Steven has a busy defence practice, covering a wide range of cases in the Crown Court including: homicide; serious violence; robbery; burglary; drug offences; sexual offences; and Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) proceedings.
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 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. In that case, Steven’s advice and written arguments resulted in allegations of serious gross misconduct being re-assessed as misconduct only, which culminated in the officer receiving a written warning.
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
- 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.