Stephen Requena is a barrister at 18 Red Lion Court. Stephen was called to the Bar in 1997, having graduated from the London School of Economics with a First Class degree in Law.
He is a versatile and persuasive jury advocate who defends and prosecutes with equal success, whether as leading counsel or as a led or unled junior. He has drawn praise from the Crown Court bench for his cross-examination of vulnerable witnesses and from the Court of Appeal for the excellence of his legal submissions.
Stephen is regularly briefed in serious fraud cases and is developing his specialism in this area. He is currently instructed for the prosecution â?? led by Richard Sutton Q.C. â?? in Operation Vine, a multi-million pound alleged fraud involving the unauthorised resale of CDs, DVDs and other media products destined for recycling.
Since early in his career he has established a proven track record in successfully handling factually complex briefs of all kinds. At four yearsâ?? call he was instructed by the Treasury Solicitor in the Bloody Sunday Inquiry as junior counsel in the team which represented Soldier L, one of those alleged to have fired fatal shots. As well as having cross-examined witnesses he was tasked with analysing tens of thousands of pages of evidence in the form of transcripts, statements, expert reports, photographs and moving images, etc.
Stephen is instructed in all varieties of serious cases including murder, rape, armed robbery, blackmail, money laundering, major drug conspiracies and firearms offences. Many of his cases have had a high public profile while others have involved extremely sensitive PII and Human Rights issues.
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