Stephen Brassington

Stephen Brassington

"One of the best professional disciplinary lawyers and probably the best advocate of all."

Chambers UK 2024
Year of call: 1994
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Stephen Brassington is rightly regarded as one of the leading practitioners in the field of Professional Discipline and was named Chambers and Partners Junior of the Year 2016. In Chambers UK 2021, Stephen continues his status as a star individual and is described as ‘fearless’ and ‘brilliant’ by the directory.

He is described, as “a class operator” by Chambers and Partners (2013) and The legal 500 comment he is “an extraordinarily effective advocate” (2014) and ‘they should sell tickets to watch his cross-examination of experts.’ (2016). He advises and acts primarily in cases arising from the healthcare, sports, education and legal industries.

Stephen also undertakes a significant amount of Health and Safety defence work, in particular advising and assisting in defence of criminal prosecutions and at Coronial Inquests.

His background is one of criminal defence work, where he has advised and represented clients facing allegations of murder, manslaughter (including gross negligence) and other non-fatal offences of violence, sexual offences, substantial drugs supply and importation, counterfeit pharmaceuticals and others. He also has extensive experience of cases of fraud, money laundering and other financial wrongdoing. Notable cases included defending in a conspiracy to kidnap Victoria Beckham, and in a £multi-million conspiracy to defraud Microsoft.

Winner of the Professional Disciplinary and Regulatory Law Junior of the Year in The Legal 500 UK Bar Awards 2022.

Stephen has recently also been shortlisted as Professional Disciplinary and Regulatory Junior of the Year in The Legal 500 UK Bar Awards 2023.

What others say:

“One of the leaders in his field, liked by clients for his no-nonsense approach and vast experience.” “One of the best professional disciplinary lawyers and probably the best advocate of all.” and “A superb barrister with exceptional advocacy skills. Incredibly tenacious and clients really feel they have been extremely well represented.” – Chambers UK 2024

“Stephen’s advocacy is a pleasure to watch. He reads the room and his audience perfectly, and has everyone on tenterhooks as he delivers eloquent submissions and incisive cross-examinations.” – Legal UK 2024

“Stephen is a great advocate who achieves outstanding results.” and “He is always on top of his game.” – Chambers UK 2023

“He is a master advocate. His submissions are always first class and so compelling. He can win what seem like the most hopeless cases through his brilliant advocacy. He is great with difficult clients. At the end of a case he has won over panels, opposition and clients alike.” – Legal 500 UK 2023

“His reputation in terms of cross-examination is completely legendary. He knows how to work a panel.” “He’s a stalwart of GDC work; there’s no case or experience he hasn’t come across. A very strong advocate who’s aggressive but takes the right points, is good with clients and has a very strong reputation for fighting their corner.” and “If you want to pull a rabbit out of a hat he’s the barrister for you: he deals with very complex and difficult cases and gets really good results.” – Chambers UK 2022

“Stephen is a natural advocate who manages to charm panels, juries and experts alike.” – Legal 500 UK 2022

“He is a fearless advocate, and a thorough and robust-cross examiner. He is a good fighter for his client. Really stands out as a star of the Bar.” “An excellent advocate who has gravitas.” “Simply brilliant, and he has a straight-talking and engaging style.” – Chambers UK 2021

“Incredibly popular and rightly so. His cross-examinations are fantastic and play like something from a legal drama. He easily gains the respect of panels and experts and is reasonable and straightforward with opponents.” – Legal 500 UK 2021

“Trusted with the most complex and high-profile matters. He is unrivalled in his strategic thinking, persuasive manner and relentless hard work. He charms clients, committees and witnesses alike.” “Eats expert witnesses for breakfast.” – Chambers UK 2020

“A superb cross-examiner, who can reduce the most robust experts to kittens.” – Legal 500 2020

“He has a really excellent tactical mind. He’s brilliant on his feet and very persuasive with committees.” – Chambers UK 2018

“He never fails to deliver outstanding results.” – Chambers UK 2018

“He defends in heavyweight General Dental Council and General Medical Council cases.” – Legal 500 2017

“A spellbinding advocate who achieves astounding results for his clients. Add relentless hard work, fierce intellect and natural charisma all together, and you get Stephen Brassington”

“The best cross-examiner I have ever come across, due to his ability to pick people apart. He beats experts in their own area of expertise, pouncing on any comment in a way that changes the game.” – Chambers UK 2017

“A charismatic, dynamic advocate who is also an extremely skilled, strong strategist.” – Chambers UK 2017

“He’s calm, efficient and able to put the most anxious of clients at ease. He has a slick advocacy style and ability to engage well with panels.” – Chambers UK 2016

“He has a charisma and style about him that is underpinned by hard work.” – Chambers UK 2015

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