Stephen Littlewood

Stephen Littlewood


Year of call: 2013

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  • Practice Summary

    Stephen has experience in prosecuting and defending in a variety of different areas and regularly appears in the Crown, Magistrates’ and Youth Court.

    Defence Work

    Stephen has experience in defending a number of offences and a range of defendants of different ages.

    Stephen has a wide range of experience in many areas. Clients value Stephen’s down to earth approach and practical attitude to cases.

    Stephen had defended cases ranging from Burglary to larger scale conspiracies involving the Supply of Class A Drugs. He has particular experience in defending sexual allegations.

    He has experience defending Youths in both the Crown and Youth Court involving cases including Robbery, Grievous Bodily Harm, Sexual Assault of a Child and other Sexual Offences. Prior to being called to the Bar Stephen had over 8 years’ experience working with young people.

    Stephen also has particular experience in dealing with Road Traffic Offences and regularly represents clients on a direct access basis in this regard.

    Prosecution work

    Stephen completed his pupillage under Matthew Bean who specialises in prosecuting serious sexual offences.

    Stephen is a Grade 2 Prosecutor. Stephen has experience in prosecuting a range of offences in the Crown and Magistrates’ Court.

    He has particular experience in dealing with Young and Vulnerable witnesses. He also has extensive experience as a Disclosure Junior in complex cases.

    Notable Cases

    R v Thaxter [2016] (led by Ian Mullarkey and Dafyd Enoch QC)

    Murder – prosecution where the main prosecution witness was unavailable due to illness and no body was ever found. This case was linked to the case of Buttle (see below).

    R v Smith, Smith, Pierre and McFarlane [2016] (led by David Brooke and Adrian Waterman QC)

    Murder, Supply of Class A Drugs – involved a gang shooting in Sheffield. The case relied heavily upon cell site evidence and covert recordings. Two defendants were convicted of Murder and one of Manslaughter. Four defendants pleaded guilty to various firearms and drug supply charges bringing down the lead organisation of an important criminal gang.

    R v Buttle [2015] (led by Adrian Waterman QC and Iam Mullarkey)
    Murder - involved the killing of a man who had been missing for two years before any persons were charged. Buttle pleaded to Manslaughter shortly before trial, admitting that she was present at the killing.

    R v Manna [2015] (led by Nicholas Campbell QC)
    Murder – Successfully prosecuted a man who brutally murdered his wife. The man suffered from a psychological illness and the case centred around the issue of Diminished Responsibility.

    R v R [2014] (led by Matthew Bean)
    Successfully prosecuted a man who had repeatedly raped and abused his daughter for a number of years. He eventually received a sentence of 27 years.

    R v Sidhu and Bedford [2014] (led by Tamara Pawson and Nicholas Campbell QC)
    Murder Successfully prosecuted a pair who had tortured and killed a man in his home.

  • Practice Summary

    Stephen regularly advises the Police on Civil applications and applications in the Family Court. His cross-jurisdictional experience is extremely beneficial in this regard.

    Stephen regularly deals with matters in the Criminal and Civil jurisdiction involving:

    – SRO’s and SHPO’s;

    – Confiscation proceedings;

    – CBO’s;

    – Football banning orders;

    – Forced Marriage Protection Orders; and

    – Gang injunctions; and

    – Other civil and criminal orders associated with the Police.

  • Practice Summary

    Stephen regularly appears in the County Court dealing with a range of Small Claims matters.

    He has specific experience in RTA Protocol cases involving Credit Hire arrangements.

    Stephen has particular experience in drafting statements of case in Industrial Disease litigation.

    He was supervised during his Pupillage by Simon Mallett and undertook personal injury work including:

    – Industrial Disease

    – Medical Negligence

    – Employers liability

    – Occupiers liability

    Stephen has also undertaken a range of other Civil work including contractual disputes.

  • Professional Membership

    – North Eastern Circuit

    – Criminal Bar Association

    Education and Awards

    – University of Leeds – LLB Law – 1st Class (Hons)

    – BPP Law School – BPTC – Very Competent

    – Inner Temple Exhibition Award

    – Inner Temple Duke of Edinburgh Scholarship Award

    – Captained the Leeds University Jessups International Mooting Team and finished 3rd overall oralist in the UK.