosophy (1st class), University of Warwick Awards & Prizes Awards & Prizes Astbury Scholarship, Middle Temple Oriel College Graduate Scholarship, Oriel College, University of Oxford Doctoral Scholarship, Arts and Humanities Research Council Direct Access Direct Access Stephen is accredited to accept work under Direct access, also known as Public access, in suitable cases. In order to instruct Stephen on a Direct access basis, contact the clerks on +44 (0) 20 7242 6476 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.