A fierce, engaging and passionate advocate, dedicated to fighting for the best result for her client.
Stephanie has a vast amount of experience defending in the Crown Court, Magistrates' Court and the Youth Court. She appears in a variety of criminal matters, including violence, drugs, financial crime and road traffic offences.
Stephanie has had significant exposure to white collar crime, having worked for high profile law firms defending companies against prosecution from the Serious Fraud Office.
Stephanie is renowned for her ability to engage with clients of varying ethnicities and backgrounds. She understands the way people behave and react and is able to use that to her advantage when questioning witnesses. Stephanie holds the attention of her audience through her powerful and enticing advocacy. She has excellent judgment and an impressive ability to untangle a complex case.
CASES OF NOTE
R v WH Southwark Crown Court Stephanie Panchkowry successfully represented a Defendant at re-trial who was acquitted by a unanimous verdict in a multi-handed knife-point robbery of a Bentley worth £280,000.
R v CT & OTHERS Kingston Crown Court (Jan 2020) Stephanie Panchkowry represented one of the Defendants in a high-profile, multi-handed conspiracy to commit robbery of £4.1m of jewellery. Ciro Troyano was part of a professional gang that planned the robbery of a Le Vian sales representative. Sustained violence was used causing long term physical and psychological effects to the victim. Following a complicated 7 week trial, all Defendants were convicted.
R v H Wood Green Crown Court (October 2019) Stephanie successfully argued for imprisonment to be suspended after H was convicted of robbery.
R v C Isleworth Crown Court (September 2019; October 2018) C acquitted of s.18 GBH and ABH a few days thereafter. There was a hung jury on a s.20 count, the alternative to the s.18. There was a re-trial on the s.20. For the re-trial, the Crown relied on an expert witness on causation who concluded that the Complainant's version of events was to be believed and that C's version would not result in the injuries sustained by the Complainant. Despite this compelling evidence, there was yet another hung jury. A not guilty verdict was formally entered.
R v B Lewes Crown Court (April 2019) B acquitted of drunkenness on an aircraft and assaulting a member of cabin crew.
R v K Wood Green Crown Court (March 2019) K acquitted on a re-trial of possession of a bladed article, successfully arguing that he had a good reason for the possession.
R v T-B Central Criminal Court (December 2018) T-B acquitted on a charge of having a bladed article.
R v F Court of Appeal (January 2018) Successfully appealed the sentence, reducing the custodial length by one year.
R v R Kingston Crown Court (September 2018) Stephanie appealed conviction after successfully arguing a half time submission.
R v D Snaresbrook Crown Court (September 2018) Stephanie successfully appealed a 2 year term of imprisonment. D was re-sentenced to a community disposal and released from custody.
R v F Isleworth Crown Court (April 2018) F was acquitted after facing a single count of burglary, despite CCTV capturing the use of a card stolen during the burglary and the jury being told about his five previous convictions for burglary.
R v D Isleworth Crown Court (April 2018) D faced a single count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm in a domestic violence setting. Stephanie persuaded the prosecution to accept a plea to common assault despite evidence of substantial bruising and bleeding. The sentence was deemed served due to time already spent on remand.
R v S Lewes Crown Court (February 2018) S pleaded guilty to two offences of tendering counterfeit bank notes. Stephanie successfully argued for imprisonment to be suspended.
R v K Reading Crown Court (December 2017) K was a serving prisoner and had pleaded guilty to three offences under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, in that she persuaded victims to transfer money into her account and then hacked into their PayPal accounts. Stephanie successfully argued for a short term of imprisonment to run concurrently to her current term of imprisonment.
R v W Snaresbrook Crown Court (November 2017) Stephanie successfully persuaded the court not to activate a suspended term of imprisonment after W pleaded guilty to stealing two rings worth £95,000, only months after the suspended sentence was imposed for a like offence.
R v M Croydon Magistrates’ Court (March 2018) Stephanie successfully argued for imprisonment to be suspended after M brutally attacked and murdered her dog by slicing its throat.
R v W Westminster Magistrates’ Court (March 2018) W was acquitted of assault by beating in a domestic violence setting, despite two independent witnesses and CCTV capturing the incident.
The Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn Criminal Bar Association
Criminal Bar Association
Law with Business LL.B, First Class, University of Brighton, 2010
Bar Professional Training Course, College of Law, 2011
International Commercial Litigation LL.M, UCL, 2012
SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS
Cholmeley Studentship scholarship, Lincoln's Inn, 2015
Full Lord Denning Scholarship, Lincoln's Inn, 2010
Lincoln's Inn Hardwicke Entrance Award, 2010
Board of Governors Scholarship, 2009
Award for Best Second Year LL.B (Hons) Law with Business student, 2009
Award for Best First Year Undergraduate in Public Law, 2009
Advanced Award for Critical Thinking