Michaela Dowe-Stephenson

Call: 2014

Practice areas

Education

  • MSc Human Rights, London School of Economics
  • BPTC, Kaplan Law School
  • Law LLB, The University of Leicester

Background

Michaela joined Chambers as a third six pupil in November 2019 and accepts instructions in all areas of Chambers’ practice. Prior to commencing pupillage, Michaela spent several years undertaking a wide spectrum of voluntary and pro bono work, often advocating for vulnerable members of society in need of legal advice. Michaela has undertaken placements at Tower Hamlets Law Centre, Islington Law Centre, Greenwich Welfare Rights Service, North Kensington Law Centre, the Leicestershire Youth Offending Service and Leicester Crown Court. Michaela also spent time in Washington, D.C. acting as associate general counsel in the legal department of a non-profit human rights organisation.

Family

Michaela represents parents at all stages of private law disputes and she has been instructed in intractable contact disputes and parental alienation cases where a 16.4 Guardian has been appointed. Michaela has acted in finding of fact hearings and multi-day final hearings concerning serious allegations of abuse, children with health difficulties; specific issue cases regarding religious upbringing and transfer of residence matters. Within public law proceedings, Michaela has experience representing local authorities and parents at a wide range of interim hearings. Michaela has been instructed at all stages of proceedings for occupation orders, non-molestation orders and transfer of tenancy cases involving allegations of physical, sexual, emotional and financial abuse.

Civil

Michaela is regularly instructed in a variety of hearings including road traffic accidents, credit hire, stage 3 oral settlements and summary judgment hearings. Michaela has experience in landlord and tenant disputes and she has been instructed to draft advice in this area. During pupillage, Michaela drafted statements of case in a wide range of chancery and commercial matters with a focus on property litigation. Prior to pupillage, Michaela worked as a paralegal at Matthew Gold & Company Solicitors and gained experience in civil claims against public authorities and judicial review proceedings.

Crime

Michaela appears on behalf of the prosecution and defence in bail applications, first appearances, fitness to plead hearings, sentencing hearings and summary trials. Michaela has previously prosecuted a multi-handed robbery trial in the youth court and a multi-day assault and coercive behaviour trial with several witnesses. Michaela has also prosecuted matters under the Education Act on behalf of the local authority. Prior to coming to the Bar, as a paralegal at Bindmans LLP, Michaela independently represented the firm during the SFO’s first substantive prosecution under the Bribery Act 2010.

Immigration

Michaela previously volunteered at North Kensington Law Centre alongside a team of solicitors who specialised in U.K. immigration, asylum and nationality law. Michaela is keen to develop and expand her practice in this area, particularly in relation to asylum and human rights.

Scholarships and Awards

  • 2015/16, Anniversary Scholarship, London School of Economics
  • 2015, Sir Joseph Priestley Scholarship, The Inner Temple
  • 2015, Bursary Award, The Human Rights Lawyers’ Association
  • 2014, Student Volunteer of the Year Finalist, SH, The Houses of Parliament.
  • 2013/14, Duke of Edinburgh Award and Exhibition Scholarship, The Inner Temple
  • 2013, Higher Education Certificate of Achievement, LSBC
  • 2013, Leicester Award Student of the Year Award, The University of Leicester
  • 2012/13, The Leicester Award, The University of Leicester
  • 2010/11, Bursary Award, The University of Leicester

Interests

Michaela enjoys writing and performing poetry, travelling, bachata and non-competitive boxing. Having previously facilitated debating programmes for children, in her spare time, Michaela acts as a professional volunteer at insight events for school children.

Michaela Dowe-Stephenson
10 King's Bench Walk
Temple
London EC4Y 7EB
(t) +44 (0)20 7353 7742
(f) +44 (0)20 7583 0579
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