Steven is frequently instructed to advise on all aspects of Police Misconduct on behalf of Police Officers and Police Authorities.
He regularly represents Police Officers and Police Authorities at Misconduct Hearings, Police Appeal Tribunals, and in Judicial Review proceedings.
Steven has also been instructed to represented student officers at Regulation 13 hearings; and to represent an officer at a Misconduct Meeting, on behalf of the local Federation.
Recent Police Misconduct cases
DI D (2022) represented an officer at a Misconduct Hearing facing allegations of Honesty & Integrity and Discreditable Conduct, relating to the alleged suppression of disclosable material. Following discussions regarding the quality of the evidence, on day 1 of the hearing the allegations were withdrawn and replaced with a single allegation of Duties and Responsibilities. The officer received a written warning.
PS W (2022) represented an officer facing allegations including Honesty & Integrity and Discreditable Conduct. Following service of a robust initial response, the Honesty & Integrity and Discreditable Conduct allegations were withdrawn, and the remaining allegations were re-assessed as misconduct only. The case was concluded at a Misconduct Meeting by a member of the local Federation.
DCI X (2020 - 2021) represented an officer facing allegations of Discreditable Conduct and Equality & Diversity, regarding messages recovered from another officer’s mobile phone. Following detailed submissions relating to the Equality Act 2010, the allegations against the officer were re-assessed as misconduct only. Steven represented the officer at the Misconduct Meeting of behalf of the local Federation. Officer received a written warning.
PC A (2021) represented an officer at a special case hearing, facing allegations of Confidentiality and Discreditable Conduct. Following detailed submissions, the officer received a Final Written Warning.
PC’s W & P (2021) represented 2 officers in an IOPC investigation following a sudden death. Following the service of detailed responses on behalf of each officer, both officers were exonerated and removed from the ongoing IOPC investigation.
PC X (2020 to 2022) represented an officer facing allegations including multiple breaches of Honesty & Integrity. Following a Misconduct Hearing, the Panel found 1 allegation of Honesty and Integrity to be proven and issued a Final Written Warning. Steven represented the officer in Judicial Review proceedings, where the High Court rejected the AA’s application to have the Panel’s determination overturned.
Steven has a busy defence practice, covering a wide range of cases in the Crown Court including: homicide; serious violence; robbery; drug conspiracies; and sexual offences.
Recent Criminal Cases
R v IL & Others (2022) led by Toby Hedworth K.C. in multi-handed murder trial. At the conclusion of the Crown’s case, Steven drafted an application to have the case withdrawn from the jury because the identification evidence was inadequate and unsupported. The application was successful, which resulted in client’s acquittal.
R v SR & Others (2022) led by Toby Hedworth K.C. in three-handed murder trial. Client admitted stabbing deceased but claimed it was in self-defence. Jury acquitted client of murder and convicted him of manslaughter.
R v GM & RM (2021) led by Toby Hedworth K.C. in murder trial, representing the first defendant. On day 8 of the trial, immediately prior to the making of a submission that our client had no case to answer, the prosecution offered no evidence against the client, leading to his acquittal.
R v CD (2022) successfully represented defendant charged with GBH with intent. The allegation was that my client had bitten part of another man’s ear off. Following a 3-day trial, involving expert evidence, my client was acquitted by the jury.
R v ST (2021) successfully represented defendant in a multi-handed conspiracy to supply heroin trial. On day 15 of the trial, the prosecution offered no evidence. The prosecution’s decision to offer no evidence was caused by my protracted, detailed disclosure requests, which the prosecution was unwilling/unable to respond to.
R v TS (2022) successfully represented defendant charged with assault by penetration. Following 5-day trial, involving detailed cross-examination of the complainant and police officers’, about the quality of their investigation, my client was acquitted by the jury.
R v TC (1) (2021) successfully represented first defendant in an armed robbery trial. The key issue was identification, specifically the police’s failure to comply with the provisions of Code D of PACE 1984. Following 5-day trial, which involved detailed cross-examination of the complainant and police witnesses, my client was acquitted by the jury.
R v TC (2) (2021) represented defendant charged with aggravated burglary. I successfully argued that the prosecution’s identification evidence was inadmissible, which resulted in the prosecution offering no evidence against my client on the day of trial.
R v S (2020) represented defendant charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine. Client charged following an undercover police investigation. Pre-trial, the prosecution offered no evidence against my client, after I successfully argued that the evidence against my client was inadmissible.
R v GB (2020) represented defendant in an Aggravated Burglary case. Successfully argued that the Crown’s Facebook identification evidence was inadmissible, which led to the Crown offering no evidence.
Steven receives regular instructions to represent bereaved families at Inquests, particularly deaths within the Prison estate. Steven has also represented a variety of interested parties, including private health care providers and NHS staff associations.
Steven appears at the Crown Court in firearms licensing cases. He is instructed by individuals appealing Police Authority decisions and on behalf of Police Authorities.
EDUCATION & AWARDS
• Gray’s Inn Prince of Wales Scholarship
• Northumbria University Deans Award
• Northumbria University Best Advocate Prize on the BPTC
• LLB (Hons) - Nottingham Trent University (1993 - 1996)
• Distinction - GDL Northumbria University (2016)
• Outstanding - BPTC (2017)
Steven is a member of the Criminal Bar Association and the North-Eastern Circuit.
Prior to being called to the Bar, Steven worked for the police up to, and including the rank of Superintendent. Working predominately in the CID, Steven’s experiences included leading overt and covert major crime investigations and being appointed an ‘Authorising Officer’ under RIPA, where he authorised and reviewed a range of covert police operations.
Prior to joining the police, Steven played rugby professionally for Edinburgh and Bath.
Steven can receive instructions direct from the public or businesses through the Bar’s public access scheme.