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Steven Reed
Call 2017
Specialisms: Crime, Regulatory, Licensing
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Steven Reed



Criminal Law

Steven defends and prosecutes in a wide range of cases in the Crown Court, Magistrates’ court, and Youth Court including: serious violence; robbery; burglary; drug offences; sexual offences; and motoring offences. 


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 M - successfully prosecuted ‘revenge porn’ case. Case involved use of telecommunication and social media evidence. 
R v W – defended series of burglaries and related theft offences.  Case involved cross-examination of police witnesses regarding the reliability of their identification.

Financial Crime

Steven is regularly instructed by defendants, Police Authorities, and the CPS in Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) proceedings at the Crown Court and Magistrates’ court. 
His experiences include, recently obtaining a cash forfeiture order under the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001.

Police Misconduct

Steven is frequently instructed to advise on all aspects of Police Misconduct. He regularly presents cases for Police Authorities and defends Police Officers in Misconduct Hearings and Police Appeal Tribunals.


Steven receives regular instruction to represent bereaved families at Inquests, particularly deaths in police custody and within the Prison estate.  Steven has also represented a variety of interested parties, including private health care providers and NHS staff associations.


Steven appears regularly at the Crown Court in firearms licensing cases. He is instructed by individuals appealing Police Authority decisions and on behalf of Police Authorities. 


• Grays 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-East 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.