Stefan Hyman

Introduction

Stefan specialises in extradition and criminal law. He regularly prosecutes and defends in the Crown Court. He is on the CPS General Crime Panel at Level 2. Recently, he has been instructed in several multi-handed cases involving violence. Throughout 2019, Stefan was instructed as disclosure junior on a five-month multi-defendant missing trader intra-community fraud involving a VAT loss of £34m. Stefan has a particular interest in aviation law, including crimes committed aboard aircraft.

Stefan represents requesting states and requested persons at first instance and on appeal to the High Court. He is on the CPS Extradition Panel at Level 1. Following the Court of Justice of the European Union’s judgment on the definition of a “judicial authority” in EU law, he has appeared in cases at first instance relating to Germany, Belgium and Latvia. He is currently instructed on several ‘prison condition’ (Article 3) cases involving Romania, Latvia and Cyprus. Stefan is experienced at arguing cases involving ‘the passage of time’ as a bar to extradition and the interference of extradition with a requested person’s private and family life (Article 8).

Stefan also advises on complex disclosure projects. He is currently instructed in an on-going public inquiry. He has advised foreign governments about the English criminal process, from what constitutes a legitimate ground for arrest to how English courts pass sentence on a defendant.

Stefan is qualified to represent members of the public directly in accordance with the Bar Council’s Direct Access Scheme.

Background and expertise

Prior to joining Chambers, Stefan worked for a law firm specialising in public law. In 2015, he was involved in litigation against the Iraq Inquiry in relation to the unreasonable delay in publication of the Inquiry’s report. Following periods living and working in South America, Stefan is fluent in written and oral Spanish.

Notable cases

Operation Banjax

Instructed by the Serious Fraud Division as a disclosure junior on a 13-handed cheat of the public Revenue involving a VAT loss of £34m. Given the volume of material, Stefan was instructed to attend trial. 9 defendants convicted. Confiscation proceedings are on-going. Southwark Crown Court.

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MG v IJA

Representing the issuing judicial authority in an on-going case concerning the sufficiency of prison assurances received from Romania. Administrative Court.

IJA v ZM

Representing the issuing judicial authority in an on-going case concerning: (1) the ‘forum bar’; and (2) whether conditions of imprisonment in Cyprus pose a real risk that the requested person may be subject to inhuman or degrading treatment at Nicosia Central Prisons. Westminster Magistrates’ Court.

IJA v VD

Representing the issuing judicial authority in an on-going case concerning: (1) whether the Latvian public prosecutor’s office is sufficiently independent of the executive to comply with recent developments in Union law; and (2) if conditions of imprisonment in Latvia pose a real risk that the requested person may be subject to inhuman or degrading treatment. Westminster Magistrates’ Court.

R v IK

Advised on the new ‘assaulting an emergency worker’ offence as well as the powers conferred on PCSOs following a recent change in legislation. CPS offering no evidence on the indictment. Snaresbrook Crown Court.

R v SF

Following guilty pleas at PTPH to six dwelling burglaries and threats to cause criminal damage, Stefan obtained a sentence of four years’ custody for a prolific domestic burglar accused of a series of category one offences. Snaresbrook Crown Court.

CPS v AB

Stefan successfully prosecuted a two-day domestic violence trial in which the defendant was accused of assaulting his girlfriend and his eleven year old son. The case involved vulnerable witness handling. Willesden Magistrates' Court

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Prizes

  • Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, Buchan Prize for BPTC Result (2015).
  • Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, Lord Denning Scholarship for the BPTC (2014).
  • Organization of American States, Best Participant in the Model OAS (2010).
  • University of Edinburgh, Special Distinction in Spoken Spanish (2009)

PUBLICATIONS

Disclosure - Essential to a Fair Trial

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PROFILE: Stefan Hyman

Year called

2015

Specialisms

Crime

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Crime

Extradition

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Extradition

Road Traffic

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Road traffic

Direct access

Yes

Contact

020 7489 2727

Education

City Law School (2015), Bar Professional Training Course, Outstanding.

City Law School (2015), Graduate Diploma in Law, Commendation.

King’s College London (2010), MA in War Studies, Distinction.

University of Edinburgh (2009), MA (Hons.) in European History and Spanish, First-class with Honours.

Memberships

The Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn

The Criminal Bar Association

Defence Extradition Lawyers' Forum

Appointments

CPS Panel (Grade 2)

CPS Extradition Panel (Grade 1)

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