About Taxi Driver Defence Barristers

Need to talk with a Taxi Driver Defence Barrister? If you are a taxi driver, you know that you need to protect your license, after all, it’s your livelihood! Equally, if you are a taxi driver preparing for a taxi driver test and learning ‘the knowledge’ you would be very concerned if you were to have your licence application refused. In either case, Taxi Driver Defence Barristers can help you. Our specialist licensing appeal barristers assist many taxi drivers with the legal complexities that come with  taxi licence appeals, including both  taxi licence refusal and taxi license revocation.
It would be fair to say that taxi drivers have one of the most demanding jobs in the UK. The role is very broad and involves not only the safe passage of members of the public, but also long hours, difficult situations and at times, the transport of goods. The operation of an effective taxi service keeps our major centres of population moving. Unfortunately the job also comes the imposition of strict regulations, in order to maintain the high standards of conduct and safety of the taxi industry.
Taxi Driver Defence Barristers

Taxi Driver Defence Barristers

We are dedicated team of barristers with specialist expertise in the regulations relating to the conduct and performance of taxi and mini cab drivers. Taxi Driver Defence Barristers have been set up to assist members of the passenger carrying industry with any legal issues they may face. We know that the licensing of the industry is not always straightforward and many cab drivers may find themselves unsure which way to turn for help.


Stephen McCaffrey


Joint Head of Kings View Chambers
Year of call 2007
University College London (LLB Hons)
Inns of Court School of Law (Outstanding)

Practice Areas:

  • Criminal Defence
  • Taxi Licensing
  • Alcohol and Entertainment Licensing
  • Regulatory and Disciplinary Tribunal

Stephen is a busy practising barrister with a proven track record of success and years of experience. I consult and defend in all areas of criminal defence, licensing and regulatory work achieving most successful results in pre-court stages. Experience drawn from involvement in major criminal trials and licensing challenges has acquired Stephen outstanding legal ability and advocacy. 

Stephen is Head of Chambers at Kings View Chambers. This is recognition of his huge success in his area of work. It also means he has great resources at his disposal. Stephen has several business interests outside of the Bar so is well aware of the need for focus on results and practicalities. The result is all that matters.

My approach

“I always focus on the practical implications of everything. Rather than become engrossed in the interesting aspects of the case focus always remains on what the objectives are i.e. what the client wants and needs.

I like to become involved in a case as early as possible to make sure it has been tailored to suit, as far as possible, the need at a hearing or trial.

Prior to practice at the Bar I worked in a busy North London criminal defence firm where I quickly established a strong client base and was given responsibility for the most grave and complex cases in the firm. All of this experience means I focus my advice and practice on client needs.

It is my appreciation for client care and dedication to work which explains my loyal following of direct access clients both in law and business.

Routinely undertaking top level work I have never failed to exceed all expectations and have become widely respected for this. Renowned for my ‘hands on’ approach to all cases I am fast to meet clients and become involved in case strategy and management from the earliest opportunity. This is the best way to obtain good results.”

Criminal Defence

Stephen specialises in criminal defence at all levels from motoring to murder including assault, burglary, theft, robbery, fraud offences, food regulations offences, health and safety matters, environmental offences, public order offences, football banning orders, drug offences, driving offences, violent offences and sexual offences. 

Stephen also advises businesses on criminal liability and compliance issues. Stephen is a criminal defence barrister with extensive experience in all offences but particularly in business frauds.

He has been involved in all of the following: diversion fraud, fraudulent trading, advance fee fraud, mortgage fraud, money laundering, MTIC and carousel fraud, VAT fraud, revenue and tax fraud, directors disqualification, restraint orders, pension fraud, confiscation orders, insurance fraud, SFO investigations and prosecutions and among many others.

Stephen is able to assist and advise prior to court proceedings. He can explain the process and advise on proper strategy in all types of fraud.

Many of Stephen’s clients also contact him to deal with other matters such as motoring and road traffic offences.

He is an extremely experienced defence barrister who deals with cases well beyond his years. He is highly sought after and has an extremely loyal following from solicitors and private clients.

