Steve moved from the employed Bar to the self-employed Bar in January 2016 following a career in the police service and the Crown Prosecution Service.
Steve completed 30 years in the police service mainly serving in the Midlands area and undertaking various roles including CID, firearms, training and public order. He achieved the substantive rank of chief inspector undertaking command roles in relation to firearms and public order.
Steve joined the CPS in 2007 initially as the Area Business Manager for CPS Surrey and subsequently completed pupillage with the CPS on the advocacy team in Sussex.
Steve undertook the role of Crown Prosecutor for three years prior to moving to the self-employed Bar working mainly in the Kent and Sussex Magistrates Courts.
Steve’s area of practice is exclusively criminal.
Steve both prosecutes and defends and has a busy criminal practice appearing mainly in the crown courts in the south eastern circuit. He takes instructions in all areas of general crime however has particular experience in relation to firearms and public order offences.
Steve is also Direct Access qualified.
Recent Cases of Note
R v A (2016) The Crown Court at Woolwich, Secured an acquittal in a robbery trial in relation to evidence of identification following a three day trial.
R v M (2016) The Crown Court at Basildon, prosecuted case involving a young, vulnerable complainant involving ABE evidence and live link procedures and the use of an intermediary.
R v P&M (2016) Stevenage Magistrates Court, following submission of an abuse of process argument to the court and CPS all charges against defendants were discontinued.
R v Y (2017) The Crown Court at Woolwich, secured an acquittal in a complex fraud case involving an alleged use of credit and debit cards. Case involved video link evidence from both Sri Lanka and Canada.
R v W (2018) Represented defendant at trial at Maidstone CC of client accused of ‘house invasion’ robbery
2019 Appeared at Court of Appeal to represent appellant in appeal against sentence in relation to money laundering conviction.
R v H and others 2019. Junior counsel for the Crown in relation to a 9 handed multi million pound money laundering trial at Bristol CC
R v K (2019) Secured an acquittal for Mr K on a 2 count indictment of rape of two separate complainants following two lengthy trials.
2020. Successfully appealed sentence at Court of Appeal for appellant in relation to sexual assault by digital penetration. Appellant received six and a half years custody following conviction in the crown court, reduced to four years on appeal.
Connors v DPP 2021. In the High Court in Cardiff successfully appealed by case stated a decision of Mold magistrates court in relation to a sect 172 RTA conviction. The successful point of appeal was that the date of an offence as stated in the charge in relation to a failure to respond to a sect 172 RTA requirement, is a material averment and that the justices erred in law by convicting the appellant of an offence on a stated date in relation to a notice which was served outside of the date contained in the charge. The conviction was quashed.
BVC - BPP Holborn 2007
GDL -Birmingham City University 2005
MBA - Birmingham City University 2003
MA Criminology - Keele University 1990
LL.B (Hons) Staffordshire University 1988
Steve is Direct Access qualified
CPS Advocates Panel - Grade 3
Criminal Bar Association
Within Chambers Steve is a member of the Equality Diversity and Wellbeing Committee and leads on these issues.
Steve also holds the position of Clerks Liaison Officer within Chambers