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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 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 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.

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.
In addition, he recently was successful in 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 in Misconduct Hearings and has appeared at Police Appeal Tribunals.


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 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)


Steven is a member of the Criminal Bar Association.
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 being appointed as Senior Investigation Officer for overt and covert investigations; and being appointed an ‘Authorising Officer’ under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) where he authorised and reviewed a range of covert police operations.
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.