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How to Approach Criminal Cases which Involve Victims of Trafficking

Speaker: Stephen Knight
Chambers: One Pump Court

Stephen is a committed Barrister and Judge from One Pump Court. He practises in all areas of criminal law, specialising in protest law and appellate work. Stephen is also a member of the Immigration Team. He regularly appears in the Upper Tribunal, High Court, and Court of Appeal on human rights and asylum matters.

Here Stephen provides an essential update, explaining significant changes to the law and important lessons that have arisen out of R v AAD, AAH, & AAI [2022] EWCA Crim 106. He outlines procedures, “red flags” and how to utilise other experts effectively. He also puts forward suggestions of when the Court of Appeal may need to hear from an appellant in future.

Key words/topics:

  • Abuse of process
  • Role of expert witnesses
  • Trafficking
  • R v AAD, AAH, & AAI [2022] EWCA Crim 106
  • Modern Slavery Act 2015
  • Human Rights
  • Late discolsure
  • Crime
  • Drugs
  • Sexual Exploitation
  • Labour Exploitation

More about Stephen Knight: 

Stephen is currently briefed in a number of long-running cases with the CCRC. He has been instructed in cases in the Crown Court, High Court, and Court of Appeal which have received significant media attention.  He has previously been named The Times’ Lawyer of the Week.

Stephen is qualified to conduct litigation work and is able to take instructions directly from clients without a solicitor.

Stephen’s work is mostly publicly funded but he is also prepared to accept privately funded or pro bono work in appropriate cases, including on a direct access basis.  He previously helped to run the pro bono legal clinic for EEA nationals at Akwaaba, and has worked at projects including Refugee Legal Support Athens.

In 2020 Stephen was appointed as a Judge of the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) and as an Employment Judge.

He is listed as a leading junior (tier 3) in the Legal 500.

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