Stephanie Hayward

Year of Call: 2011
Inn of Court: Inner Temple

Stephanie Hayward

A committed and charismatic advocate, Stephanie understands the importance of crafting case narratives to channel the most persuasive arguments for her client.

Stephanie specialises in criminal prosecution having completed a 9-month secondment to the Crown Prosecution Service in July 2017. She is currently instructed as a Junior in the first, ever redundancy payment fraud. A Grade 2 CPS Advocate, Stephanie is instructed to prosecute offences of the utmost seriousness including aggravated burglary and grievous bodily harm. Stephanie also defends at all levels of court. Most recently, at Blackfriars Crown Court, she secured an acquittal for a client charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Having undertaken pupillage predominantly in employment law, Stephanie is transferring her Tribunal advocacy experience in the direction of regulatory law. Recently, Stephanie successfully represented a paramedic before the Health and Care Professions Council, persuading them that despite the application for an interim suspension order, such order was not necessary. The Panel acceded to the submission and declined to make an interim suspension order or impose conditions of practice.




Significant Cases


  • R v B – Secured conviction for robbery against grandmother by granddaughter following trial at Wood Green Crown Court
  • R v. S – Secured 3 convictions for fraud and handling stolen goods following trial in Croydon Crown Court
  • R v. Y – Secured 7 convictions against 7 youths following 3-day trial for charges involving harming a witness and assault occasioning actual bodily harm
  • R v. C – Secured conviction for s.18 stabbing in Youth Court
  • R v. A – Secured conviction for s.20 offence where victim’s nose was fractured.


  • R v. A – Securing a suspended sentence with no requirements for a defendant convicted of stealing several thousand pounds from a vulnerable person
  • R v. D – Securing acquittal of a youth charged with fraud by false representation through effective cross-examination of the police and a Bank employee
  • R v. C – Securing acquittal of defendant who – as a result of being found possessing a blade and plastic shopping bags – was charged with possession of bladed article and going equipped.
  • LL.B (Hons), University of Reading
  • Kalisher Scholarship (2016)
  • Inner Temple Exhibition Award
  • Duke of Edinburgh Scholarship
  • Grade 2 CPS Panel Advocate
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • South Eastern Circuit

Areas of Specialism


She is a Grade 2 CPS Advocate and completed a secondment with the CPS in July 2017. She defends at all levels of court.


Employment & Regulatory Law

She successfully secured an adjournment of a Social Worker Registrant’s Final Hearing before the Health and Care Professions Council in Birmingham. She has a keen interest in the medical professions and aims to use her experience from the Employment Tribunal to develop a practice in regulatory work.

Instructed by FRU, she secured compensation for a claimant alleging unfair dismissal, having firstly established her ‘employee’ status. She also secured over £15,000 compensation on behalf of a care worker following a three-day hearing encompassing claims for whistleblowing, unfair dismissal and sex discrimination.

She has acted as a voluntary advisor on the Employment Law Telephone Advice Service (ELTAL) offering free advice to members of the public facing issues at work. She is also regularly instructed by Irwin Mitchell for advice on the merits of claims.

Prison & Public Law

Interested in the criminal justice system more holistically, she also received a Kalisher Scholarship sponsoring a secondment with The Parole Board in the Ministry of Justice. Within the Litigation Team, she successfully defended a judicial review challenge made against the Board, linked to a decision not to direct the release of a prisoner.

She also dealt with hundreds of claims for compensation from prisoners due to the delay in having their oral hearings heard under Article 5 (4) ECHR.

Her interest in prison law work was borne out of representing a prisoner recalled for breaching license conditions at HMP Wayland. She has also represented youths in adjudications at Feltham YOI.

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