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Broadway House Chambers (Chambers of Rodney Ferm), Stephen Wood, Bradford, ENGLAND

Stephen Wood

Work 01274 722560
Broadway House Chambers (Chambers of Rodney Ferm)


Leading barrister in the field of criminal law. Recommended by the national legal directories, his practice has attracted universal praise by solicitors on Circuit and beyond. Has practised at the bar for over twenty years and in that time has established himself as a robust advocate who represents his clients in criminal matters fearlessly, whether they be the Crown or individual defendants. Highly sought after as either a leading or led junior and his practice extends across the full range of serious criminal offences, from multiple murders/manslaughters, firearms offences and robberies, to drugs offences (including forfeiture applications), serious fraud and dishonesty, and the gravest sexual offences. Regularly conducts cases alone against leading counsel. Grade 4 CPS prosecutor. Appointed as a Special Advocate by HM Attorney General in 2005 and held that position until 2012. Approved by the Ministry of Defence to conduct court martials. In addition to his busy Crown Court practice, Stephen is often called upon to represent defendants and prosecution authorities in difficult appeals, both before the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) or by way of judicial review/case stated in the Administrative Court. Solicitors routinely instruct Stephen for his excellent intellect, meticulous preparation and encyclopaedic knowledge of intricate points of law, one describing him as a ‘walking, talking Archbold’. Once again recommended in ‘The Legal 500’ for 2012, professional clients have commented in the past that Stephen ‘has an extensive criminal defence practice’ (2011); ‘Highly rated for serious crime defence’ (2010); ‘Stephen Wood is “good with difficult clients” with experience in fraud and conspiracy’ (2009); ‘An excellent choice for heavy crime’ (2008); ‘Good with difficult clients’... well followed as a serious crime defender’ (2007); ‘always has an ace up his sleeve when defending heavy crime’ (2005 and 2006). Notable Cases include: R v Smith, Times, 26th August (2010) – whether court prevented from making a confiscation order when defendant made subject of conditional discharge; R v Bleazard [2009] 1 Cr App R (S) 42 – prosecuted man who was waiting for HM the Queen with an axe on a royal visit to Yorkshire, before Crown Court and represented prosecution before Court of Appeal (now guideline case on sentencing for bladed articles and offensive weapons); R v S [2006] 2 Cr App R (S) 35 – acted for 11-year-old boy before the Crown Court and Court of Appeal, who was the youngest defendant to be sentenced under the ‘dangerous’ provisions of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 (now a guideline case); R v Carey & ors [2006] EWCA Crim 17 – (this appeal is the leading case in Unlawful Act Manslaughter) represented a teenage defendant in the Crown Court and before the Court of Appeal charged with manslaughter of another teenage girl who had an undiagnosed heart defect (the case limits the use by the prosecution of the offence of affray as the ‘unlawful and dangerous act’ in manslaughter cases); R v Qadir [2005] EWCA Crim 2800 – instructed for the defendant before the Crown Court and Court of Appeal, charged with offences under the Food Safety Act (was the largest food poisoning outbreak in the United Kingdom in the last ten years and the largest ever in the North of England); R v Murphy [2003]1 Cr App R (S) 39 – guideline case on imposition of life sentence for armed robbery; R v Parvais Najeeb & ors [2003] 3 Cr App R (S) 69 – successful appeal on behalf of appellant convicted as a result of the Bradford riots of 2001; R v Harrison [20021 EWCA Crim 2309 – safety of conviction vitiated where no ‘good character’ direction sought or given; Ahmed v Bradford Magistrates’ Court [2008] EWHC 2934 – defendant’s conviction before justices quashed on basis of appearance of bias; The Queen (on the Application of A) v South Yorkshire Police and CPS [2007] EWHC 1261 – instructed by CPS on application by youth to quash decision to charge, on basis he ought to have been cautioned (application refused, now a guideline case on correct procedure to be adopted by CPS when considering ‘diversion from prosecution’).


Called 1991, Inner Temple.


Criminal Bar Association.


LLB Hons.

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