Stephen also regularly advises on appeal against conviction and sentence and has had great success where others advised in the negative.


Given the overlap with all of the areas above a successful practice in criminal defence has included practice in all these areas too. Regulatory work for licence revocation, hackney carriage licence revocation, NMC and school admission challenges.

Stephen advises and assists on proper pre-application strategies, drafting applications for a licence, handling of objections, full negotiations with the relevant authorities and preparation for hearings including the sub-committees.

Stephen will also represent applicants at the sub-committee hearings and at all other hearings. He can assist in making sure you and your case in properly prepared to maximise your chances of success.

Stephen regularly assists those facing a review. He can advise on your approach to the review and draft the necessary paperwork/application. His forte however is on advising on strategy and the best way to present your case. An integral part of this will be making sure the application is the strongest it can be. His experience places his advocacy at the heart of representation at any hearing.

His experience is most appreciated however at appeals where his skills in strategy and advocacy are integral. Stephen can draft any and all necessary paperwork, assist in explaining court procedure. He can also handle any negotiations on your behalf and if needed prepare your case to maximise the chances of success. He is of course very experienced in representation at appeals.

Regulatory and Disciplinary Tribunal

If you are a nurse, midwife or doctor facing an investigation by the NMC or GMC following a complaint, allegation or a referral Stephen is able to help. The threat of losing your registration on the nursing and midwifery register may mean the loss of your livelihood and hard fought for career. Proper representation from the earliest stages can avoid escalation and could prevent you being struck of the nursing and midwifery register. Stephen offers proper consideration of your case and can assist and guide you through the process from beginning to end. 

Stephen has also represented teachers, police officers, accountants, lawyers and other professionals in disciplinary arenas. He frequently acts on behalf of Prisoners facing adjudications for breach of Discipline rules and also before Parole Board hearings. He has also appeared numerous times in relation to licensing matters and is willing to undertake all levels of applications and hearings from the grant of first licence at Committee Stage through to appeal in The House of Lords.

Stephen has successfully represented several persons in Court Martial hearings throughout the UK. He is able to represent British soldiers in the UK and internationally.

How I can help you with your case

I am an experienced direct access barrister specialising in criminal, licensing and regulatory law. As a barrister, I am an expert specialist lawyer and advocate. I advise clients on the strengths and weakness of their case with independence and objectivity. The added value to my advice is that I have specialist knowledge in these areas because I practice them every day. This knowledge covers the court room, case presentation and case strategy which often means the difference between winning and losing.

The earlier you instruct a barrister like myself, the better the result is likely be for you.

It used to be the case that you would have to see a solicitor and ask them to instruct a barrister for you. Now you do not have to. You can instruct direct access barristers like me yourself with no need to go to a solicitor and incur extra cost.

Please contact me for a free initial consultation to assess your case.

What my clients say

“I can safely say that without representation from Stephen I had no hope at all – I went from solicitor to solicitor – he won my case. No fuss – just expert, professional and affordable advice.” JB, South London, Driving matter.

“I cannot speak highly enough – will never what he did for me. Absolutely fantastic. I had every confidence he would deliver what he promised.” GM, North London, Fraud matter.

“Simply superb – nothing else to say”. AO, Hertfordshire, Licensing appeal.

Professional & academic

Inns of Court School of Law (Outstanding).
University College London (LLB Hons)
Head of Chambers at Kings View Chambers – (www.kingsviewchambers.com)


Institute of Directors
Middle Temple
Criminal Bar Association
South Eastern Circuit
Supporter and Patron of many charities.

Stephen McCaffrey website

Catherine Stock


Joint Head of Kings View Chambers
Year of call 2007
University College London (LLB Hons)
Inns of Court School of Law (Outstanding)

Practice Areas:

  • Healthcare Regulatory and Disciplinary Law
  • Community Care Law
  • Care Home Law and Care Standards
  • Coroner’s Inquests
  • Criminal Defence

After a career spanning two decades in various senior positions in the Health Service, Catherine expanded hare career and was called to the Bar in 2007.
Over the last decade Catherine has become one of the most respected barristers to clinicians working in the NHS and in private healthcare.
She brings a depth of experience to the representation of professionals that few other Barristers can match.
Catherine is one of the few Barristers who has operated in a Direct Access capacity for most of the last 10 years.
She is also Joint Head of Kings View Chambers, Head of Management and Compliance, and the Equality and Diversity Officer.

