Called 1995 – Lincoln’s Inn
University of York BA (Hons) Politics
College of Law, York Common Professional Examination
Inns of Court School of Law Vocational Course
Stephen has recently joined 1 High Pavement Chambers having practiced from chambers in Liverpool since 1997.
He was appointed as a Grade 4 prosecutor on the Northern Circuit in 2007. He both prosecutes and defends a broad range of offences in the Crown Court including those involving serious violence, kidnap, blackmail, intimidation, firearms, arson, drug and dishonesty offences.
He specialises in the following areas of law:
Sexual offences including rape, sexual offences involving children as victims or defendants and historic sexual abuse cases;
Cases involving children or the vulnerable either as victims, witnesses or defendants.
He has appeared recently in the following notable cases:
R v F : Prosecution of an 11 year-old boy who had raped his 6 year-old neighbour. Case ultimately led to the High Court declaring that parts of the sex offender notification requirements were incompatible with Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (R (on the application of F and Thompson (FC) v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWCA Civ 792.); a decision that was upheld by the Supreme Court.
R v Murphy Ashcroft and Moore: Prosecution of a complex case of death by dangerous driving.
R v Barrowman: Defence of man accused of acquaintance rape, strangulation and other violence. Much of the case turned upon medical evidence from four doctors, including a Home Office Pathologist, as to what could be established from the injuries to the complainant. Two juries could not agree; on a second re-trial the jury acquitted.
R v Yates: Prosecution of a man for sexually grooming two teenage girls for raping and having sexual activity with one of them and for abducting the other one.