Kenniesha Stephens


Kenniesha joined Drystone Chambers in May 2022 having completed a third-six pupillage at 2 Hare Court. Kenniesha acts on behalf of both defence and prosecution in the Magistrates Court and Crown Court.

Kenniesha completed her pupillage at the Crown Prosecution Service, prosecuting youth, trial, remand and domestic violence courts. Furthermore, Kenniesha undertook charging advices and sentencing in the Crown Court.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Kenniesha worked at HMRC as a Paralegal working in the strategic litigation team on high profile, complex tax avoidance cases. She also worked at the London Borough of Camden on housing litigation (antisocial behaviour cases and possession proceedings). Furthermore, Kenniesha worked at Surrey Police as an Intelligence Analyst.

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Areas of Practice

Notable Cases

Sambi v Revenue & Customs (Income Tax) [2020] UKFTT 231 (TC) – I represented HMRC in an appeal to the First-Tier Tribunal brought by Mr Sambi. The case related to Income Tax – travel and subsistence payments. The issue in the appeal was whether the travel and subsistence payments were taxable as employment income. The question for the FtT was whether each of the construction sites where Mr Sambi worked represented a temporary workplace and resulted in a substantial effect on his journey time or cost. This appeal involved complicated legal arguments, and I utilised caselaw to help advance HMRC’s case. The FtT, dismissing the appeal, found that neither the travelling time involved nor the cost were substantial and the change of workplace was to be disregarded.

R v SE [2021] – Bradford Crown Court - SH pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, that was alleged to have occurred over a four month period. I successfully persuaded the court that SE fell within lesser role, category three of the sentencing guidelines. Although, the case justified immediate imprisonment (given SE’s previous convictions), after my plea in mitigation, SE was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment, suspended for 2 years. This was below the range of the sentencing guidelines, which is 2 – 4 years six months’ custody.

R v SH [2021] – Snaresbrook Crown Court - I represented SH who was charged with four Counts of malicious communications and two counts of threats to kill. The evidence against SH was overwhelming. SH was acquitted of the threats to kill offences and one malicious communication offence.

Metropolitan Police v JD [2022] – Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court – JD pleaded guilty to the offence of sexual communications with a child, an offence which dated back to August 2020. Almost 6 months after JD was sentenced, the Metropolitan Police sought a Sexual Harm Prevention Order, despite there being no evidence that JD posed a future risk to females under the age of 16. I successfully opposed the application for a Sexual Harm Prevention Order made pursuant to section 103A of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

R v DF [2022] - Croydon Crown Court - I secured a suspended sentence of imprisonment for DF who pleaded guilty to conveying a prohibited list A item into prison (namely cannabis) and possession of cannabis, despite the offences warranting immediate custody.

Education & Qualifications

  • Criminology & Law, BA: London Metropolitan University (2005)
  • Graduate Diploma in Law with Distinction (2013)
  • Awarded the Judges’ Prize for Excellent Performance in the GDL (2013)
  • Bar Professional Training Course, University of Law with a Very Competent
  • Awarded a prize for achieving the highest grade in the Conference exam (2014/15)
  • CPS Panel Level 2