Steven has a busy defence practice, covering a wide range of cases in the Crown Court and Magistrates’ court including 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. He regularly presents cases for Police Authorities; and represents Police Officers at Misconduct Hearings, Police Appeal Tribunals, and in Judicial Review proceedings.
Steven is frequently instructed to represent Police Officers at the outset of the misconduct process. His early advice regularly results in the severity of the misconduct being re-assessed and downgraded. In addition, Steven has represented student officers at Regulation 13 hearings.
Steven’s experiences include advising Police Authorities and Police Officers on the legality of the evidence gathering processes employed by Police Professional Standards Departments (PSD) and the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).
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)
- Grays Inn Prince of Wales Scholarship
- Northumbria University Deans Award
- Northumbria University Best Advocate Prize on the BPTC
Steven is a member of the Criminal Bar Association, the Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers (ARDL), 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 is able to receive instructions direct from the public or businesses through the Bar’s public access scheme.