Jeanette Stevenson

Jeanette Stevenson

LLB Law (Hons) Barrister Derbyshire
Membership Status: Barrister - Full Member Called in 2012 Public Access Accredited BSB Guidance for Public Access
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General Information

Jeanette has a mixed practice including Civil, Employment and Family. She is also an experienced Criminal Advocate and is able to accept instructions on a private basis either instructed by a Solicitor or by the Direct Access Scheme without the need for a Solicitor. Jeanette is also a qualified Mediator.

Jeanette was called to the Bar in 2012. She completed her pupillage at a London Chambers in Temple London. Her Pupillage was reduced by the Bar Standards Board due to her previous experience and competence in Law.

Before becoming a Barrister, Jeanette had a previous career in the Police Force. She spent time working as a qualified Investigator for the Home Office Criminal & Financial Investigations National Team. During her time at The Home Office, Jeanette was appointed an Extradition Officer travelling abroad and working in parrtnership with agencies such as Europol, Interpol & International Police Forces.

Jeanette is a hard working, determined individual known for her straight talking and down to earth attitude. Jeanette is able to build excellent working relationships with clients which is evident from her Client testimonials and feedback. She frequently recieves excellent feedback from the clients she represents.

During her time as a criminal investigator she was trained to deal with vulnerable witnesses and defendants where she helped people trafficked into the UK. Therefore she has excellent experience of dealing with vulnerable clients including young children which is very helpful when working on family law cases.


Jeanette also has a fantastic record of helping clients facing disqualification from driving and has made many sucessful applications of 'exceptional hardship' saving a person's licence and livelihood.



LLB (Hons) with Criminology -  2:1

BPTC - Nottingham Law School - Very Competent 


Lord Diplock Scholarship – Middle Temple Major Scholarship.
Degree of Success Scholarship –Major scholarship to cover entire degree fees.


Crown Court Commendation (as an Investigator)– Awarded by HHJ Brown sitting at Leicester Crown Court. An investigation into a six-handed conspiracy to breach UK immigration laws by facilitating sham marriages. The Commendation stated: “His Honour Judge Brown commends Jeanette Stevenson for the way in which the case was investigated and the evidence collated. It was a cross jurisdictional complex case and the officer was professional, thorough and impressive throughout”

Home Office Commendation – Award for dedication, commitment and professionalism.


Associate Law Lecturer at The University of Derby teaching 'Evidence'

Founding Member of The University of Derby Alumni & Membership Board

Professionalising Investigations Programme: College of Policing Level 1 & 2 – Volume & Complex Crime

The Home Office & College of Policing: Award for highest mark achieved for the National Investigators Exam (testing rules of evidence, knowledge of law and procedure) – including “Exceptional” grades

Minute to Win It Gameshow ITV – Applied and took part in a Gameshow to raise extra money needed for Bar School.

White Collar Boxing: Trained and took part in a fight to raise money for Marie Currie Cancer Care on 20th Anniversary of Mothers Death.


In her spare time Jeanette enjoys spending time with family and friends. She also spends time travelling the UK supporting her partner Richard who is a Racing Driver. 



Areas of Law

Jeanette Stevenson is happy to accept instructions as counsel who is:

  • Criminal Law
  • Approved for the following panels:
  • Consumer Contracts
  • Employment
  • Family Law
  • Land & Property
  • Personal Injury
  • Professional Negligence
  • Professional Regulation
  • Public Access Accredited
  • Road Traffic

Outside of these key areas of law, Jeanette Stevenson is always willing to consider any enquiry requiring the experience or knowledge needed to help you or your client. Please call Jeanette direct or the support team on 01823 247 247 if you would like to discuss any aspect of this profile.

