Stephanie has prosecuted a spectrum of criminal offences including serious violence, complex fraud, dishonesty and sexual offences. She was led for the prosecution in the first, UK redundancy payment fraud and acted as sole counsel in a linked, severed trial.
In addition to her work at the Bar, Stephanie has undertaken two secondments with the CPS enhancing her knowledge of the work conducted by lawyers instructing prosecuting counsel. Stephanie has fielded issues with an international dimension, drafting a European Investigation Order on behalf of the National Crime Agency.
Stephanie also defends; she has defended clients charged with inflicting serious violence; possession of firearms with intent to endanger life and was led in a doublehanded conspiracy to ring and sell stolen vehicles.
An adept tribunal advocate, Stephanie is highly experienced in regulatory law and professional discipline. She has represented social workers, paramedics, nurses, physiotherapists and a clinical scientist. She also case presents for the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Stephanie’s experience in employment law from her early years at the Bar means she is well equipped to accommodate the pressures faced by clients appearing before their regulator.
Stephanie is an advocate for equality and diversity. In 2019, Stephanie was invited to lead ‘Behind the Gown’ - an organisation founded in 2017 by barrister Elizabeth Prochaska. To mark the Centenary of women at the Bar and highlight issues still affecting retention, Stephanie wrote, produced and presented a film: “Retaining women at the Bar. 1919 – 2019: is the past inhabiting the present?”. The film was platformed on Twitter and received acclaim: Monday Message 23.12.19 - Criminal Bar Association. Stephanie is a natural presenter whose skills have led to live interviews with high-profile figures, notably Jess Phillips MP and Radio 4, ‘Law in Action’ journalist and lawyer, Joshua Rozenberg QC (hon).
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 her cases with a sense of fairness and objectivity. This complements Stephanie’s defence work.
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. Stephanie avoided any sanction for a nurse facing suspension following an admission to accessing confidential patient records, secured the early lifting of a suspension for a paramedic who admitted cannabis use, and defended a clinical scientist in an allegation of misusing an embryo development system. Stephanie has also had success on the force of written submissions; due the Covid-19 pandemic, Stephanie was instructed by Thompsons Solicitors to defend a Band 7 Physiotherapist against whom the HCPC had applied for an interim suspension order. Stephanie argued against suspension, or less draconian conditions of practice due to the clinical safeguards already in place in the Registrant’s new role. The Panel acceded to the submission and no interim order was imposed.
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.