Laura Stephenson

Laura Stephenson

Year of call: 2012
For enquiries please call: 020 7353 5324 or email vcard cv linkedin save

Criminal Defence

Laura enjoys a busy criminal practice. She has defended clients in Crown Court trials involving a range of offences including supply of drugs, wounding, causing grievous bodily harm with intent, robbery, sexual assault and affray. She regularly represents defendants facing sentence in the Crown Court for serious matters. Laura has extensive experience of Magistrates’ and Youth Court work at all levels.

Laura has recently defended clients in the following cases:

R v PB

A street robbery in which the complainant was rendered unconscious. Following Laura’s cross-examination of the complainant, the prosecution conceded that the evidence against the defendant was insufficient to lead to a conviction and offered no further evidence in the case.

R v LD

LD was acquitted of assault occasioning grievous bodily harm. It was accepted that the defendant had caused injury to the complainant in a domestic context; the issue was whether the incident was accidental.

R v AH

Laura represented one of eight individuals who pleaded guilty to participating in a ‘crash for cash’ fraud. The case law on frauds of this nature recommends sentences of immediate custody in all but exceptional cases. Laura’s client was one of only three defendants to receive a suspended sentence.

R v SN

A young woman was accused of wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm, and of simple wounding in the alternative. It was alleged that the she had used a glass as a weapon in fight, causing wounds to the complainant’s face. The defendant raised self-defence and was acquitted.

R v LH

The defendant faced the unusual charge of attempt to cause serious injury by dangerous driving, as well as a charge of dangerous driving and witness intimidation. It was alleged that he had run over the complainant with his car and thereafter intimidated the complainant in an effort to obstruct the course of justice. The defendant was acquitted on all three counts.

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