Cases and Publications

Notable Cases: Civil: Hill Electrics v Lawrence - Represented Claimant for an unpaid invoice over £20,000. Judgement in favour of Claimant after trial including costs awarded. Crawford v Hill - Personal Injury RTA - Represented Claimant. At trial successfully defended argument by the defence that Claimant was Fundamentally Dishonest. Judgement in favour of Claimant for her personal injury plus special damages. Artingstall v Solma Villas - Represented Claimant in a Claim for breach of contract. Defendant provided villa for family holiday which was dangerous, dirty & did not match description offered when entering into the contract. Trial, judgement in favour of Claimant receiving full amount back plus costs and compensation. Client v Sleep Nanny Ltd - Represented Claimant in breach of contract/misrepresentation. Several court hearings resulting in Defence settling before trial. Weidham v NCP Car Park - Represented Defendant. Successful defence of car park charges. Claimant drop case prior to trial following legal argument. Family: A v B - 2 day trial child arrangement order, representing Mother. A v B - Successful application by Father to vary Child Arrangement Order including permission for family holiday abroad. Road Traffic: R v Hammond - Defendant HGV Driver accused of failing to provide information relating to the identity of a driver and fail to stop and report accident. Succesful appeal to the Crown Court. Appeal allowed and case against the Defendant dismissed, costs awarded to Defendant. R v Baynton: Defending drink drive with hip-flask defence. Acquitted following cross examination of Crowns expert witness who agreed with defence submissions under cross-examination. R v Hulus: Defending a failure to provide driver details when required to do so. Prosecution offered no evidence after discussion with the Prosecutor that there was insufficient evidence to proceed with the case. Criminal Law: R v Courtney: Defending boyfriend accused of stalking his ex-girlfriend. This case involved the analysis of electronic phone evidence, cell site, ANPR and CCTV. Acquitted. R v Hilson & McCarthy: Defending client in appeal at the Crown Court. Jointly convicted of harassing a London Circuit Judge during their family court proceedings. Appeal dismissed. Permission given by Warwick Crown Court to appeal by way of case stated to the High Court. Covered in the National Press. R v Stephenson: Defending a client who pleaded guilty to £23,000 benefit fraud over 4 years. Achieved a community order following mitigation. R v Simpson & Gregory– Defending client accused of x2 armed Robberies with her partner. Guilty Pleas. Client received 6 years 8 months & co?defendant 11 years including 3?year extended license following dangerous finding. R v Osman & Askir? Defending Askir, Guilty plea to Public Order. Co?D plea to Manslaughter accepted by the Crown. Sentenced together. Successfully obtained suspended sentence for Askir. R v Liam Allan: I worked alongside Jerry Hayes on the highly reported case of Liam Allen. Jerry was Prosecution Counsel. During the trial, we brought to the courts attention the failure of the OIC to disclose numerous text messages that shed doubt on the complainants evidence. CPS agreed to drop case, leading to the case collapsing and a joint inquiry by the CPS and Metropolitan Police. This report has led to further disclosure concerns in the wider Criminal Justice System. Mr Hayes advised how my previous experience as a Criminal Investigator was invaluable in analysing the recovered text messages. As a consequence of this case, Jerry and I were invited to Attorney General Questions in the House of Commons along with many TV interviews including Sky News, ITV, Channel 4, Good Morning Britain with Piers Morgan and the Jeremy Vine Radio Show.


  • Leicester Crown Court Commendation -Awarded by HHJ Brown
    Leicester Crown Court Commendation -Awarded by HHJ Brown

  • Home Office Commendation - Award for dedication, commitment and professionalism.
    Home Office Commendation - Award for dedication, commitment and professionalism.

  • Degree of Success Scholarship
    Degree of Success Scholarship

  • Degree of Success Scholarship
    Degree of Success Scholarship

  • Lord Diplock Scholarship - Middle Temple Inn of Court
    Lord Diplock Scholarship - Middle Temple Inn of Court

Fees and Feedback

Fees and Feedback


Details regarding our approach to fees can be found at the following link:


Please see “profile” tab for a description of the legal services provided by this barrister.

We aim to complete and return all paperwork within 14 days (2 weeks) of receipt if no specific deadline is provided. We can work to much faster timescales if requested or we can agree a specific target date for each individual circumstance. We will always advise at the outset if counsel is unable to meet any deadline.

Each barrister has a standard hourly rate for their work. The individual hourly rate can be agreed when instructions are acknowledged if preferred. We welcome early discussion as to the suitability of a specific barrister for a specific case. The right barrister will have the relevant expertise to deal with the case but will not be too junior, or too senior depending on the complexities.

We aim to allocate all cases to the correct level of experience & seniority which we believe will prove most to be the most cost-effective solution for our clients.

If, due to urgency, we allocate paperwork to a more senior member of Clerksroom, we will charge the appropriate hourly rate for the work, not for the barrister. We welcome early discussion to ensure the correct fee is applied to the case at the outset.


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Complaints information

If you are not satisfied with the service provided, you can make a complaint to Chambers. Information on the chambers’ complaints procedure is available at the following link:

If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from my chambers, you can make a complaint to the Legal Ombudsman. You must contact the Legal Ombudsman either within 6 months following the conclusion of our handling your complaint, within 6 years from the date of the act/omission, or 3 years from the date that you should reasonably have known there were grounds for complaint (if the act/omission took place before the 6 October 2010 or was more than six years ago).

The Legal Ombudsman’s details are as follows:

Legal Ombudsman
PO Box 6806
Tel: 0300 555 0333

Privacy Notice

Fees and Feedback

1.              This is a privacy notice that describes how, why and for how long I will process or keep your personal data in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (‘GDPR’).

2.              The GDPR governs how an individual’s personal data is used, and your rights in relation to that data.

3.              I, Jeanette Stevenson, have been instructed by you or your litigation friend (usually a parent), through your solicitor or agent, or via the Bar Pro Bono Unit.

4.              It is necessary for me to process your personal data in order for me to provide you with legal services, for example:

·   Advise on the prospects of litigation;

·   Advise on the value of your claim;

·   Representation at a court hearing;

·   Representation at trial;

·   Advise, review or comment on legal issues or evidence.

5.              Processing means anything done to data such as: recording, organising, adapting, altering, copying, consulting, transmitting, combining, erasing or storing it.

