Jeanette Stevenson

Barrister

Called 2012

Criminal Bar Association Member

Lord Diplock Major Scholarship – Middle Temple

Degrees of Success Scholarship – The Derby Telegraph in partnership with The University of Derby

Crown Court Judge’s Commendation – His Honour Judge Robert Brown, Leicester Crown Court

Home Office Commendation – An award for dedication, commitment, and professionalism.

 

Background

Jeanette joined Chambers after successfully completing a ten month pupillage at Goldsmith Chambers in London. Her pupillage was reduced by the Bar Standards Board due to her previous experience and knowledge in the Criminal Justice System.

During pupillage, Jeanette was supervised by Jerry Hayes where she was able to work alongside him on a number of high profile cases including R v Liam Allan. This case highlighted disclosure failings by the Police in relation to sexual offence cases. In the weeks following the case, Jeanette had the opportunity to attend Attorney General’s Questions at The Houses of Parliament as well as attend tv/radio interviews such as Good Morning Britain with Piers Morgan, Sky TV, BBC and the Jeremy Vine show.

In her spare time Jeanette likes motorsport and travel. To raise extra money for Bar School she appeared on a TV game show called ‘Minute To Win It’ where her team, assisted by team captain Joe Swash won £20,000. In 2014 she took part in a White Collar Boxing Match to raise money for Marie Currie Cancer Care on the 20th year anniversary of her mother’s death.

Crime


Before attending University, Jeanette worked for the Derbyshire Constabulary. It was in this role that she realised her ambition to become a Barrister and attend University to study Law. However, having lost her parents at 9, Jeanette was fostered by her Aunt and Uncle. Jeanette decided at 16 to leave their care and as a consequence did not feel in a position to be able to continue with her study. She instead took up full time employment and found herself accommodation in place of studying A-Levels. Jeanette knew that without A-Levels the dream of becoming a Barrister would be a challenging one.

In determination of her ambition, sometime later, Jeanette was successful in securing funding for her law degree from her local newspaper: ‘The Derby Telegraph’.

For her law degree, Jeanette obtained a 2:1 (Hons) in Law & Criminology. Soon after, she successfully obtained a Major Scholarship from Middle Temple Inn of Court, London to pay for her Bar Course. She obtained a ‘Very Competent’ and was called to the Bar in 2012.

Prior to commencing pupillage, Jeanette worked for 4 years at the Home Office as a designated Criminal Investigator investigating Organised Immigration Crime. She also worked as an Extradition Officer travelling abroad to extradite individuals from overseas back to the UK.

At the Home Office she passed her National Investigators Examination where she achieved exceptional results and the highest mark ever obtained Nationally. The Home Office commended her for dedication, commitment and professionalism to her work. In 2016, Jeanette was further awarded a Judge’s Commendation for an investigation into an organised crime group assisting unlawful immigration through a sham marriage ring. In awarding the commendation, His Honour Judge Brown sitting at Leicester Crown Court stated “His Honour Judge Brown commends Jeanette Stevenson for the way in which the case was investigated and the evidence collated. It was a cross jurisdictional complex case and the officer was professional, thorough and impressive throughout”.

Jeanette accepts instructions both prosecuting and defending in all criminal matters and is a Level 1 CPS prosecutor. She is a hard working, determined individual known for her straight talking and down to earth attitude. Jeanette is able to build excellent working relations with clients and solicitors alike and has experience of dealing with vulnerable witnesses including young children. During her time as a criminal investigator Jeanette spent a secondment with The Metropolitan Police Human Trafficking & Modern Slavery Unit where she was trained to deal with vulnerable witnesses and defendants. In particular she was able to conduct ABE interviews of people trafficked into the UK.

Jeanette is routinely instructed by the CPS in appeals against sentence and conviction. She also receives instructions from the Probation Service in relation to alleged breach proceedings.

She has a keen interest in cases involving immigration crime, proceeds of crime, extradition and regulatory work.

Notables cases:

R v Liam Allen – Working alongside Jerry Hayes. High profile multiple rape allegation involving analysis of a high volume of digital phone evidence. Prosecution offered no evidence.

R v Courtney – Defending boyfriend accused of stalking his girlfriend involving analysis of electronic phone evidence, cell site, ANPR and CCTV. Acquitted.

R v Stephenson – Defending a client who pleaded guilty to a £23,000 benefit fraud over 4 years. Achieved a community order following mitigation.

R v Turner – Prosecuting domestic criminal damage, assault and revenge porn offence. Defendant found guilty.

R v O’Callaghan – Prosecuting PWITS Class A. Youth. Guilty.

R v O’Mohoney – Defending. Special reasons argument following totting up where special reasons found and no disqualification order.

R v Hulus – Defending a failure to provide driver details when required to do so. Prosecution offered no evidence after Miss Stevenson pointed out to the Prosecutor that the CPS had insufficient evidence to proceed with the case.

Immigration


Having worked for the Home Office for four years after Bar School, Jeanette has an in depth understanding of the way in which they work. This knowledge and understanding has given her particular interests in deportation, asylum and human rights cases but she is able to accept instructions in all types of immigration matters.