Stephanie Hayward

Call: 2011

Stephanie has prosecuted and defended a range of criminal offences including serious violence, conspiracies, drugs and sexual offences. She was led in the first UK conspiracy to defraud Government Department, the “Redundancy Payment service”, and acted as sole prosecution counsel in a linked, severed trial.

A Grade 3 CPS advocate, Stephanie has experience of prosecuting Defendants with mental health issues or who require an intermediary and skilfully adapts her cross-examination to the witness.

Stephanie is currently instructed by the Met in relation to the Grenfell Tower fire and has advised various police forces on search powers, disposal of assets and confiscation. On behalf of Bedfordshire Police, she conducted a review of privileged material on an historic murder conviction referred to the Court of Appeal by the Criminal Cases Review Commission.

Stephanie is experienced in healthcare regulatory work. She is an adept Tribunal advocate and has successfully defended a clinical scientist, nurses, midwives and paramedics against allegations of fraud and misconduct in substantive hearings before their regulator. Stephanie also case presents for the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

In addition to her court work, Stephanie is a committed advocate for equality at the Bar and spearheads the organisation Behind the Gown. In 2019, she wrote, produced and presented a film to commemorate the Centenary of women in law, Retaining women at the Bar. 1919 – 2019: is the past inhabiting the present? – YouTube Stephanie has interviewed high-profile figures including Jess Phillips MP and Joshua Rozenberg QC (hon) on matters affecting equality, particularly gender equality, at the Bar and beyond.


Stephanie prosecutes for CPS London and the surrounding Thames Valley area. She has authorised charges against suspects, directing a prosecution from its inception. She is familiar with drafting disclosure management documents and approaches cases with a sense of fairness and objectivity. This complements Stephanie’s defence work: Stephanie has defended clients charged with inflicting serious violence and possession of firearms with intent to endanger life.

Notable Crime cases

R v Basilwudike (2021)

secured 4 robbery convictions following threats to stab and use of firearm against 4 teenage boys. Intermediary appointed for Defendant requiring compliance with ground rules questioning. Defendant pleaded on first day of trial.

R v Middleton (2020)

successfully prosecuted Defendant charged exposure on a bus. Immediate imprisonment imposed.

R v Ejem (2019)

secured 2 convictions for sustained domestic ABH and perverting the course of justice. Rigorous cross-examination exposed psychological, emotional and ultimately physical abuse levelled against vulnerable complainant through painstaking analysis of chat logs and text messages.

R v N (2019)

defended s.20 GBH where Defendant alleged to have punched and broken Complainant’s jaw outside a nightclub.

R v Chugtai (2019)

sole prosecution counsel in trial severed from multi-handed conspiracy to defraud the ‘Redundancy Payment Service’.

R v Balciunas (2019)

junior defence counsel in multi-handed, widespread conspiracy to ring and sell stolen vehicles with theft value exceeding £700,000.

R v Mcleod and Ors (2018)

junior prosecution counsel in multi-handed conspiracy to defraud ‘Redundancy Payment Service’. (Op. Chum). Fraud value exceeded £700,000. 9 convictions secured; POCA proceedings followed. Also acted as junior counsel in linked VAT fraud, where first Defendant claimed in excess of £100,000 in VAT refunds following death of Director. (Op. Curate).

R v Rogers (2018)

sole prosecution counsel in aggravated burglary involving imitation firearm and pepper spray.

Stephanie has defended Registrants before the Health and Care Professions Council and Nursing and Midwifery Council. She can ably acquaint herself with unfamiliar subject matter to skilfully represent clients. For example, Stephanie successfully defended a clinical scientist against an allegation of misusing an embryo development system. Due to the pandemic, Stephanie was instructed by Thompsons Solicitors to defend a Band 7 Physiotherapist against an interim suspension order. On the force of written submissions alone, the Panel acceded to Stephanie’s argument and no interim order was imposed.

Notable Regulatory & Professional Discipline cases

PG v NMC (2020)

represented nurse who admitted accessing confidential patient records. Persuaded panel that despite NMC application for suspension and admitted misconduct, Registrant’s practice was not currently impaired. Panel agreed and no sanction was imposed.

AP v HCPC (2020)

on written submissions successfully defended application for an interim suspension against a Band 7 Physiotherapist on the basis clinical safeguards militated against the necessity for suspension or conditions of practice.

GC v NMC (2019)

successfully defended allegation of fraudulent entry on the Register. Despite Registrant’s admission of “incorrect entry”, Panel imposed no sanction.

BP v HCPC (2019)

successfully defended Clinical Scientist for misuse of “EEVA” system which monitors embryo development. Allegation of misconduct not proved. Despite Registrant’s admission for failing to transport liquid nitrogen safely, persuaded panel that practice was not impaired.

ES v HCPC (2019)

represented Paramedic suspended from practice for admitted cannabis use (outside of work duties). Pursuant to advice which Registrant followed, secured early lift of suspension order at substantive order review.

RC v HCPC (2018)

successfully persuaded Panel that despite allegation of assault an interim order was neither necessary nor in the public interest. Panel imposed no interim order.

Stephanie has received instructions from multiple Police forces including the Metropolitan Police, Devon and Cornwall and Bedfordshire Police and is developing a police practice. She has been instructed to review sensitive and privileged material, in particular a court file relating to an historic murder conviction referred by the CCRC to the Court of Appeal. She has a working knowledge and familiarity with POCA provisions relating to cash seizure and forfeiture which she has used in hearings to apply for the same and has advised the Police on vehicle search powers under PACE.

In 2016, Stephanie was seconded to the Parole Board Litigation Team for 5 months which was sponsored by the Kalisher Trust. Stephanie developed her experience of public law, successfully responding to a claim for judicial review against a decision made by the Board not to order an MRI scan when assessing a prisoner’s risk. Stephanie’s core work involved adjudication of claims for compensation for breaches of Article 5 (4) ECHR due to delays in oral hearings being listed and heard.

Stephanie’s interest in parole work was borne out of representing a prisoner recalled to HMP Wayland following breach of licence.

Regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB)

Regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and holds a current practising certificate. To see my privacy notice click here.

  • LLB (Hons) University of Reading (2010)
  • BPTC Kaplan Law School (2011)

  • Behind the Gown
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Women in Criminal Law
  • South Eastern Circuit

  • CPS General Crime Panel, Level 3
  • CPS Fraud Panel, Level 2
  • SFO Prosecution Counsel, Panel C

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