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Claire Stevenson

Year of Call: 2014

Education: 

Bar Professional Training Course (BPP, London Holborn)
LL.B (Hons.) Law (University of Kent)

Areas of work:

 

Claire defends and prosecutes in the Crown Court in cases at all levels against those charged with fraud, drugs, theft and other offences through to serious sexual assault and violence.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council also instructs Claire to present disciplinary offences before the Fitness to Practise Committee, most recently, resulting in a finding that the charges of inappropriate behaviour in the workplace were proven.    

Claire represents requested persons in extradition hearings, from first instance, and through to the permission stage in the High Court.

Crime

R v DV– successfully argued the first defence of insanity in the last twenty-three years at Snaresbrook Crown Court

The defendant was facing a three-count indictment, one of affray, and two of racially aggravated public order offences. The jury found that there was a threat to his parents, in their home address, with knives, using his mother as a human shield from police Tasers. It was alleged that he was racially abusive, causing a police officer to be in immediate fear of violence. The defence of insanity was argued. The jury acquitted on the counts of public order offences and acquitted of the further count of affray on grounds of insanity. 

R v DS – led by Paul Simon (9 KBW) defending against allegations of historic sexual assaults upon a girl under the age of fourteen

Between 1979 and 1983, allegations of indecent assaults, and threats to kill were committed against a girl, between the age of eight and twelve years old.

R v EB and MZ – led by Joint Head of Chambers at 9 KBW, Ms. Shabeena Azhar, prosecuting a sham marriage case

The husband was from the Indian subcontinent, and his wife was from Lithuania. They were said to have entered into a ‘marriage of convenience’ to circumvent the law. Upon seeing the case against her, the wife pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to 14 months’ imprisonment, suspended for a year. The husband absconded.  His case is ongoing.

R v MN and Ors – represented an intervener in a confiscation hearing under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002

The defendant had been convicted of conspiracy to supply a high purity, class ‘A’ drug (cocaine), with a street value of £263,000. The prosecution alleged that one of the properties registered to the intervener was an asset that was subject to confiscation. The third-party intervener alleged that he had full interest over the property, both legal and equitable.

R v KL – prosecuting a youth for five charges of robbery and attempted robbery 

Youth sentencing guidelines and legislation – including section 91 of the Powers of Criminal Court (Sentencing) Act 2000 (specified offences) – were considered at sentence. The youth was found to be a ‘dangerous offender’ under section 229 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003. He was sentenced to three and a half years’ detention.

R v JT 

Claire defended a vulnerable defendant with mental health difficulties. She pleaded guilty to unlawfully wounding, and possession of a bladed article. Upon consideration of the expert reports, due to mental health difficulties, the defendant was sentenced to a Hospital Order under section 37 of the Mental Health Act 1983. 

Extradition

Ireland v DM

Claire has sought permission from the High Court to appeal an order made at first instance. The judge at the first instance made an order to extradite the requested person to Ireland. At first instance the requested person raised two issues: firstly, that there would be a real risk to his human rights if he were to be extradited; and secondly, that it would be disproportionate to extradite him. This case is still ongoing. 

Regulatory

Nursing and Midwifery Council v P

After a five-day hearing in which a nurse was alleged to have: dishonestly failed to disclose to her employer that she had been previously dismissed; failed to provide an appropriate standard of care to a resident; and failed to provide an appropriate level of wound management to another resident. The Panel found the allegations to have been proved, thereby amounting to misconduct, and that the nurse was impaired. A suspension order was imposed.

Nursing and Midwifery Council v B

Over a three-day hearing, a nurse was alleged to have: failed to remain in attendance with a resident, whilst that resident was on escorted community leave; and, upon returning to the ward, failed to search the resident. The Panel found the charges to have been proved. The nurse received a conditions of practice order.

General Dental Council v SB

The dental nurse admitted to misleading through failure to immediately inform the Council that she had been convicted and then sentenced for a criminal offence. Claire was successful in arguing that there was no dishonesty.

Voluntary, social and equality work

Claire volunteers with Chambers’ ‘OIC Roadshow’, delivering bespoke training to police officers, addressingpractical problems of procedure, evidence and disclosure.

Claire is part of a team within Chambers that delivers seminars to defence solicitors on police disclosure. This is a contemporary topic upon the collapse of a number of high-profile rape trials, and the resulting inquiry into the disclosure of evidence, and the Crown Prosecution Service that has been commissioned by the Justice Committee. 

Additionally, Claire alternates between mentoring and judging the Bar Mock Trial Competition, in which students at local schools compete for a chance to appear in the final, held at the Old Bailey. Claire invests time in post-graduates aspiring to be Called to the Bar, and her Inn of Court, by coaching advocacy at weekends, and assisting students to make contacts with young barristers during evenings.

Claire is an Equality and Diversity Officer for Chambers.

Outside of the law 

When time allows, Claire enjoys spending time with her friends and family, riding horses and travelling. Claire unwinds by practising yoga. She is training to become a Strala Yoga Guide.

Terms of business

If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from Chambers you may complain to the Legal Ombudsman (This must be done within the time limits set out) The contact details can be found on the Legal Ombudsman’s website  http://www.legalombudsman.org.uk/     

Miss Claire Stevenson is regulated by the Bar Standards Board, holds a current practising certificate and her details can be found on the BSB’s Barrister Register https://www.barstandardsboard.org.uk/regulatory-requirements/the-barristers'-register/

Miss Claire Stevenson holds insurance cover for all legal services supplied through professional indemnity insurance with the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund (BMIF) The coverage is worldwide subject to their terms which are available on their website https://www.barmutual.co.uk/

Miss Claire Stevenson is registered with the Information Commissioners office under the Data Protection Act https://ico.org.uk/

If you are not satisfied with the service that Miss Claire Stevenson provides you can make a complaint to Chambers. Information on Chambers Complaints Procedure is available on Chambers website www.9kbw.com/about-us/complaints-procedure

If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from Chambers you may complain to the Legal Ombudsman (This must be done within the time limits set out) The contact details can be found on the Legal Ombudsman’s website  http://www.legalombudsman.org.uk/    

News

9 KBW Announcement on No Returns Policy
Because we believe that without decisive action by the Criminal Bar the MOJ will continue to systematically destroy the Criminal Justice System we at 9 KBW stand firm with our colleagues in taking that action.

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Paul Douglass secures acquittal of foster carer in historic sex abuse trial
Paul Douglass represented a client in his 70s alleged to have sexually abused two females he and his wife fostered in the late 1990s. The female complainants came forward independently in 2013 and 2015 respectively and there was no evidence of collusion.

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Claire Stevenson defends client in the first trial Snaresbrook Crown Court has heard, in the past 23 years, raising the defence of insanity
Claire acted for the defence in the trial of a 26 year old man at Snaresbrook Crown Court on the 3rd April 2018. The defendant was facing a three-count indictment, one of affray, and two of racially aggravated public order offences.

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John Ojakovoh and Mark Sookram secure convictions in tax fraud trial at Luton Crown Court
John Ojakovoh (Leader) and Mark Sookram (Junior) prosecuted for the CPS Specialist Fraud Division in a trial at Luton Crown Court arising from an HMRC investigation into fraudulent Gift Aid claims made by the charity for which the defendant had acted as Pastor and Chair of Trustees.

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9 KBW is delighted to announce success in applications to the Crown Prosecution Service Specialist Panels for the Serious Crime Group and Fraud
It is with great pleasure that we announce that Counsel John Clifford, John Ojakovoh and Graeme Molloy have been successful in their applications to join the Serious Crime Group and Daniel Cohen in his application to the Specialist Fraud Panel.

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