Steven Reed

Call 2017

Steven Reed


Criminal Law

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.

Police Misconduct

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. 


  • 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.

Clerking team

Liam Gorman

Lead Criminal & Regulatory Clerk

0191 245 9521

Criminal & Regulatory Clerk

0191 245 9542

Civil & Criminal Silks' Clerk (Leeds)

0113 3235 955

Clerk (Middlesbrough)

01642 247 569

  • R v GM & RM – led by Toby Hedworth Q.C. in Murder case, representing the first defendant. On day 8 of the trial, immediately prior to the making of a submission that the client had no case to answer, the Prosecution offered no evidence against the client.
  • R v RR & others – junior counsel in a Rape and Child Grooming case. Following cross-examination of the complainant and the police officers involved in the investigation, the Prosecution offered no evidence against all the defendants.
  • R v SR & others – junior counsel in a Modern Slavery, People Trafficking and Money Laundering case involving Slovakian nationals. Represented the only defendant who was acquitted after trial.
  • R v AD & others – represented the first defendant in an Aggravated Burglary case. Following cross-examination of the complainant, the Prosecution were forced to review the case and offered no evidence against all 4 defendants.
  • R v GB – appeared for the 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.
  • R v B – represented client charged with causing Actual Bodily Harm. Successfully argued evidence of a deceased witness was inadmissible hearsay. Thereafter, cross-examination of the Prosecution’s witnesses resulted in the case being stopped at half-time.