Stephen Ferson

Year of call: 2013  

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“very articulate in the courtroom with a high level of emotional intelligence, staying one step ahead all the time…”

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Overview


Stephen specialises in Crime and Regulatory & Professional Discipline matters.

Regarded by those who instruct him as “professional, charming and incredibly efficient”, Stephen is committed to providing his clients with an excellent service, combining thorough case preparation, sound judgment, and fearless advocacy to ensure a positive outcome.

Before commencing his career at the bar, Stephen worked as a Paralegal within the Extradition Department at Kaim Todner Solicitors where he assisted fee earners acting for requested persons in Part 1 and Part 2 cases. Whilst at the firm he qualified as an accredited Police Station Representative and gained experience representing individuals suspected of committing a wide range of criminal offences.

Stephen later worked as a Legal Assistant within the Regulatory Department at Kingsley Napley Solicitors assisting in the investigation and prosecution of registrants on behalf of the Health and Care Professions Council. He gained a wealth of experience working professionally with members of the private and public sectors, and members of the public when gathering evidence and preparing cases for a final hearing.

Memberships and Awards

  • Bristol Institute of Legal Practice, BPTC (Very Competent)
  • LLB Hons. University of Bristol (Upper Second Class Honours)
  • ADR Group Accredited Civil & Commercial Mediator
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers.
  • CPS Panel Advocate – Level 1
Crime

Crime


Stephen appears in the Crown, Magistrates and Youth Courts, on behalf of the prosecution and defence. He has experience of a broad range of criminal matters including dishonesty offences, possession and supply of drugs offences, sexual offences, and violent offences – particularly in a domestic context.

Crime Cases


R v F (2018) – Court of Appeal
Junior alone. Successful appeal against sentence following the appellant’s conviction for a s18 Wounding offence, committed whilst he was a youth. The sentence was reduced by 1 year, 10 months on appeal.

R v S (2017) – Harrow Crown Court
Junior alone. Successful defence of a client charged with perverting the course of justice in a multi-handed case in which the client’s son was charged with s18 Wounding and Robbery.

R v P & D (2017) – Maidstone Crown Court
Led by Philippa McAtasney QC, prosecuting two defendants in a joint enterprise murder. Stephen assisted in drafting the prosecution opening, working closely with the police in presenting CCTV and other evidence and drafting written responses to bad character and disclosure arguments.

R v H (2017) – Court of Appeal
Junior alone. Successful appeal against sentence following the appellant’s conviction for a number of high profile ‘moped snatch thefts’ across north London.

R v S (2016) – Southwark Crown Court
Junior alone. Successful defence of a young Algerian man charged with attempting to rob an undercover police officer, who recognised him.

R v D (2016) – Kingston Crown Court
Led by Philippa McAtasney QC. Successful defence of a businessman charged with a number of sexual assaults on young men.

R v H (2016) – Stevenage Youth Court
Junior alone. Successful defence of a 14-year old charged with s20 Wounding. The case involved the cross examination of 8 child witnesses and an alleged victim who had been diagnosed with autism and had the assistance of an intermediary.

Regulatory & Professional Discipline

Regulatory & Professional Discipline


Stephen has been regularly instructed to represent registered professionals before their regulatory bodies in fitness to practice proceedings. Stephen joins Chambers having completed a secondment with Kingsley Napley solicitors where he obtained extensive experience prosecuting health care practitioners on behalf of the Health and Care Professions Council (“HCPC”). He has been commended for his work in these proceedings for: “the quality and excellence of his case analysis, examination-in-chief, cross-examination and closing submissions which set an extremely high standard”.

Regulatory & Professional Discipline Cases


IFoA v C (2018) – Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (Belfast)
Junior alone. Successful prosecution of an Actuary, in the first case to be prosecuted pursuant to the IFoA’s Capacity for Membership scheme.

HCPC v D (2018) – Health and Care Professions Tribunal Service (London)
Junior alone. Successful prosecution of a paramedic who had engaged in a sexual relationship with a vulnerable patient. The case received coverage in the national press.

HCPC v L (2018) – Health and Care Professions Tribunal Service (Belfast)
Junior alone. Successful prosecution of a paramedic who had conducted sexually motivated examinations of female boxers. The case received coverage in the local press in Northern Ireland.

HCPC v B (2018) – Health and Care Professions Tribunal Service (London)
Junior alone. Successful prosecution of an Occupational Therapist who had gained unauthorised access to his colleagues’ medical records.

HCPC v A (2018) – Health and Care Professions Tribunal Service (London)
Junior alone. Successful prosecution of a Physiotherapist who had perpetrated a number of sexual assaults upon a patient under the guise of a medical examination.


How to get in touch


For more information please contact our clerks by calling +44 (0) 20 7242 3555 or by email.

Privacy Notice


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