Stephanie Hayward

Call: 2011

Stephanie has prosecuted and defended a range of criminal offending including but not limited to: serious violence, drug trafficking, driving offences, sexual offences, and possessing indecent images. She is a CPS RASSO advocate. Additionally, Stephanie has been led on multi-handed conspiracies to control prostitution and human trafficking; the first fraud against Government Department, the Redundancy Payment Service; fraud committed in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower tragedy and assisting unlawful immigration into the UK.

Stephanie ably interacts with vulnerable complainants; likewise, she has prosecuted defendants with mental health conditions or who require an intermediary, and skilfully adapts her cross-examination to the witness.

Stephanie has also received instructions from multiple police forces. On behalf of the Metropolitan Police, she successfully defended an appeal against a Sexual Risk Order pursuant to 15 allegations of assault, rape, and sexual violence from multiple complainants. Stephanie has been instructed by the Metropolitan Police in the investigation into criminal liability for the Grenfell Tower fire and, on behalf of Bedfordshire Police, conducted a review of privileged material on an historic murder conviction referred to the Court of Appeal by the Criminal Cases Review Commission. Stephanie accepts instructions for Inquest work.

Stephanie is experienced in regulatory work. She is an adept tribunal advocate and has successfully defended a clinical scientist, nurses, midwives, and paramedics. Stephanie also case presents for the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Stephanie spearheads the organisation Behind the Gown. She wrote, produced and presented a film to commemorate the centenary of women in law, Retaining women at the Bar. 1919 – 2019: is the past inhabiting the present? – YouTube. For a chambers podcast, Stephanie interviewed Tom Little KC about prosecuting the kidnap, rape, and murder of  Sarah Everard.


Notable Crime cases

R v Palage and others [Operation Obligingly] (2023)

Led junior in a 6-handed conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration into the UK. Investigated by the NCA. Instructed by CPS SEOCID.

R v C (2023)

Unanimous conviction for 3 counts of making indecent images, over 1000 of which, were downloaded to the Telegram and MEGA applications on the defendant’s phone.

R v Metalsi (2022)

Led in double-handed fraud committed in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower tragedy. The defendant falsely represented to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Rugby Portobello Trust, and other charities, that she was a resident and eligible to claim emergency accommodation, free housing and grants. Whilst she owned a property in the tower – at the time of the fire – she was living elsewhere, affecting her entitlement to monies claimed.

R v Heffron (2022)

Secured conviction for s.18 wounding. Defendant assaulted ex-girlfriend with glass bottle causing multiple head wounds and permanent scarring. Involved careful analysis of cellsite evidence and drafting non-conviction bad character application. Defendant pleaded on first day of trial.

R v Ismail and others (2022)

Secured unanimous acquittal in multi-handed trial involving violent assault in South-West London.

R v Borowka (2022)

Junior prosecution counsel in 5-handed conspiracy to traffic women and control prostitution, culminating in convictions against all Defendants. Stephanie oversaw disclosure throughout the trial; further, in writing and orally, Stephanie responded to an application to exclude expert evidence on myths surrounding victims of trafficking, and adduced evidence of search and phone material with Officers in the Case and Territorial Support Group.

R v Vodden and others (2021)

Secured unanimous conviction for robbery in multi-handed case where a stolen BMW was driven dangerously to rob the victim of his moped. The Defendant required an intermediary during cross-examination.

R v Basilwudike (2021)

Secured 4 robbery convictions following threats to stab and use of firearm against 4 teenage boys. Intermediary appointed for Defendant requiring compliance with ground rules questioning. Defendant pleaded on first day of trial.

R v Middleton (2020)

Successfully prosecuted Defendant charged exposure on a bus. Immediate imprisonment imposed.

R v Ejem (2019)

Secured 2 convictions for sustained domestic ABH and perverting the course of justice. Rigorous cross-examination exposed psychological, emotional and ultimately physical abuse levelled against vulnerable victim through painstaking analysis of chat logs and text messages.

R v N (2019)

Defended s.20 GBH where Defendant alleged to have punched and broken Complainant’s jaw outside a nightclub.

R v Chugtai (2019)

Sole prosecution counsel in trial severed from multi-handed conspiracy to defraud the ‘Redundancy Payment Service’.

