Stephen Jeary

Call 1987

Stephen Jeary

Practice Overview

Stephen Jeary was called to the Bar in 1987 following a successful career in finance. 
In addition to defending many serious cases as lead junior, he has defended cases of the utmost gravity as junior alone, or leading junior. These include murder, attempted murder, fraud including serious fraud, complex computer crime, drug conspiracies and the most harrowing sexual cases.

Notable and Reported cases

  • R v Cong Van Le (2008
    • The successful defence, as leading junior, in a four-month trial during 2008 of one of six men jointly charged with murder. All other defendants and prosecution were represented by Queen's Counsel leading junior counsel.
  • R v Bevan
    • Successful defence of a teenager charged with hacking the computers of the United States State and Military. There were around 750,000 pages of evidence. This case attracted national media coverage.
  • R v Sullivan
    • The second longest murder trial in Wales. This involved the successful defence, as led junior, of a woman charged with two others with the murder of two small children and their mother. The case attracted national media cover.
  • R v H [2006] EWCA Crim 853.
  • Recommendations
    • He has a strong defence-based practice, and is sought out to handle serious fraud, homicide, drugs and sexual cases. Strengths: "A formidable advocate with a very good reputation." Chambers UK 2017

    • "Has a strong, defence-focused practice. He is sought after for his expertise in a wide range of cases including those relating to attempted murder, drugs conspiracies and complex computer crime." Chambers UK 2016
    • 'Acts for the defence across all serious criminal law matters. He is highly regarded for his ability to handle complex historic sex abuse cases. "He's very thorough, with a fine eye for every minor detail, and his advocacy is excellent." "He is experienced and respected by judges and calm in the way he approaches things in cross-examination – he is persuasive and effective." Chambers UK 2015
    • "Stephen Jeary comes highly recommended for his work on violent crime cases. Clients appreciate his keen intellect and concise manner." - Chambers UK 2013
    • Stephen Jeary is mentioned in Chambers & Partners 2008 as a Leading Junior on Circuit and described as shining through his ‘evident dedication to the cause of the client’. He has also been similarly mentioned in various other directories for many years. 
    • "Stephen Jeary is a "bright and incisive" barrister. A "very good cross-examiner," he is the bane of ill-prepared police officers. He advised for the defence of R v Kerry, in a case of alleged sex offences." - Chambers UK 2012
  • Education & Qualification
    • Bar Final Examinations, Inns of Court School of Law (1987)
    • Ll.B. (Hons), (1986)
  • Memberships
    • The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
    • The Wales and Chester Circuit
Stephen Jeary