Mr Stephen Shay > 23ES > London, England > Barrister Profile

1 Gray's Inn Square


Stephen Shay is a senior junior called in 1984, who is regularly instructed both for the prosecution and defence in serious cases. Stephen is experienced in all areas of serious, organised, complex and sensitive crime, such as homicide (including non-accidental head injury), causing death by dangerous driving, organised crime, rape and other serious sexual offences, domestic extremism, complex fraud and large-scale drugs offences. He is also experienced in crime-related judicial review and appellate work, and civil pleadings (having had a mixed practice some years ago). Stephen is a Grade 4 CPS prosecutor in London and the South East, who has also been appointed to the CPS Headquarters Serious Crime Group Specialist Panel and to the Specialist Rape Panel. His recent cases include the prosecution of a drug importation conspiracy involving £2m worth of cocaine, the prosecution of a Latvian defendant charged with allegations of marital rape and threats to kill, and the prosecution of an optician accused of systematically defrauding the NHS. His recent defence work includes defending an Afghan refugee on allegation of anal rape, defending a Lithuanian national on a charge of murder, and defending an alleged armed robber.


Called 1984. Publications of note: contributing editor to Archbold 1993 to date; wrote the contempt of court chapters in Sweet & Maxwell’s ‘Administrative Court: Practice and Procedure’ (2006).


Criminal Bar Association; South Eastern Circuit; Pupil Supervisor.


Westminster School; Oxford University.

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > South Eastern Circuit > Crime (general and fraud)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Stephen Shay23ES