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Personal Profile


Jeanette was called to the Bar in 2012. She completed her training at a London Chambers in Temple under the supervision of Jerry Hayes. Jeanette still practises in London specialising predominantly in Criminal Law but also represents clients in the family court and special cases involving motoring. 

Before becoming a Barrister, Jeanette had a previous career in the Police Force and spent time working as a qualified Investigator for the Home Office Criminal & Financial Investigations National Team. During her time at The Home Office, Jeanette was appointed an Extradition Officer travelling abroad and working in partnership with agencies such as Europol, Interpol & International Police Forces. Jeanette has also spent time working for The Crown Prosecution Service as a Crown Prosecutor learning the inns and outs of the CPS.

Jeanette in her 20 or so years of experience in police, criminal investigations and court has enjoyed sucess in many high profile cases..

Jeanette fought hard to qualify as a Barrister and came to the Bar from a non-traditional background without having had the opportunity in her younger years to study A-Levels following being orphaned and being fostered in her childhood. However in pursuit of her dream, she remained determined in her quest .You can read more about her story here: LINK

Bar Training Course 

Jeanette completed her Bar Studies at Nottingham Law School and was raised in the Midlands.

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To study and continue her studies Jeanette impressed and was awarded a number of scholarships over the years.  Interestingly, when  Jeanette needed some extra cash to qualify  Jeanette, thinking outside the box, applied and appeared on a TV game show on ITV to win the rest of the cash she needed.

Ask her about it, it's quite a story!


Jeanette has received a number of commendations during her career including a Crown Court Judge Commendation for her investigation into a conspiracy to breach UK immigration laws by a gang arranging sham marriages. There were 6 defendants. The Commendation stated:


“His Honour Judge Brown commends Jeanette Stevenson for the way in which the case was investigated and the evidence collated. It was a cross jurisdictional complex case and the officer was professional, thorough and impressive throughout”

Jeanette also received a commendation for her work as a Detective for the UK Home Office Criminal and Financial Crime Team. 

Work Experience

  • 10 years experience in Criminal Investigation and Law Enforcement - Derbyshire Police, The Home Office & UK Border Force.

  • 12 years Criminal Law experience - Criminal Bar of England & Wales, The Crown Prosecution Service and The Serious Fraud Office.

  • 6 years criminal law/evidence/expert evidence lecturing at The University of Derby.


  • Legal Consultant - BBC Studios - Jimmy McGovern's 'Time' Series 2 

  • Legal Consultant - BBC - 'The GOLD' Series 2

  • Legal Consultant - ITV Studios -  'Ruth' 

  • Legal Consultant - Netflix - 'Toxic Town' 

  • Legal Consultant - ITV Studios - 'Playing Nice'  

  • Legal Script & Story Advisor - ITV Studios - Coronation Street 

  • Legal & Compliance Producer - Accused: Guilty or Innocent for A&E Networks USA - Brinkworth Productions

  • Legal & Compliance Producer - True Crime Documentary - After the Verdict for A&E Networks 

  • Appearing (on screen) as Expert - Meet, Marry, Murder 

  • Legal Costume Advisor - BBC Happy Valley

  • Legal & Compliance Producer -  Channel 5 Police Documentary - Police Hour of Duty 

  • Legal & Compliance Producer - Channel 5 Police Documentary Suspect No1

  • Advisor & Fugitive Follow Team - C4's Hunted 2022. 

  • Contributor/Interviewee - BBC Sounds 'Stacey Dooley Fresh Starts' Podcast

  • Contributor/Interviewee - BBC Radio Derby 'Lunch with Ian Skye'

  • Contributor/Interviewee - BBC Radio 'Graham Torrington Show

  • Contributor/Interviewee - BBC Radio Derby 'Good Morning with Sally Pepper'

  • In 2024, Jeanette was invited by the Director of Political Affairs at Universities UK to talk at a special reception at The Houses of Parliament for their 'First in the Family' Campaign.

  • ​In 2019, Jeanette was invited by the Chancellor of The University of Derby to become a Founding Member of The University of Derby Alumni & Membership Board.​​

  • Appointed Director for Derby County Community Trust - Trustee

  • Jeanette holds the qualification 'Professionalising Investigations Programme (College of Policing) Level 1 & 2 – Volume & Complex Crime those held by Detectives.

  • The Met Police - Jeanette was an advisor to the Modern Slavery and Trafficking Unit in complex investigations and interviews involving vulnerable witnesses and suspects.

  • The Home Office & College of Policing: Jeanette received an award for the highest mark achieved for the National Investigators Exam (testing knowledge of the rules of evidence, knowledge of law and procedure) – including “Exceptional” grades

  • Minute to Win It Game Show ITV – Jeanette applied and took part in a Game Show to raise extra money needed for Bar School.

  • White Collar Boxing: Jeanette trained and took part in a boxing fight to raise money for Marie Currie Cancer Care on 20th Anniversary of Mothers Death. Jeanette believed that it would signify the brave fight her Mum put up before her unfortunate death to the illness.

TV Appearances/Advisory


Appointments & Achievements

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