Stefan is a specialist criminal and prison law practitioner. He has a wealth of experience in cases involving offences of violence, drugs, sexual offences, dishonesty, and offences affecting public order
He also specialises in all aspects of prison law, including:
- Representing life and IPP sentenced prisoners at oral hearings before the Parole Board.
- Category A Reviews
- Determinate recall oral hearings
- Independent Adjudications
- Judicial Review
Inn: Lincoln’s Inn
Wolfson and Hardwicke Scholarships, Lincoln’s Inn
Midland Circuit, Criminal Bar Association, Human Rights Lawyers Association, Denning Society, Lincoln’s Inn
R v J (Nottingham Crown Court, 2021). Defendant charged with possession with intent to supply Class B drugs. Following detailed written submissions, the prosecution offered no evidence.
Re: P (Parole Board, 2021). Secured the release of a recalled IPP prisoner where the tribunal determined that the decision to recall was unlawful applying the reasoning of the Court of Appeal in Calder. Immediate release directed.
R v A (Nottingham Crown Court, 2020). Represented a defendant charged with causing serious injury by dangerous driving. Case received national press and political coverage.
R v E (Nottingham Crown Court, 2020). Defendant charged with breaching a restraining order in place to protect a BBC journalist who he had stalked and harassed for over 25 years. The case was reported nationally including by the BBC and Sky News.
Re: W (Parole Board, 2020). Secured the release of an IPP prisoner from closed conditions. The tribunal was persuaded that risk could be managed in the community and, despite the recommendations of probation, a transfer to open conditions was not necessary.
R v R (Nottingham Crown Court, 2019). Successful application to dismiss on behalf of a defendant charged with possession of Class A and B drugs with intent to supply.
Re: C (Category A Review, 2018). Successfully argued the removal from high security conditions for a prisoner convicted of murder and attempted murder.
R v AN (Worcester Crown Court, 2018). Multi-handed conspiracy to rob. Minimal custodial sentence imposed after guilty plea on day of trial.
R v RK (Lincoln Crown Court, 2019). Successfully argued for a suspended sentence on behalf of a former RAF pilot convicted of perverting the course of justice.
R v Wood (Ashley Samuel)  EWCA Crim 1273. Appeal against sentence for an offence of dangerous driving. Submissions described by Martin Spencer J as “attractively presented”. Referenced in Wilkinson’s Road Traffic Offences, 29th ed [5-216].
R v LT (Nottingham Crown Court, 2017). Defendant acquitted of ABH against his partner. Case involved cross-examination of a vulnerable witness.
R v Waplington (Alex)  EWCA Crim 2010. Successful appeal against sentence in relation to offences of possessing indecent images of children. Written and oral submissions described by Davis LJ as “impressive”. Referenced in Banks on Sentence, 14th ed [2-1240].
R v CC (Nottingham Crown Court, 2017). Defendant acquitted of a s20 wounding involving a glassing in a casino.
R v Hatton (Richard)  EWCA Crim 1191. Successful appeal against sentence in relation to numerous commercial theft offences and the application of totality.