Stefan Hyman

Introduction

Since successfully completing pupillage and obtaining tenancy in Chambers, Stefan has quickly developed a busy extradition and criminal law practice. He is well-liked by solicitors and clients who value his direct approach and easy manner.

In the context of extradition, Stefan represents requesting states and requested persons at first instance and on appeal to the High Court. In 2020, he was seconded to the CPS Extradition Unit where he was responsible for a wide portfolio of part 1 (European) cases. He is therefore well placed to advise on present challenges to extradition, including the fast-moving litigation concerning prison conditions in Europe and the United States (Article 3), the rule of law and judicial independence in central and eastern Europe (Article 6), which courts are ‘competent’ to issue European arrest warrants following the Court of Justice of European Union’s landmark judgments in 2019, and the impact of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union on present and future extradition arrangements.

Stefan has particular experience of litigating and appearing as an advocate in German, Italian, Polish, Romanian and Spanish cases. He has also appeared in part 2 (non-European) cases at first instance, including requests from Australia, Brazil and the United States. Stefan is well-versed at arguing cases involving delay and the disproportionate effect of extradition on a requested person’s family life (Article 8).

Alongside extradition work, Stefan maintains a busy practice in the Crown Court, where he both prosecutes and defends. 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 advises on complex disclosure matters. From 2017-2019 he was instructed to provide advice on disclosure to a core participant in a public inquiry. He has advised foreign governments about the English criminal process and provided external training on extradition law and practice.  He is a contributor to Crimeline’s Extradition Hub.

Stefan is qualified to represent members of the public directly in accordance with the Bar Council’s Direct Access Scheme. He is on the CPS General Crime, Extradition and Specialist Fraud Panels at level 2.

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 Fraud Panel (Grade 2)

CPS Extradition Panel (Grade 2)

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