R v Balciunas (2019)

Junior defence counsel in multi-handed, widespread conspiracy to ring and sell stolen vehicles with theft value exceeding £700,000.

R v Mcleod and Ors (2018)

Junior prosecution counsel in multi-handed conspiracy to defraud ‘Redundancy Payment Service’. (Op. Chum). Fraud value exceeded £700,000. 9 convictions secured; POCA proceedings followed. Also acted as junior counsel in linked VAT fraud, where first Defendant claimed in excess of £100,000 in VAT refunds following death of Director. (Op. Curate).

R v Rogers (2018)

Sole prosecution counsel in aggravated burglary involving imitation firearm and pepper spray.

Stephanie has defended Registrants before the Health and Care Professions Council and Nursing and Midwifery Council. She can ably acquaint herself with unfamiliar subject matter to skilfully represent clients. For example, Stephanie successfully defended a clinical scientist against an allegation of misusing an embryo development system. Due to the pandemic, Stephanie was instructed by Thompsons Solicitors to defend a Band 7 Physiotherapist against an interim suspension order. On the force of written submissions alone, the Panel acceded to Stephanie’s argument and no interim order was imposed.

Notable Regulatory & Professional Discipline cases

PG v NMC (2020)

represented nurse who admitted accessing confidential patient records. Persuaded panel that despite NMC application for suspension and admitted misconduct, Registrant’s practice was not currently impaired. Panel agreed and no sanction was imposed.

AP v HCPC (2020)

on written submissions successfully defended application for an interim suspension against a Band 7 Physiotherapist on the basis clinical safeguards militated against the necessity for suspension or conditions of practice.

GC v NMC (2019)

successfully defended allegation of fraudulent entry on the Register. Despite Registrant’s admission of “incorrect entry”, Panel imposed no sanction.

BP v HCPC (2019)

successfully defended Clinical Scientist for misuse of “EEVA” system which monitors embryo development. Allegation of misconduct not proved. Despite Registrant’s admission for failing to transport liquid nitrogen safely, persuaded panel that practice was not impaired.

ES v HCPC (2019)

represented Paramedic suspended from practice for admitted cannabis use (outside of work duties). Pursuant to advice which Registrant followed, secured early lift of suspension order at substantive order review.

RC v HCPC (2018)

successfully persuaded Panel that despite allegation of assault an interim order was neither necessary nor in the public interest. Panel imposed no interim order.

Stephanie has received instructions from the Metropolitan, Devon and Cornwall and Bedfordshire Police forces, to advise on matters relating to PACE and POCA. Stephanie has been instructed to review sensitive and privileged material on an historic murder conviction referred by the CCRC to the Court of Appeal.  Additionally, Stephanie was instructed disclosure counsel for the Metropolitan Police investigation into the Grenfell Tower disaster.

Notable Police Law cases

MPS v Dyer [2021]

Successfully defended appeal against sexual risk order where appellant faced 15 allegations of assault, rape, and sexual violence from 13 complainants, none of which resulted in a successful prosecution. Required analysis of over 1000 pages of crime reports & robust submissions on why an SRO remained appropriate despite lack of prosecutions, in view of deliberate targeting of vulnerable complainants.

In 2016, Stephanie was seconded to the Parole Board Litigation Team for 5 months which was sponsored by the Kalisher Trust. Stephanie developed her experience of public law, successfully responding to a claim for judicial review against a decision made by the Board not to order an MRI scan when assessing a prisoner’s risk. Stephanie’s core work involved adjudication of claims for compensation for breaches of Article 5 (4) ECHR due to delays in oral hearings being listed and heard.

Stephanie’s interest in parole work was borne out of representing a prisoner recalled to HMP Wayland following breach of licence.

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Regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB)

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  • LLB (Hons) University of Reading (2010)
  • BPTC Kaplan Law School (2011)

  • Behind the Gown
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Women in Criminal Law
  • South Eastern Circuit

  • CPS RASSO Panel
  • CPS General Crime Panel, Level 3
  • CPS Fraud Panel, Level 2
  • SFO Prosecution Counsel, Panel C

  • R v Mcleod and Ors (2018) – junior prosecution counsel in multi-handed conspiracy to defraud ‘Redundancy Payment Service’ – the first prosecution of its kind in the U.K. (Op. Chum).

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