Stephen Ferson

Regarded by those who instruct him as “professional, charming and incredibly efficient”, Stephen appears in the Crown, Magistrates and Youth Courts, primarily on behalf of the 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.

Stephen is regularly instructed to represent individuals charged with a wide range of road traffic offences. He has successfully defended cases involving charges of speeding, careless driving, failing to stop/provide information and drink driving amongst others. He has successfully advanced submissions of special reasons and exceptional hardship. He is commended for his representation in these matters as an: “intelligent, articulate and tenacious lawyer with superb advocacy skills”, providing his clients with an “outstanding service”.

Clients have commended him as: “very articulate in the courtroom [with] a high level of emotional intelligence staying one step ahead all the time – knowing when to be firm and when to back off… He has a great way of managing expectations whilst remaining upbeat and positive”.

Notable Cases

R v D – Kingston Crown Court – 2016

Led by Philippa McAtasney QC, successful defence of a businessman charged with a number of sexual assaults on young men. The jury returned a not guilty verdict on all counts within 25 minutes after a 5-day trial.

 

R v C – Ealing Youth Court – 2016

Stephen successfully advanced a submission of no case to answer at the close of the prosecution case to an allegation of theft of a motor vehicle by undermining DNA evidence relied upon by the Crown.

 

R v H – Stratford Magistrates Court – 2016

Secured an acquittal for a defendant charged with careless driving and failing to stop/provide information. Stephen successfully excluded bad character and hearsay evidence in a case where the complainant had suffered serious injury.

 

R v S – Basildon Magistrates Court – 2016

Successfully advanced a post-driving consumption defence for an individual charged with driving with excess alcohol.

 

R v M – Wood Green Crown Court – 2016

Successfully advanced an exceptional hardship argument for an individual subject to a driving disqualification on the grounds of the disproportionate impact of the disqualification on his mother.

 

R v T – Stratford Magistrates Court – 2016

Secured an acquittal of a defendant charged with Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm on a customer at his place of work.

 

R v M – Bexley Magistrates Court – 2016

Successful defence of an individual charged with contravening a red light by undermining the reliability of evidence from a police officer.

Other Experience

Before commencing Pupillage with Furnival Chambers, 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 extradition cases. He is a fully accredited Police Station Representative with experience representing individuals in police interview 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.

Stephen volunteered as a student community legal advice representative specialising in the areas of Family and Landlord and Tenant Law whilst undertaking his bar professional training course.

 

Education 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

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