Stephen is an experienced public lawyer with a diverse national practice specializing in administrative law, criminal law and commissions/inquiries. Since 2015 he has been recognised annually in ‘Doyles Guide’ as one of NSW’s leading counsel. In addition to conducting first instance court and tribunal matters, he regularly appears in various intermediate appellate courts and the High Court of Australia. Immediately before being called to the bar Stephen was the principal solicitor with the Aboriginal Legal Service in western NSW based in Dubbo. His earlier career included work as an international extradition lawyer with the Commonwealth Attorney General’s Department, a specialist sexual assault and family violence prosecutor with the ACT Director of Public Prosecutions and extended periods involved in transitional justice work in Afghanistan and the Solomon Islands. In 2011 he was a ‘Kathryn Wadia Fellow’ with the International Legal Foundation in Ramallah in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. A former casual academic, Stephen podcasts at ‘The Wigs Podcast’ (https://play.acast.com/s/the-wigs) and regularly presents at conferences. He maintains chambers in Sydney and Dubbo, NSW.
Recent Cases of Note:
CVI20 v Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs and Anor  FedCFamC2G 51
EBP19 v Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs and Anor  FCA 332 (with David Hooke SC)
DK v Director of Public Prosecutions  NSWCA 134
AFR19 v Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs  FCCA 491
MLNR v Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs  FCAFC 35 (with David Hooke SC)
Belan v Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (NSW)  NSWCA 96 (with Mark Higgins)
MZAPC v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection  HCA 17 (with David Hooke SC)
DVO16 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection & Anor  HCA 12 (with Bret Walker SC)
Ruyters v Commissioner of Police  NSWCATAD 41
Hermann v Commissioner of Police  NSWCATAD
Bassi v Commissioner of Police  NSWCA 109 (with Felicity Graham)
DVE18 v Minister for Home Affairs  FCFA 83 (with David Hooke SC)
WX v R  NSWCCA 142
Beale v R  NSWCCA 357
Bustescu v R  NSWCCA 113
Applicant S270/2019 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection  HCA 32 (with Shane Prince SC)
Recent Conference Presentations:
Prosecution Disclosure (and Non-Disclosure) in Criminal Matters – LegalWise Seminar. A paper first presented at the Aboriginal Legal Service Dubbo Office, 23 June 2012 and then updated with Felicity Graham in 2018. Available online at www.criminalcle.net.au in the procedure section.
‘The Wigs Live’ – A presentation at the NSW Public Defenders 2021 Criminal Law Conference on 14 March 2021.
‘The Changing Face of the Right to Protest’. NSW Labor Lawyers Online Seminar jointly presented with Rose Jackson MLC on 11 March 2021
‘The Consequences of Conviction. What Criminal Lawyers Need to Know About Migration Law, Occupational Regulation and Child Protection’ 20 August 2020. Legal Wise Seminars.
‘The Migration Act 1958 for Criminal Lawyers’
‘Police Powers in the Local Court’ – A paper presented at the Aboriginal Legal Service NSW/ACT (Western Region) Annual Lawyers Conference 1 March 2018, Rydal, New South Wales.
Admitted to practice:
Areas of Practice:
- Administrative Law
- Commissions & Inquiries
- Criminal Law
P: (02) 8590 5182
Vicky Johnston M: 0408 418 177
Black Chambers: Room 204, 185 Elizabeth Street,
Sydney NSW 2000
P: (02) 8590 5182