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


Criminal Law

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


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 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.
R v SS and others – Defended youth charged with section 47 and false imprisonment in a ‘pack attack’ case.
R v D – Defended client charged with possession of indecent images. Case involved dealing with the client’s extradition because he had absconded for 5 years before being extradited back to stand trial.


Steven receives regular instructions from Police Authorities regarding Football Banning Orders and has successfully prosecuted for the Horticultural Management Inspectorate (HMI) for breaches of EU Regulations.

Police Misconduct

Steven has a growing practice in this area. He is frequently instructed by Police Authorities to present cases in Misconduct Hearings. He is available to provide advice on all aspects of police misconduct.


Steven deals with firearms licensing matters for those appealing Police Authority decisions and on behalf of Police Authorities.


• Grays Inn Prince of Wales Scholarship
• Northumbria University Deans Award
• Northumbria University Highest Mark in Further Area of Law on the GDL for dissertation on “Disclosure and the role of Special Advocates in criminal proceedings”. 
• Northumbria University Best Advocate Prize on the BPTC


• LLB (Hons) - Nottingham Trent University (1993 - 1996)
• Distinction - GDL Northumbria University (2016)
• Outstanding - BPTC (2017)


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:
• Senior Investigation Officer of overt and covert investigations including: murders; kidnaps; importation of drugs; money laundering; and serious sexual offences. 
• Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (ACPOS) representative on multi-agency working group, tasked with the implementation of disclosure into Scottish   criminal law.
• Subject lecturer on the role of DNA in intelligence-led investigations and disclosure in major crime investigations, on the Scottish Police Homicide & Major Crime   Course.
• Appointed an ‘Authorising Officer’ under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) where he authorised and reviewed a range of covert police    operations.
• Commander of the West Midlands Police Economic Crime Unit and Midlands Regional Asset Recovery Team.
 After leaving the police, Steven worked exclusively for defence Advocates and Barristers advising on the police’s evidence gathering processes, specifically in   relation to compliance with the RIPA.
 Prior to joining the police, Steven played rugby professionally for Edinburgh and Bath.

Steven remains actively involved with Northumbria University as a mentor to students on the BPTC.