Stephen Ferns


Stephen Ferns

Stephen Ferns

Criminal Law

Stephen joined Jacobs in April 2007 as a Solicitor, having worked previously for a firm in Liverpool City Centre, and having completed his training contract for a firm in Preston. Since qualifying as a solicitor in November 2004, Stephen has worked solely within Criminal Law Departments. In addition to the standard Legal Qualifications, Stephen has also achieved accreditation as a Police Station Representative as has completed the Criminal Litigation Accreditation Scheme allowing him to be a Duty Solicitor for both West Cheshire (Blacon) Custody Suite and West Cheshire (Chester) Magistrates Court.

Stephen covers all aspects of criminal work. This includes advocating in trials in the Magistrates’ Court, defending people in all prosecutions, whether brought by police, the department for work and pensions, the RSPCA or any other prosecuting body. He is also available to provide assistance to you as a legal representative should you be arrested and questioned by the police. He is part of our Criminal Law team who provide assistance 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Stephen has expertise to cover all areas of criminal law,

Stephen has always wanted to work in Criminal Law and worked towards becoming a Criminal Defence Solicitor from the age of 18 when he first studied a Law ‘A’ Level. He then obtained the degree of a Bachelor of Laws at University, where he opted to do as many modules relevant to Criminal Law as possible, before completing his Studies at the College of Law Chester where he obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice enabling him to begin a training contract with a firm in Preston, where he immediately became part of their Criminal Legal team providing assistance to those detained in the police station.

Stephen is a member of the Law Society Criminal Litigation Accreditation Scheme, The Police Station Representatives Accreditation Scheme and Chester’s 24 Hour Police Station and Court Duty Solicitor schemes.

Why did you choose to specialise in crime & defence representation?
I strongly believe in giving a voice to those who struggle to make themselves heard for a variety of reasons. There are too many who are let down by society and “the system” at a young age and struggle in life. I believe that everyone should have the right to a fair trail or a fair hearing, and the benefit of an expert lawyer, regardless of their background or the fact they have been in trouble in the past. Well that and I loved the film, “My cousin Vinny” as a kid.

What has been the highlight of your career so far?
I have been honoured to work on a few big cases including murders over the years, but every time I have been successful in Trials against police officers, particularly where they are clearly lying, are particular highlights.

What do you feel most passionate about within your working life?
Ensuring that people have the full facts at their disposal, both the prosecution version of events and a full understanding of the law, in order to make the correct decision about how to deal with their case.

What do you feel most passionate about within your home life?
Football is both a passion and a bane. Family is a close second!

If you won the lottery tomorrow, what is the first thing you would do?
Make sure the ticket is real and check if I had enough money to invest in some decent players for my football club!