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STACEY HOLLAND

Call: 2018 (Middle Temple)

Areas of Expertise: 

 

 Crime

Stacey joined Chambers in Spring 2019 as a third six having successfully completed pupillage in London and became a member of Chambers in September 2019.

 

Prior to joining the Bar, Stacey was employed by the Crown Prosecution Service in Kent for 18 years, initially as a paralegal and subsequently as an Associate Prosecutor. Stacey appeared daily in court, presenting a wide range of cases, gaining extensive experience of the court and various legal processes.

Stacey on occasion works alongside the Schools Consent Project, who deliver workshops to 14-18 year-olds on the issue of sexual consent and also participates in the Inspiring the Future Programme, providing talks to students about career choices and education routes.

Practice Areas

Stacey practises exclusively in criminal law, appearing both for the Prosecution and Defence in the Magistrates, Youth Courts and Crown Courts. 

 

Stacey is developing a busy practice. She has received instructions in a full range of criminal offences including violence, dishonesty and drugs related matters. Stacey is also regularly instructed in cases involving driving related matters. 

She has expertise in driving related matters and also prosecutes for the Insolvency Service. 

 

Cases of Note

 

R v DJ and others (2020)

Secured mixed verdicts in a multi-handed conspiracy to supply class A drugs, which included an acquittal in relation to conspiracy to supply heroin. 

R v CC and others (2020)

Instructed to defend in a multi-handed conspiracy to supply class A drugs. Successfully challenged prosecution expert evidence suggesting category 1 offending.

 

R v MD (2020)

Instructed to defend offences of stalking in which the Crown served 290 pages of exhibits two days before the trial. Successfully argued for the exclusion of said exhibits resulting in the Crown offering no evidence against MD.

 

R v RN (2020)

Successfully argued against the imposition of a minimum mandatory sentence for possession of a knife and the activation of a suspended sentence order, on the basis that it would be unjust, securing instead a 3 year conditional discharge. 

 

R v SK (2020) 

Defence advocate case involving the importation of class A drugs. 

 

R v AR (2020)

Defence advocate in a case of failing to provide a specimen of blood in circumstances where he had a reasonable excuse, namely a well-established phobia of needles. The accused was acquitted. 

R v SR (2020)

Instructed to defend in an application to impose a Sexual Harm Prevention Order. Successfully argued against the suggested terms which restricted the respondents right to engage in sexual activity with a specific category of people and secured a reduction in the length of the order.

 

R v YS (2020)

Secured convictions in a two-handed ABH and affray where the Defendants had been in possession of various weapons, including a samurai sword. 

 

R v TM (2019) 

Successfully argued against disqualification in a case of speeding where the accused fell to be disqualified under the totting provisions. 

R v WH (2019)

Defence counsel in a case of false imprisonment, assault involving a vulnerable complainant, assaulting a police officer, assault and criminal damage. Obtained mixed verdicts, which included an acquittal for the assault against the police officer after it was successfully showed the officer had used excessive force against the accused. 

R v H (2019)

Defence counsel in a case involving possession of class B drugs in prison. After extensive mitigation, the sentencing court were persuaded to step outside their guidelines and imposed a Conditional Discharge for 12 months.

R v B (2019)

Prosecution counsel in a case of failing to provide a specimen. Successfully argued against an abuse of process argument which was made following the police failing to download and preserve the body worn footage which had recorded the incident.

     

R v B (2018)

Secured an acquittal for an individual accused of possession of a bladed article in circumstances where he did not know of the existence of the knife. 

 

R v E (2018)

Defence counsel in a case involving stalking. Following arguments regarding disclosure, the Crown offered no evidence against the defendant.

Testimonials

'She was absolutely fantastic if a little scary!(R v MD 2020)

 

Excellent result which would not have been achieved had it not been for how well prepared Stacey was(R v SR 2020)

Articles

At what price justice? When less is not more

 

Qualifications/Education

2016-2018 – BPP Law School, Holborn – Bar professional Training Course.

Result – Outstanding

2014-2016 – BPP University, Waterloo – Graduate Diploma in Law.

Result – Commendation

2007 – CILEX - Youth Court Advocacy Certificate.

2001 – CILEX - Certificate in Criminal Prosecution.

 

Awards

Certificate of Honour (Middle Temple)

Harmsworth Scholarship (Middle Temple)

Blackstone’s Entrance Exhibition Award (Middle Temple)

Provost’s Award of Excellence

The Vice Chancellors Award, GDL Scholarship

 

Memberships

CPS – Advocates Panel Grade 2

Criminal Bar Association

Honourable Society of Middle Temple

Middle Temple Young Barristers’ Association

Kent Bar Mess

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