Monica Stevenson
  • Hard-working, tactically-astute, good judgement, jury-friendly, a skilful cross-examiner particularly of vulnerable witnesses.

    Legal 500 2023, Crime

  • Monica is an exceptional barrister. Her attention to detail is excellent. She is an extremely able advocate.

    Legal 500 2022, Crime

  • She is a committed, hardworking member of the bar who manages to bring integrity and humour to her chosen profession.

    Legal 500 2022, Crime 

  • She has a fine legal brain. First-class advocate and excellent at attention to detail with case preparation. Very personable with clients.

    Legal 500 2021

  • A pleasure to work with. 

    Legal 500 2021

  • Great at trial, particularly during cross-examination.

    Legal 500 2020

Called 2004

Monica Stevenson

Barrister

"Monica is an exceptional barrister. Her attention to detail is excellent. She is an extremely able advocate. She is a committed, hard working member of the bar who manages to bring integrity and humour to her chosen profession" 

Monica is instructed in a range of serious and complex cases including homicide, serious violence, drugs offences and public justice offences such as perjury and perverting the course of justice.

Experienced in all criminal courts, including the Court of Appeal, Monica is a skilled and measured advocate, with almost two decades’ experience defending in criminal trials.

Monica’s expertise includes acting for vulnerable defendants and she is accredited to train other barristers in the techniques of vulnerable witness questioning.  She has spoken on this topic for several organisations, including Kingsley Napley Solicitors, the Criminal Law Review Conference and the London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association.

In addition to criminal law work, Monica has been instructed to work for core participants to both the Undercover Policing and Post Office Horizon IT Inquiries. 

A long-standing member of the Criminal Bar Associations’ Education & Training Committee (CBA), Monica has had articles published in various publications including the New Law Journal Criminal Justice Quarterly and Crime Line.

Before being called to the Bar, Monica lectured on the subject of Public International Law at a private law college. She is formally accredited to supervise trainee (pupil) barristers and assists with advocacy training at Middle Temple.

Recent Testimonials 

  • "Hard-working, tactically-astute, good judgement, jury-friendly, a skilful cross-examiner particularly of vulnerable witnesses." Legal 500 2023, Crime
  • "Monica is an exceptional barrister. Her attention to detail is excellent. She is an extremely able advocate. She is a committed, hard working member of the bar who manages to bring integrity and humour to her chosen profession."  Legal 500 2022, Crime
  • "She has a fine legal brain. First-class advocate and excellent at attention to detail with case preparation. Very personable with clients." Legal 500 2021
  • "A pleasure to work with." Legal 500 2021
  • "Great at trial, particularly during cross-examination." Legal 500 2020

Associated Professional Work

  • Accredited Training Facilitator, The Vulnerable Witness Training Scheme
  • Accredited Pupil Supervisor (Middle Temple)
  • Current Member, Criminal Bar Association Education & Training Committee (2008-Present)
  • Contributing Author for Legal Directories (Westlaw; Lexis Nexis)
  • Mentor, Women in Criminal Law (WICL)

Professional Memberships

  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Bar Pro Bono Unit
  • Women in Criminal Law

Published Articles

  • The Work of the Sentencing Council, New Law Journal (June 2020) 
  • Prosecuting Trafficked Defendants, Law Society Gazette (Sep 2019)
  • Sentencing Guidelines for Manslaughter Offences, Crime Line (2018)
  • Anonymity for Defendants, Complainants of Sexual Offences, Criminal Bar Quarterly (November 2017)
  • Pre-Recorded Video Evidence, Section 28, Criminal Law Justice Quarterly (2014)
  • Maintaining Standards, New Law Journal (2012)
  • A Timely Reminder of What is at Stake, The Times Online (2012)
  • Showing your Hand (The New Defence Witness Notice Provisions), COUNSEL Magazine (2010)
  • No Stone Left Unturned (Admission of “Cell Confessions”), New Law Journal (2005)
  • Choose Life” (Reform to the Homicide Laws), Solicitors’ Journal (2004)

Education & Awards

  • BPP Law School (Grade awarded: Outstanding) [2003]
  • Baron Ver Hayden De Lancy Award, Middle Temple [2003]
  • LLB, Bachelor of Laws, Cardiff University [1994-1997]
  • LLM, Public International Law, University of Nottingham [1997-1998]

mstevenson@25bedfordrow.com