Biography of Stephen Nunn
Higher Rights Granted 1994
I am a Solicitor Advocate, specialising in all aspects of criminal litigation and defending prosecutions brought by regulatory bodies.
After graduation I articled to one of the pre-eminent criminal practices in Bristol. In 1981 I was the winner of the prestigious Wansborough Mooting competition. Remaining with the leading Bristol practice after admission and gaining substantial trial experience in a wide range of cases.
In 1985 I was invited to joint one of the West Countries leading practices, Stephens Scown, in order to start up and develop a criminal litigation department in Exeter. Made a full partner in 1990 with a growing successful team operating at its height from 4 offices as the firm’s head of criminal litigation.
In 1994 I was the first solicitor in the West Country to be granted Higher Rights of Audience at the Crown Court and Court of Appeal, and from that date regularly appearing at the Magistrates and Crown Court as the instructed advocate.
Active from 1986 in local Law Society committees, and past Chairman of the litigation subcommittee, and the national society, member and ex-committee member of the Criminal Law Solicitors Association. Also the defence representative in local and regional committees for over 25 years.
Winner of the Favourite Solicitor award in 1995, a special event as part of the bicentenary anniversary of the Law Society, based on work conducted on a high profile murder and miscarriage of justice case that was the subject of the Channel 4 documentary series “Trial and Error”. Making numerous radio and television appearances thereafter on both own cases or to provide commentary on current legal issues or topical cases both regionally and nationwide.
Co-founder of the specialist advocacy firm Nunn Rickard Solicitor Advocates in 2002, taking the Exeter criminal department of Stephens Scown by mutual and amicable arrangement. Since that date the firm has grown to pre-eminence in size and reputation as a regional player, recognised by both the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners Directory where I have been named as a leading individual as well as the firm achieving that status for the last 15 years. It is the only South West firm to achieve that level of coverage in both publications.
As time has moved on I have become more involved in serious case work, particularly trials, although I remain in touch with as many clients as possible in all level of cases. Private client work and defending in regulatory work has increased, and the firm is also now approved by the Police Federation as the demand for my services by police officers has grown.
Believing very much in the ethos of active defence, my colleagues and I take the fight to the prosecution to provide the best possible service to any client, either individual or corporate. Winning is not everything, it is the only thing! If contesting a matter is not appropriate, the same skill set and commitment is utilised to mitigate and get the best legal outcome possible.
I am keen military historian, a fact that any visitor to his office will see in paintings, models and memorabilia. I am also a keen oil painter with a portfolio displayed on my own and other web sites, and regularly takes commissions for individual requests.