Jeanette commenced her pupillage with Goldsmith Chambers in October 2017 where she will be focusing her practice on Crime.
Prior to joining Chambers, Jeanette worked for the UK Border Force where she gained valuable experience and insight into immigration at the border as well as customs and excise legislation.
After this time, Jeanette worked for three years as a designated Criminal Investigator within a specialised department of the Home Office investigating Organised Immigration Crime. During her time, Jeanette passed her National Investigators Examination where she achieved exceptional results and the highest mark ever obtained in the Home Office. Alongside her work as an Investigator, Jeanette was also part of the Home Office Extradition Team where she worked on extradition cases and travelled abroad to extradite individuals from overseas back to the UK. Jeanette also worked as an Identity Documents Fraud Examiner.
Other highlights include a Home Office Commendation for dedication, commitment and professionalism to her work. In 2016, Jeanette was further awarded a Judge’s Commendation for an investigation into an organised crime group assisting unlawful immigration through a sham marriage ring. In awarding the commendation, His Honour Judge Brown sitting at Leicester Crown Court stated: “His Honour Judge Brown commends Jeanette Stevenson for the way in which the case was investigated and the evidence collated. It was a cross jurisdictional complex case and the officer was professional, thorough and impressive throughout”.
Prior to studying Law at University, Jeanette worked for the Derbyshire Constabulary. Jeanette first volunteered as a Special Constable where she was promoted to Section Sergeant. Jeanette later joined the force full time where she worked mainly in the emergency control room and as a force trainer training new recruits in The Police and Criminal Evidence Act and Police Powers. It was through her work in the police that Jeanette realised her love for the Law.
Jeanette has had a unique insight into the work of prosecution from initial intelligence gathering right through to warrant applications, covert surveillance procedures and enforcement. She has received specialist training in fields such as CPIA, RIPA and financial investigations. Although Jeanette’s previous experience is working with the police and border agency, she believes passionately in an independent Bar that both prosecutes and defends and hopes to develop a mixed practice. Her knowledge of police and prosecution procedures will stand her in very good stead to undertake defence work where such evidence is to be questioned or challenged.
In her spare time Jeanette likes to play sport, travel and with time permitting, is often seen appearing as an extra on well-known TV programmes such as Holby City, Sky 1’s ‘Lucky Man’ and the new TV series of the well-known film ‘Snatch’.
BPTC (Very Competent) Nottingham Law School
LL.B with Criminology – 2:1 The University of Derby
Professionalising Investigation Programme Level 1 & 2 – College of Policing.
Criminal Bar Association
Lord Diplock Major Scholarship – Middle Temple
Degrees of Success Scholarship – The Derby Telegraph in partnership with The University of Derby
Crown Court Judge’s Commendation – His Honour Judge Robert Brown, Leicester Crown Court
Home Office Commendation – An award for dedication, commitment, and professionalism.
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