Stefan SutherlandCriminal Paralegal

areas of expertise
  • Criminal Law
  • University of Hertfordshire, LL.M Master of Laws (Distinction)
  • University of Hertfordshire, Law with Business.

Stefan is a criminal paralegal in the Crown Court department. He graduated from the University of Hertfordshire with a degree in Law and Business and subsequently obtained a Distinction is his Masters in Law. He obtained experience working in the banking sector for three years prior to working at Oracle. Stefan has a strong passion for defending those with legal issues and is passionate about justice. He has worked alongside solicitors and barristers in a wide range of cases including sexual assault, drug offences, driving offences, GBH, ABH, fraud/money laundering and appeals to the Crown Court from the Magistrates Court.

Stefan is a competitive football player and enjoys going to the gym in his spare time. His other interests include travelling, socialising and networking.

Notable cases:

  • R v O (2018) – The client was charged with an offence of burglary, following identification of a breach of PACE, a successful application to dismiss was made and the client was acquitted.
  • R v H (2018) – Following a conviction of assault by beating in the Magistrates Court, the client successfully appealed in the Crown Court. His conviction was quashed and the conviction overturned.
  • R v F (2018) – The client was charged with a racially aggravated offence, the prosecution subsequently offered no evidence pre-trial.
  • R v H (2018) – After a guilty plea to one count of s.20 GBH and following successful mitigation, the client was given a suspended sentence.
  • R v R (2018) – The client was charged with multiple offences including theft, criminal damage and two counts of assault by beating. After successful representations to the prosecution, two of these offences were dropped. Despite the remaining offences passing the custody threshold, the client subsequently received a suspended sentence.
  • R v M (2018) – Following a conviction at the Magistrates Court of harassment, the client successfully appealed in the Crown Court. Her Restraining Order was revoked, and her conviction was overturned.
  • R v G (2018) – Following a conviction of assault and harassment in the Magistrates Court, the client successfully appealed in the Crown Court. Her conviction was quashed and the conviction overturned.
  • R v R (2018) – The client was charged with an affray involving a serious fight in the early hours of the morning. CCTV evidence was served by the Crown Prosecution Service and counsel used this to put forward a positive case of self-defence. The client was found not guilty after his trial. The case was reported here: https://www.charterchambers.com/news/megan-fletcher-uses-crowns-cctv-to-secure-acquittal/

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