Stephen Earnshaw

Year of call: 1990

Stephen Earnshaw has almost twenty-five years experience at the criminal bar both prosecuting and defending . His practice covers the whole spectrum of offending from murder to fraud. He is a well regarded and well liked member of the Bar with an excellent reputation for case preparation and advocacy.


Stephen has considerable experience in Court of Appeal cases including successful appeals in murder and rape sentencing.

He has defended in a large number of historic rape cases. His careful and sensitive manner when cross examining is recognised and appreciated by Judges and opponents. As a result he has developed an expertise in cases involving intermediaries.

He has wide ranging defence experience in all cases of violence from gang related offences to murder.

In addition, he been involved in cases of large scale drugs importations and large scale supplies, serious frauds and POCA applications.


LLB (Hons)

Professional Associations

Criminal Bar Association
South Eastern Circuit

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Notable Cases

R v AJ: 2014 murder – young defendant with ADHD.

Rv FO: 2014: £5m advance fee fraud involving vulnerable and elderly witnesses. Prosecution case served on disc. 3 week trial.

R v T: 2014 attempted murder and s.18: second defendant with case based on principle of joint enterprise. Painstaking review of extensive  cctv coverage.

R v H: 2014 7 day trial of historic  familial allegations of inciting serious sexual offences.

R v L: 2014 oral rape of young complainant by 15 year old defendant. Intermediary instructed from the outset.

R v O: 2013 murder: revenge murder in South London with extensive cctv and telephone data.

R v H: 2013  rape and indecent assault; successful application of doctrine of  doli incapax.

R v AN: 2012 large scale insurance and banking fraud.

R v M: 2012 murder  machete/knife murder in East London.

R v G: 2011 murder  plea of guilty to murder and burial of body  on first day of trial. Successful sentence reduction in CA.

R v C: 2011  historic cold case of rape and false imprisonment. Leave to appeal against conviction argued but refused. Sentence reduced on appeal.

R v Whatley: 2005 Crim App R (S) 115:  DWP case on sample counts and specimen charges.