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MA (Hons) Cantab, Call 1999
Principal Areas of Work
Stephen Robinson specialises exclusively as an advocate in criminal law.
Stephen Robinson has practised at Wilberforce Barristers since completing his pupillage with Mark Bury (now HHJ Bury) in 2000.
He has developed a reputation as a fine advocate in the Crown Court and also regularly practices in the Court of Appeal. He recently successfully represented the appellant in the reported case of Jackson v R.  EWCA Crim 901 (14 June 2021),( 4 WLR 93) which now sets out the considerations that apply in relation to the extension of restraining orders.
Stephen both prosecutes (as an experienced Level 4 prosecutor) and defends and regularly appears in cases involving serious sexual offending, drugs conspiracies, serious violence and complex dishonest offending.
He also prosecutes regulatory work concerning areas such as health and safety (a recent example being HCC v MT Ltd (2019) where the defendant company pleaded guilty in relation to having an unsafe system of work for the fitting of crane tyres) and the illegal sale of cigarettes.
Stephen has a great deal of experience in defending, often successfully, those charged with sexual offending. These cases have involved both recent and historic allegations. Recent examples of such cases conducted by him include:
R v KC and TC (2021) – as leading junior counsel he represented one of two defendants charged with serious sexual offending and child cruelty against multiple members of their family. A number of young witnesses were cross-examined via the Section 28 procedure, something he is well versed in. He is experienced at dealing with vulnerable witnesses in such cases and others such as child cruelty.
R v TF (2021)-Crown offered no evidence after the Section 28 cross examination of a witness who had alleged apparent sexual touching whilst working with the defendant. In cross-examination she accepted that the contact could have been accidental.
R v P (2016) – defendant acquitted of the sexual abuse of two ladies, acquaintances of his, who did not know each other and did not appear to have colluded.
R v TW and RC (2020)– defendant acquitted of anal rape despite the presence of the complainant’s DNA on an item alleged to have been used as a makeshift condom during the alleged act and where the defence was not consent
In a similar vein, Stephen is experienced at dealing with offenders who have mental health problems.
Stephen has been led by both other junior counsel and Queen’s Counsel and works well with others.
He has both prosecuted and defended in cases involving confiscation of the alleged proceeds of crime and has successfully had confiscation orders reduced before the Court of Appeal.
Qualifications & Appointments
Law degree, MA Cantab (studied at Christ’s College Cambridge, 2:1)
Bar Vocational Course – Inns of Court School of Law
Inn of Court – Grays Inn
Level 3 CPS Prosecutor
Registered Pupil Supervisor (2014)
Hull Bar Mess Junior (2013 – 2016)
Circuit Junior (Autumn 2016 to Spring 2017)
North Eastern Circuit
‘Stephen Robinson is our go to counsel for complex matters in the Crown Court. He is thorough in his preparation and very personable with both clients and members of my team…..’