Stephen Tawiah

  • Year of Call 2014

Introduction

Stephen’s practice covers immigration, asylum, public law and civil liberties. He has a particular interest in protection claims and deprivation of liberty in the context of immigration detention.

Stephen has a strong commitment to access to justice and regularly represents individuals on a legal aid basis. His commitment extends beyond his work in court. In the aftermath of the Grenfell fire, Stephen volunteered with the Citizens Advice Grenfell Response Team which provided legal advice to the Grenfell survivors on a range of issues, such as housing and welfare benefits. Prior to coming to the Bar, Stephen volunteered with the Lambeth Law Centre and has been involved with various projects which seek to address systemic barriers to access to justice.  

Stephen is a member of the Attorney General’s Junior Junior scheme. He drafts statements of case and assists with disclosure exercises for a range of government departments. Stephen worked for a number of years at the Government Legal Department where he managed his own caseload of judicial review claims in the Upper Tribunal and Administrative Court.  

Stephen holds an LLM in Human Rights from UCL. He completed his thesis on the lawfulness and effectiveness of ‘suspicion-less’ stop and search (distinction). Stephen has a very strong interest in the relationship between the criminal process and human rights, particularly in relation to policing.

Stephen combines his practice with campaigning on matters relating to equality and systemic discrimination. He recently worked on an oral history project with the Bernie Grant Trust called ‘Marginalised No More’, exploring how the black community in the UK during the 1970s/1980s responded to various forms of inequality.

Stephen is a member of the Equality and Diversity Committee for the Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA).

Immigration & Nationality

Stephen’s practice has a particular focus on asylum and human rights. He appears regularly in the First-tier Tribunal and has significant experience representing victims of torture and human trafficking.

Stephen’s work also extends to nationality law and deportation cases.

He is committed to access to justice and regularly accepts instructions from individuals on a legal aid basis.

Furthermore, Stephen has significant experience dealing with judicial review claims. He has represented clients in the Upper Tribunal in challenges to decisions relating to certification, fresh claims and trafficking. Stephen is developing a broad public law practice, building on his prior experience as a litigation caseworker, where he managed his own caseload of judicial review claims in the Upper Tribunal and Administrative Court.

Inquests and Inquires

Stephen is developing his practice in the area of Inquests and Inquires.

He is currently instructed as a 'Junior Junior’ on the Infected Blood Inquiry.

Furthermore, Stephen has extensive experience being instructed as a 'Junior Junior’ in a variety of Inquests

Civil

Stephen appears frequently in the County Court in a range of matters, acting on behalf of claimants and defendants. Particularly, he is regularly instructed to appear and advise on liability and quantum in personal injury and road traffic accident claims.  

Qualifications

(2020) LLM Human Rights, University College London

(2014) Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), City University Law School

(2013) LLB Law, Coventry University

Media

Newspaper article:

  1. The government has no intention of ending the hostile environment – as an immigration lawyer, this is how I know (Independent)  here

GDPR Notice

Stephen Tawiah is a self-employed barrister in independent practice. During the course of providing legal services as a barrister, Stephen collects and uses personal information.  He is the data controller in respect of this information for the purposes of the Data Protection Act 2018 and the General Data Protection Regulation ('GDPR').

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You can view 33 Bedford Row's 'Privacy Policy and Data Protection Statement' on 33 Bedford Row's website. Hard copies are available on request by contacting chambers directly.

Transparency Notice

Stephen Tawiah’s entry on the Barristers' Register can be viewed by clicking the link here.

The Legal Ombudsman's decision data website can be found here, and the Bar Standards Board who regulate Stephen have their website here.

Stephen can be instructed via his clerks at 33 Bedford Row by professional, licensed access and/or lay clients, in order to obtain a quotation for legal services.  His clerks' contact details are at the bottom right of this webpage (please click on the image) and/or via clerks@33bedfordrow.co.uk or 0207 242 6476.

Stephen accepts, where appropriate, publicly funded work, Conditional Fee Agreements (including Partial CFAs).

Stephen’s most commonly used pricing models for privately funded work, are:

(a) for specific drafting work - a fixed fee;

(b)  for specific hearings – a fixed fee;

(c) for other work - hourly rates.

Stephen’s fees are based on an hourly rate of £150-£250 plus VAT per hour.  This is indicative only and may vary depending on various factors - please ask for a quotation.

Stephen is VAT registered and VAT is charged on his fees, where applicable.  Stephen’s VAT Registration Number is: 331 1871 28

A website called Legal Choices is run by the frontline legal regulators. It can be a good source of information for those looking to instruct a lawyer.

Stephen has professional indemnity insurance cover for all types of legal services he supplies to the public and businesses.

Stephen is registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO): ZA503514