Healthcare Regulatory and Disciplinary Law

Catherine has a vast amount of experience before a wide variety of tribunals and courts including, the General Medical Council, Nursing and Midwifery Council, Health and Care Professions Council, General Dental Council and General Chiropractors Council. She has successfully defended large numbers of healthcare professionals before disciplinary and regulatory tribunals for issues including; lack of competence, misconduct, negligence and issues of fitness to practice relating to conduct and competence and ill health. She has represented all levels of clinicians from all areas of healthcare including doctors, nurses, midwives, dentists, paramedics, physiotherapists, speech therapists, physiotherapist, occupational therapists, operating department assistants, social workers and chiropractors.

Community Care Law

Catherine regularly represents families in challenging decisions made by the NHS and Social Services about the provision of and funding for health and social care. These challenges can range from internal discussions through to judicial review of the decision made by the relevant public body.

Care Home Law and Care Standards

Catherine regularly represents nursing and care homes and registered managers before the care standards tribunal.
She provides an provides advisory and consultancy service in all Care Quality Commission matters including assistance and advice on registration, reviews and inspections and compliance.

Coroner’s Inquests

Catherine regularly represents bereaved families and healthcare professionals during the inquest process.
She provides advice to families and other interested persons on issues raised as a result of an unexpected death.

Criminal Defence

Catherine was successful at obtaining pupillage at one of the biggest criminal chambers in the UK and developed her practice quickly. She has prosecuted for the CPS, Customs and Excise, The Department of Work and Pensions and The Child Support Agency.
She also has a large criminal defence practice and has successfully defended clients charged with a manner of offences such as assault, ABH, GBH, robbery, armed robbery, attempted murder, rape and other sexual offences, drug importation and other drug related offences child cruelty and fraud. She specialises in representation of doctor and nurse charged with criminal offences.

Other Roles

From 2007-2017 Catherine worked as a freelancer at BPP University, CPD Law School and School of Health. She has also worked as an advocacy trainer for a number of legal 500 firms including Norton Rose Fulbright, Simmons and Simmons, Clifford Chance, Freshfields, Allen and Overy and Jones Day.
She held a variety of part-time roles including Lead Assessor for Criminal and Civil Higher Rights and as an exam writer for Criminal Higher Rights and the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test. As a lecturer she lectured in the following areas:
Professional Skills Courses -Advocacy and Communication Skills and Client Care;
Higher Rights of Audience Criminal Evidence and Litigation;
Higher Rights of Audience Criminal and Civil Advocacy;
Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test Criminal litigation and advocacy;
Witness Familiarisation Training and Expert Witness Training for a variety of organisations including The Metropolitan Police, Trading Standards, Financial Conduct Authority, Computer Aided Modelling Bureau and Sexual Offences Referral Centres;

CPS External Assessor

From 2012-2017 Catherine carried out numerous assessments for the CPS of their advocates both in the Magistrates and Crown Courts

Specialist Prosecuting Authority

Catherine provides training to all three forces on assessing in house advocates.
She worked with specialist prosecutors on development of a comprehensive assessment tool.

Previous Career

Catherine qualified as registered nurse in 1988 and worked in a variety of areas such as general surgical, intensive care, neurology and neurosurgery.
She became a ward sister in 1992 and then moved into general management. She has held a variety of posts including practice development, deputy director of nursing and clinical director.

Professional Qualifications

BA degree in Health and Nursing Studies
BSc in Medical Law and Ethics [first calls honours]
CPE [commendation]
BVC [very competent]

Catherine Stock website

If you are facing legal issues as a taxi driver, please contact Taxi Driver Defence Barristers for expert help and advice.