"I had the pleasure of meeting Stephanie and have also spoken with one of the clients whom she represented… and they were very positive in their feedback".Director, Regional Law Firm
"Stephanie’s presentation was not only focussed, confident and informative but she came across as refreshingly natural, comfortable and well prepared… It was a delight having her before me and from what little I have seen, she shows an instinct and talent for the job.”Circuit Judge
“Thank you for the excellent result and for your detailed attendance note. I’ve passed positive feedback on to some of my colleagues.”Solicitor
Stephanie Painter is developing a mixed common law practice, accepting instructions across a range of criminal, employment, regulatory and family matters, with a focus on crime.
Stephanie has recently completed a six-month secondment with the CPS Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Unit and is now assisting the Undercover Policing Inquiry as Junior Counsel.
Stephanie read Law at the University of Exeter and went on to study a Masters in International Human Rights Law. She holds the Mary McMurray scholarship from Lincoln’s Inn.
Prior to coming to the Bar, Stephanie worked as a Project Manager for a global e-disclosure company. Stephanie managed numerous international projects with magic-circle law firms and advised clients on the e-discovery process from start to finish. Stephanie has also previously worked as a Legal Assistant for a regional solicitors firm, so has a working knowledge of case management.
Stephanie is a qualified Grade 2 CPS Panel Advocate, prosecuting and defending Magistrates and Crown Court trials.
Having recently completed a six-month secondment with the CPS Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Unit, she has gained considerable experience and insight into cases of this nature.
Stephanie is Direct Access qualified and is regularly instructed to represent clients charged with driving offences, with a focus on presenting exceptional hardship arguments. She also represents Defendants and the Probation Service at PTPH and sentencing hearings.
During pupillage Stephanie spent three months under the supervision of Richard Tutt, who has a busy criminal practice. Stephanie gained exposure to health and safety matters and also spent two weeks at the Nursing and Midwifery Council, so she is eager to build her experience of regulatory work.
Stephanie has a keen interest in Courts-Martial work. Prior to joining Chambers, Stephanie was an Officer Cadet in Bristol University Air Squadron for three years, having spent time with the Army and RAF legal services in Germany.
Stephanie has a strong interest in animal welfare, being a member of ALaw (UK Centre for Animal Law). She is well placed to assist with issues relating to the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and the other key areas of animal welfare legislation arise. Stephanie is a regular contributor to Chambers’ Crime Team newsletter and recently authored an article on Lucy’s Law; legislation brought in to stop the commercial third-party sale of puppies and kittens, under six months old, by anyone other than a registered breeder.
Stephanie has experience in representing Claimants and Respondents in Employment Tribunal cases. She has been instructed and advised clients in relation to unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal and age discrimination claims.
Stephanie has recently represented a Claimant in a three-day final hearing, claiming discrimination and constructive, unfair dismissal. She has also recently represented a Respondent in a one-day final hearing, where she successfully defended the Respondent’s redundancy process.
Stephanie has experience in advising and representing clients in children law proceedings at various stages including final hearings.
During Pupillage, Stephanie spent 3 months under the supervision of Jennifer Lee and gained exposure to matrimonial finance matters. She has experience in drafting various applications and also has a keen interest in Court of Protection work.
Stephanie is acting as Junior Counsel for the Undercover Policing Inquiry. She has experience of investigating sensitive material and is gaining an insight into how to engage with Core Participants.