Criminal Law

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.  

Police Misconduct

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. 


  • 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.

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

Criminal Clerking Assistant

0191 245 9550

Direct Access Clerk

01642 247 569

  • R v GM & RM – led by Toby Hedworth Q.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.
  • R v CD – 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 – 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 – 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) – 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) – 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 – 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 – 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.