STEPHEN COLLINS

SOLICITOR - ADVOCATE

AREAS OF PRACTICE

Stephen is a supervising solicitor at Lloyds PR Solicitors, specialising in financial crime, regulatory and High Court extradition work.

Stephen has developed an expertise in fraud, applications under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and requests made subject to the Extradition Act 2003.  Stephen also deals with regulatory matters, including appeals against decisions of the International Cricket Council, National Crime Agency, Disclosure and Barring Service, and Transport for London.   

Stephen has a variety of experience dealing assertively with the police, both as an accredited Police Station Representative, and in restraint order and cash detention matters.

Prior to joining Lloyds PR Solicitors, Stephen interned with Amnesty International and the Cambodian Centre for Human Rights in South-East Asia.

 

NOTABLE CASES

EXTRADITION

  • T v Romania (High Court)

The lead case concerning judicial independence in Romania and the impact of such on section 2 of the Extradition Act 2002. Granted permission to appeal in December 2020 and currently awaiting a full appeal hearing.

  • K v Hungary (High Court)

Appeal of an extradition order to Hungary on human rights grounds (article 3 and article 8).

  • C v Cyprus (High Court)

Matter preceded to appeal in the High Court on the basis of dual criminality and absence of a prosecution decision.

 

REGULATORY 

  • HSE v U Ltd

Stephen represented a prolific UK-based construction company in its prosecution by the UK Health and Safety Executive for unsafe working conditions. Whilst the company admitted liability for its failures during a turbulent business period, Stephen was able to expertly guide the client through proceedings and offer clear advise during a difficult time for the company. By drawing on financial and business evidence, the lowest possible sanction was ordered by the court.

  • P v Transport for London

Appeal against the decision of Transport for London to revoke the appellant’s licence due to a failure to declare a conviction.

  • N v Transport for London

Acted for a private-hire vehicle driver against a decision of Transport for London to revoke the appellant’s licence under the Equality Act 2010.

  • S v R (High Court)

Appeal against a Crown Court decision to implement a Serious Crime Prevention Order, heard at the High Court and successfully varied.

 

FINANCIAL CRIME

  • R v F (Crown Court)

Stephen represents a client accused of international money laundering between the UK and Middle East. The case is ongoing and has so far seen the service of over two million pages of evidence.

  • R v B (Crown Court)

Stephen represents the lead defendant in a eight-handed conspiracy to commit duty fraud; the only defendant unconvicted further to trial. The client faces re-trial in September 2021.

  • Royal Mail v Z Ltd (Crown Court)

Stephen represents three defendants in a complex conspiracy to defraud Royal Mail valued at over £6 million. Stephen represents both a company and two indiviudals.

 

EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • University of Law:      Higher Rights of Audience in the Criminal Courts
  • BPP University:          Legal Practice Course (distinction)
  • University of Bristol:  MA Law (merit)
  • University of York:     BA (hons) Philosophy and English (2.1)

 

LANGUAGES

Stephen speaks and writes Modern Standard Arabic to a pre-intermediate level.

 

MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS

  • The Law Society
  • Young Legal Aid Lawyers
  • Amnesty International
  • Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights

 

CONTACT DETAILS

T: 0208 963 1050

F: 0208 963 1975

E: Stephen@lloydspr.com