6.              The processing for the purposes listed above will take place in accordance with either Article 6(1)(a) GDPR or Article 6(1)(b) GDPR, depending on how you instructed me.

7.              If you have instructed me on a direct access basis, or engaged a solicitor (or legal agent), to assist you in bringing or defending a claim then the processing is necessary to perform a contract to which you are a party (Article 6(1)(b) GDPR). To give effect to that contract (i.e. to bring a claim) it is necessary for me to process your personal data for litigation purposes.

8.              If I am assisting you on a pro bono basis, it will be necessary for me to seek your consent to be able to represent you (Article 6(1)(a) GDPR). In this scenario, you will be sent a consent form.

Recipients of your data

9.              I may also be required to share your data with others, depending on the nature of your case. This may include:

(i)                  Courts and other tribunals to whom documents are presented;

(ii)                Your solicitors, or agent representing you, through whom I have been instructed;

(iii)               Potential witnesses, experts and other persons involved in the case;

(iv)               Solicitors, barristers, or other legal representatives;

(v)                Ombudsman and regulatory authorities;

(vi)               Education and examining bodies; and

(vii)             Current, past or prospective employers.

Special Categories of Data

10.          In some cases I will have been given your personal data that is within the ‘special categories’ of data described in GDPR Article 9(1). For example, personal data that reveals your race, ethnicity, sexual preferences, political or religious beliefs, trade union membership or health. There are also restrictions for processing information regarding criminal convictions.

11.          This type of personal data will only be processed where it is necessary in order to represent you in your legal claim, or advise on the prospects of a legal claim.


12.          I will retain your personal data for no longer than is necessary, and where it is possible, I will anonymise your data.

13.          How long your personal data is kept will depend on a number of factors. The retention period will be reviewed when the service I am providing you with is complete. However in general, I am obliged by the Bar Code of Conduct to retain records of my cases, and by HM Revenue and Customs to retain records for 6 years.

14.          Once your case has concluded and fees have been paid, I shall retain only the personal data necessary for the following purposes:

(i)                  The legal and professional obligation to retain information relating to my cases;

(ii)                To check for any potential conflict of interests that may arise in the future when I am instructed on other cases;

(iii)               For use in the defence of potential complaints, legal proceedings or fee disputes;

(iv)               To refer back to in future cases which raise similar legal, factual, or procedural issues.

15.          The processing for the purposes listed in paragraph 14 (ii), (iii), and (iv) above, will take place in accordance with Article 6(1)(f) GDPR. That is, for the purposes of legitimate interests that are not outweighed by your interests or fundamental rights and freedoms.

16.          The processing for the purposes listed in paragraph 14(i) above, will take place in accordance with Article 6(1)(c) GDPR. That is, the processing is necessary for me to comply with a legal obligation. 

Your Rights

17.          Where processing of your personal data was based on your consent (see paragraphs 6 and 8) you have the right to withdraw that consent at any time. This does not affect the lawfulness of the processing based on consent before its withdrawal.

18.          Withdrawal of your consent to process such data will most likely mean that I am no longer able to provide you with the legal services you seek.

19.          You may request confirmation that your personal data is being processed by me and details about the personal data, the source, the processing, the purposes of the processing, the recipients and the retention period.

20.          You may request a copy of your personal data that is being processed by me. You may also request rectification (i.e. correction) where there are inaccuracies in the personal data.

21.          You have the right to object, on grounds relating to your particular situation, at any time, to processing of your personal data in paragraph 14 of this privacy notice. Should you object, the processing will only continue where there are compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override your fundamental rights, freedoms and interests. 

22.          Where the processing or retention of your data is necessary for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims, it will not be possible to object. 

23.          You have the right to request that your personal data is erased where any of the following apply:

(i)                  The personal data are no longer necessary in relation to the purposes for which they were collected or otherwise processed;

(ii)                You withdraw your consent where the basis of processing was based on consent and where there is no other ground for the processing;

(iii)               Where your fundamental rights, freedoms and interests override the legitimate interests of processing in paragraph 14;

(iv)               The personal data has been unlawfully processed; or

(v)                The personal data have to be erased to comply with a legal obligation.

24.          You have the right to request that your personal data is restricted from processing, so that it is simply stored, for the following reasons: as an alternative to deletion; so that it can be corrected; for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims; to verify if a legitimate ground exists (paragraph 14).

25.          Where it is necessary to correct your personal data, or you have requested the restriction or erasure of your personal data, I shall endeavour to contact the recipients of the personal data, unless this involves disproportionate effort. 


26.          I take appropriate physical and technical procedures to safeguard your personal data to prevent it from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way. The I.T. systems used by Clerksroom are ISO27001 compliant.

Complaints or Queries

27.          If you have any questions regarding this privacy notice, or how I use your personal data please email me:, or my clerks: mail@clerksroom telephone 01823 247 247.

28.          I shall aim to respond as soon as possible, and within 30 days.

29.          You have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) if you believe I have not handled your request in an appropriate manner. For information on contacting the ICO please go to:

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