The Chambers 2018 Guide describes Stefano as “excellent at what he does”, “a meticulous individual who pays close attention to detail” and also "incredibly conscientious, thorough and very good judgement.".
He is an expert in police law, specialising in civil claims against the police on behalf of individuals. He has significant experience of jury trials in civil claims against various police forces. He has expertise in judicial review claims against police, and has mounted a number of successful challenges of police cautions and of disclosures made on enhanced criminal record certificates.
His work includes challenges to procurement decisions, search warrants and advising on data protection issues, particularly with regard to vulnerable witnesses whose identities may have been disclosed to third parties. He also undertakes public inquiry work and is currently instructed by a number of core participants in the Undercover Policing Inquiry.
Stefano advises on police complaints as well as challenges to IOPC decisions, often on behalf of those engaged in peaceful protest.
His work has supported the development of a number of significant additional protections for the individual, including the principle that acceptance of a formal caution does not prevent bringing a civil claim (Abraham v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis  1 WLR 1257) and the imposition of a significant evidential burden upon the state to demonstrate that the responsibility for an injury did not lie at its door (Sheppard v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWCA Civ 1921).
Stefano also acts for individuals and businesses in civil fraud claims, both for victims of fraud and defendants to civil proceedings.
Stefano qualified as a solicitor in 1997 following a degree in philosophy and a background in the public sector. Prior to joining Hickman & Rose, he was a partner at Fisher Meredith where he headed their police and prison law department.
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